The Foundry

Located in downtown Storm Lake, The Foundry supports entrepreneurs and serves as a hub for innovation, education, and economic development in the community.

The Foundry reduces barriers for start-up companies by providing co-working spaces, business support services, and mentorship from experienced business professionals. Discover how you can join BVU in cultivating economic growth.

The Foundry sign at night

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The Foundry is a start-up company and small business idea incubator designed to encourage entrepreneurship, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. This location serves as a central space where ideas are developed, tested, and nurtured. The Foundry provides space where new businesses launch, existing businesses partner with student teams to find business solutions, and social entrepreneurship will be encouraged to address societal challenges.

The Foundry is located in downtown Storm Lake, building community partnerships and promoting high-impact interaction between students, faculty, businesses, and their community. 

Remote Office and Co-Working Space

The Foundry is a location for remote work for visiting professionals, local businesses, and students. It is also an ideal location for private meetings, seminars, and small conferences. By managing the space, students learn business concepts!

Business Environment

The Foundry is an ideal place for aspiring entrepreneurs to work on startup companies. Existing businesses and organizations can seek advice, mentoring and collaboration from an advisory board of faculty, attorneys, and experienced business professionals.

Social Entrepreneurship

The Foundry gives students a creative space to generate a positive impact on their society! Students use the space to identify issues and work with organizations to think entrepreneurially about solutions for their communities and beyond. 

The Foundry was developed by Buena Vista University and The Donald F. and Charlene K. Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. About the Center

Meetings and Events

Join us in our flexible meeting space with a view of downtown, then relax by the fireplace. Work from an individual workstation, a small conference room, a large conference room, or a relaxing chair in front of the fire.

  • Meeting Space
    • Large conference room: conference table seats 12, large monitors for presentations, white boards.
    • Small meeting rooms: conference table seats 6, white board.
    • Relaxed presentation settings 
  • Large monitor screens for presentations
  • High-speed wifi
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Printer, copier, scanner

The Foundry

Reserve our space! Book our space for your events, meetings, and working space. Contact Nickole Upton-Shover, Director of Event Services at Buena Vista University.

The Foundry

The Foundry
524 Lake Ave.
Storm Lake, IA 50588

Gary Sterling

Gary Sterling in front of the Foundry building