Iowa Centers for Enterprise
In 2005, in an effort to align research strengths and business opportunities, the University formed the Iowa Centers for Enterprise. The Iowa Centers for Enterprise offers a comprehensive program that provides assistance to Iowa startups and existing Iowa businesses and communities, 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.
Whether you are a member of the University faculty, staff or student body, or part of a start-up or existing business, the Iowa Centers for Enterprise can create connections and open doors to innovation, expertise, and entrepreneurship.
Technology Transfer & Commercialization
University of Iowa Research Foundation
The UIRF works with faculty, staff, and students to develop, protect and commercialize UI intellectual property. We’re passionate about bringing innovations out of the lab and into the marketplace. Commercialization involves both licensing and startup companies, many of which take root in Iowa and add to the growth of existing industry as well as our burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your ideas, new research directions, and innovations.
- never disclosed an invention nor sought to patent their IP
- disclosed an invention(s) and have initiated discussion with UIRF and
- received patents and continue to develop new IP and inventions.
Produced by the University - Industry Demonstration Partnership
This Researcher Guidebook addresses the opportunities and challenges unique to institution and industry collaborations, specifically targeting active researchers (at all career stages) and is the product of the collective expertise of the UIDP's member representatives. The guidebook is divided into two parts: Part 1 is dedicated to the Institutional Researcher; Part 2 is dedicated to the Industrial Researcher. These two companion portions of the guidebook together create a strategic tool to promote greater understanding of the issues that face both parties in order to facilitate more effective collaborations for mutual benefit. Reading this guidebook should lead the researcher to ask the right questions, both of the organization and of the potential collaborator, to determine whether to proceed with a particular collaboration.
Growing enterprises can lease office space in the Technology Innovation Center. Those needing wet lab space have access to the BioVentures Center, a new state of the art business incubator. The Research Park also leases building sites and space to growing technology companies that require sustained research relationships with the UI.
The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) is a unique collaboration between the University’s Henry B. Tippie College of Business, College of Engineering, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Formed in 1996, JPEC delivers innovative educational, training, and outreach programs to students, faculty, aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the state of Iowa.
Promoting Growth & Servicing Iowa Small Businesses
The UI Small Business Development Center has been serving the Iowa counties of Cedar, Johnson, Iowa, Poweshiek, and Washington since 1981. We are one of 13 centers in the Iowa SBDC network. For more information about our Small Business Development Center, please contact the director, Paul Heath.
Daniel Reed, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, 319-335-2132
David Hensley, Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Executive Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, 319-335-1022
Lee Groeschl, Associate Director of Economic Development, 319-335-4549
UI Research Park/Business Incubation, 319-335-4063
Zev Sunleaf, Executive Director, University of Iowa Research Foundation, 319-335-4155
Paul Heath, Director, Small Business Development Center, 319-335-3742