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Entrepreneurship

 At Iowa State University, a culture exists to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation and provide the tools necessary for building and improving Iowa's businesses. Visit the links below and discover how you can partner with ISU to help turn your ideas into reality.

Contact: For assistance in determining the appropriate resource below, please contact Mike Upah, Associate Director, Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, 515-296-6532, mjupah@iastate.edu

Iowa State University Research Foundation

The Iowa State University Research Foundation (ISURF) owns and licenses technology developed at Iowa State University. When the technology of interest to an entrepreneur has been developed at Iowa State University, consider contacting ISURF first so that transferring the intellectual property can be managed appropriately.

Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the ISU Small Business Development Center (SBDC), provides a wide variety of business related guidance and assistance to both startup and existing businesses. The Center has significant experience and expertise in working with both traditional and technology-based entrepreneurial companies. Services include market research, business plan development, financing, licensing, inventions, networking and other many other management related issues. Along with providing direct assistance, the Pappajohn Center also serves as a gateway, helping businesses access university expertise, technologies, equipment and facilities. Programs also exist for accessing students through either formal internships or other employment programs.

Plant Sciences Institute Innovations Development Facility

The Innovations Development Facility (IDF) is a research environment where ISU faculty, staff, and students can commercialize research and/or create a start-up company in a university setting. Housed in the Roy J. Carver Co-Laboratory, the IDF has two components: a business incubator for faculty, staff and students and a Public/Private Partnership Program for private sector companies to collaborate with ISU scientists.

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