News from CCUR's Industry Incubator Occupants

Ideopak joins ISU Startup Factory's third cohort

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Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR)'s industry incubator occupant Ideopak will be participating in the third Iowa State University Startup Factory cohort. Ideopak was founded by Keith Vorst, associate professor of food science and human nutrition (FSHN) and CCUR affiliate, and Nathan Davis, graduate student in FSHN. Ideopak provides customized, cost-effective packaging solutions for food and pharmaceutical companies through real-time monitoring technology.

The ISU Startup Factory is a 52-week intensive program housed at the Iowa State University Research Park that provides a new avenue for students, faculty and staff to create technology-based businesses. Entrepreneurs in the ISU Startup Factory receive formal training, resources and access to a network of business mentors, advisors, counselors and investors in two 26-week blocks. Read more about the Startup Factory's third cohort.


Gross-Wen Technologies and SAFI-Tech graduate from ISU Startup Factory

Original article by Dan Mika, Ames Tribune Staff Writer

In June, the ISU Startup Factory graduated its first round of startup companies which included CCUR's industry occupants Gross-Wen Technologies (GWT) and SAFI-Tech. GWT, which also conducts research at the BioCentury Research Farm, is commercializing an algal-based wastewater treatment process that recovers nutrients from wastewater. It was founded by Zhiyou Wen, professor of food science and human nutrition and CCUR affiliate, and Martin Gross, president of GWT. SAFI-Tech has invented small liquid metal filled balloons that can be broken to release the liquid metal which then solidifies. It was founded by Martin Thou, associate professor of materials science and engineering and CCUR affiliate, and Ian Tevis, SAFI-Tech chief scientist. Read the Ames Tribune article.


America's SBDC Iowa Success Story: Gross-Wen Technologies

Original article from America's SBDC

Iowa's Success Stories Archive America's SBDC Iowa recently featured Gross-Wen Technologies on their Success Story Archive. The article discussed their water treatment system that utilizes algae to remove pollutants in wastewater and the byproduct that could be sold as a fertilizer. It also discussed how America's SBDC Iowa helped GWT grow their business and the support they have received from other centers such as CCUR and the Ag Startup Engine. Read more.