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From California to Canada, first Techstars Des Moines cohort is online

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Kerty Levy, Managing Director of Techstars Iowa, speaks at Dwolla in Des Moines on Oct. 22, 2019 to announce the new Techstars Iowa accelerator. (Photo: Olivia Sun/The Register)

A major business accelerator has begun in downtown Des Moines — kind of.

Techstars Iowa launched its first 13-week program on Tuesday morning. The accelerator selected 10 entrepreneurs who will tweak their products, meet with mentors and pitch to investors this fall.

When they announced the program last October, Techstars Iowa leaders expected the entrepreneurs to move to Des Moines and work out of a downtown office, connecting them with business leaders in the community. But with COVID-19 cases still high, the first program is mostly online.

Founders, investors and mentors will meet on Zoom, Slack and other digital platforms.

The Des Moines program is part of the broader Techstars community. Founded in Boulder, Colorado, in 2006, Techstars says

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