StartupIowa Regional Plan

December 13, 2011

Epicenter of the Silicon Prairie www.startupia.org

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Executive Summary
With a historically agrarian economy, Iowa has made significant progress in the past decade toward a more diverse economic base. As the birthplace of the computer, Iowa contributes much more than agriculture to the US and beyond. Manufacturing, technology, bio-science and education are represented across the state and continue to be the reasons for population gains in this relatively small state. Beyond companies and entrepreneurs themselves, the entrepreneurial ecosystem encompasses Iowans from schools, undergraduate, graduate and community colleges; 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’s history. Today’s startups are innovating in various fields, as evidenced by 91 new 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). Innovators and startups now find a wealth of resources at their disposal and are able to leverage the ecosystem to increase their velocity. Startup Iowa is an initiative ready to contribute to and leverage the national impetus toward entrepreneurial growth. The StartupIowa initiative gathers the multitude of resources under a single umbrella for more effective delivery to entrepreneurs and the startup community. Officially initiated during ThincIowa in late October 2011, the StartupIowa organization officially launched on December 13, 2011 and plans to accelerate from this ideation phase to ramp up and speed up in 2012.

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Table of Contents
Executive Summary Table of Contents Iowa’s Innovation Culture Entrepreneurial Drivers Education K-12 Northern Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Entrepreneur for a Day (E4D) The Youth Entrepreneurial Academy (YEA) ABI Business Horizons eSigourney Entrepreneurial Academy for Leadership Invent Iowa Hyperstream Higher Education Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa) University of Iowa (Iowa City) Drake University Buchanan Center at Drake University University of Northern Iowa Northern Iowa Area Community College Entrepreneurship Scholarships Student Incubation at the North Iowa Business Incubator Student Business Plan Competition Kirkwood Community College Des Moines Area Community College Grand View University Grinnell College Central College Simpson College Government Resources for Startups Small Business Development Center Iowa Economic Development Authority Demonstration Fund Entrepreneurial Venture Component State Small Business Credit Initiative Targeted Small Business Student Internship Program Investment Tax Credits Community-based seed capital funds Statewide Innovation Fund Innovation Ecosystem
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Iowa Innovation Council Iowa Innovation Corporation Iowa Integrated Innovation and Commercialization Network Additional Resources Iowa Capital Investment Corporation and the Iowa Fund of Funds Startup Resources MyEntreNet Accelerators Business Innovation Zone (Des Moines) Entrepreneurial Development Center (Cedar Rapids) Cedar Valley TechWorks (Waterloo) Incubators UNI Innovation Incubator/Purple Cat Cowork (Cedar Falls) Iowa State University Research Park (Ames) West Des Moines Business Incubator StartupCity Des Moines (Des Moines) Foundry Coworking (Des Moines) Vault Coworking & Collaboration Space (Cedar Rapids) Veel Hoeden (Pella) Iowa Startup Alliance Professional Services for Startups Brown Winick Davis Brown Clifton Gunderson Professional Organizations Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) Information Technology The Technology Association of Iowa Biotechnology Iowa Biotechnology Association Networking, Events and Recognition Networking Functions for Entrepreneurs TechBrew StartupDrinks Biz Brew IdeaXchange Events for Entrepreneurs BIZ Networking Luncheons Pitch and Grow Design+Tech DeMo Iowa Innovation Expo ThincIowa CodeCamp BarCamp (Des Moines, Iowa City/Cedar Rapids) Fastest Growing Companies
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Recipe for Business Success Seminars Recognition for Entrepreneurs Prometheus Awards Women of Innovation Dream Big Grow Here Press and Social Support Silicon Prairie News Business380 Des Moines Register Des Moines Business Record Corridor Business Journal Conclusion Appendix A- Contributors, Contacts, and Endorsements Contributors Contacts Endorsements

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Iowa’s Innovation Culture
The State of Iowa has a rich heritage of innovation. Since its admission as the 29th state in 1846, Iowa has hosted inventions ranging from the automatic hay bailer in 1936 to the world's first electronic digital computer in 1937-1941. This entrepreneurial spirit has continued since with 91 new patents issued to Iowa inventors in October 2011 alone, amongst 860+ issued in the calendar year. Inventions range from innovations in disease resistance and cultivation of crops to new omni-directional antennae and such technology innovations as the process to create embedded microcode in specialty processors to deliver high-assurance in failure-adverse environments. Iowa’s core industries today are: 1. Manufacturing: Even though primarily known as an agricultural state, manufacturing remains Iowa’s largest economic driver and industry. Global leaders such as Rockwell Collins, Pella, Vermeer, and John Deere have significant operations based in Iowa and exemplify manufacturing growth as well as national and global exports. 2. Technology: Iowa’s universities and cities provide a stable and continuous infrastructure to establish and grow technology leaders. Research and Business parks managed by the state universities produce a continuous stream of graduates. Private colleges like Drake University’s Law School has recognized leadership in its Intellectual Property law school whose graduates increasingly support IP protection for their agriculture, biosciences and technology clients. 3. Biosciences: Iowa has a sizable and rapidly growing bioscience industry sector that outpaced growth at the national level. This industry is a highly specialized leader in agricultural feedstock and chemicals, and has remained resilient even through the first year of the recent recession. It remains a high-wage industry and employs over 15,000 people. 4. Finance: Iowa is not only the insurance capital of the United States, but serves as home to finance and insurance giants such as The Principal Financial Group, Wells Fargo, ING Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, and more. The University of Iowa’s renowned Tippie College of Business provides a strong conduit of professionals to the industry with its MBA and related degrees. 5. Agriculture: This industry has driven Iowa’s economy throughout its history and continues to be the lead story about Iowa’s products worldwide. Though agriculture has been critical historically to the state’s economy,
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Iowa’s diversification of its economic portfolio through the above industries is also having a positive, measurable impact on its economy.

Entrepreneurial Drivers
Iowa is served by many entrepreneurial drivers that ensure that new and existing businesses can receive all necessary services locally from a wide array of nationally connected practitioners. They include: 1. Banks: Global and local banks provide critical startup, operational and growth support to the Iowa entrepreneurial community. Frequently served by Wells Fargo, Bankers Trust or West Bank, entrepreneurs have found a rich source of banking support in a network that stretches across the state. 2. Legal: Professional firms provide the wide array of services from business organization, immigration, intellectual property protection, mergers & acquisitions and advisory services to businesses in most areas. Law firms like Davis Brown or Brown Winnick frequently represent the Iowa startup and established business community, and serve on Iowa’s non-profit boards and community events. 3. Venture Capital: The venture ecosystem in Iowa is robust. From a large and active angel investor base as well as regional seed and angel funds to traditional early and mezzanine-stage venture capital firms. Individual investment has favorable tax status due to recent regulation passed in 2011. 4. Incubators and Accelerators: Entrepreneurs need more than technology support, capital and legal relationships. Mentors, business accelerators and incubators provide a critical path to successful entrepreneurship. Iowa has fostered such support structures from a variety of constituents – government, corporate, industry and private incubators. The Iowa Startup Alliance recently brought seven of the incubators in a collaborative venture to support each others’ startups and member companies. 5. Higher Education: Iowa is home to nationally renowned leaders in education. Iowa State University, the birthplace of the computer, is also the second largest licensor of technology after the University of California System. The University of Iowa leads the country in medical research, finance, a number of fine arts and creative writing areas, and the University of Iowa’s Tippie School of Management ranks in as one of the top 50 MBA schools nationwide Iowa is in the midst of a shift from farming and manufacturing as lead economic industries to a more dynamic and diverse mix of activities that leverage its agrarian and manufacturing expertise, with rapid growth in the finance and insurance, real estate, health care, and professional and technical services industries. While
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Iowa’s economy has increased by nearly 50 percent since 2000, it has also become more diversified with a greater number of well-educated and well-trained individuals. While Iowa drives the agriculture economy of the nation, farming contributed only 5.1 percent of Iowa’s 2009 gross domestic product (GDP). The manufacturing industry added $23.8 billion to state value in 2009. This was the largest output sector in the state, representing 16.7 percent of state GDP. This represents a rather large decline in percentage of GDP from 22.1 percent in 2000. Over that time, finance and insurance has added to its share of gross domestic product, rising from 11.1 percent of GDP in 2000 to 16.2 percent in 2009 and more than doubling in value from $10.4 billion to $23.1 billion. Much of this increase can be attributed to the large finance and insurance companies headquartered within the state. Principal Financial Group, EMC Insurance, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Wells Fargo, ING group, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, AEGON, and Aviva all have major employment bases in the state. This shift in the Iowa economy is also visible in shifting employment in the state. The recent recession highlighted the importance of a diversified state economy with a resilient and dynamic workforce. Iowa’s attraction of high value companies and its encouragement of its startup community allowed the state to weather the recent and ongoing economic storm well. While the manufacturing and construction businesses were hurt by the recent recession, they are showing signs of growth in 2011 and may have created space in the market for new businesses. The silver lining of a recession is that it can often foster future growth as displaced workers collaborate with new networks to develop products and ideas that may have otherwise gone unrealized. These trends are born out in the State of Iowa industry projections:

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State of Iowa Industiry Growth Projections 2008-2018
Industry 2008 Estimated Employment 1,663,780 2018 Projected Employment 1,838,760 Total Growth Percent Change

Total

174,980

10.5%

Professional and Business Services Administrative and Waste Services Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting Health Care and Social Assistance Construction Finance and Insurance Transportation and Warehousing Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Educational Services Other Services, except Public Administration Information Accommodation and Food Services Retail Trade Wholesale Trade Manufacturing Natural Resources & Mining Utilities

42,575 65,850 3,095 192,425 73,000 89,420 64,555 13,430 20,700 166,900 33,135 33,380 114,645 178,165 68,960 227,410 2,130 7,105

56,475 80,720 3,785 232,120 85,335 103,085 74,395 15,310 23,520 185,915 36,650 36,765 125,245 186,210 70,180 230,920 2,080 6,585

13,900 14,870 690 39,695 12,335 13,665 9,840 1,880 2,820 19,015 3,515 3,385 10,600 8,045 1,220 3,510 (50) (520)

32.6% 22.6% 22.3% 20.6% 16.9% 15.3% 15.2% 14.0% 13.6% 11.4% 10.6% 10.1% 9.2% 4.5% 1.8% 1.5% -2.3% -7.3%

Table 1: Industry Employment Projections to 2018

Professional and business services is expected to become an even larger part of the Iowa jobs economy in the future as this sector is expected to grow by nearly 33 percent by 2018. This is particularly important to Iowa’s startup community as this sector holds most technology startups. Over that same time, workers in the Information Technology field are expected to increase 21.4 percent throughout the state.

