The Iowa Startup Alliance (ISA) is an agreement between incubators and co-working spaces throughout Iowa that allows residents/members of one organization to have reciprocal privileges in another organization.  If a startup from Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Pella, Ames or Des Moines needs to travel across the state, they know they have a welcoming home on the other end of their journey.  Need to meet with investors or customers in downtown Des Moines?  No problem there, StartupCity and Foundry have you covered.

Participating entrepreneurs and startups of one of the organizations need only to reach out to the receiving organization in advance of their visit to arrange for space and resources.  As each organization is different, the duration, resources and space will vary from location to location, however startups can depend on a warm welcome and the infrastructure they need to hit the ground running.

About the Organizations:

StartupCity Des Moines is a technology startup incubator located on Silicon Sixth Avenue in downtown Des Moines. They provide active mentoring, educational curriculum, services, and a workspace conducive to peer sharing for their resident startups. Contact: Becky Mollenkamp, City Manager, becky@startupcitydsm.com, on the web at www.startupcitydsm.com, or by phone at 800-834-0717.

Foundry Coworking is a collaborative office space for startups, freelancers, and creatives in downtown Des Moines. While you can rent a desk anywhere, they strive to build community and collaboration to better all of their members.  Contact: Alexander Grgurich, alexander.grgurich@gmail.com, on the web at www.foundrycoworking.com, or by phone at 515- 321-9073

The West Des Moines Business Incubator was formed to foster a climate for entrepreneurial activity and to assist in the growth of small businesses within West Des Moines. The WDM Incubator has office space for up to 10-17 clients and clients within the Incubator are given a free West Des Moines Chamber membership which also includes full membership with The Greater Des Moines Partnership. Contact: Jo Eckert (jo.eckert@wdm.iowa.gov), on the web at wdmbusinessincubator.com, or by phone at 515-222-3621.

Veel Hoeden is Iowa’s first rural coworking space located in downtown Pella, serving the needs of startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs.  They provide a space where collaboration, community, and  idea achievement can flourish.  Contact: Joel Bennett, Chief Dreamchaser, veelhoeden@gmail.com, or by phone 641-780-7858.posterous.veelhoeden.com

Iowa State University Research Park has provided space and business development services to start up and growth focused technology companies for 25 years.  The result is an entrepreneurial support infrastructure composed of numerous peer businesses, professional services and University resources.  Co-working facilities are provided at the Park’s incubator and consist of small private offices and Internet access.  Additional resources may be available.  Contact Mike Upah at 515.296.7828 for more information.  Learn more about the Park by visiting http://isupark.org/.

UNI Innovation Incubator/Purple Cat Cowork
The Innovation Incubator at the University of Northern Iowa allows new companies the ability to develop linkages and a synergistic relationship with the university. With a convenient campus location, you and your firm will have an easy avenue to access the resources of UNI in a way that many start ups cannot.  Our mission is to help start up firms in the Cedar Valley reduce their risks and accelerate their growth via technical assistance and the creation of a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Contact Dan Beenken at dan.beenken@uni.edu or 319-273-4322

Vault Coworking & Collaboration Space
A joint venture of Corridor Coworks and Seed Here, Vault Coworking & Collaborations Space in Downtown Cedar Rapids is a brand-new flexible and affordable professional office space for entrepreneurs, creatives, freelancers and startup companies, all wrapped in a collaborative, friendly and supportive community of like-minded people.  More info at www.crvault.com.  Contact Andy Stoll at andy@seedhere.org or 424-888-2434.

For more information about joining the Iowa Startup Alliance, please contact Christian Renaud at christian@startupcitydsm.com.