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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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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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

The IC CoLab opened its doors at an opportune time for Radiology Protocols. We are a young company and needed to expand. Not only did the IC CoLab provide the space and office infrastructure we needed; it connected Radiology Protocols to the business community and the wider entrepreneurial network. The culture of energy and connectivity at the IC CoLab is invaluable to an entrepreneur.

Stephen Baker B.S. RT(R) (MR)
Founder & President, Radiology Protocols

The Coralville CoLab is my permanent work place. I worked at home the past 5 years and I can’t explain how nice it is to get out of the house and be around great and intelligent people. The atmosphere is amazing and state of the art. Between good people, amazing office space you can’t ask for much more.

Rick Bodey
CEO, Backspace Group a Digital Marketing Company