Cedar Rapids, IA, September 10, 2018 – NewBoCo continues its investment in Iowa's
entrepreneurial and nonprofit community by accepting four startups into Iowa Startup
Accelerator’s 2018 Fall Batch. In addition, the Social Good Accelerator has accepted two
nonprofits into its Inaugural Batch, after a successful pilot of the program earlier this year.
Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive program that matches tech-based startups with world-
class mentors, Midwestern work ethic, seed funding, and product development expertise to
accelerate their business to a successful exit. Nonprofits receive the same training and
mentoring as tech startups.

“As we work to develop a senior center that will serve not only the older adults of today, but will
be attractive to seniors in the future, we recognized that we needed to think differently and
engage different partners than we have in the past.” Kathy Horan, President and CEO of
AbbeHealth, said. “We saw participating in the Social Good Accelerator as a way to connect
with a whole new group of experts and learn innovative ways to approach challenges not only
as we develop the senior center, but in other future projects as well.”

NewBoCo Executive Director Eric Engelmann returns to lead Iowa Startup Accelerator after a
nine-month sabbatical where he toured startup and tech communities across the globe,
including Singapore, Japan, and London.

“NewBoCo is doing very well in terms of supporting startups and building a workforce ready to
innovate,” Engelmann said. “Still, I saw a lot of communities adopting creative strategies and
seeing outstanding results that we've never tried here. So, we're incorporating a lot of that
learning into our strategic plans for the next few years to bring to Eastern Iowa."
The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) is a 501(c) (3) organization located in
the New Bohemia neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. NewBoCo’s programming supports
entrepreneurship, innovation, and tech education to help Iowans become more resilient and
thrive in a changing economy.

ISA Portfolio Company updates: GOVRED Technologies has landed more than $100,000 in
contracts. Cargofy has been selected as an exceptional startup in Mobility & Transportation at
TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco as well as being ranked #822 on the Inc. 5000 for 2018.
Three teams have been accepted into their second accelerator program: Noviqu (Techstars
Kansas City), Bytable Foods (Colorado Springs-based Exponential Impact), Codemoji (Virginia-
based Lighthouse Labs).

Fall Batch 2018 Iowa Startup Accelerator Teams

6C Solutions
Team: Keerthan Vantakala, Founder & CEO
Contact: Keerthan Vantakala, kvantakala@6csolutions.com
Website: 6csolutions.comLocation: Chicago, Illinois
Description: 6C Solutions builds analytics applications that increase the profitability and
productivity of Chemical Plants.

Class Composer
Team: Mike Cronley, CEO and Cofounder;Ed Khoukaz, COO and Cofounder; Rob Camp, CTO
Contact: Mike Cronley, mcronley@classcomposer.com
Website: classcomposer.com
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Description: Class Composer is an online tool to help elementary schools make better student
placement decisions.

Rantizo
Team: Michael Ott, CEO; Matt Beckwith, COO; Jorge Castiblanco, Operations Director;
Donavon Taves, VP Hardware
Contact: Michael Ott, ott@rantizo.com
Website: rantizo.com
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Description: Ranitzo is a targeted drone sprayer company focused on solutions that directly
addresses the field needs of farmers and agricultural businesses.

Project BBQ
Team: Troy Miller, Cofounder
Contact: Troy Miller, troykmiller@gmail.com
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Description: High schools and colleges across the United States are increasingly seeking real-
world experiences for their students. Project BBQ is a web-based learning management system
that tracks these experiences, including student outcomes, real projects, and community
partners.
Inaugural Batch 2018 Social Good Accelerator Teams

Aging Services – Linn County Senior Center
Team: Kathy Horan, President/CEO AbbeHealth; Lindsay Glynn, Director of Program
Development, Aging Services; Karen Huber, Owner, Home Instead Senior Care; Lauri Mitchell,
Associate Executive Director, Aging Services; JoEllen Haddad, Witwer Program Coordinator,
Aging Services
Contact: Kathy Horan; khoran@abbehealth.com
Website: abbehealth.org
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Description: Aging Services, Inc. is a regional, non-profit organization that provides services and
resources to help older adults remain independent. The Linn County Senior Center will be a
program of Aging Services.
Kids First Law Center – Youth Peace Project

Team: Jenny Schulz, Executive Director; Arianna Eddy, Youth Peace Project Director
Contact: Jenny Schulz, jenny@kidsfirstiowa.org
Website: kidsfirstiowa.org
Location: Cedar Rapids,  Iowa Description:  Kids First Law Center, established in 2005, is dedicated to helping children in
conflict. Kids First provides legal representation for children in high-conflict divorce and custody
cases, leads divorce workshops for kids, offers no-cost mediation for separated parents, and
helps parents peacefully exchange their children. The Youth Peace Project is a restorative
justice program that helps kids learn to resolve conflicts peacefully at school.
About NewBoCo

The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) is a 501(c)(3) organization located in
the New Bohemia neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. NewBoCo’s programming supports
entrepreneurship, innovation, and tech education to help Iowans become more resilient and
thrive in a changing economy.

About Iowa Startup Accelerator
Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive program that matches tech-based startups with world-
class mentors, Midwestern work ethic, seed funding, and product development expertise to
accelerate their business to a successful exit. Iowa Startup Accelerator is powered by
NewBoCo, a 501(c)(3) organization, and startups are funded by the ISA Fund I.
Media contact: Jessalyn Holdcraft, jessalyn@newbo.co