University of Iowa officials on Monday spelled out the university’s collective efforts for supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, cultivating Iowa’s workforce, and putting the state on the path to economic prosperity.
Three startups with University of Iowa connections--Iowa Adaptive Technologies, Higher Learning Technologies, and VIDA Diagnostic--recently received state funding totaling $900,000 from the state Demonstration Fund, the Iowa Propel Fund, and the Iowa Innovation Fund.
Higher Learning Technologies is one of the most well-known companies at the Research Park, creating test prep apps to revolutionize the way students study for exams such as dental and nursing boards. They have recently moved from the Technology Innovation Center to the BioVentures Center and are looking to expand the company and support entrepreneurship in the community.
Bio::Neos, a tenant at the BioVentures Center is celebrating their tenth year in business this year. The company specializes in customized software development for life science research, creating tools that can do exactly what the researcher needs.
A 5,000 square foot expansion at the University of Iowa's State Hygienic Laboratory includes a functioning laboratory for conducting experiments. Across the hall is a meeting room which can broadcast live video feed of lab work in order to educate students of all ages about laboratory science and hands-on testing.