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Seven Iowa business incubators and coworking sites launch Iowa Startup Alliance

November 7, 2011

Dan Beenken, manager, University of Northern Iowa Innovation Incubator, 319-273-4322,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Seven Iowa business incubators and coworking sites have joined together to form the Iowa Startup Alliance, a statewide cooperative agreement that allows their members to access and use the facilities and resources of all alliance organizations.

The member tenants and entrepreneurs will have a network of locations to use when traveling within Iowa for business-related activities, such as customer and investor meetings and networking events. They need only to contact the site they are traveling to in advance to arrange for space and resources.

"The duration, resources and space will vary from location to location," said Dan Beenken, manager of the University of Northern Iowa Innovation Incubator. "But the entrepreneurs can count on a warm welcome and helping hand at all sites."

Iowa Startup Alliance organizations

Foundry Coworking
Foundry Coworking is a collaborative office space for startups, freelancers and creatives in downtown Des Moines. It strives to build community and collaboration for the betterment of all members.  

Contact: Alexander Grgurich, or 515-966-4210


StartupCity Des Moines
StartupCity Des Moines is a technology startup incubator located on Silicon Sixth Avenue in downtown Des Moines. It provides active mentoring, an educational curriculum and a workspace conducive to peer sharing.

Contact: Becky Mollenkamp, or 800-834-0717.


Veel Hoeden
Veel Hoeden, located in downtown Pella, is Iowa's first rural coworking space serving the needs of startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. It provides a space where collaboration, community and idea achievement can flourish.

Contact: Joel Bennett, or 641-780-7858.


Iowa State University Research Park
Iowa State University Research Park has provided space and business development services to startup 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. Coworking facilities are provided at the park’s incubator and consist of small private offices and Internet access. 

Contact: Mike Upah, 515-296-7828


UNI Innovation Incubator/Purple Cat Cowork
The Innovation Incubator at the University of Northern Iowa allows new companies to link with and develop a synergistic relationship with the university. With a convenient campus location, entrepreneurs have an easy avenue to access the resources of UNI in a way that many startups cannot. The incubator helps startup 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, or 319-273-4322


Vault Coworking & Collaboration SpaceA 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.

Contact: Andy Stoll, or 424-888-2434


West Des Moines Business Incubator
The West Des Moines Business Incubator was incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization in 2010 to foster a climate for entrepreneurial activity and assist in the growth of small businesses. The incubator provides mentoring by the Small Business Development Center as well as its non-profit board members.

Contact: Jo Eckert, or 515-222-3621