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Information Technology Occupations Projections (by type) 2008-2018
IT Occupation Breakdown (Projected) Statewide Computer and Information Scientists, Research Computer Programmers Computer Software Engineers, Applications Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software Computer Support Specialists Computer Systems Analysts Database Administrators Network and Computer Systems Administrators Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Computer Specialists, All Other Total 53 3,899 3,472 2,726 4,995 5,230 733 3,272 2,626 1,881 28,887 59 3,762 4,663 3,582 5,712 6,399 869 3,885 4,049 2,101 35,081 6 -137 1,191 856 717 1,169 136 613 1,423 220 6,194 11.3% -3.5% 34.3% 31.4% 14.4% 22.4% 18.6% 18.7% 54.2% 11.7% 21.4% 2008 2018 Change % Change

Table 2: IT Occupation Projections to 2018

Between the sectors of Advanced Manufacturing, Biosciences, and Information Technology, Iowa has a robust and thriving startup climate that spans K-12 education, higher education, professional organizations, public and private sector resources, and access to capital.

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Education
Iowa’s legacy strength of being an educational leader in the nation includes multiple programs to encourage development of entrepreneurial skills and abilities, as well as start businesses while still in K-12 or undergraduate higher education. A subset of these programs is enumerated below.

K-12
Northern Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Entrepreneur for a Day (E4D) The E4D program is dedicated to teaching 5th-grade students the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship and how to start a business. Students learn the distinct differences between becoming an entrepreneur and being an employee. One of the goals of the program is to get kids thinking about being a job creator versus a job taker, by understanding that entrepreneurship is a viable career pathway. During this two session program, participants experience business planning, financial literacy, marketing concepts, work place concepts, social responsibility, and team-building skills. This is actually the first step in getting entrepreneurship education into the schools.
● During the first day, trained facilitators visit the students’ classroom and

get them excited about the program by introducing terms and concepts of entrepreneurship. ● The second day, students are invited to visit the NIACC campus where they choose a product, borrow money from a bank, buy resources they will need, make the product, then sell the product and determine if they made a profit ● The visit concludes with a tour of NIACC which offers students a sense of campus life, diversity, and validates college. Many of these students may be the first generation in their families to attend college, and the campus presence enables the students to make a post secondary connection. More info http://www.niacc.edu/pappajohn/e4d.html

The Youth Entrepreneurial Academy (YEA)

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YEA a one-week summer program that brings together 11th and 12th grade students to form teams, select business concepts, create companies, create business plans and present those plans in public to a panel of businesspeople, economic developers and educators. The objectives of the Youth Entrepreneurial Academy are to expose students to entrepreneurship, provide students with an opportunity to apply their skills and creativity, help students understand critical thinking skills and give students another career option of being a “job creator.” YEA is now entering its 15th year of providing its unique entrepreneurial education through an experiential experience. More info at http://www.niacc.edu/pappajohn/youthacademy.html ABI Business Horizons The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) sponsors the Business Horizons (BH) program, a one-of-a-kind, hands-on, action-oriented week-long summer program for high school students who want to learn about the world of business and what the future holds for them. The mission is to promote the value of the free enterprise system through leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurial activities, and personal development opportunities. BH has enjoyed over 25 successful years of educating young people about economics, the free enterprise system, entrepreneurship, skills they need to be successful in today's workplace, and about opportunities available in the state of Iowa. BH is a program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation (ABIF) and partners with businesses and local chambers of commerce across Iowa. More info at http://www.businesshorizonsiowa.org eSigourney Entrepreneurial Academy for Leadership The eSigourney Entrepreneurial Academy for Leadership (eSEAL) was formed with a focus to give Sigourney students (7-12), including alternative students and interested community members, opportunities to be entrepreneurs. This also gives the students a broader ability to want to choose secondary education options, and gives them more choices in the career field. A goal of this is to stop the "brain drain" from the area by demonstrating that students can have productive and successful lives by owning a business. The eSEAL Charter was designed as an academy for leadership through entrepreneurial experiences both in the classroom and in the community. Students in grades 7-12 are introduced to curriculum that emphasizes innovation, leadership, business plan development, continued education, and community engagement. In general, the climate of eSEAL learning is one of commitment to assuring all students find a way to be engaged in relevant learning experiences in areas that lead them to careers. While eSEAL has a strong emphasis on
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entrepreneurial education, career and basic leadership development are at the heart of the charter, supporting curriculum, and activities. During the 2009 school year, the Sigourney Community School District initiated a Career Academy with the support of Indian Hills Community College, private sector businesses, and the wider community. eSEAL is incorporated into the Academy and complements the overall intent of the charter by assuring students have choices even if entrepreneurship is not the direction they elect to take for their future career. When the Charter was created, it was not just to give high school students the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship. In the elementary school, students begin to explore entrepreneurship through a program called “Biz in a Boxx,” which is continued through middle school. At the middle school level, the students begin initiating career plans and start small businesses, such as selling cookies or other items during lunch. Throughout middle, and even high school, they participate in a wide variety of trips that expose them to different leadership, entrepreneurial and business examples in the surrounding communities. Students have even had the opportunity to visit with local entrepreneurs, attend entrepreneurship conferences and get hands-on experience. More info: http://www.sigeseal.com/Sigourney_eSEAL/Home.html Invent Iowa Invent Iowa, one of the premier programs through the Belin-Blank Center of International Development for Gifted Education and Talent Development, at the University of Iowa School of Education, serves the needs of talented young inventors and their teachers. The Invent Iowa program encourages students to creatively think and solve problems through the invention process. Now in its 24th year, the program has celebrated the work of thousands of students in grades K12. These novice inventors, whose inventions range from humane mouse traps and mitten driers to devices that make life easier for someone with a disability, continue to amaze and inspire. Invent Iowa is a comprehensive, statewide program developed to assist Iowa’s educators in promoting the invention process as part of their regular K–12 curriculum. Since 1987, Iowa students have had the opportunity to express their inventiveness and solve problems in an educational way. Local schools and Iowa Area Education Associations (AEA’s) provide opportunities to showcase student inventions at local and regional Invention Conventions. The culminating invention experience for Iowa students in grades 3 through 8 is the Invent Iowa State Invention Convention. Student inventors must receive an official invitation to participate in the state convention. This invitation is issued by an authorized Invent Iowa Area Education Agency coordinator. All inventions at a
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convention must be a completely new product or significant new application of an existing product. The invention must also be original student work. More info at http://www.education.uiowa.edu/html/belinblank/Programs/Students/InventIA/ Default.aspx Hyperstream The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) Educational Foundation developed and tested a technology career awareness program called “HyperStream,” to support its key initiative of developing Iowa's future technology workforce. Launching statewide in September, 2008, TAI member companies and their employees are the driving force in encouraging Iowa 8th–12th graders to pursue post-secondary technology education to prepare for Iowa tech careers. Through active partnership between business and education, ambassador companies work directly with educators and students by mentoring, starting HyperStream Clubs and supporting hands-on projects. Ambassadors directly develop our future technology leaders and contribute to the community. This is NOT a career day presentation but a long-term program in which ambassadors, students, educators work together throughout the year and ongoing. Once a company signs up as a HyperStream Ambassador company, TAI provides the training, tools and direction needed to effectively partner with local school districts.

