Resources for Entrepreneurs

Start your passion.

You’ve got an idea. Now let’s make it a reality.

Whether you want to pitch your newest idea, or you need resources to get your business off the ground, MERGE and the Iowa City Area Development Group team is here to help you along the way.

What stage are you at?

Idea Stage

Inspire. Educate. Validate.

This is the time where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product. Ready? Let’s begin –>

Launch Stage

Start. Develop. Launch.

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step. Ready? Let’s Launch –>

Growth Stage

Recognition. Funding. Growth.

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups. Ready? Let’s grow –>

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MERGE

The IC CoLab @ MERGE offers an open coworking space with benches, dedicated offices, conference rooms, large training room, business resources, community events, 3D printing, Wi-Fi powered by ImOn, free coffee, and much more!

Learn more about each location and membership plans:

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Iowa City Area Development Group

The Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD)’s mission is to create,
collaborate, and act boldly to help build the economic future of our
community and be the best place for all people and businesses to THRIVE.

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Are you a startup, entrepreneur, traveling digital nomad or just looking for space to work?

Partners

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Thank you for making the Iowa City Colab classroom available to my IDT team this week for an offsite retreat. Time, attention, and focus are critical to any business. The Iowa City Colab was an ideal environment for our team to get away from the daily work routine and distractions, and focus on our most critical issues and opportunities.

Jerry Steele
Integrated DNA Technologies

Having a space in the IC CoLab has allowed me not only to use conference rooms, printers, and high-speed internet, but the real value has been networking with other companies in helping build my business!

Kevin Mellen
Graphic Designer/Owner, Creative Mellen

Our CoLab space in Coralville provides business and entrepreneurial resources to our members, including Backspace Group, Inland Bank & Trust, Letter B, Culture Friendly Consulting, and John Naeve.

Mark Nolte
President, ICAD Group