Innovation Index: Updates from Venture School, the Iowa Startup Accelerator, and 1 Million Cups

Innovation Index: Updates from Venture School, the Iowa Startup Accelerator, and 1 Million Cups

Welcome to the Innovation Index. This is our weekly(ish) spot to round up links and news items from around the web relating to startups, innovation and entrepreneurship in Iowa’s Creative Corridor and beyond, so you never miss a thing. You can help! Email me news and notes.  News and notes: Congrats to the 11 teams that completed Venture School‘s student accelerator yesterday! Final pitches and demonstrations happened at hotelVetro, with question and answer from a panel of judges and several prizes awarded. Laugh out loud moment from video game blog Bosscaster (pictured): “We got out of the building, we went to do our customer discovery. The first thing we learned is, our customers are not outside.” Prizes: $500 for business continuity to Flourish and Post Grad Nation $500 for best customer discovery to Baby Brusher $1,000 for best pitch to Bosscaster $1,000 for best pivot to inVisible $1,000 for best opportunity to SwineGuard $1,000 for most improved to Podmi Hydroponics More from Venture School: Read about the new program just for university faculty, that is being developed with a grant from the National Science Foundation. Applications are open. (Iowa Now) (Hopefully) exciting announcement from 1 Million Cups, the weekly event for education and inspiration (that I help organize): On August 5, we’re testing out a new location! We’re going to FilmScene, in hopes that a setting in the heart of the Iowa City ped mall can make the event that much more engaging. Please attend (RSVP and info on meetup) and help us spread the word. Nate Matherson, co-founder of Iowa Startup Accelerator portfolio company LendEDU, wrote a great blog post on ‘how to launch…