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Iowa State 11th for entrepreneurship studies in 2021 Princeton Review rankings

Source: ISU News Service, by Angie Hunt, News Service,, 515-294-8986 AMES, Iowa – President Wendy Wintersteen made it a goal to position Iowa State University as a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. The latest...

ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship selected a top finalist in Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Pappajohn Center recognized for its Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation AMES, Iowa (November 10, 2020) – The Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations announced today the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for...

APLU recognizes Iowa State for innovation

Source: ISU News Service AMES, Iowa – Ten days after a meeting with Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), an Ottumwa-based molding company had designed and ramped up production of a halo to attach to face shields developed by...

APLU Names Iowa State University 2020 Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Award Winner

Source: Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Ames, IA – The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named Iowa State University a 2020 Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) awardee. APLU’s IEP Universities...

America’s SBDC Iowa’s Sheri Benson Becomes Certified Global Business Professional

Business Counselor for Iowa State University SBDC Becomes CBGP® AMES, Iowa - America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Sheri Benson, Business Counselor for Iowa State University SBDC, Ames, has achieved certification in the Certified Global Business...

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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) serves Iowa companies in five main areas: Growth, Leadership, Productivity, Technology, and Workforce. Over the past five years, CIRAS’ work with Iowa businesses has generated an economic impact of more than $2.5 billion. 

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 2,250 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.