Higher Education
In 1996, Iowa businessman John Pappajohn, president of Equity Dynamics, Inc. in Des Moines, established five entrepreneurial centers throughout Iowa, at Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Drake University and North Iowa Area Community College. Although each center defines its own mission and serves the state in a manner consistent with its particular strengths, each center has the same ultimate purpose: to enhance the effectiveness of Iowa's entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurial centers complement formal degree programs, curriculum and other programs offered by each university’s business and additional schools. Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa) The Iowa State University Research Park The Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park is a 230-acre development with over 270,000 square feet of building space. They are located in Ames, just south of the Iowa State University campus.
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While the ISU Research Park is closely connected with the university, they operate independently to help tenants reach proprietary goals. The ISU Research Park offers assistance and accessibility to many university and area connections, including facilities, expertise, technology, financing, recruiting and more. The ISU Research Park strives to create an innovation community and provide an incubator for new and expanding businesses. The Park also assists young Iowa-based companies to develop their potential and nurtures scientific and technological entrepreneurial ventures. The ISU Research Park serves tenants of any size, including start-ups, smallstaff operations, growing entrepreneurial ventures and corporations with multiple locations worldwide. They also work with affiliate companies to offer on-site services to further their off-site interests, wherever they may be. Current 60 companies serve as tenants and represent a wide variety of fields, including biotechnology, cyber-innovation, agriculture, health, wellness and more. More info at http://www.isupark.org ISU Pappjohn Center for Entrepreneurship The ISU Pappajohn Center provides assistance to businesses in partnership with the ISU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program, and employees are shared between both programs. Together, the centers serve two broad types of clients: ● Community Practice: Both existing and startup businesses of all types with up to 500 employees in four counties in Central Iowa including Story, Marshall, Boone and Hardin. ● Technology Businesses: Although most of the Center’s technology clients are related to Iowa State University, the Center offers services on a statewide basis to technology-based startup firms. Annually the Center provides service to approximately thirty technology firms, with activity spread across three segments: ○ Potential startups where market analysis and business feasibility is the primary focus. ○ Startups where formation, licensing, fundraising and establishing operations are the primary focus. ○ Existing / maturing firms where the center provides ongoing support in areas such as networking, fundraising and market research. The primary areas of assistance include:
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● Encouraging entrepreneurship within the Iowa State community, and providing guidance with policy and procedure for pursuing entrepreneurial activities ● Market analysis ● Guidance during the licensing of intellectual property ● Business strategy and business plan development ● Finance, including banking, grant and venture capital ● Operations ● Networking Entrepreneurship Education Rather than simply focus on business students, the Center sponsors an academic program that is available to all students at Iowa State University. All majors can minor in entrepreneurship. Teaching methods emphasize supplementing classroom instruction with opportunities to learn from speakers who have been successful entrepreneurs, and the opportunity to be immersed in the entrepreneurial experience inside a startup company. Services ● Class projects provide assistance to existing or startup business. ● The Center manages internships and other opportunities that put students inside startup companies to gain hands-on experience solving real world problems and helping launch new companies. ● The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community offers students a premier live-in-learning environment focused on entrepreneurship for any major. ● The Entrepreneur Club and E-Network are available to all students. ● Resources and support are available to entrepreneurship faculty. More info at http://www.isupjcenter.org University of Iowa (Iowa City) The Iowa Centers for Enterprise at the University of Iowa The Iowa Centers for Enterprise fosters economic development within the state and beyond, connecting you with UI resources and opening doors to innovation, expertise, and entrepreneurship. The Iowa Centers for Enterprise unites University of Iowa economic development units including the John Pappajohn Enrepreneur Center (JPEC), UI Research Foundation, UI Research Park and the UI Small
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Business Development Center to connect people with the university’s vast research capabilities and expertise in new product development, business assistance, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. More info at http://www.enterprise.uiowa.edu University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneur Center (JPEC) The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) is a unique partnership within The University of Iowa among the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and University of Iowa health sciences. JPEC was founded in 1996 through a generous gift from John and Mary Pappajohn of Des Moines, Iowa. JPEC offers nationally ranked, comprehensive entrepreneurial education programs to all Iowans. All undergraduate students at The University of Iowa may earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management in addition to their undergraduate degree. In addition to the Certificate, JPEC and the Department of Management and Organizations have teamed up to now offer a BBA in Management with an Entrepreneurial Management Track to students in the College of Business. Advanced entrepreneurship courses are also offered to MBA students on campus and at several locations across the state of Iowa. BELL Center at The University of Iowa (Students Only) The Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory (BELL) is an applied learning environment for advanced entrepreneurship students pursuing the creation of a new business. Individual students and teams will receive dedicated office space located in the heart of the UI campus in a newly remodeled 10,000 square-foot facility, enabling them to concentrate on developing their business concepts.As part of JPEC's cross-campus academic program, students receive intensive one-onone mentoring, business plan development, and a variety of other assistance from JPEC and Small Business Development Center faculty and staff. More info at http://www.iowajpec.org/bedell UI Technology Innovation Center (TIC) For new businesses or established companies eager to initiate new endeavors, the Technology Innovation CEnter (TIC) offers services and cost-effective laboratory and office facilities. With access to the University computing facilities as well as research equipment and instruments, collaborations between academic scientists and those in business can flourish. Advisory services also are available on issues such as management, marketing, and finance. For more information, write Oakdale Campus, call (319) 335-4063, e-mail thomas-bauer@uiowa.edu, or visit the web site at http://research.uiowa.edu/techtransfer/tic_main.htm.
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The Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship The Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship at The University of Iowa enriches K-12 students’ lives through classroom and practical educational experiences. Through teacher education, innovative curricula, and outreach, the Jacobson Institute fosters the “entrepreneurial mindset”—encouraging creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving, and preparing students for success in the worlds of business and entrepreneurship. More information at http://www.jacobsoninstitute.org The University of Iowa Research Park The University of Iowa Research Park offers corporations locating at the Park convenient, sustained access to the extensive, relevant research resources of The University of Iowa. Here, growing enterprises have access to a state-of-the art business incubator, world-class research facilities and a dynamic faculty of scientists, physicians and engineers at one of the world’s leading public research universities. Established in 1989, The University of Iowa Research Park (formerly Oakdale Research Park) leases building sites and space to growing technology companies that require sustained research relationships with the UI. The new BioVentures Center's business incubator facility offers flexible, costeffective wet lab space to new business ventures. The UI business incubator program was among the first in the nation when it was established in 1984 and has nurtured nearly 100 UI spinouts and other new ventures. More info at http://researchpark.uiowa.edu/index.php The University of Iowa Research Foundation The University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) is a 501C3 corporation that commercializes University of Iowa developed technologies and inventions through licensing and new venture formation, and manages the subsequent revenue stream. More info at http://research.uiowa.edu/uirf Drake University Buchanan Center at Drake University The focus of the Buchanan Center is to provide curricular and co-curricular
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opportunities for Drake University students. This includes support of:
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Major in Entrepreneurial Management and minor in Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship Week Activities Entrepreneur in Residence Physical Center Infrastructure Faculty and Student Incubator development Service Learning Opportunities International Entrepreneurship Opportunities

Bill Buchanan, who graduated from Drake in 1957 with a degree in actuarial science, came back to Drake University with his wife, Jean, and gave a $3 million gift to establish the William M. and Jean M. Buchanan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in 2010. More info http://www.cbpa.drake.edu/entrep/buchannan

Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship Outreach The center was established in 1998 with generous funding from Iowa businessman John Pappajohn. The function of the Pappajohn Center is outreach oriented with much of the effort collaborative in nature. This includes support of: ● Iowa Business Plan Competition- annual state-wide competition for startup businesses ● Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship Conference- annual October conference held in Des Moines ● Iowa Student Business Plan Competition- held each spring semester ● CEIC- Collegiate Entrepreneur Iowa Conference – held each spring semester More info at http://www.cbpa.drake.edu/entrep/pappajohn University of Northern Iowa The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at UNI (JPEC) The John Pappajohn Entreprenuerial Center (JPEC) at the University of Northern Iowa is a division of Business and Community Services, which is included in the College of Business Administration. The JPEC offers programs focusing on entrepreneurship education, technology transfer, and capital investment for small businesses. These programs include: a certificate in entrepreneurship;
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a student business incubator; academic and non-academic entrepreneurship courses including a summer program; small business assistance; conferences, symposia, and workshops; business plan competitions; equity funds; and a student entrepreneurs’ organization. The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is designed to engage students in active participation in the development of entrepreneurial enterprises. Students do this through a combination of traditional course work specifically directed to entrepreneurial ventures and participation in an enterprise experience through the development of a business plan for a new venture and an experiential project. The Student Business Incubator is a private philanthropy and Small Business Administration- funded program of the JPEC designed to inspire and educate UNI students interested in entrepreneurship and small business. The incubator is an educational learning lab for student business owners to explore ideas with the assistance of the JPEC and other professionals. The incubator has ten fully equipped professional suites for student businesses and a comprehensive small business education and counseling program. More info at http://www.jpec.org Northern Iowa Area Community College The national NACCE Innovation Award winning NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center provides college level courses and degree programs in entrepreneurship, as well as comprehensive consulting services for business startups, existing industries and owner transitions in the North Iowa region. The Degree and Certificate program provides students with an understanding of the many facets of entrepreneurship. Students learn the process of identifying a business opportunity and developing an organization to establish a new venture. The curriculum provides students with the proper tools to evaluate the feasibility of a new venture and to identify the available resources for assisting an entrepreneur during the start-up phase of the business. More info http://www.niacc.edu/pappajohn Entrepreneurship Scholarships Full-time NIACC students enrolled in the Associate in Science (Business) Entrepreneurship Degree program are eligible for up to $2000 in scholarships. This scholarship opportunity is worth $500 per semester. Students planning to graduate with an Entrepreneurial Certificate are eligible for up to $1000 in scholarships. If enrolled full time (12 semester hours or more), the scholarship is worth $1000 ($500 per semester). If enrolled part time (minimum of
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6 semester hours), the scholarship award is worth $500 ($250 per semester). Full-time students enrolled in entrepreneurial classes as electives are eligible for a $500 scholarship per semester. More info http://www.niacc.edu/pappajohn/scholarships.html Student Incubation at the North Iowa Business Incubator NIACC students have direct access to the use of the North Iowa Business Incubator at no cost. The North Iowa Business Incubator is mixed use incubation space for the temporary development of start up businesses. Following graduation from NIACC the student may apply to be a full use incubator client. The incubator features all the traditional services of mixed use incubation with additional nontraditional services made possible by its incorporation into the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC). More info at http://www.niacc.edu/pappajohn Student Business Plan Competition The NIACC JPEC supporting and providing leadership for the Pappajohn New Ventures Business Plan Competition for the past eight years. The students at NIACC compete side by side with their counterparts from Iowa’s universities and private four year colleges. Students compete for three five-thousand dollar prizes and several one-thousand dollar prizes. This competition is open to all students enrolled in a two year or four year college or university. More info at http://www.niacc.edu/pappajohn/businessplan.html Kirkwood Community College Serving a 7-county region and with its main campus in Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College offers an entrepreneurship certificate isthat is part of the Management associates degree program. The certificate consists of four blendedlearning courses designed to teach students how to research, develop and write detailed start-up business plans, which can be used to create successful businesses. The blended-learning environment provides a dynamic, interactive experience that combines the flexibility of Internet-based e-learning with the benefits of face-toface instruction. Des Moines Area Community College The Des Moines Area Community College offers both Certificate and Degree programs in Entrepreneurship. These programs offer extensive instruction into
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the mechanics of creating and operating startup businesses. In addition, DMACC hosts an annual Entrepreneurship Day workshop with speakers and educational curriculum. More info at https://go.dmacc.edu/online/Pages/entrepreneurshipcertificate.aspx Grand View University Grand View University offers a certificate program in Entrepreneurship for its students that encompasses Financial and Managerial Accounting, Business Fundamentals, Marketing, Web Design and Development. More info at http://www.grandview.edu/aspx/audience/programlanding.aspx Grinnell College The Donald L. Wilson Program of Enterprise and Leadership promotes the theory and practice of innovation, enterprise, and leadership in the business, government, and non-profit sectors. The programs tries to encourage students to become “entrepreneurial” in whatever career they pursue. The programs three primary activities are: ● Funding student summer internships in (mainly) the private sector – profit or non-profit. ● Bringing alumni back to campus to share their real-world experience and insights by teaching short (3-week) courses. ● Funding class visits by professionals who stimulate student thinking about entrepreneurship and innovation. More info at http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/wilson/mission Central College Since 2009, a few entrepreneurship courses and several learning opportunities have been offered at Central College and momentum has been growing. There has been ongoing discussion around opportunities for expanding the program and scope. Here are few key initiatives implemented in the last couple years or currently in process: ●An Executive in Residence (Central alumni with extensive entrepreneurship experience) was added to encourage and build the program ● Partnership with Veel Hoeden (Pella Coworking space). This allows students full access to the space, networking sessions, special events, internships and co-hosting activities ● Formation of an Entrepreneurship Minor
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● Further cultivation and implementation of national and international partnerships with for/non-profits ● Continue developing major student lead projects that enable students to learn experientially ● Created a new position at Central to lead and administer this program and further develop the innovative culture within the college. ● Development of student lead business on campus ● Development of entrepreneurship student on campus student organization This program provides students with greatly enhanced entrepreneurial skills and experience, within the context of Central’s experiential learning and international studies strengths. This program is fairly new to Central but certainly one of the fastest growing. Here are some student outcomes worth noting. ● Students develop a tool kit to assist in starting their own venture ● In-class interaction with 10-15 entrepreneurs per semester ● At least 10 opportunities to attend outside of class interactions with entrepreneurs per semester ● Partner with Des Moines entrepreneurs (Silicon Prairie News, The BIZ, Startup Job Crawl, Startup Weekends and multiple area entrepreneurs) ● Not only interaction with startups but also non-profits, franchises, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs who purchase established businesses ● Business plan development within their area of passion and around their leadership skills More information at http://www.central.edu Simpson College Simpson College and Iowans for Social and Economic Development (ISED) have joined together to provide business classes for people who want to start a business or strengthen and grow an existing business. They will offer 10week class sessions beginning again in late January 2012 and will do so several times a year. These classes are held on the Indianola campus of Simpson College and cost $75.00 total. Students are given an extensive and helpful curriculum and one-on-one technical assistance. Outside local experts help provide relevant subject matter. They also offer lunch-and-learn sessions on important business topics at various times throughout the year and at a variety of locations. For more information call Deb Downey at ISED ( 515.283.0940) ddowney@isediowa.org or Marilyn Mueller at Simpson College (515.961.1574) Marilyn.mueller@simpson.edu. Businesses or organizations that have internship opportunities available for students may call the Simpson College Career Services office at 515.961.1667 to list the internships on the career services web page. Students provide vital
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assistance to start-ups, existing businesses or organizations which support the small business sector. Simpson College offers coursework in Small Business Management (Management 324) and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and New Product Development (Marketing 338). Entrepreneurs may find either or both of these courses helpful. Simpson College offers degree programs in business management, marketing, accounting, economics and international business and students may specialize in entrepreneurship. Post-graduate certificates in management and in accounting are available. Students who major in management or marketing may specialize in entrepreneurship by completing several specified courses as well as a relevant internship. The Simpson College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team is available for a variety of projects which impact small businesses and the greater Indianola and Des Moines business communities. Please contact co-advisors Marilyn Mueller (Marilyn.mueller@simpson.edu) or Jerry Kelley (jerry.kelley@simpson.edu) for more information. SIFE is a vital part of the Simpson College experience and promotes the positive power of business while doing good things in the community. In Spring 2011 Macy Koch organized “Start Up Storm,” a day devoted to talks and discussions surrounding entrepreneurship on the Simpson College campus. She and student Lyndon Haselhuhn are organizing a similar day of events for Spring 2012 on our campus. For the second year in a row the Simpson College SIFE team is sponsoring “The Road to Eagle” merit badge university. On three Saturdays in January and February Simpson College will host 100 – 200 Boy Scouts who will be earning merit badges in 31 different areas, including entrepreneurship, invention, and American business among many other topics. The Gerald Edwards Entrepreneurial Fund provides resources for our efforts to create and support an entrepreneurial environment on campus.

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Government Resources for Startups
Small Business Development Center
The Iowa Small Business Development Center has 15 regional centers throughout the state, along with an International Trade Center based in West Des Moines. The Iowa SBDC provides training and one-on-one free counseling to startups and existing businesses in the areas of finance, marketing, capital access, strategic development, sales, procurement, and technology commercialization. To find a center or arrange an appointment with a certified business advisor visit their website. More info at www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa Economic Development Authority
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has many programs and services to offer entrepreneurs, startups and businesses State-sponsored Programs The Iowa Economic Development Authority offers direct financial assistance programs to provide the flexibility and responsiveness necessary to support entrepreneurs’ needs. Demonstration Fund This program provides financial and technical assistance to encourage high technology prototype and concept development activities that have a clear potential to lead to commercially-viable products or services within a reasonable period of time. The Demonstration Fund provides up to $150,000 to encourage commercialization activities by small and medium-sized Iowa companies in the advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and information technology industries. The fund is designed to encourage product refinements, market planning and market entry activities of unique products to foster competitive, profitable companies that create high-paying jobs and wealth in Iowa. The primary purpose of the fund is to help businesses with a high-growth potential reach a position where they are able to attract later-stage private sector funding. Entrepreneurial Venture Component
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This program provides financial assistance and/or technical assistance to earlystage businesses that are developing a new product or new technology. Two types of assistance are available under the entrepreneurial component -- financial assistance and technical assistance. Both forms of assistance are limited to 50 percent or less of the total project costs. 1) Financial Assistance: Up to $250,000 may be awarded to a single applicant in the form of financial assistance. This funding may be used to leverage conventional financing; for business expenses or working capital; to purchase machinery, equipment, software or other business expenses deemed reasonable and appropriate. Awards will be in the form of a loan, royalty agreement, or other form of an equity-like investment as determined by IEDA upon approval of application. 2) Technical Assistance: Up to $25,000 may be awarded to a single applicant in the form of financing for technical assistance provided by a third party. The request for this type of assistance may be submitted either in conjunction with a request for financial assistance or in a separate application. Applications submitted that are not in conjunction with a request for financial assistance must demonstrate financial need for the technical assistance. Awards will be in the form of a grant, loan, royalty agreement, or other form of an equity-like investment as determined by IEDA upon approval of application. State Small Business Credit Initiative The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has secured $13,168,350 from the U.S. Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). Iowa’s SSBCI strategy supports small-business lending and credit enhancement initiatives which will create private sector jobs by increasing lending to Iowa business with fewer than 500 employees. IEDA’s strategy is expected to leverage over $130 million in private financing over the several year life of the program. To accomplish this, IEDA has allocated funding to the following programs: · · · Iowa Capital Access Program - $5,000,000 Iowa Small Business Loan Support Program - $3,168,350 Iowa Innovation Acceleration Fund - $5,000,000

1) The Iowa Capital Access Program (ICAP) provides loan loss reserve funds to help small business owners secure financing that they would not receive without some form of credit enhancement. Borrowers who participate in this program are required to pay a premium (typically 2-4%) on the loan amount, which is placed in a reserve account held by the lending institution. The funds are matched by the lending institution and the combined amount is matched with SSBCI funds. These funds are used to cover any defaults on enrolled loans. While the overall cost of money may be higher under this program, it is intended to assist those small business owners who are struggling to secure the financing they need for their new
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or expanding business. 2) The Iowa Small Business Loan Support Program is a multifaceted program to assist small business owners by providing direct financing for loans under $100,000. The Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality (IFMCV), also known as Iowa MicroLoan, will administer the Iowa Small Business Loan Support Program and will use SSBCI funding to provide direct loans under $50,000. These loans are typically amortized over five years at 7.5% interest. For loans between $50,000 and $100,000, IFMCV will provide participation loans in conjunction with private financing to support small businesses in Iowa. 3) The Iowa Innovation Acceleration Fund provides financial and technical assistance to help innovative entrepreneurs overcome the challenges associated with launching new ventures, attracting private capital investment, and expanding the volume of technology activities which have a clear potential to lead to commercially-viable products or services. IEDA will manage the three program components: Iowa Launch, Iowa Propel, and Business Expansion to assist businesses with the challenges they may face at every stage of the businesses growth. Funds under this program are provided to eligible businesses in the form of low interest loans and shall not exceed 50% of the total project costs. Funds are specifically targeted to support commercialization and expansion activities by small and medium-sized Iowa companies which will lead to business formation, growth and job creation. Targeted Small Business The Targeted Small Business (TSB) Assistance Program supports the creation and expansion of small businesses that are certified as a “targeted small business”. The business must be certified as a "Targeted Small Business" by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals before applying for or receiving TSB funds or enjoying other program benefits. The basic requirements to be a certified TSB in Iowa are: · Business must be located in Iowa · Business must be operating for a profit · Business must have less than $4 million in annual gross income, computed as an average of the preceding three fiscal years · At least 51% of the business must be owned, operated and actively managed by a female, a minority group member or a person with a disability Certified TSB’s can apply for loans to start or expand a small business with these terms: · Maximum loan amount is $50,000
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· Maximum interest rate is 5% (can be anywhere from 0% - 5%; interest rate is determined by the loan review board and varies for each applicant) · Successful applicants will have 5 years to repay the loan · The first installment can be deferred for three months for a start-up business and one month for an existing business · Applicant must have 10% equity in cash for the loan · Use of the loan funds for most any business purpose such as to purchase equipment, inventory, supplies, marketing costs, etc. · Loans cannot be used to refinance or consolidate existing debts, travel or training, nor for purchase of real estate

Student Internship Program The Iowa Student Internship Program provides grants to small and mediumsized companies in the advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and information technology industries to help support their internship programs with a goal of transitioning the interns to full-time employment in the state upon graduation. The program is available to Iowa companies that: · Are engaged in one of the targeted industries of biosciences, advanced manufacturing or information technology. · Employ 500 or fewer, with a significant portion employed within the state of Iowa. · Pay the intern at least twice the minimum wage. · Offer the internship to students of Iowa community colleges, private colleges, regent universities or to students who graduated from an Iowa high school and attend a college or university outside of the state (an eligible student must be within one to two years of graduation).

