With a historically agrarian economy, Iowa has made significant progress inthe past decade toward a more diverse economic base. As the birthplace of thecomputer, Iowa contributes much more than agriculture to the US and beyond.Manufacturing, technology, bio-science and education are represented across thestate and continue to be the reasons for population gains in this relatively smallstate.Beyond companies and entrepreneurs themselves, the entrepreneurial ecosystemencompasses Iowans from schools, undergraduate, graduate and communitycolleges; the various research institutions within nationally recognized universities;intrapreneurial employees within small and large businesses; as well as factions of government at the municipal, regional, state and federal level.The entrepreneurial spirit has been deeply intertwined throughout the state’shistory. Today’s startups are innovating in various fields, as evidenced by 91new patents in October 2011 alone, adding to the State’s already diverse patent portfolio----initiated with its first patent in 1854 (i.e. US Patent# 2922). Innovatorsand startups now find a wealth of resources at their disposal and are able toleverage the ecosystem to increase their velocity. Startup Iowa is an initiative ready to contribute to and leverage the nationalimpetus toward entrepreneurial growth. The StartupIowa initiative gathers themultitude of resources under a single umbrella for more effective delivery toentrepreneurs and the startup community. Officially initiated during ThincIowa inlate October 2011, the StartupIowa organization officially launched on December 13, 2011 and plans to accelerate from this ideation phase to ramp up and speed upin 2012.
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