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The Iowa Centers for Enterprise offers a comprehensive program that provides assistance to Iowa start-ups, existing businesses and communities. The program helps the state of Iowa develop a creative entrepreneurial workforce and optimizes the flow of intellectual property into opportunities for licensing, commercialization and business development.
The UI Research Foundation (UIRF) works with faculty, staff, and students to develop, protect and commercialize UI intellectual property. The UIRF is passionate about bringing innovations out of the lab and into the marketplace. Commercialization involves both licensing and start-up companies, many of which take root in Iowa and add to the growth of existing industry as well as our burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem. The UIRF welcomes the opportunity to discuss ideas, new research directions and innovations.
The University of Iowa Research Park offers businesses locating at the Park convenient, sustained access to the extensive, relevant research resources of the University of Iowa. Growing enterprises can lease office space in the Technology Innovation Center. Those needing wet lab space have access to the BioVentures Center, a state of the art life science incubator. The Research Park also leases building sites and space to growing technology companies.
The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) is a unique collaboration between the Tippie College of Business, College of Engineering, Carver College of Medicine and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. JPEC delivers innovative educational, training, and outreach programs to students, faculty, aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the state of Iowa.
The UI Small Business Development Center has been serving the Iowa Counties of Cedar, Johnson, Iowa, Poweshiek, and Washington since 1981. It is one of 15 centers in the Iowa Small Business Development Center Network.
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