Student Accelerator 2018

Launch Your Future

Start your summer with the Hawkeye Startup Accelerator program. Throughout the eleven-week program, Accelerator teams will meet daily to launch their startup by using Lean LaunchPad methodologies. 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. Once a week, teams will meet to discuss their progress in meeting milestones, as well as learn about other key Business Model Canvas concepts. Participants will have access to industry partners that can coach them on accounting, taxes, IP, and funding issues. The teaching team and mentors will be on hand throughout the summer to oversee completion of milestones, and help teams reach their goals.

About the summer 2020 program

The Hawkeye Startup Accelerator is held each summer, and is a 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 $10.00/hour rate for a 40 hours 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 meeting 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

Participate as a Founder, or as an Intern

The Hawkeye Startup Accelerator accepts twelve student businesses into the program each summer. These student founders are excited for the busy summer ahead of them but can't do it without a team! If you are a University of Iowa Student and wanting to work in an energetic, fast-paced environment than the Hawkeye Startup Accelerator is for you!  

Once our twelve student businesses are chosen we will provide all of the founders with the intern applications, cover letters, and resumes so the student founders can have an idea of student intern skill sets, majors and interests. Iowa JPEC will then help set up interviews with founders and interns based on desired interests. 

Next Steps

We are no longer accepting applications for the summer 2020 Hawkeye Startup Accelerator.