Dr. Martin Gross, President and Co-Founder, Gross-Wen Technologies, Inc.

America’s SBDC Iowa Announces 2020 Special Entrepreneur Awards

Ames, Iowa — America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) announced the winners of its 2020 special entrepreneur awards earlier today.

Selected as the 2020 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner was Dr. Martin Gross, President and Co-Founder, Gross-Wen Technologies, Inc. (GWT). GWT is an inaugural cohort member of the ISU Startup Factory and an Ag Startup Engine portfolio company.

The Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award honors an Iowa entrepreneur who has been in business a minimum of three years and has been significantly assisted by an Iowa Small Business Development Center. The award was established with a dual purpose—to honor long-time Iowa Congressman Neal Smith for his years of service to Iowa’s small businesses, and to recognize Iowa’s entrepreneurs, who are the driving force behind Iowa’s economic growth.

Dave Biedenbach, Regional Director of the Iowa State University SBDC, nominated Gross for the Neal Smith Award, stating, “Dr. Gross grew up in an entrepreneurial family, where his father owned and operated several businesses. He didn’t realize at the time that entrepreneurship was in his blood. The cost-saving technology that he and Dr. Zhiyou Wen created while Dr. Gross was a graduate student, has the potential to have a national impact, especially in rural communities.”

Also recognized for an SBDC special entrepreneur award was Sue Tyrrell, CEO and Owner, Hands Up Communications. Tyrrell was named as the 2020 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award winner.

Read the full press release at iowasbdc.org

 

 

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