You Can Innovate

There’s no better place to find a better way

Are you a student looking to study, collaborate, or start a new innovative project? Are you a faculty member teaching a class? Or are you a member of the community wanting to support student entrepreneurs? No matter who you are, the Student Innovation Center has something for you.

With more than 140,000-square-feet of multi-functional space, plus a series of online programs, the center is here to support your passion for learning, innovating, and creating.

Community resources



SPARKS is a 100 percent student-run café on the fourth floor of the Student Innovation Center. Students are fully responsible for managing the café, and are learning to manage daily business decisions about factors such as inventory, food safety, hiring and salaries, product pricing, marketing, and defining sales strategies.

SPARKS also values the entrepreneurial mindset by serving its own coffee blend created by an Iowa State University alum.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parking: Metered visitor parking available in lot 21, next to the Armory


SPARKS COVID-19 procedures

Innovate 1858


Innovate 1858, located on the first floor of the Student Innovation Center, is best described as part lifestyle boutique, part museum shop. The goal of the store is to spur students in their creative endeavors through hands-on retail experience and entrepreneurial innovation.

Numerous products designed or created by Iowa State University students are up for sale. The student-operated retail store features the new tartan plaid — designed by an alumna of the apparel, merchandising, and design program — in products such as scarves, neck-ties, mugs, and t-shirts. While the products will vary depending on students’ current endeavors, visitors may find student-made jewelry or clothing to candles and flower pots.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parking: Metered visitor parking available in lot 21, next to the Armory

Printing Services


ISU Printing Services is conveniently located at the top of the grand staircase in the Student Innovation Center. This location is geared and staffed to handle the print needs that students, faculty, staff and other ISU units have. From course materials to posters, regardless of the size and scope of your print-related project, our staff at Printing Services is trained and ready to help.


Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Hours are subject to change, please refer to our website.)

Parking: Metered visitor parking available in lot 21, next to the Armory