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CYstarters is an 11-week summer accelerator for Iowa State students or recent graduates to focus on their startup or business idea. Students will receive $6,500 per individual or up to $13,000 for a student team. Cohort members spend their summer dedicated to achieving their startup goals and pursuing entrepreneurial aspirations.


Intern for your own company!

What can you Expect?

  • Learn and grow from educational sessions on topics ranging from customer discovery to marketing and entrepreneurial finance
  • Opportunities to practice and refine  your business pitch in front of the right audience to further your startup’s momentum
  • Engage and network with the Ames entrepreneurial ecosystem through specially hosted netowrking events
  • Weekly accountability meeting with Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship staff, advisers, and mentors
  • Funding for your startup
  • Collaborate and form life-long connections with cohort members

CYstarters is for:

  • Currently- enrolled Iowa State University undergraduate or graduate students OR recent Iowa State graduates (graduating no less than 6 months prior to start of the summer accelerator)
  • Students of any major or classification
  • Students of any major or classification
  • Part-time or full-time students at Iowa State University
  • Individuals or student teams applying for their startup or business idea

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Business Plan Training
  • Market Plan Development

Office, Laboratory and Meeting Space

  • Accelerator
  • Co-Work
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Incubator Space
  • Office Equipment and Furniture
  • Office Space
Primary Contact
Megan Graettinger
1805 Collaboration Pl
Ames, IA 50010