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414 SME Innovation From The Public Sector with Paul Kinghorn @ University of Northern Iowa

Director of the Center for Business Growth and Innovation programs at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Known for our nationally recognized and award-winning innovative programs, UNI is positioned as a preeminent “entrepreneurial support” resource for entrepreneurs throughout the State of Iowa.

Programs include:

  • Advance Iowa, is a program that targets Iowa’s second-stage companies that have grown past the startup stage but have not yet reached maturity, and apply growth strategies to grow existing businesses within their current framework.
  • The Dream Big, Grow Here Contest is an award-winning business grant contest for Iowans to launch new ventures or expand their current firms. Iowan entrepreneurs each year compete to win regional and state prizes.
  • The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a program of the SBA and one of 15 regional centers in Iowa dedicated to providing quality technical assistance and training to business owners.
  • The Innovation Incubator features 13 office suites & offers campus and community participants a culture to foster and assistance in growing their businesses.
  • The Business Concierge program answers Iowans’ most pressing business questions by providing valuable information to entrepreneurs looking to understand and grow their businesses better.



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