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Iowa State Startup Factory announces its sixth cohort, program successes to-date

AMES, Iowa (January 22, 2019) - The Iowa State University Startup Factory today announced its sixth cohort of entrepreneurs entering the Iowa State-based program. Twelve teams joined the program, starting with an evening kick-off reception held Thursday evening at the...

Webster County Extension Staff Member Selected for Prestigious America’s SBDC Iowa Award

Audra Fisher honored as Support Person of the Year AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa is pleased to announce that Audra Fisher, business partner for the Webster County Extension & Outreach SBDC, has been chosen as Small Business Development Center Support Person of the...

Burlington woman chosen for national award

Janine Clover to be honored as Iowa SBDC State Star AMES, Iowa — Janine Clover, regional director of the Southeastern Community College Small Business Development Center (SCC SBDC) in Burlington, has been named the 2019 Iowa “State Star” by the national Small Business...

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...

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.