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The Hub chosen for Statewide SBDC Award

The Hub, Council Bluffs, chosen for November Small Business of the Month Award AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that The Hub of Council Bluffs is the winner of the SBDC’s statewide Business of the Month Award for November. The award...

Spalding presents Annual Economic Development and Technology Transfer Report

Interim Vice President for Economic Development and Industry Relations David Spalding presented Iowa State University's FY19 Economic Development and Technology Transfer Report during the Nov. 14 meeting of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Spalding highlighted...

Iowa State delivers $3.4 billion impact to state economy

Source: ISU News Service AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s $3.4 billion impact on the state of Iowa reflects service to families, communities and businesses and benefits to society from an expanded economy and improved quality of life, according to...

Iowa State University ranked #26 for entrepreneurship in Princeton Review rankings

Source: Ivy College of Business The Princeton Review® and Entrepreneur magazine today announced the results of The Princeton Review’s 14th annual survey naming the top undergraduate and graduate schools for entrepreneurship studies. Based on data the education...

Sundeep Vani Joins Iowa State University as Chief Technology Officer for Biobased Products

Source: Dan Kirkpatrick, Office of the Vice President for Research Sundeep Vani has joined Iowa State University to serve in the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Biobased Products, part of the State of Iowa’s Biosciences-based economic...

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The Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) assists external stakeholders in accessing the unique capabilities and services of Iowa State University. EDIR is a single point of contact to streamline the process of making connections between industry and the university.

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EDIR assists external stakeholders,  both individuals and companies, in connecting with appropriate university specialists who can offer business and technical assistance, research and development, access to facilities (including the ISU Research Park, laboratories, and equipment), and assistance with workforce development. Learn more >

Center for Industrial Research and Service

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) works to build healthy communities in Iowa through business prosperity.

America’s SBDC Iowa

The Iowa Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provides free, confidential, customized business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to businesses with 500 employees or less.

ISU Research Park

The Iowa State University Research Park Corporation is a non-profit, independent corporation that serves as an innovation community and incubator for new and expanding businesses. The park currently houses 12 buildings and tenants employ more than 1,700 employees.


ISU Research Foundation (ISURF) and Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (OIPTT). A non-profit entity that manages the protection and commercialization of its research results, the ISURF works closely with Iowa State University’s OIPTT.

ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is the catalyst that brings together the people and ideas necessary for launching or growing successful enterprises.