February 17, 2020
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Launch your future over the summer in this eleven-week paid program. Join as a founder to work on your business or apply as an intern to gain experience working for a student startup. Through workshops, sessions with experienced mentors, weekly pitches, and lectures, the Hawkeye Startup Accelerator aims to drive the startup process for students, while increasing their startups' chance for success.

About the summer 2020 program

  • The Hawkeye Startup Accelerator is held each summer and is an eleven-week program.
    • Founders will be asked to report earlier and work the full 11 weeks from May 18-July 31
    • Interns will report the following week and be asked to work May 26-July 31
    • Each participant will be compensated:
      • Founders will be paid a total of $4,800 for the program. This is a $10/hour rate for a 40 hour work week throughout the 11-week program
      • Interns will be paid $10/hour and will be expected to work 40 hours a week for 11 weeks. Additional hourly compensation will be awarded to graduate-level interns.
    • Earn monetary awards for set milestones
    • Accelerate the startup process by learning Lean LaunchPad methodologies
    • Work with a team of mentors that will help oversee your progress
    • Meet with instructors weekly to pitch your progress
    • All students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or have recently graduated, are eligible to apply
    • A chance to win additional money during Final Pitches

Application deadline is February 17.