About the Innovation Incubator
The Innovation Incubator at UNI is the newest business incubator on the UNI campus.
The new facility is designed to be a gateway between the private sector, the business community and the expertise of faculty and staff on campus. Featuring 13 beautiful office suites, the Innovation Incubator offers campus and community participants the following: a comprehensive array of market research services; technical business assistance and training; an advisory team made up of campus and business professionals; as well as office space, student support, and educational and networking opportunities for up to two years.
Each suite comes fully furnished and includes high speed Internet; utilities; part-time reception services; and access to state of the art business equipment, conference rooms and training facilities.
According to Maureen Collins-Williams, Director of the UNI Regional Business Center, the newest incubator at UNI offers two important features to entrepreneurs.
“We’ve found that businesses who participate in our incubator programs have reduced risk associated with their start up and their growth is accelerated. The comprehensive array of services we’ve developed for tenants at the Innovation Incubator are some of the best in the country. We’ve recently added market research services to the program, based upon the national economic gardening movement. It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur in the Cedar Valley”.
The Mission of the Innovation Incubator is to provide a supportive entrepreneurial environment to enable new enterprises to succeed. We are charged with fostering a culture of success for entrepreneurs from the community as well as to assist in the commercialization of late stage campus research. To that end we provide expert advice, business services and flexible facilities.
To be the regional leader in the acceleration of innovation into successful business enterprise, to act as a conduit for regional economic development and to be regarded as a center of excellence for the successful transfer of technology into enterprise.
Who we serve
- The Innovation Incubator serves three core entities:
- UNI Campus Faculty and Staff involved in late stage commercializeable research
- Corporate R & D partnerships between Iowa private sector companies and UNI employees
- Community entrepreneurs engaged in technology and information solutions business development