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America’s Cultivation Corridor Launches Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program

Source: America's Cultivation Corridor news release, posted October 16, 2019 New program will bring international startups to Iowa for 10-day immersion experience, training and networking DES MOINES, IOWA - America's Cultivation Corridor announced today the launch of...

Ames named one of ten best college towns in 2019

The following article was originally posted on October 16, 2019 via Livability. Why It’s a Great Place to Go to College: This land-grant institution is warm and welcoming to students from all walks of life. With 100 majors and 800-plus student organizations to...

Prairie View Industrial Center designated as ‘Super Park’

The following press release was originally posted on October 11, 2019, via Iowa Economic Development Authority. Prairie View Industrial Center becomes Iowa’s Second Certified Super Park October 11, 2019 - (DES MOINES) – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds joined...

Rewoldt named President ISU Research Foundation, appointed to intellectual property and technology transfer interim director post

Ames, IA -- Interim Vice President of Economic Development David Spalding announced the Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. (ISURF) Board of Directors has selected Dana Rewoldt as the new ISURF President. Additionally, Spalding announced he has appointed...

ISU Startup Factory announces call for applications for the January 2020 cohort

The Iowa State University Startup Factory is now accepting applications for their eighth cohort with a closing deadline of November 30, 2019. The ISU Startup Factory is a 52-week intensive program housed at the ISU Research Park, which provides an avenue for...

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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.