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Applications for Fall 2019 I-Corps cohort now open

The National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program at Iowa State has been successful in fostering a stronger culture of innovation across the entire campus community. The program was only established at Iowa State in 2017, but in this short of time it has already...

Kinosol solar food dehydrators ready for U.S. market

Ames-based startup KinoSol announced a redesigned and optimized version of its international model solar food dehydrator, the Orenda, is now ready to be used in the United States. Engineered for families, gardeners, and sportsmen, the new domestic dehydrator is...

America’s SBDC Iowa State Director Testifies to US Senate Committee

Lisa Shimkat testified to U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship regarding flooding in Iowa AMES, Iowa – America’s Small Business Development Center Iowa (SBDC) State Director, Lisa Shimkat, testified to the Unites States Senate Committee on Small...

America’s SBDC Iowa’s Jay Wickham Becomes Certified Business Advisor

Regional Director of America’s SBDC Iowa at Northeast Iowa Community College Becomes CBA® AMES, Iowa - America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Jay Wickham, Regional Director of America’s SBDC Iowa at Northeast Iowa Community College, Dubuque, has...

Iowa State climbs in ranking of top 100 worldwide universities granted U.S. utility patents

The following article was originally posted on June 4, 2019, via Iowa State News Service. AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University ranks No. 69 in the world in the number of patents granted in the United States last year, according to a list released June 4 by the National...

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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.