The Iowa State University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center was named one of five finalists in the Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation award category by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), a worldwide academic association of entrepreneurship educators. The award is given to honor a center that creatively supports the process of launching and accelerating […]

Iowa State University is the ‘Innovation’ award winner of the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities’ (APLU) 2020 Innovation and Economic Prosperity awards, ISU announced this week. Awards are given in four categories by APLU to universities with an existing Innovation and Economic Prosperity designation by the association; ISU received its designation in 2016. The […]

The Iowa Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization is hosting a Global Student Entrepreneur Award (GSEA) competition this Friday at Iowa State University’s Student Innovation Center, featuring six Iowa college students and entrepreneurs as finalists for Iowa’s first GSEA award. The GSEA awards program is designed for students who own and operate businesses while pursuing higher […]

The Iowa State University Startup Factory and partners received a $525,427 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s 2020 Venture Challenge program to launch the Iowa Go-To-Market (G2M) program. EDA funding will support the G2M project team, comprising the Iowa Innovation Corp., ISU Startup Factory and VentureNet Iowa, the ISU Startup Factory announced this week. […]

A research project led by Iowa State University into broadband delivery for rural communities is one of two finalists for a national grant by the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and 35 wireless companies and associations.  A team of 10 core project researchers led by ISU professor […]

ISU CYstarters held its 2020 Demo Day virtually, live streaming announcements on YouTube and Facebook last week with more than 160 community members tuning in. The event announced three categories of awards, including the first Ted Bair Cystarters Awards in memory of Ted Bair, former Iowa State regional director at America’s Small Business Development Center. […]

Kris Johansen, manager of industry engagement in the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) and Iowa State University Startup Factory COO, has officially resigned from both posts to join the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE). Johansen will join as director of external relations at NIAMRRE, which is hosted at […]

Oakland Corp., a software and IT solutions developer for grain elevators and cooperatives, is opening an office at the Iowa State University Research Park, the company announced this week. Founded in Story City, Oakland provides integrated software managing grain, agronomy and fuel; a point of sale product; and scale and field mapping interfaces. 

FarmHand App, a member of cohort eight from the Iowa State University Startup Factory, has been awarded a $25,000 Proof of Commercial Relevance loan from the Iowa Economic Development Authority board for product refinement, market planning and entry activities and other expenses, Startup Factory announced. FarmHand App, launched in 2019, is a De Witt-based startup […]

The Ag Startup Engine has invested an initial $50,000 in Ames startup Haber Technologies Inc., which is commercializing a grain bin drying technology called DRI-Stack to reduce damage and spoilage once corn is harvested. The system will allow farmers to harvest earlier, reduce utility costs, increase safety and make drying a faster process, ASE said […]