“TechStars is the #1 startup accelerator in the world.”
TechStars is perhaps the best-known startup accelerator program. They claim to take only the top 1% of startups who apply, run them through a 3 month program and end with "demo day" where they pitch their prototype to hundreds of investors.
The following is a list of Iowans (current and expat) who have participated in the TechStars accelerator program either at one of the TechStars proper locations (Austin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, London, New York and Seattle) or in one of the "Powered by TechStars" branded accelerators (Nike+ Fuel Lab in Portland, Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator in Kansas City, R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator in New York, Kaplan EdTech Accelerator in New York, and TechStars Cloud in San Antonio).
If you're an Iowan interested in participating in TechStars, I'd encourage you to reach out to these folks and get their feedback and tips on the process.
Note - This list is short (now) as I'm sure that I'm missing several Iowa expats who are in the TechStars network. Please include their names in the comments and I'll update the post.
Karin Brandt - Class of 2013
Co-Founder & CEO - CoUrbanize
Brent Grinna - Class of 2011
Founder & CEO - EverTrue
See Brent's post on the EverTrue blog: "Three Take-a-Aways from a TechStars Alumnus"
Nike+ Fuel Lab powered by TechStars (Portland)
Brad Candullo- Class of 2013
Alex Frazier - Class of 2013
Co-Founder - NextStep.io (formerly RecBob)
Chris Quartier - Class of 2013
CTO & Co-founder -NextStep.io (formerly RecBob)
John Schnipkoweit- Class of 2013
CEO & Co-founder - NextStep.io (formerly RecBob)
Nick Silhacek - Class of 2013
Co-founder - NextStep.io (formerly RecBob)
TechStars New York
Trevor Owens - Class of 2013
Founder - Lean Startup Machine
Buzz Bruggeman - Mentor
Co-founder - ActiveWords