Investment Tax Credits The 2011 Iowa Legislature approved $10 million in tax credits for innovation and for seed capital funds. Community-based seed capital funds An additional $2 million per year is added under the IEDA tax credit cap for
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investments in qualifying businesses and community-based seed capital funds. These credits are already in the Iowa Code (15E.43 et. seq.) but their caps had been reached. The recently-passed legislation does limit the credits to investments in businesses with a net worth of $5 million or less. Statewide Innovation Fund A new tax credit has been created for investments in innovative businesses. The amount of the credit is 20% of the amount invested and is available to both individuals and corporations. The same investment cannot be claimed for both tax credits. The innovation tax credits are limited to $8 million each year. The tax credits will be awarded to taxpayers who make investments in a certified statewide innovation fund. An innovation fund is a privately-owned and operated business venture that provides capital to early-stage businesses in Iowa, and the tax credits are intended to incentivize investment in such funds. The tax credits will be issued by the economic development board to taxpayers who have made investments in an innovation fund, and the certificates will be redeemed by the taxpayers from the Department of Revenue. Innovation Ecosystem Iowa is joining the growing number of state governments creating mechanisms to provide guidance on state investments made to create “more jobs-better jobs” in the innovation economy. Establishment of the Iowa Innovation Council (IIC) and the Iowa Innovation Corporation represents an evolution in thinking about Iowa’s economic development strategies, partnerships and goals. Iowa Innovation Council The Iowa Innovation Council is a business-led group that has been tasked by the government with developing strategies and long-term plans to make sure Iowa stays competitive in the global business economy. Formalized through legislation in 2010, the concept of the IIC was collectively developed by leaders in the advanced manufacturing, biosciences and information technology sectors. The idea was designed as a way to allow more effective and efficient discussions between the government and business sector to increase Iowa's economic development innovation and entrepreneurial capacity. The IIC is an advisory council to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Iowa Innovation Corporation The Iowa Innovation Corporation, a private non-profit 501 c3, was created by legislation passed in 2011 to create the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress, a public-private partnership, to replace the Iowa Department of Economic
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Development. The Iowa Innovation Corporation will serve as the state’s innovation intermediary and be charged with implementing the Iowa Innovation Council’s strategic plan. Using both public and private dollars, the Corporation and its business leadership will spur firm innovation through targeted supports for high-growth entrepreneurs and existing companies. Iowa Integrated Innovation and Commercialization Network The Iowa Integrated Innovation and Commercialization Network (IIICN) is a source of best practices, standardized due diligence processes and resources available to entrepreneurs and small companies statewide. This program was developed through the efforts of the Iowa Innovation Council’s business membership. Expansion of the IIICN is a growth strategy of the Iowa Innovation Corporation as it works in its capacity as the state’s innovation intermediary. Additional Resources Guide to the Iowa Innovators Resource Network: Essential information to keep innovators and entrepreneurs informed as well as showcase the statewide organizations working to help entrepreneurs succeed. A comprehensive guide to securing business financing is included to explain financing options for the business community.

Iowa Capital Investment Corporation and the Iowa Fund of Funds
Iowa Capital Investment Corporation's (ICIC) vision is to build a thriving Iowa entrepreneurial ecosystem through an evergreen, self-sustaining fund of funds and partner venture funds. ICIC accomplishes the purposes expressed in its enabling legislation (Iowa Code §§ 15E.61): to help emerging, expanding, and restructuring Iowa companies, including enterprises in the life sciences, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and value-added agriculture areas — via the organization and management of the Iowa Fund of Funds (IDOF). In 2005 ICIC engaged Cimarron Capital Associates I, LLC as the professional manager of the Iowa Fund of Funds program. The program, which raises private investment capital supported by contingent state tax credits, operates without State appropriations. No contingent tax credits have been used nor projected to be used to-date. As a result, there has been no cost to taxpayers to create and operate ICIC nor the IFOF. The Iowa Fund of Funds brings venture equity capital and venture expertise to Iowa entrepreneurs by investing in carefully selected venture capital funds. Each fund works in the state of Iowa with Iowa entrepreneurs and in so doing brings
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expertise, networks, capital, and good investing practices to local firms. Today, the Iowa Fund of Funds has committed capital to venture funds in life sciences, medical services, information technology, media, and later stage manufacturing, distribution and services. The first investment by an ICICsupported venture fund in an Iowa company was made in 2007. The Iowa Capital Investment Corporation has organized the Iowa Seed and Angel Network to build and strengthen the early stage investment community in Iowa. The Network meets quarterly to discuss areas of interest of early stage investors, learn from each other, hear presentations from entrepreneurs seeking capital, and share in investment opportunities. This network was formed as part of the ICIC mission to help build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Iowa. More info at http://www.investiowa.com

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Startup Resources
Iowa has an extensive array of both public and private-sector resources for entrepreneurs. These include online and printed resource indexes, accelerators, incubators, and coworking spaces. These resources also include professional service providers that work specifically with startups via focused programs for entrepreneurs. A subset of these programs is as follows:

MyEntreNet
MyEntre.Net is an entrepreneurship development system consisting of an online social network and free web-based entrepreneurial resources, coupled with collaboratively driven services and capital for entrepreneurs in Iowa. MyEntre.Net was implemented through an annual competitive selection process in 13 rural Iowa counties and one urban center between 2003 and 2008. In May of 2009, the online resources of MyEntre.Net were re-launched as an interactive statewide online community serving all small business owners with live, interactive education, Webinars, peer learning and other business services. Today, the collective expertise of the MyEntre.Net team insures individually customized technical assistance, quality referrals and rapid access to capital for pre-venture and existing small firms statewide. Initially funded by a USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grant, 2009 MyEntre.Net funding comes from the Iowa State Legislature, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Northwest Area Foundation. More info at http://www.myentre.net

VentureNet Iowa
VentureNet Iowa works on a statewide basis as a catalyst to connect earlystage innovative technology companies to the resources that they will require to commercialize their products and technologies. The service is offered to the companies free of charge. The programs VentureNet offer are adaptable in order to accommodate the entrepreneur at any stage of the commercialization process. To facilitate the steps that all entrepreneurs must take, VentureNet, in collaboration with other service providers and entrepreneurs, has developed and/or utilizes a set of tools that are intended to provide consistency in format and process. The tools include the following:
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· Angelsoft/GUST – a common online repository and structure for all deals available to every Iowa entrepreneur. · TalentNet database – a compendium of individuals who have the experience, expertise, willingness and availability to assist entrepreneurs; the database is webbased application through which individuals interested in employment or advisory opportunities with early-stage ventures can provide a profile as well as post any related digital documents. · Due Diligence Checklist – a detailed list of topics and questions that come into play in the evaluation of a business opportunity. · Expert Review Panel Evaluation Criteria/Document – a common format for organizing company/idea evaluation reflecting the topics outlined in the due diligence checklist. These tools provide a common and standard framework for gathering and accessing data. Along with the tools, VentureNet has developed a structured approach to working with entrepreneurs that provides for effective and efficient value-added feedback. At the heart of the process is the feedback and advice obtained from individuals with expertise and experience specific to the needs of the venture. Engagement with companies involves several sequential steps: · Evaluation/Assessment. Opportunities identified are evaluated and scored as to their current status by a Review Panel with appropriate expertise and experience in the specific technology and market along with participation from those with entrepreneurial and financing experience. The panel employs a common framework – a standard set of criteria –that spans the elements critical to the success of any venture: the market opportunity, competitive environment, business model, marketing strategy, management/governance, market validation, intellectual property, potential financial return etc. Company principals are afforded the opportunity to present their plans and tell their story to the Review Panel in a candid give-and-take environment. · Prescription/Recommendation. With an evaluation in hand, VentureNet works with the company principals with input from the Review Panel to prioritize the subsequent series of development steps and milestones. · Resource Connection. Drawing upon a statewide network of public and private sources, VentureNet also identifies and actively connects the company to the appropriate resources necessary to achieve the next series of development milestones (advisory, management, mentor, investment etc.). The process can be iterative with companies provided the opportunity to request additional feedback and assistance as they progress through the stages of building their business or need to be able to identify and access assistance for specific
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projects or objectives.

