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Incubator, Co-work, and Wet Lab Facilities

Business IncubatorIowa is home to many business incubators, cowork, and wet-lab facilities offering office space and other resources to assist  businesses with the community and  infrastructure they need to start or expand.  Many of these facilities are also members of  the Iowa Startup Alliance, enabling  members from one space to use the offices  of others in the state at no charge.

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.  Co-working facilities are provided at the Park’s incubator and consist of small private offices and Internet access.  The Park features technology and wet-lab incubators, testing labs and resource centers dedicated to business success and all available on an as-needed basis.  The Park’s relationship with Iowa State University, as well as with the federal labs in the area, allows entrepreneurs to gain access to a wealth of knowledge in a wide variety of fields. Contact Mike Upah at 515.296.7828 for more information.

Innovation Incubator at the University of Northern Iowa and Purple Cat CoWork allows new companies the ability to develop linkages and a synergistic relationship with the university. With a convenient campus location, you and your firm will have an easy avenue to access the resources of the University of Northern Iowa in a way that many start ups cannot.  Our 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. Contact Dan Beenken at 319-273-4322.

inTANDEM workspace
is a community of like-minded professionals based in Webster City who want a different kind of place to work. A place where they can be inspired and inspire others. A place where they can have access to all the amenities of a large office but without the large price.  Contact 
Darcy Swon at 515-835-0437 for more information.

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator's mission is to help student entrepreneurs start and grow their ventures. Our center is one of five across Iowa, and we specialize in providing business consulting, workshops/trainings, and networking events. With a dedicated in-house accountant, UNI is a great choice for those students who might be thinking about launching their own company while earning their degree. To learn more about the student incubator, contact Katherine Kota-Uyar, Associate Director.

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 incorporation into the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC).  For more information about the incubation/acceleration services, contact Daniel Winegarden at 641-422-4191.

StartupCity Des Moines
is a technology startup incubator located on Silicon Sixth Avenue in downtown Des Moines. They provide active mentoring, educational curriculum, services, and a workspace conducive to peer sharing for their resident startups.  For more information, email at info@startupcitydsm.com.

StartupCity Spencer
 is an incubator based in Spencer, Iowa.  The model closely follows that of StartupCity Des Moines.  They provide mentoring, educational curriculum, services, and a workspace conductive to peer sharing for their resident businesses.  Key contact is Leann Jacobson.

University of Iowa Research Park
BioVentures Center, and Technology Innovation Center: The UI Research Park leases building sites and space to growing companies and provides two business incubator programs—the BioVentures Center and the Technology Innovation Center—for start-ups and new ventures from established companies.  The BioVentures Center provides quality wet-lab and office space for life-science companies. Tenants can access an array of university amenities and services.  The Technology Innovation Center (TIC) provides office space to new technology-based ventures that do not require wet labs. Corporate tenants can access services available at the BioVentures Center, plus additional amenities.  For information contact Stephanie Dengler, Director of Operations at (319) 384-2741.

Veel Hoeden
 is Iowa’s first rural co-working 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, by phone at 641-780-7858.

West Des Moines Business Incubator was formed to foster a climate for entrepreneurial activity and to assist in the growth of small businesses within West Des Moines. The WDM Incubator has office space for up to 17.  Contact Jo Eckert by phone at 515-222-3621 or jo.eckert@wdm.iowa.gov.

Looking for a different way to work? Contact our Iowa Business Concierge to find your nearest co-work or incubator facility and learn why this type of set up might work well for your business.