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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.7 Million to Spur Manufacturing Growth in Iowa

The following press release was originally posted on Sept. 20, 2018 via the U.S. Economic Development Administration WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.7...

Iowa State University to highlight technologies at inaugural Midwest Drug Development Conference

Iowa State University is one of thirteen major Midwestern research universities to participate in the first-ever Midwest Drug Development Conference being held October 1 - 2, 2018 in the Downtown Capitol District, Omaha, NE. The goal of the conference is to provide a...

Winners announced in the 13th Annual John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

The following press release was originally posted on September 18, 2018, via The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers. The 2018 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition came to a close on September 13th with the announcement of the winners at a...

Kent Corporation Opens Innovation Center at ISU Research Park

The following press release was posted on September 6, 2018 via Kent Corporation.  MUSCATINE, Iowa (September 3, 2018) – Kent Corporation has opened the Kent Innovation Center on the Research Park campus of Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, Iowa. Kent Corporation...

Iowa State University to take on key role in AUTM Crop Productivity Partnering Forum

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) is holding a Crop Productivity Partnering Forum September 12 - 13, 2018 in St. Louis, MO and Iowa State University is set to take on a key role. The productivity forum brings industry partners together with...

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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.