BioConnect Iowa, partners announce second cohort of Iowa Go-to-Market (G2M) Accelerator

The G2M accelerator provides advanced training, business resources and services to support Iowa companies developing technology-driven innovative products or services

AMES, Iowa (February 10, 2022) – BioConnect Iowa President and CEO Steve Brody today announced the launch of the second cohort of the Iowa Go-To-Market (G2M) Accelerator.

The G2M Accelerator is enabled by a grant to BioConnect Iowa and its partners, VentureNet Iowa and ISU Startup Factory, from the US Economic Development Administration. The accelerator is specifically designed to support Iowa companies developing technology-driven innovative products or services that have participated in another incubator, accelerator, or business assistance program, but could benefit from additional focused, customized guidance getting to market.

The following companies have been accepted into the February 2022 G2M cohort:

  • SoilSerdem (Ames) – SoilSerdem utilizes machine-learning algorithms and remotely sensed information to create soil fertility maps with a goal of maximizing yield potential, minimizing the overapplication of fertilizers and improving water quality.
  • Sublime Stericeuticals (Ames) – Sublime Stericeuticals is developing an innovative, highly efficient, reliable process to manufacture and package sterile drugs in a freeze-dried form.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with SoilSerdem and Sublime Stericeuticals in the next phase of their journey,” Brody said. “Iowa G2M is an important part of the services and programs available to the bioscience startup community to move ideas forward and help companies navigate the path to commercial success.”

The G2M Accelerator now offers three start dates each year, in February, June, and October. Registration is now open for the third cohort set to begin in June. Cohort members will participate in group workshops, receive one-on-one mentorship and benefit from pro bono business support in a range of areas, including law, finance, branding, marketing, HR and recruiting. For more information or to apply, visit iowag2m.org.

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About BioConnect Iowa

BioConnect Iowa works with innovators and entrepreneurs statewide to create a homegrown bioscience industry that is second to none.

Together with the Iowa Go-To-Market program, BioConnect Iowa administers the state’s Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Outreach Program, providing a gateway to federal funding dollars through America’s Seed Fund Program.

BioConnect Iowa’s goal is to support Iowa’s world-class researchers and innovators on their path towards commercialization in a global marketplace. For more information on BioConnect Iowa, visit bioconnectiowa.org.

About Iowa G2M

The Iowa Go-To-Market (G2M) Accelerator program, a partnership between BioConnect Iowa, the Iowa State University Startup Factory, and VentureNet Iowa, seeks to provide follow-on support for Iowa entrepreneurs who are developing technology-driven innovative products or services and need additional support to increase their likelihood of commercial success. The program provides entrepreneurs advanced training in sales, marketing, corporate development, and finance, and facilitates connections with support services and providers across Iowa. For more information on G2M, visit iowag2m.org.

About VentureNet Iowa

VentureNet Iowa connects ideas to resources, management, and investors, to create jobs and build businesses in Iowa. VentureNet Iowa administers Iowa’s Public Innovation Funds, a series of low interest loans for early stage, Iowa-based small businesses commercializing proprietary technology in the IT, bioscience and advanced manufacturing sectors. For more information on VentureNet Iowa, visit venturenetiowa.com.

About ISU Startup Factory

The Iowa State University (ISU) Startup Factory is an 18-week incubator program operated by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Entreprenurs in the ISU Startup Factory receive formal training, resources, and access to a network of business mentors, with the focus of helping them advance from “tech speak” to “business speak”. For more information on the ISU Startup Factory program, visit isustartupfactory.org.

Contact:

Steve Brody

515-322-7928, steve.brody@bioconnectiowa.org

BioConnect Iowa

666 Walnut St., Suite 1285

Des Moines, IA

www.bioconnectiowa.org

www.iowag2m.org

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