Source: Dan Mika Staff Writer dmika@amestrib.com

The Iowa Economic Development Authority gave the ISU Research Park a $200,000 grant last week to bring the Startup Factory model to community and private colleges elsewhere in the state.

The grant is part of the state’s Entrepreneurial Investments Awards, which provides financial aid to groups that provide business and startup support for fledgling companies in Iowa.

The Startup Factory will use the funds to open four branches at colleges in north and northwest Iowa, using existing resources from local Small Business Development Center sites. Those branches will have access to the Startup Factory’s existing mentoring and investor network, along with other ISU resources.

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