Learn how to tap into university knowledge and other resources available by attending an i6 Green Challenges Workshop on Monday, February 10 or Tuesday, February 11. Hosted by the Iowa Innovation Corporation, Area 15 Regional Planning Commission and Southern Iowa Council of Governments, these workshops are designed for for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) involved with green processes or products who are interested in connecting with universities to foster new products and ideas that will spur local economic growth.
The first i6 workshop will be held on Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. A second workshop will be held on Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Osceola at the Clarke County Events Center. Workshops will feature discussions lead by: Clara Asmail, Senior Technical Advisor for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); David Hensley, Executive Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), University of Iowa; and, Michael K. O'Donnell, Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), Iowa State University.
Launched in 2010, the i6 Challenge is a cutting edge federal grant program administered through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) that supports truly innovative initiatives to spur innovation commercialization, entrepreneurship and jobs creation at the local level.
In addition to the workshops, we'll be creating a video to be used by the EDA that demonstrates how the Innovation Corporation and Iowa VentureNet champion the 'company panel review process' which is now standard practice by the three Regent Universities' entrepreneurial programs. This open dialog created between Innovation Corporation, the EDA and the Regent universities is an example of the many ways these entities work together towards similar economic development goals.
For more information about these workshops, contact Alex Carter at 515.427.4055.