Bill Adamowski

AMES, Iowa (February 7, 2020)  — After nearly 5 years with the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR), Bill Adamowski has officially resigned from his post as ISU Startup Factory president. His last day at Iowa State is Thursday, February 13.

Adamowski joined the EDIR team in March 2015 to focus on growing the network of innovation throughout campus. He crafted the framework for the Startup Factory using best practices from the likes of MIT, Stanford and other successful accelerators.

“We thank Bill for leading efforts to establish the new program, and for the work he has done on behalf of our students, faculty, and staff to help them create successful businesses,” Interim Vice President for Economic Development David Spalding said today in an announcement. “To-date, 114 startups entered the program, and our companies have attracted more than $28.7 million in state and federal funding and private investment.”

Spalding said the work of the Startup Factory will proceed without interruption. “Kris Johansen will lead the program on an interim basis, with a search to be held for a permanent replacement to be announced in the coming months,” he said.