Speed up your Success this summer!

Applications are now closed for summer 2017.


cystarters1CYstarters is a 10-week summer accelerator for Iowa State students or recent graduates to focus on their startup or business idea.  Students will receive $6,000 for individual or up to $12,000 per student team for the opportunity to spend their summer dedicated to achieving their startup goals and pursuing entrepreneurial aspirations.


Who is CYstarters for?

  • Currently enrolled Iowa State University undergraduate and graduate students OR recent Iowa State graduates, graduating no less than 6 months prior to start of the summer accelerator.
  • The program is open to individuals or student teams applying for their startup or business idea.
  • Open to all majors, classifications, and part-time or full-time enrollment at Iowa State University (do not need to be enrolled during summer session).

What can you expect?

  • Speed up Success by participating in the CYstarters’ Mentor Match.
  • Learn & Grow from educational sessions and panel sessions on topics ranging from Strategic Fit, Building Your Revenue Model, The Entrepreneurial Pivot, Building Power Teams and more!
  • Pitch opportunities to practice your pitch and get in front of the right audience to further your startup’s momentum.
  • Experience the new ISU Economic Development Core Facility (at ISU Research Park).
  • Join in weekly accountability meetings with Pappajohn Center staff, advisers and mentors.
  • And don’t forget, you can get paid during your summer to work on your startup!  $6,000 for individuals or $12,000 per student team.

When does it start/end?

CYstarters is 10-week program with the following start/end dates:

Starts the week of May 22nd, 2017.

Ends the week of July 28th, 2017.

 Meet the 2016 CYstarters Cohort.

Checkout the pictures from the 2016 inaugural CYstarters program