Connecting Industry Leaders With University Resources
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.
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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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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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 >
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is the catalyst that brings together the people and ideas necessary for launching or growing successful enterprises.