Iowa City

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Iowa City, Iowa

Iowa City, often called “Silicon Prairie,” offers startups coworking spaces, accelerators, and incubators, as well as a low cost-of-living. Abundant funding sources, including from nearby Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, help fuel the Iowa City startup scene.

Government & NGO ServicesGrants / FundingDemonstration Fund
Iowa Innovation Acceleration Fund
ProgramsMicroLoan Program
Iowa Economic Development
Chamber / City OrganizationsIowa City Area Chamber of Commerce
The Iowa City Area Development Group
Co-Working SpacesCowrk
Protostudios @ MERGE
Steam Fab Lab
Iowa City Open Coffee Meetup
John R. Hughes Lecture Series
1 Million Cups Iowa City/Cedar Rapids
Startup Weekend Iowa City
UniversitiesTop UniversitiesRoy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa
Startup ProgramsThe University of Iowa: Entrepreneurial Management Institute
University of Iowa: John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
University of Iowa: John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Business Consulting
University of Iowa: Translational Research Incubator
University of Iowa: UI Venture School
University of Iowa Research Park
University of Iowa: UIVentures
Accelerator / IncubatorsIowa Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Center & Accelerator
Iowa KitchenConnect
Newbo Iowa Startup Accelerator
MERGE Innovation Space
Proto Studios
Odds & EndsStartup Iowa Chat
Startup Service ProvidersIASourceLink
News OrganizationsThe Short Coat Podcast
Corridor Business Journal
Iowa City Press-Citizen
Silicon Prairie News
FundingVenture CapitalDreamfield Capital
Iowa Based Venture Funds (a full list)
Iowa City Capital Partners, LC
Next Level Ventures
The Iowa Capital Investment Corporation (ICIC)
Angel InvestorsCorridor Angel Investors by NewBo
Convention & Vistors BureauIowa City Convention & Vistors Bureau
The Old Capitol Museum
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Film Scene
Friends of Hickory Hill Park
Largest EmployersUniversity of Iowa
University of Iowa Hospitals
Iowa City Community Schools
Veteran?s Administration Hospital
Mercy Hospital
Hy-Vee Inc.
Pearson Educational Measurement
Rockwell Collins
International Automotive Components Group



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Cedar Rapids ( 39 min / 29 mi)
Ames ( 2hr 7 min /129.2 mi)