What does it take to help entrepreneurs
and high-growth startups thrive?

Red Cedar was born to answer that

About Red Cedar

Founded by the Cedar Valley’s private business community, Red Cedar is more than just an accelerator or venture capital fund.  We are a startup catalyst, a public-private partnership made up of entrepreneurs, private businesses, colleges, cities and economic development partners.  Our purpose is to champion entrepreneurs and high-growth startups – helping them learn faster and accelerate their growth.

Our Team

Danny Laudick

Executive Director

Trace Steffen

CEO, HowFactory
Board of Directors

Therese Stevens

COO, BraceAbility, Inc.
Board of Directors

Kris Hansen

CEO, Western Home Communities
Board of Directors

Mark Kittrell

CEO & Founder, Eagle View Partners
Board of Directors

Nick Evens

President, The Veridian Group, Inc.
Board of Directors

Laura Hand

Vice President, VGM Marketing
Board of Directors

Natalie Brown

Owner, Scratch Cupcakery
Board of Directors


Our Founding Sponsors

Without the support and vision of our founding sponsors, our work would be impossible.  Their support allows us to serve entrepreneurs – helping to scale new startups and raise the standard of living for all.

City of Cedar Falls

Cedar Falls Utilities

University of Northern Iowa

Wartburg College

Hawkeye Community College

Grow Cedar Valley