Fri, Sep 9, 2016


ISU StartUp Factory Announces Call for Applications for the 2017 Cohort

AMES, Iowa (September 9, 2016) -- The Iowa State University (ISU) StartUp Factory today announced they will begin accepting applications for their second cohort starting September 9, 2016 with a closing deadline of October 21, 2016. The ISU StartUp Factory is a 52-week intensive program housed at the ISU Research Park, which provides an avenue for students, faculty and staff to create businesses. The second StartUp Factory cohort is slated to begin on January 3, 2017.

Entrepreneurs in the ISU StartUp Factory will receive formal training, resources, and access to a network of business mentors, advisors, counselors and investors in two 26-week blocks: the first a formal curriculum centered on business validation, and the second, customized to their individual business needs.

The ISU StartUp Factory movement is led by serial entrepreneur and Iowa native-turned-Silicon-Valley-success-story Bill Adamowski. Adamowski joined the ISU Economic Development and Industry Relations team to focus on growing the network of innovation throughout campus. He crafted the framework for the StartUp Factory using best practices from the likes of MIT, Stanford and other successful accelerators.

To be considered for admission in the cohort for the ISU StartUp Factory, applicants are to apply through the online application form. First round finalists will present to a review panel, with a final decision notification being received by November 21, 2016. The 2017 cohort start date is January 3, 2017.

The ISU StartUp Factory Opportunity and Learning Session previously scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2016 is being rescheduled to a later date, TBD.


Contact:   Julie Lelonek

Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations