How do I choose a location?

On the application, each applicant will choose which space is ideal for their business and select the location that your business would like to be a tenant in. All available locations, as well as photos, are located on the interactive map on the webpage.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted online via the webpage. Interested applicants should click on the “Apply Now” button on the webpage to submit their application. Every section of the application must be completed, and the requested additional documents uploaded to the application form. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on June 30, 2022. 

When will I be able to move into the vacant space?

Those details will be worked out with the appropriate property owner of the space that the winner has chosen. Depending on build out and other set-up phases, this time could vary. However, a September 1 or October 1, 2022, starting lease date is ideal.

How will the selection process work?

Applications will open on April 27, 2022, and close on June 30, 2022. During the month of July, the Race for the Space selection committee will review all applications and narrow down the pool to four finalists. These finalists will make an in-person pitch to the selection committee and various members of the Cedar Rapids community. One winner will be chosen in early August.

What kind of business is the Race for the Space program looking for?

Stakeholders in the Race for the Space program are looking for a business that is unique and could bring something new to downtown Cedar Rapids. All entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply if their business model and target market fit the demographics of downtown Cedar Rapids. Our goal is for the winner to be a staple in the downtown community for years to come.