Accelerators
Business Innovation Zone (Des Moines) The Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) in Des Moines is the place to start for central Iowa entrepreneurs. The BIZ and Executive Director Mike Colwell helps them focus on idea development, business models, strategy, market validation, mentoring and networking. As a community sponsored non-profit business accelerator, the BIZ provides objective advice and guidance to entrepreneurs and growth companies. The BIZ works with clients from idea to sustained profitability. Key services are focused on mentoring, consulting and counseling. The BIZ provides a number of entrepreneurial networking opportunities and has been very successful in assisting with grants, loans and raising equity. More info at http://www.bizci.org Entrepreneurial Development Center (Cedar Rapids) In 2003, the Entrepreneurial Development Center, Inc. (EDC) was founded to improve entrepreneurial development efforts, create balance to existing economic development programs in Cedar Rapids, and, coupled with efforts of the local Chamber of Commerce, provide a broader business support engine for the community. EDC was formed as a Chamber partner, with Chamber funding, to specifically provide for the business creation / entrepreneurial development component of the Chamber’s Mission Statement. From its start in September of 2003, EDC grew; raising funds at the local, state and national levels. Talent (staffing / contractors / mentors) grew from one to many, annual funding grew from $200,000 to ~$1M, geographic scope expanded from local to regional to statewide, and the abilities and accomplishments of the organization developed accordingly. EDC provides three key functions – (1) networking and education, (2) the development of critical provider networks and the connection of related needs with such resources, and (3) the hands-on day-to-day mentoring of entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. More info at www.edcinc.org Cedar Valley TechWorks (Waterloo) Cedar Valley TechWorks brings together leaders in the field of biotechnology, serving as a center of activity for researchers, farmers, investors and business
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owners, and helps to ensure the availability and quality of a knowledgeable workforce and provides a forum for research and development, academic research, education and workforce training. More info at http://www.cedarvalleytechworks.com

Incubators
UNI Innovation Incubator/Purple Cat Cowork (Cedar Falls) The Innovation Incubator at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) allows new companies the ability to develop linkages and a synergistic relationship with the university. With a convenient campus location, firms have an easy avenue to access the resources of UNI in a way that many start ups cannot. Their mission is to help start up firms in the Cedar Valley reduce their risks and accelerate their growth via technical assistance and the creation of a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Dan Beenken at dan.beenken@uni.edu or 319-273-4322 is the primary contact. More info at http://www.bcs.uni.edu/ininc and http://www.purplecatcowork.com Iowa State University Research Park (Ames) Iowa State University Research Park has provided space and business development services to start up and growth focused technology companies for 25 years. The result is an entrepreneurial support infrastructure composed of numerous peer businesses, professional services and University resources. Coworking facilities are provided at the Park’s incubator and consist of small private offices and Internet access. Mike Upah at 515.296.7828 is able to provide more information. Learn more about the Park by visiting http://isupark.org West Des Moines Business Incubator The West Des Moines Business Incubator was formed in 2010 to foster a climate for entrepreneurial activity and to assist in the growth of small businesses within West Des Moines. The West Des Moines Incubator has office space for up to 14 clients and also houses the Mid-Iowa Small Business Development Center, which provides its services to Incubator clients at no cost. Sherry Shafer at 515-331-8954 can provide further information. More info at http://wdmbusinessincubator.com StartupCity Des Moines (Des Moines) StartupCity Des Moines is a private, invitation-only collegiate environment that brings startups and mentors together to develop early stage technology oriented startups. Based in the heart of downtown Des Moines, they are a community of
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engineers, business builders, faculty, venture capital, angel investors, developers and marketing professionals interested in the nurturing and growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in and around Iowa. They employ active mentoring from serial entrepreneurs and founders, targeted education, and constant, ongoing collaboration with our other peer startups to energize the environment for the startups to thrive and grow. More info at http://www.startupcitydsm.com University of Iowa Technology Innovation Center (Coralville) For new businesses or established companies eager to initiate new endeavors, the Technology Innovation CEnter (TIC) offers services and cost-effective laboratory and office facilities. With access to the University computing facilities as well as research equipment and instruments, collaborations between academic scientists and those in business can flourish. Advisory services also are available on issues such as management, marketing, and finance. For more information, write Oakdale Campus, call (319) 335-4063, e-mail thomas-bauer@uiowa.edu, or visit the web site at http://research.uiowa.edu/techtransfer/tic_main.htm. University of Iowa Research Park (Coralville) The Univesrity of Iowa Research Park offers corporations locating at the Park convenient, sustained access to the extensive, relevant research resources of The University of Iowa. Here, growing enterprises have access to a state-of-the art business incubator, world-class research facilities and a dynamic faculty of scientists, physicians and engineers at one of the world’s leading public research universities. Established in 1989, The University of Iowa Research Park (formerly Oakdale Research Park) leases building sites and space to growing technology companies that require sustained research relationships with the UI. The new BioVentures Center's business incubator facility offers flexible, costeffective wet lab space to new business ventures. The UI business incubator program was among the first in the nation when it was established in 1984 and has nurtured nearly 100 UI spinouts and other new ventures. More info at http://researchpark.uiowa.edu/index.php North Iowa Business Incubator (Mason City) The North Iowa Business Incubator is mixed use incubation space for the temporary development of start up businesses. Tenant occupancy is typically up to 36 months. The incubator features all the traditional services of mixed use incubation with additional non-traditional services made possible by its
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incorporation into the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC). The North Iowa Business Incubator offers all of the traditional services associated with basic mixed use incubation, including: ○ Office Space ○ Warehouse/Manufacturing Space ○ Wet Laboratory Space ○ Utilities (Electricity, Water, Natural Gas, Sewer, Internet, Waste) ○ Intensive consulting services ○ Access to professional specialists ○ Access to sources of capital ○ Multimedia conference facilities At the same time, the incubator offers services not traditionally associated with incubators but available because of the incubator’s unique relationship with NIACC and its huge installed base of capital equipment and intellectual assets, including access to: ○ Advanced business reference libraries ○ Advanced and basic machine tools ○ Computer-Aided-Design equipment ○ Computer technical support ○ Bulk printing and mailing ○ Catering services ○ Facility rental for special events ○ Continuing Education classes

More info at http://www.niacc.edu/pappajohn/incubator.html BELL Center at The University of Iowa (Students Only) (Iowa City) The Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory (BELL) is an applied learning environment for advanced entrepreneurship students pursuing the creation of a new business. Individual students and teams will receive dedicated office space located in the heart of the UI campus in a newly remodeled 10,000 square-foot facility, enabling them to concentrate on developing their business concepts.As part of JPEC's cross-campus academic program, students receive intensive one-onone mentoring, business plan development, and a variety of other assistance from JPEC and SBDC faculty and staff. More info at http://www.iowajpec.org/bedell Co-working Spaces In addition to incubators and accelerators around the state, there are a number of excellent Coworking facilities throughout the state that provide services and space
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to Startups and Entrepreneurs. Foundry Coworking (Des Moines) Foundry Coworking is a collaborative office space for startups, freelancers, and creatives in downtown Des Moines. While you can rent a desk anywhere, they strive to build community and collaboration to better all of their members. Contact: Alexander Grgurich, alexander.grgurich@gmail.com, on the web at www.foundrycoworking.com, or by phone at 515- 321-9073. More info at www.foundrycoworking.com. Vault Coworking & Collaboration Space (Cedar Rapids) A joint venture of Corridor Coworks and Seed Here, Vault Coworking & Collaborations Space in Downtown Cedar Rapids is a brand-new flexible and affordable professional office space for entrepreneurs, creatives, freelancers and startup companies, all wrapped in a collaborative, friendly and supportive community of like-minded people. More info at www.crvault.com. Contact Andy Stoll at andy@seedhere.org or 424-888-2434 for more information. More info at http://crvault.com Veel Hoeden (Pella) Veel Hoeden is Iowa’s first rural coworking space located in downtown Pella, serving the needs of startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs. They provide a space where collaboration, community and idea achievement can flourish. Contact: Joel Bennett, Chief Dreamchaser, veelhoeden@gmail.com, or by phone 641-780-7858. More info at http://veelhoeden.posterous.com

Iowa Startup Alliance
The Iowa Startup Alliance is a statewide cooperative agreement that allows residents of the incubators and coworking spaces within Iowa the ability to share the facilities and resources of peer organizations within the state. This provides entrepreneurs with a network of locations that they can use when they travel within Iowa for customer or investor meetings, networking events, etc. Participating entrepreneurs and startups of one of the organizations need only to reach out to the receiving organization in advance of their visit to arrange for space and resources. As each organization is different, the duration, resources and space will vary from location to location, however startups can depend on a warm welcome and the infrastructure they need to hit the ground running.
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Professional Services for Startups
There are a number of law firms, accounting firms, marketing firms and information technology providers with targeted programs to assist entrepreneurs in their initial stages of creating companies. Although new programs are being created daily within Iowa, below is a partial list of service providers and their programs: Brown Winick BrownWinick’s “Startups Start Here” program reflects the BrownWinick process of getting to know the client’s business goals, helping the client prioritize their legal needs, and executing on those priorities. Each client’s needs are evaluated prior to any services being provided or fees charged, and the client only pays for services that they need when they need them. The program also permits attorneys to work with startups to provide certain services on a flat fee basis and to provide budget billing options at a time when access to capital is often limited. It is their belief that by helping their clients create strong legal foundations they will help them succeed. Ultimately, that will benefit the clients, BrownWinick, and the state. Startups can email startup@brownwinick.com to set up an initial consultation. More info at http://www.brownwinick.com/startup Davis Brown Davis Brown Law Firm, one of the largest law firms in Iowa, has developed a unique and innovative online delivery platform for legal services tailored specifically for startups. Using the website www.thestartuplaunchpad.com clients have the ability to obtain free educational materials on a variety of topics integral to startups and they may create important and highly customized legal documents through our document automation platform. The document automation platform and other improvements to the traditional workflow used by attorneys enable us to offer our documents for lower prices (typically for flat-fees) and deliver them faster than they were in the past. To date, clients have access to over thirty legal documents through the web portal, including business formation documents, non-disclosure agreements, federal trademark applications, patent applications, employee confidentiality and invention assignment agreements and SaaS agreements. The innovative use of technology to enhance the delivery of legal services has not, however, compromised the Davis Brown tradition of personal counseling and service. The Start-up Launchpad is backed by over 80 attorneys offering services in areas including intellectual property, corporate, tax, securities, software and cyberlaw, employment, immigration, real estate, and litigation. A number of those attorneys
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have been recognized by third parties including Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and Associates, and Super Lawyers. In addition, the Davis Brown law firm itself has been recognized as the best law firm in Des Moines by the Des Moines Business Record since 2006. For more information, contact: Emily Harris: emilyharris@davisbrownlaw.com, phone: 515-246-7869; or Jason Stone: jasonstone@davisbrownlaw.com, phone: 515-246-7912. More info at www.thestartuplaunchpad.com. Clifton Gunderson Clifton Gunderson provides Entrepreneurial Business Services to emerging and small companies throughout the country. Their suite of fixed fee services include any or all services based on the business needs. These include general accounting, payroll, individual and business income taxes, staffing, and information technology support. More info at http://www.cliftoncpa.com/Services/EBS

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Professional Organizations
Iowa has a rich culture of supporting infrastructure for startups and entrepreneurs. Nowhere is this stronger than in the industry and professional associations that thrive within the Hawkeye State. In addition to broad organizations such as the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, there are also industry-specific organizations within Information Technology and Biotechnology.

Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI)
ABI is a broad-based organization of more than 1,400 Iowa businesses that employ over 300,000 Iowans working together to promote Iowa commerce. The philosophy behind this expanded organization is simple: there is strength in numbers. By including more and more diverse Iowa businesses, ABI is able to play an even more active role in shaping Iowa's future. Uniting around the key issues, which all businesses have in common provide ABI, and each ABI member, with a strong voice for change and progress in Iowa. ABI represents a diverse group of businesses, including manufacturers, processors, retailers, insurance companies, financial institutions, publishers and printers, transportation services and the professions. Large or small, urban or rural, each member business adds its own particular resources and expertise to the growing strength of the Iowa business community; and, in turn, each receives the many benefits ABI membership provides. With weekly webinars on universal business topics and monthly opportunities for regional member gatherings, ABI provides a perfect forum for cultivating business-to-business relationships with business leaders from all corners of the state. If there is one thing we know about Iowans it is that we like to do business with people we know and trust. ABI provides the best opportunity in the state to begin those relationships. More info at http://www.iowaabi.org

Information Technology
The Technology Association of Iowa The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) is the premier professional organization accelerating the success of Iowa's technology industry and techbased economy. Their members include organizations of every size in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Iowa. Iowa's tech sector fuels broad-based economic growth and is the foundation for the state's 21st Century economy. They are Iowa’s statewide voice for technology.
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Established in 1997 as the Software Council of Iowa, the original organization formed through the joint efforts of industry leaders, the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the Governor of Iowa. Today, as the Technology Association of Iowa, the organization strives to strengthen Iowa's technology ecosystem and enhance the state's reputation as a technically advanced place where world-class technology firms and organizations thrive. More info at http://www.technologyiowa.org Seed Here Founded on Independence Day 2011, Seed Here is a new model, social good startup working to connect and grow the organic, grassroots entrepreneurial and creative community in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids region and across The Silicon Prairie, with a special focus on supporting high-growth entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators. Seed Here primarily: ● Operates Vault Coworking & Collaboration Space in Cedar Rapids ● Develops new online tools to connect the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem ● Creates and hosts events and programs to connect and develop the entrepreneurial community ● Actively connects Iowa with entrepreneurial ecosystems, startups and entrepreneurial resources and opportunities regionally, nationally and internationally. Seed Here works primarily through partnerships and has co-created projects with The Entrepreneurial Development Center (EDC), The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI), The Iowa Capital Investment Corporation, The Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Chambers of Commerce, The Cedar Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, The Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD), The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, The Corridor Business Journal, Source Media Group, The Gazette, Silicon Prairie News, Startup City Des Moines, The Startup America Partnership, Van Meter, Cramer Dev and numerous small and medium sized businesses, among others. Founded by social entrepreneur Andy Stoll, community-builder Amanda Styron and a growing community of entrepreneurs and creatives More info at www.seedhere.org

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Biotechnology
Iowa Biotechnology Association Since 1994, the Iowa Biotechnology Association has provided benefits and services to promote the interests and growth of the life sciences industries in Iowa. They are a non-profit, membership-based organization with a diversified membership including industry companies from all segments of biotechnology, universities & colleges, state & federal associations, as well as numerous service & support companies. The Association seeks to promote the success and growth of biotech-based business in Iowa, ultimately securing a strong biotech economy while growing business & increasing influence nationally and around the globe. More info at http://www.iowabio.org

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Networking, Events and Recognition
The State of Iowa has a diverse ecosystem of networking events, conferences, recognition ceremonies, and the like throughout the state. Below is a small subsection of those currently active:

Networking Functions for Entrepreneurs
TechBrew The TAI TechBrew event is an informal gathering that brings entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and funders together to talk over a beer (aka “Lubricated Serendipity”). Whether rain or shine, ice or snow, you can count on these entrepreneurial mixers to be held like clockwork in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City and Ames. More info at http://www.technologyiowa.org/en/events_services/techbrew StartupDrinks A simple concept: entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts in cities across the globe gather around a bar to have a pint and discuss what they are working on, what they need help with and what they can do for each other. Held throughout the state on a monthly basis including Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Cedar Falls among other places. More info: Des Moines - http://www.facebook.com/dsmStartupDrinks Cedar Rapids - http://startupdrinkscr.eventbrite.com/ Cedar Falls - http://startupdrinkscedarvalley.eventbrite.com Biz Brew Biz Brew is an informal gathering that brings entrepreneurs, business people, and “big dreamers” together to talk over a beer. Held at Veel Hoeden Coworking facility in Pella, monthly. More info at http://veelhoeden.posterous.com/pages/biz-brew IdeaXchange IdeaXChange is a regular, roving project of the Many Hats folks through Veel Hoeden. Designed to be sessions of massive collaboration with the hope is that attendees will benefit by the mutual exchange of ideas to further (or launch!) their ideas into reality.
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More info at http://veelhoeden.posterous.com.

Events for Entrepreneurs
BIZ Networking Luncheons The BIZ offers a compelling networking opportunity through the monthly BIZ Networking Luncheon. Speakers include successful entrepreneurs sharing what they have learned, Angel investors, venture capitalists, technologists and recognized leaders. Audience sizes range from 30 to 80 people per event. More info at http://www.bizci.org Pitch and Grow This recurring event, created by the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI), provides Entrepreneurs a venue to pitch their business to a supportive group of peer CEOs, CIOs, business development experts, industry professionals and business-savvy people. In return, they have a unique opportunity to receive constructive feedback on areas such as fundraising, value proposition, business plan, management team, sales/marketing/support and building strategy. More info at http://www.technologyiowa.org Design+Tech Design+Tech, produced by BitMethod, is about building a community of websavvy designers in Des Moines. The goal is to provide designers of all skill levels and disciplines a resource for learning the fundamentals of web design and interactive media. By focusing on the basics, designers become more confident in their abilities and can begin working with startups right away. More info at http://bitmethod.com DeMo DeMo, produced by BitMethod, is a monthly checkup for Des Moines’ builders, designers, hackers, and makers. Participants give and get feedback about apps, websites, projects, products, events, and ideas. DeMo encourages Des Moines’ startup community to share their work early and often. More info at http://bitmethod.com Coworking Jellys

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Hosted by The Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD) and Cowrk Iowa City, Coworking Jellys are monthly, one-day events in Iowa City that bring together entrepreneurs, creatives, freelancers and independent contractors to work together in a shared office environment. Attendees can focus on their own projects, see what others are working on and make new connections. There is no fee, no agenda and no registration. Coffee, wireless internet and electrical outlets are provided free of charge. More info at http://cowrk.com Iowa Innovation Expo The Iowa Innovation EXPO consists of a coordination of three state-wide events, to enable fruitful connections between resources and entrepreneurs. It culminates in a convention-like setting for celebrating the area's entrepreneurial companies and individuals. Innovation EXPO events are designed for entrepreneurs, creatives, investors and business leaders in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area and across the state to connect, help the region grow more new business, create jobs, keep our region vibrant and globally competitive and to celebrate entrepreneurs. The Innovation Expo includes: ○ Seed Here’s “Startup Stories” A hosted breakfast event to kick-off the day that presents one or more entrepreneurs sharing the story of their successful local or regional startup company. ○ The Technology Association of Iowa's (TAI) "Pitch and Grow" 16 entrepreneurs at virtually any stage of the business lifecycle practice their pitch before a supportive "think tank" of industry experts and business savvy people and receive constructive feedback. ○ The Iowa Capital Investment Corporation's "Iowa Seed and Venture Forum” Entrepreneurs pitch their more-developed business ideas for investments to a panel of expert Seed and Venture Fund investors from across the state and country. ○ Startup Drinks - Entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts gather around a bar to have a pint and discuss what they are working on, what they need help with and what they can do for each other.
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○ The EDC's "Entrepreneur Showcase" and "Inventor's Garage" Entrepreneur Showcase & Inventor's Garage features up to 50 entrepreneurs and inventors who showcase their businesses in a convention-like setting. More info at http://www.edcinc.org ThincIowa The idea behind ThincIowa is to motivate people to explore new ways of doing business, challenge them to think differently, and give them a place to network outside their normal circle. Held initially in 2011, the conference pursues the philosophical intersections between startups and large companies. CodeCamp The Iowa Code Camp is a regular event held in various locations around the state: ● ● ● ● ● ● By developers for developers Community driven No cost (for attendees) All about the code Never during work hours High quality

