2024 Innovation at Work: By the Numbers

By Deb Berger and Angie Hunt

Iowa State University's Economic Development and Industry Relations team in partnership with Iowa State Extension is focused on innovation and economic prosperity that extends beyond campus borders to all 99 Iowa counties. Through collaboration, exploration and research Iowa State is making a difference by helping grow business, preparing the future workforce and fostering entrepreneurship.

By the numbers: $123 million financial impact + 441 jobs added/retained

That’s the statewide impact of the support Iowa State’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) provides to businesses through the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Manufacturing 4.0 Technology Investment Grant program.

By the Numbers: $41.4 million in capital raised

Iowa State’s flagship entrepreneurial programs are one reason ISU was named Entrepreneurial University of the Year for the Americas. What does that mean for the state? In 2022-23, ISU’s Pappajohn Center and local SBDC served 1,423 clients, which led to 63 new ventures, 362 jobs and $41.4 million in capital raised.

By the Numbers: Record $301.3 million in research funding

External support for Iowa State research has far-reaching benefits, including a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create the technologies and develop the workforce to build and grow advanced biomanufacturing capacity in the state.

By the Numbers: 1,661 jobs + 211 business starts

Iowa’s Small Business Development Center supported 4,569 companies across Iowa with business growth strategies, financial analysis, export assistance and other services in fiscal year 2023. In addition to jobs and business starts, this support equaled $111.1 million in new capital and an increase of nearly $154 million in sales.

By the Numbers: $5+ million ROI

That’s the return on the $2.6 million invested by the state for fiscal year 2023 to support Iowa State’s research and development efforts across three Biosciences platforms. In addition to leveraging federal dollars, the funding provided seed funds to university startups for scale up opportunities.

By the Numbers: 1,336 Workforce Grants for high-demand jobs

More than 60% of Iowa State students major in a STEM field. The Workforce Grants prepare students for high-demand jobs in Iowa. Nearly 70 ISU degree programs fit the criteria for Workforce Grants authorized by the Iowa Legislature in 2023.

By the Numbers: 9,700+ employees across Iowa

The ISU Research Park is home to 131 companies and nearly 2,500 employees. Another 9,709 employees are located in communities across the state working for companies in the Research Park.