November 17, 2015 11:11 AM

Julie Shields, director of Millikin University's Center for Entrepreneurship, is looking at more ways to help businesses get started in Decatur, Ill., with assistance from Millikin students.

A model that Shields hopes to utilize in helping local businesses comes from Eric Engelmann, founder of Iowa Startup Accelerator, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Engelmann met with Millikin students and business representatives from the Millikin-Decatur Executives Association (MDEA) on Nov. 12.

Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive 90-day program that matches tech-based startup ventures with world-class mentors, promotes a Midwestern work ethic, and attracts seed funding development expertise.

Engelmann is also president and CEO of Geonetric, a company that builds websites and online marketing solutions for hospitals and health systems.

Millikin students visited Cedar Rapids earlier in November for the Iowa Startup Accelerator's Launch Day. The businesses at the event introduced their concepts to the community.

The Millikin-Decatur Executive Association is a diverse group of business leaders committed to exploring new skills and information valuable to the leadership role. The group educates CEO's and business owners on topics of mutual interest through special programs featuring keynote speakers.

Click here to read more about Millikin's efforts to help new Decatur businesses in an article from the Herald & Review.