The University of Iowa joins the NSF I-Corps Hub: Great Lakes Region


The NSF I-Corps Hub: Great Lakes Region is excited to announce that the University of Iowa will join the Hub as a new Partner Institution.


On September 8th, the National Science Foundation announced the expansion of the National Innovation Network. This included several new hubs across the country and the addition of partner institutions to existing hubs, including the University of Iowa to the Great Lakes Hub.


The I-Corps Hubs form the operational backbone of the National Innovation Network, a network of universities, NSF-funded researchers, established entrepreneurs, local and regional entrepreneurial communities, and other federal agencies that help researchers learn how to translate fundamental research results to the marketplace. The Hubs will work collaboratively to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem throughout the United States.


Previously, the University of Iowa offered I-Corps programming as an I-Corps site. Since 2015, 182 I-Corps teams have been trained, with 11 going on to the National NSF I-Corps Teams program. Now, the university is excited to join the hub and collaborate more closely with other hub institutions.


“We are excited for this new partnership with the Great Lakes I-Corps Hub and are confident that it will accelerate technology commercialization efforts at the University of Iowa.”

– Lynn Allendorf, Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, The University of Iowa


The Great Lakes Hub is excited to welcome a new partner institution and expand the reach of I-Corps programming across the region.


The NSF I-Corps Hub: Great Lakes Region is delighted to have the University of Iowa join us. By including the University of Iowa’s world-class research and talent, we will enhance our ability to create economic and societal impact from the ingenuity of Iowa’s scientific community.

– Jonathan Fay, Hub Director, NSF I-Corps Hub: Great Lakes Region


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