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Regents Innovation Fund Proposals

Request for Proposals: RIF RFP FY21-22 The Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) is now accepting applications for FY22 Regents Innovation Fund (RIF) proposals. FY22 RIF Phase I and Phase II Proposals EDIR is now accepting applications for...

America’s SBDC Iowa’s Michael Wampler Becomes Certified Global Business Professional

Regional Director at Northwest Iowa SBDC hosted by Iowa Lakes Community College Becomes CBGP® AMES, Iowa - America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Michael Wampler, Regional Director of the Northwest Iowa SBDC hosted by Iowa Lakes Community College,...

BioConnect Iowa, partners, launch Iowa Go-to-Market (G2M) Accelerator

The G2M accelerator provides advanced training, business resources and services to support Iowa companies developing technology-driven innovative products or services.  AMES, Iowa (February 23, 2021) – BioConnect Iowa President and CEO Jim Register today announced...

ISU Pappajohn Center rounds out team to support entrepreneurship at Iowa State

The Pappajohn Center welcomes new team members, announces other appointments within its innovative and impactful programs. AMES, Iowa (January 22, 2021) – The Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship today announced three new hires and other...

Peter Hong named new director of ISU Startup Factory program

ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship welcomes Hong to the Startup Factory program, part of the Center’s program offerings and services which support Iowa’s entrepreneurs. AMES, Iowa (Jan. 20, 2021) – The Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for...

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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.