6 BUSINESS START-UP ACCELERATOR TEAMS EVALUATED AND SCORED

8-22-16

Greetings Gazette Reporter George Ford and all—

Your commendable, 2,070 word article in the 8-21-16 Gazette reported:

Six start-up teams are participating in an intensive 95 day program at the Iowa Startup Accelerator in Cedar Rapids that concludes with a launch event on Nov. 3.

Each start-up team, selected from more than 200 applications, has been matched with mentors. They also have received $20,000 each in seed funding and development expertise to take them from concept to successful launch.

Iowalive net workers evaluated the Avg. Success Integrity Index Score for each team business as shown in the following table.  The scores can be  used for comparison with similar scores the teams prepared.  Any changes a team makes will result in a change in the score. 

TWO  TEAMS HAVE SIGNIFICANT SUCCESS INTEGRITY INDEX SCORES

These Are Two of 200 Teams That Applied.

6 BUSINESS START-UP ACCELERATOR TEAMS REPORTED IN 8-21-16 CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE .  Team Scores In Red Have Serious Work To Do!  Source:  Iowalive  8--22-16

AVG. SUCCESS INTEGRITY INDEX SCORE

AMP'D CYCLES OF CEDAR RAPIDS

270

'Our concept is to eventually build a bicycle that will incorporate safety features to make the bike help the rider be safer on roadways,' said Kyle Gatzmeyer, CEO and co-founder. 'We are trying to incorporate things such as turn signals, intuitive brake lighting and theft and wreck detection.' Gatzmeyer said the latter will be linked with a smartphone app to allow a rider to get medical help in the event of an accident or track the location of a stolen bicycle.

ASSETROVER OF CEDAR RAPIDS

30

We help investors who are strapped for time and overwhelmed with the complexities of residential real estate investing,' CEO Jeri Frank said. 'We are focused on people who are buying houses to hold them over a period of time.

GIRLS WITH IDEAS OF IOWA CITY

305

'We offer interactive leadership programming for girls ages 9 to 13 to help them become creative, competent leaders,' said Allison Poss, founder and CEO. 'We have a curriculum we wrote that anyone can purchase and do with a group of girls to help them learn vital leadership skills.

STREAMWEAVER OF IOWA CITY

25

'We help brands connect with people of influence on e-sports or competitive video gaming,' said Keevin O'Rourke, CEO and co-founder. 'At the epicenter of the world of competitive video gaming is a site called Twitch, where anybody in the world can broadcast themselves playing video games live to an audience of thousands.

WRITTEN APPAREL OF CEDAR RAPIDS

505

'We are working to develop a globally desired and respected fashion brand from Iowa,' said Emily Carlson, founder and CEO. 'We specialize in luxury pencil skirts.' Carlson said the company's core values are centered on high quality, unique designs and luxury fabrics. Written Apparel plans to have all of its products manufactured in the United States, she said.

Average Success  Integrity Index Scores Were Derived Using Iowalive's Proprietary Algorithms & Database.  Scores In Black Print Have Significant Probability of Success.  Integrity includes everything involved with a business startup. 

 

Anyone claiming to have better numbers is  asked to provide them. 

Please  forward this post to team members and mentors along with Iowalive’s offer to evaluate and score the integrity of any improvements they might wish to consider or make.  

And please advise Gazette readers how well the 6 start-up businesses are performing in the next 2 to 5 years. 

It is worthy to note website COMPARE IOWA READING TEST SCORES FOR ALL GRADES TESTED 2015-2016   shows only 49.52% and 3.64% of Cedar Rapids 11th graders can compete with National and International students in reading,  respectively.   Math and Science  scores will soon be posted on:

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