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GCEC Announces 2022 NASDAQ Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

Press Release: ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship GCEC Announces 2022 Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship receives highest honor presented during GCEC conference. AMES, Iowa (November...

ISU one of three universities to receive national award

Iowa State was one of three universities that received an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. It’s the fourth time since 2017 that ISU has won in one of the categories.

Welcome to the EDIR office

To assist external stakeholders in accessing the unique capabilities and services of Iowa State University, the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) was formed in 2014. EDIR provides a single point of contact or “one-stop shop” to streamline the process of making connections between industry and the university.

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EDIR is your partner in navigating the boundless resources available to industry leaders
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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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Our Services

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 16 buildings and tenants employ more than 2,000 employees.

Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC)

A non-profit entity that manages the protection and commercialization of its research results, the OIC works closely with companies engaging in research with Iowa State that desire to take their Intellectual Property (IP) and technologies to the marketplace. 

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.