Open to individuals and teams, the Startup Incubator connects potential entrepreneurs from across campus with the experts and resources they need to launch their idea and grow it into a sustainable venture. We've tailored two tracks to meet the needs of undergraduate students and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Earn credit for building a business while earning your UI degree.

Benefits

  • Access to collaborative work space
  • Targeted mentoring and coaching
  • Funding opportunities
  • Workshops to build your entre skills
  • Marketing support
  • Prototyping and software support
  • Legal consulting
  • Networking with alumni and entrepreneurs

Who Can Apply?

If you’re a registered student at the University of Iowa, you’re eligible to apply to Startup Incubator Here’s what you need to know:

  • All majors are welcome to apply.
  • Teams are welcome if at least one founder is a current student.
  • You need to demonstrate serious intent to build your business.
  • After submitting your application, you'll be invited to interview with the Program Director who will determine at what stage you'll enter Startup Incubator.

Expectations

Entrepreneurship requires passion, persistence and a “no obstacles” frame of mind. All members of Startup Incubator need to demonstrate that grit each semester to remain in the program. You’ll be accountable for:

  • Weekly Friday Meeting participation (11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.), part of 1 Credit Hour required per semester in ENTRE 4300:0001 or ENTRE 9800:0001
  • Completion of a working business model
  • Regular interaction with coaches and mentors
  • Developing a competition pitch deck
  • Formulation of short and long-term goals
  • Meeting with Iowa JPEC Specialists in Marketing, Accounting, Law and Prototyping
  • Continued adherence to the expectations of the Startup Incubator Charter

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS, POSTDOCS, AND RESEARCHERS

Learn to commercialize your research in a program that's flexible for your busy schedule.

Benefits

  • Access to collaborative work space
  • Targeted mentoring and coaching
  • Investor insights
  • Guest speakers on tech transfer, NSF I-Corps and other research commercialization topics
  • Marketing support
  • Prototyping and software support
  • Access to SBDC counseling
  • Legal consulting on prototypes and intellectual property
  • Networking with alumni and entrepreneurs

Who Can Apply?

If you’re a registered graduate student, postdoctoral researcher or faculty member at the University of Iowa, you’re eligible to apply to Startup Incubator Here’s what you need to know:

  • All academic disciplines are welcome to apply.
  • Teams or individuals are welcome if at least one founder is a current graduate student, postdoc, or faculty member.
  • You need to demonstrate serious intent to be an active participant
  • After submitting your application, you'll be invited to interview with the Program Director who will determine at what stage you'll enter Startup Incubator.

Expectations

  • Two interactive group meetings per month via Zoom. Plan to bring your venture's current challenges for group feedback. 
  • Attendance of any Startup Incubator talks outside regular group meetings. 
  • Completion of a working business model
  • Regular interaction with the Program Director, coaches, and mentors.
  • Developing a competition pitch deck
  • Formulation of short and long-term goals
  • Meeting with Iowa JPEC Specialists in Marketing, Accounting, Law and Prototyping
  • Continued adherence to the expectations of the Startup Incubator Charter

PROGRAM IMPACT

700+

Businesses supported through Startup Incubator

1st

at multiple national university business competitions

$ 600k+

awarded to startups in FY21

NEXT STEPS

Are you ready to build your big idea?  Apply to Startup Incubator today.

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Explore Student Businesses
 

Since its establishment in 2004, the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory has supported hundreds of student startups. Get to know some of the businesses that got their start by joining Hawkeye Startup Incubator.

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Current Student Businesses

Meet students currently working on startups within Startup Incubator.

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Alumni Businesses

Hawkeye Startup Incubator is proud to have played an early role in the launch of successful startups in a broad range of industries. Hundreds of alumni ventures began at Startup Incubator.