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Partnerships

Iowa Innovation Corporation can’t do it alone. We work with a number of partners in the state, including nearly a dozen corporate partners as well as public and private groups that help expand our network through the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Iowa.

Corporate Partners

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Mid-American Energy

MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, is strategically located in the middle of several major markets in the Midwest. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, the company provides service to 746,000 electric customers and 726,000 natural gas customers in a 10,600-square mile area in Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota and Nebraska. MidAmerican Energy is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

Mid-American Energy

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John Deere

Since its founding in 1837, John Deere has seen a great many changes in its business, its products, its services. Change always comes with opportunity. And Deere has always been ready and willing to embrace it. Yet, through it all, John Deere is still dedicated to those who are linked to the land – farmers and ranchers, landowners, builders, and loggers. And Deere has never outgrown, nor forgotten, its founder's original core values. Those values determine the way we work, the quality we offer, and the unsurpassed treatment you get as a customer, investor, employee.

John Deere

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Master Builders of Iowa

The Master Builders of Iowa is the recognized leader of the construction industry in the State of Iowa. Founded in 1912, the MBI is one of over 100 chapters of the Associated General Contractors of America, the most influential and widely respected construction association in the country. MBI's 2300 plus members perform the majority of the state's commercial, industrial and public works building projects. The Association provides its members with a comprehensive array of educational, safety, environmental, labor, legal, and professional development and legislative services.

Master Builders of Iowa

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DuPont Pioneer

DuPont Pioneer, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, agronomic support, and services to farmers. Innovative and customer-focused, Pioneer seeks to increase farmer productivity and profitability, and to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Increasing populations, changing economies, and limited cultivatable land are significant factors driving Pioneer to use the broad application of plant science to improve the value generated from each field.

DuPont Pioneer

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Kemin Industries

Kemin combines sound molecular science with the human qualities of creativity, curiosity and collaboration to improve the lives of humans and animals around the world. Using superior science, Kemin manufactures more than 500 specialty ingredients that deliver important nutrition and health benefits through products consumed by people and animals.

Kemin Industries

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Feed Energy

By continually developing innovative methods to formulate and blend fats and oils, and provide exceptional customer service, Feed Energy has earned a reputation as the premier source of energy solutions to meet the evolving needs of livestock and poultry producers.

Feed Energy

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Genova Technologies

Genova Technologies has established a reputation for proven, custom information technology services in Commercial and Defense sectors. We specialize in requirements analysis, software development, project management and other high-end software consulting services nationwide.

Genova Technologies

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QCI

QCI has grown steadily and quietly by following a simple mission: We help our clients use technology to succeed. To accomplish our mission, QCI is committed to attracting the best people, partnering with great vendors, and delivering value to our clients.

QCI

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Vermeer

For more than six decades, Vermeer has been making an impact by providing agricultural and industrial equipment that is built tough, built to perform, built for value and backed by caring customer service. But our impact doesn’t stop there. It goes far beyond the high-quality of our yellow iron. That’s just our starting point. Today, we are an industrial and agricultural equipment company helping make a real impact in a progressing world.

Vermeer

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Accumold

Accumold began in a rented garage in 1985. Back then, our focus was to manufacture very small micro sized parts other companies could not produce. We continue to focus on industries that demand fast turnaround and small, complex parts such as Micro Electronics, Automotive,Fiber/Optic, Medical, and Military, as well as emerging technologies and markets.

Accumold

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Cambrex

Cambrex Corporation is an innovative life sciences company providing products, services and technologies to accelerate the development and commercialization of small molecule therapeutics.

Cambrex

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Bankers Trust

Founded in Des Moines, Bankers Trust began providing commercial and consumer banking services nearly 100 years ago and is now the largest privately held bank in the state. Today the bank's footprint extends into six states with customers around the world.

Bankers Trust

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Digital Artefacts

What do you get when you combine artists, engineers, and neuroscientists? A full-service shop with a passion for curating meaningful interactive experiences.

Digital Artefacts

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Nyemaster Good

Founded in 1918, Nyemaster Goode is Iowa’s largest law firm with offices in Des Moines, Ames, and Cedar Rapids. Our broadly diverse practice enables us to offer solutions to the most challenging legal issues in virtually every area of the law to companies that range in size from emerging start-ups to Fortune 500s, as well as to individuals. Perhaps this is why we were listed as a Go-To Law Firm® in a recent survey of the top 500 U.S. companies by Corporate Counsel magazine.

Nyemaster Good

Strategic Partners

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Venture Net Iowa

Since 2008, VentureNet has contracted with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) to provide those business commercialization services to innovative companies applying for state funds. VentureNet has seen lots of companies come and go, some successful, some not. "It's all about the better idea," said John LaMarche, VentureNet Principal. VentureNet's primary service is to take emerging companies through a series of steps to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of their business and to determine whether the opportunities are worthy of state financial support.

Venture Net Iowa

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University of Northern Iowa

The breadth and depth of the University of Northern Iowa's Business and Community Services (BCS) makes it a key resource and support system in the drive to grow and position Iowa's economy. Building on the academic strengths of the university and the expertise of staff in BCS, UNI focuses on delivering a hands-on approach to meeting the needs of business and community clinets where they live. Pilkington believes this approach makes it easier to get to the heart of business development. The concept of UNI’s business and community outreach was launched in the mid-1980s when Governor Branstad led the thinking that universities could do more to help businesses grow in Iowa. Several economic development outreach programs were developed during the next two decades and Pilkington helped combine them into BCS in 2000, a one-stop umbrella group with three main components: entrepreneurship and small business; local economic development; environment and sustainability. Each of those three areas houses and sustains a number of enterprises, and collectively have clients in all 99 Iowa counties.

University of Northern Iowa

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CIRAS

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), based out of Iowa State University, assisted 1280 businesses in 94 Iowa counties in 2013*, with an economic impact of $446 million. "We help existing businesses grow, and help put systems in place to help them be more productive and profitable," said program director Mike O'Donnell. A typical CIRAS client sees a 200% return on investment. Startup companies make up a small portion of those companies, but it's those companies that the Iowa Innovation Corporation (IICorp) can affect.

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