As a public research university, The University of Iowa has the responsibility to stimulate economic development and extend the benefits of our learning and discoveries to the citizens of our community, region, state, nation and the world. 


Iowa Centers for Enterprise

Iowa Centers for Enterprise (ICE) was created in 2005 to align research strengths and business opportunities.  ICE offers an extensive program that provides assistance to Iowa startups and existing Iowa businesses and communities.  This program is essential to the state of Iowa because it develops a creative entrepreneurial workforce and optimizes the progress 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.

UI Partners

Tech Transfer & Commercialization

Office & Wet Lab Space

Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses




 UI Partners Yellow Circle UI Partners - Engagement Centers

UI Partners was created to consult with small businesses throughout Iowa on their IT needs, such as creating websites, managing databases, e-commerce or general tech support, as well as general business planning. This translates into projects that student interns or apprentices could work on, allowing the students to build their resumes while also connecting with innovative Iowa businesses.

UI Partners Website


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.

This guide is to facilitate those who have
  •  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.


Researcher Guidebook:
A Guide for Successful Institutional-Industrial Collaborations

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.


Providing Space and Support for Existing and New Growing Business

Research Park Ariel ViewUniversity of Iowa Research Park

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 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.

Aiding Entrepreneurs

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

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  Iowa Small Business Development Center Logo

Small Business Development Center

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, Associate Vice President for Research & Economic Development and Executive Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, 319-335-1022

David Conrad, Economic Development Director, 319-335-4142

Zev Sunleaf,  Executive Director, University of Iowa Research Foundation, 319-335-4155

Paul Heath, Director, Small Business Development Center, 319-335-3742

Lee Groeschl, Associate Director of Economic Development, JPEC and UI Ventures 319-335-4549

Paul Dymerski, Associate Director, 319-384-3425

Hayley Yearian, Associate Director of Economic Development, UI Partners, 319-335-2328

Adam Engel, IT Support Consultant, UI Partners, 319-384-0823

UI Research Park/Business Incubation, 319-335-4063