The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) as well as the Iowa Innovation Council, are proud to partner with the Iowa Innovation Corporation to help create and support the programs and services that encourage the growth of Iowa’s innovation economy, especially in the biosciences – one of Iowa’s key industries.
The Cultivation Corridor is focused on building opportunities for agricultural bioscience research, innovation and entrepreneurship in Iowa. Together, we are working to enhance agricultural sustainability and accelerate business development by attracting new companies, talent and capital to Iowa.
Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) provides benefits, opportunities, and advocacy to promote the interest and growth of the life science industries in Iowa. We are a non-profit, member-based organization with a diverse membership including industry companies from all segments of biotechnology, universities and colleges, state and federal associations, as well as numerous service and support companies. Our Association seeks to promote the success and growth of biotech-based business in Iowa, ultimately securing our strong biotech economy and increasing our influence nationally and around the globe.
Iowa State University is the largest public university in the state with nearly 35,000 students. Our research institution has earned a stellar global reputation, thanks to the dedication of our scientists and scholars who are tackling the grand challenges of the 21st century through groundbreaking research in topics such as biobased chemicals and other biorenewable products, precision agriculture, immunotherapeutics and vaccines, advanced manufacturing and materials, and data-driven science. Iowa State is industrious, creative, talented and innovative. Funding sponsors seem to agree. In FY18, Iowa State attracted a record $509.2 million in total external funding. All things considered, Iowa State is poised to develop new scientific breakthroughs that will help grow and diversify Iowa’s economy.
The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s premier public research universities with 32,948 students from 114 countries and all 50 states. Founded in 1847, it is the state’s oldest institution of higher education and is home to one of the largest and most acclaimed medical centers in the country, as well as the famous Iowa Writers’ Workshop. It’s commitment to economic development takes many forms, from graduating talented and workforce-ready students steeped in a range of disciplines like engineering, healthcare, science, and the arts, to providing advanced prototyping, entrepreneurial training, and community development resources for Iowans.
VentureNet Iowa (VNI) connects ideas to resources, management, and investors to create jobs and build wealth in Iowa. VNI administers the State of Iowa’s Innovative Funding programs for small business which are designed to assist high-growth technology companies on the commercialization path. VNI and the Iowa Innovation Corporation support Iowa-based technology companies by helping them to find various forms of funding and expertise.