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Grinnell College Innovation fund announces chosen projects

By | February 6th, 2017|Iowa, New Fund Announcement|

Grinnell College announced on Jan. 26 the projects selected for funding by the Innovation Fund. The nine chosen projects cover a range of areas with a particular emphasis on digital technology and addressing issues of diversity. Now in its fifth year, the Innovation Fund was created for faculty, staff and students to test […]

U Iowa diagnostics company gets $5.1 million of financing from state funding, other 

By | January 3rd, 2017|Iowa|

VIDA Diagnostics of Coralville has completed $5.1 million of new investment funding, which will help commercialize the company’s lung imaging software and associated precision services.

The funding was led by Chartline Capital Partners of Wilmington, Del., Rittenhouse Ventures of Philadelphia and Next Level Ventures, Rural Vitality Fund II and the Iowa Seed Fund, all based in […]

University of Northern Iowa’s incubator lets young companies develop with support programs

By | August 24th, 2016|Iowa|

Last spring saw more than the usual “graduations” at the University of Northern Iowa.

The Innovation Incubator at UNI’s Center for Business Growth and Innovation saw four companies — iTracking Research, Dyton Creative Inc., Follow Your Strengths and Red Lab Technologies — move up and out.

Three-year-old iTracking had learned all it could in […]

New Iowa startup investment fund on the horizon

By | March 11th, 2016|Iowa|

A new fund that would invest in Iowa startups is in the works after receiving certification from the state.

River Glen Venture Partners aims to raise a pool of $25 million it would invest in early-stage companies, fund founder Matt Busick said.

“We think that’s the right number to build a portfolio over four to five years of 10 (startups) […]

With GAP fundng, UI professor creates urgent seizure treatment device

By | April 13th, 2015|Iowa|

When an individual with epilepsy has a seizure, he or she needs quick delivery of an anticonvulsant drug. That’s why Max Baker, UI associate professor in the anesthesia department, has been working for two years on a rapid, easy-to-use, buccal drug delivery device for the urgent treatment of seizures.

The buccal device sits between the cheek […]

University of Iowa Accepting Pre-Proposals For Commercialization GAP Fund

By | May 20th, 2014|Iowa|

The University of Iowa Research Foundation announced today that it will begin accepting applications for its Commercialization GAP fund program. The UIRF Gap Fund is a phenomenal example of a proof of concept and seed fund managed and sustained by university foundation/tech transfer management through a campus-wide integrated approach through its Centers for Enterprise programs. […]

University of Iowa puts out plan for research and economic development, includes gap funding

By | March 17th, 2014|Iowa|

The University of Iowa has increased significantly its already prominent role in helping to strengthen the state’s economy in the past year, Dan Reed, UI vice president for research and economic development, told the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, on Wednesday. […]

Three U of Iowa companies land $750K from state’s acceleration fund

By | July 22nd, 2013|Iowa, New Fund Announcement, State or Government|

Three companies with ties to the University of Iowa have obtained $750,000 in funding from the state to expand their businesses, create jobs, and further develop their products.

Memcine Pharmaceuticals, Inc., NanoMedtrix, LLC, and Iowa Approach, LLC were awarded direct financial assistance from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The funding is designed to help these and other companies move their basic research forward with the goal of commercializing the technologies or products […]

Iowa State announces $300m in proof of concept awards

By | June 10th, 2013|Iowa, New Investments/Awards, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|

Three projects received awards under a smaller, proof-of-concept category. These awards provide pursuit funds for emerging research areas that are more limited in scope or require proof of concept before investigators can pursue larger funding. Each project will receive up to $100,000 for one year […]

University of Iowa Accepting Pre-Proposals For Commercialization Awards Program

By | May 28th, 2013|*Fund Types, Corporate, Iowa, Sample Docs|

UIRF is accepting pre-proposals for the 2013 commercialization award program. Despite the delay in the Iowa state final budget approval, UIRF is now accepting pre-proposal innovation summaries. As we did last year, we will work with PIs to perform IP and market assessments on each summary. Pre-proposals successfully completing these assessments will be asked to submit full proposals.

PLEASE NOTE: Until the budget is passed, we will not know the amount of funding for this year’s GAP fund, or the dates for submission, reviews, or awards.

Please submit pre-proposals and questions by email directly to paul-dymerski@uiowa.edu.


The Iowa Centers for Enterprise (ICE), in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPR&ED), is pleased to announce seed funding that is designed to expand the commercialization of UI technology.

The funds are to support the development of innovations with […]