The Idea Accelerator, a national accelerator led by Heartland Forward, is running a summer cohort of the program with 10 new Iowa City entrepreneurs following the conclusion of the first cohort in May. Builders and Backers and the Iowa City Area Development Group are continuing to partner with Heartland Forward to deliver the program. Heartland Forward is holding cohorts in nine other cities across the country, including ones in Minnesota, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. The three-month program began on June 15. To learn more about the Idea Accelerator, visit