PE/VC  Iowa Innovation

     Office Locations:

309 Court Avenue
Suite 222
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-421-4054



  • Expansion
  • Growth
  • Late



  • Electronics & Advanced Materials
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing & Industrial



    The Iowa Innovation Corporation is a private non-profit organization that has been charged with being Iowa's innovation intermediary. The firm operates through its Industry Applied Research Fund, Iowa Innovation Fund, Proof of Commercial Relevance Fund, and its Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Outreach Program. The Industry Applied Research fund is designed to help connect university research to the needs of innovative businesses, with a financial investment of up to $150,000. The Proof of Commercial Relevance fund provides financial assistance to innovative businesses that are pursuing proof of commercial relevance and marketability of a technology, with a financial investment of up to $100,000. The Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Outreach Program is designed to increase the rate of successful grant applications for Iowa's innovative businesses seeking federal grants through the Small Business Administration's SBIR/STTR programs. The Innovation Fund provides second stage or later funding to businesses engaged in Iowa's innovation ecosystem. In 2012, the state legislature provided $8 million in tax credits each year to help the formation of this fund.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Alex Carter Program Manager
    Karen Merrick Vice President
    Mark Kittrell President
    Tonja Richards Director of Marketing & Communications


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