More info at thinciowa.com. BarCamp (Des Moines, Iowa City/Cedar Rapids) BarCamp is a series of unaffiliated “un-conferences,” or rather conferences without a preset speaker list, without a fixed schedule, and without remorse, that take place all around the world. The open format offers attendees the unique opportunity to network, learn and communicate what they are most passionate about. The event is grouped into typically three tracks: creativity, entrepreneurship and technology, and is held in cities across the state. More info at Cedar Rapids/Iowa City at http://barcampicr.com Des Moines at http://barcampdsm.com How I Built It The Corridor Business Journal’s annual “How I Built It” event is for big thinkers, community leaders business owners and entrepreneurs in the Cedar Rapids/
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Iowa City Corridor region. Learn ideas from a panel of successful entrepreneurs about how to transform your breakthrough idea into a thriving business in an interactive panel and Q&A sessions, and hear how our region can foster a more entrepreneurial culture. Moderated by Corridor Business Journal Editor John Kenyon, the event includes a networking breakfast and occurs annually in late Novembver or early December. More info at http://www.corridorbusiness.com Fastest Growing Companies The Corridor Business Journal’s annual Fastest Growing Companies breakfast identifies and honors the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor region’s most dynamic companies that have made significant contributions to the strength of the local economy. Nominated companies are ranked according to revenue growth over a three-year period, both dollar and percentage increases are taken into consideration. The top 20 companies are announced at the event, with remarks from the fastest growing company. The Entrepreneur of the Year will also be recognized and give remarks. The event occurs annually in May. More info at http://www.corridorbusiness.com Recipe for Business Success Seminars Developed by EDC CEO Curtis Nelson, The Business Success Seminar is uniquely designed to help Iowa entrepreneurs uncover opportunities for improving their business – while providing the support and connections necessary to make those opportunities a reality. This one-day session allows entrepreneurs to explore the key elements of developing a successful business model in an interactive environment. Measure and score your business against core business principles and walk away with clear opportunities to grow and improve your business. The seminar covers: ● ● ● ● ● Strategic Fit – finding the best market fit for your product. Business Planning – writing and implementing a plan that works. Balanced Executive Teams – what they are and how to develop them. Great Leadership – what it is and why it’s critical to success. Resources – what you need to improve your business.

More info at http://www.edcinc.org

Recognition for Entrepreneurs
Prometheus Awards The Prometheus Awards are recognized as Iowa's largest and most prestigious
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awards devoted to promoting and celebrating the innovation and high-tech excellence in Iowa. This showcase honors companies and individuals who represent the best and brightest in technology and business and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation. More info at http://www.technologyiowa.org Women of Innovation The Iowa Women of Innovation is an awards presentation that elevates and celebrates today’s extraordinary women. The event is be dedicated to recognizing women who are leaders in science, technology, engineering or math. Students at both the secondary (grades 7-12) and college levels will also be recognized. More info at http://www.technologyiowa.org Dream Big Grow Here Dream Big Grow Here is an online entrepreneur contest featuring $1,000 monthly grants awarded online to emerging and existing Iowa small business owners was developed through a partnership with the Iowa Bankers Association, the Community Vitality Center, and the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) in mid-2010. Dream Big Grow Here has since attracted 63,489 visitors during the five month beta test. Given the initial success of Dream Big Grow Here, a group of statewide sponsors stepped up in 2011 to provide matching funds for more customized regional contests-with bigger cash awards of $5,000- and to fund a statewide pitchoff among winners for a grand prize of $10,000. The Iowa Bankers Association, The Technology Association of Iowa, Renew Rural Iowa, Iowa Department of Economic Development, Iowa Area Development Group, and the Community Vitality Center made up the 2011 team. More info at http://www.dreambiggrowhere.com

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Press and Social Support
The robust ecosystem of entrepreneurs, education, governmental programs and private sector resources is complemented by visibility within publications throughout the state and region. Below are a subset of the publications providing visibility into the ecosystem:

Silicon Prairie News
Founded in July 2008, Silicon Prairie News exists to highlight and support the burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem on the Silicon Prairie. With five full-time employees and nearly a dozen contributors, they have individuals on the ground in and around Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City. SPN launched coverage of the Des Moines startup community in 2009 and continues to be the source for information about startup activity and culture across Iowa and the region. With a primary focus on tech startups, SPN publishes a daily blog reporting on and profiling the individuals, companies and culture that make up the Silicon Prairie. With the goal of connecting, educating and inspiring individuals, they produce regular events, such as Big Omaha and Thinc Iowa and have a hand in planning many more events throughout the year. More info at http://www.siliconprairienews.com

Business380
Business380.com a media product of SourceMedia (the publishers of The Gazette) covers entrepreneurs, small-business and high-growth companies in Eastern Iowa. More into at http://business380.com

Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register Media, a Gannett company, is a regional innovative multiplatform, news and information, and advanced marketing services company. Des Moines Register Media publishes The Des Moines Register, along with eight community and weekly newspapers, Juice, five monthly lifestyles magazines, and a multitude of web and mobile sites including DesMoinesRegister.com, HawkCentral.com, DesMoines.Metromix.com and RAGBRAI.com. National alignments and partners include apartments.com, careerbuilder.com, cars.com, homefinder.com, Yahoo! and others. Des Moines Register Media owns and produces RAGBRAI, the world's oldest, largest and longest annual bicycle ride across Iowa. Des Moines Register Media reaches more than 500,000 actively engaged consumers every week and excels at providing local businesses with solutions to reach their best customers.
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The Des Moines Register regularly features entrepreneurs and startups throughout Central Iowa. More info at http://www.desmoinesregister.com

Des Moines Business Record
Business Publications, Central Iowa's largest publisher of niche products, was established in 1983 by Connie Wimer. The company's flagship publications - the Des Moines Business Record and dsm magazine - were launched in 1983 and 2003, respectively. These award-winning publications reach Greater Des Moines' two most influential audiences -- top area business owners and decision-makers and the highest demographic consumers with luxury lifestyles. Its many, popular events for the business community and social sophisticates are well-attended by the leaders in both. In addition, Business Publications produces several other niche and custom publications throughout the Central Iowa market. They include: See Des Moines, economic development guides for area communities and chambers of commerce, the Book of Lists, the Business Record Daily business e-newsletter, Neighborhoods and Urban Living - both residential resource guides, INclusion diversity guide, Commercial Real Estate Guide, Commercial Real Estate Weekly e-newsletter, and many more. More info at http://www.businessrecord.com

Corridor Business Journal
On July 26, 2004 the Corridor Business Journal published the first edition of its weekly business newspaper for the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor. Every week since then, the CBJ has provided its readers with comprehensive coverage of local business news. We cover news that is of interest, use and importance for anyone who does business in the growing Iowa City and Cedar Rapids Corridor. The CBJ is not part of a chain. The newspaper is owned and operated independently by John and Aspen Lohman. More info at http://www.corridorbusiness.com

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Conclusion
The startup community and climate in Iowa has never been better. From programs and education to encourage young entrepreneurs to create their own careers, to angel tax investment credits, to extensive networking and recognition events, to a network or incubators, accelerators and mentors, the state continues to be a rich environment for growing new businesses. A healthy public-private partnership amongst state and local governments and the private sector is creating opportunities for startup formation that have never existed in the state before. Success stories in technology companies like Dwolla, Involta and T8 Webware are creating a generation of ‘wantrepreneurs’ in universities who aspire to emulate their local heroes and create companies of their own. The harsh economic climate has had a favorable upside of encouraging many large-company employees to consider setting out to pursue their own business dreams. An entire generation, an entrepreneurial generation, is sprouting from the fertile soil of Iowa universities. This generation is leveraging the existing resources available to them as well as rapidly creating new resources for future entrepreneurs. They intend to shape an Iowa that they will want to build their businesses within. This will not come without much effort, but our Iowa work ethic is never better exemplified than by a single entrepreneur pursuing a great idea. As StartupIowa moves forward from ideation to execution phase, we seek to bring together the diverse elements of our state into an even more thriving, connected, collaborative, cooperative and energized entrepreneurial ecosystem that will enable all high-growth companies and entrepreneurs to succeed, whether they are running already established businesses, seeking to ramp-up a growing business, or starting from square one to turn their simple idea into the next great Iowa company. We welcome you to join us as we startup Iowa.

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Appendix A- Contributors, Contacts, and Endorsements
Contributors
The following individuals contributed their time and energy to this document and the StartupIowa program. Jeff Curran, Iowa Workforce Development Tej Dhawan, StartupCity Des Moines Jamie Gyolai, Central College Megan Pralle, Original StartupIowa Logo Christian Renaud, StartupCity Des Moines Andy Stoll, SeedHere

Contacts
The following public and private sector contacts support the efforts of StartupIowa: Public Sector: Debi Durham- Director of Economic Development, State of Iowa Terry Vorbrich- City of Des Moines Tyler Olsen - State Legislator from Cedar Rapids Private Sector: Christian Renaud- Principal @ StartupCity Des Moines and CEO of Present.io Geoff Wood- COO of Silicon Prairie News David Maahs- The Greater Des Moines Partnership Igor Dobrosavljević - COO at BitMethod & Grand Consulting Dan Shipton- CEO at BitMethod Ben Milne - Dwolla Andy Stoll - Seed Here Brian Hemesath - VolunteerLocal Scott Swenson-BPrepared, Business Long Term Recovery Mike Colwell - BIZ Jon Thompson - Evolve Curt Nelson - EDC & Iowa Seed Fund Amanda Styron - Seed Here Brian Donaghy - Appcore Dave Weis- Internet Solver

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Endorsements
Iowa Bar Association Committee on Economic Development The Iowa State Bar Association is a voluntary organization whose primary focus is to help Iowa attorneys practice more effectively by providing products and services to help them save time and money. The Association currently has over 8,000 members. The Committee on Economic Development was formed to provide education about the various state, local and federal economic development programs, services and resources that are available. It also provides, through the ISBA website, an online Web portal consisting of helpful resources, case studies and a bulletin board for attorneys who are assisting businesses and communities with economic development efforts. On behalf of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Committee on Economic Development endorses this effort to create Startup Iowa and is ready and able to assist when called upon to help grow business in Iowa. Contact: John Shors of Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, PC, Committee Chair; johnshors@davisbrownlaw.com.

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