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America’s SBDC Iowa announces new regional director for its Iowa State University Center

Dave Biedenbach is the new regional director for the Iowa State University SBDC AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Dave Biedenbach is the new regional director for the Iowa State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in...

$1 million gift from HNI Corporation to support Iowa State University’s Student Innovation Center

The following article was originally posted on January 3, 2019, via the Iowa State University Foundation. AMES, Iowa – HNI Corporation of Muscatine, Iowa, has announced a $1 million commitment to Iowa State University that will enhance the educational experience on...

TAI announces nominations open for Prometheus Awards

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) has announced it is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Prometheus Awards presented by LWBJ. “Since its debut 14 years ago, The Prometheus Awards has become the technology industry’s most prized honors,” said Brian Waller,...

IEDA Board approves Iowa State University/CIRAS for Strategic Infrastructure Program grant

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board has awarded Iowa State University and the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) a $250,000 grant for a Digital Manufacturing Development Facility project at Iowa State. According to an IEDA release, the...

Iowa State Named One of Six Public Research Universities as Finalists for 2018 Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities Awards

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named six public research institutions as finalists for its sixth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards. The winners will be announced at the association’s annual meeting,...

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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.