The new SBIR.gov is here! With a comprehensive database, robust search engine, user-friendly designer, and useful new content, the new SBIR.gov will help small businesses that are part of or may become part of the SBIR or STTR programs.
IIC Council Member and ISU Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Iowa State University, Sharron Quisenberry, to speak on The Innovation Roadmap: Iowa's Route to the Top at conference in Finland in September 2011.
Universities have embraced the role of turning advances into viable commercial opportunities and state policy-makers have been supportive. But the marketplace is not easy to penetrate. Investors want to know that products are viable and have a market, a rigorous process that takes time and money. The Iowa Innovation Council, a working group of Iowa business leaders and regents university and community college representatives, will help push innovations more rapidly to the marketplace.
Some resources to help entrepreneurs already are available in Iowa. But as the Battelle report on Iowa, “Strengthening the Entrepreneurial Support Infrastructure,” pointed out, what has been lacking is a coordinated, continuous support network to shape those ideas into thriving businesses.
That’s where the newly created Iowa Integrated Innovation and Commercialization Network comes in.