Daniel Pitts Winegarden, JD Director – Incubation and Acceleration Services
Dan.Winegarden@niacc.edu | 641.422.4191
Dan Winegarden is Director for the North Iowa Business Incubator located on the NIACC campus as part of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. The Center offers support for start-up companies (incubation) and assistance for existing companies’ growth (acceleration) both on campus and in any of the communities of NIACC’s service territory.
Dan helps entrepreneurs to meet market needs, serve customer wants, and solve high-cost problems with value-based solutions. He coaches the basic blocking and tackling of business and opens doors to more industry specific experience where and when appropriate. The Incubator addresses three common deficiencies for entrepreneurs: access to capital; access to talent; and access to markets. Assuring market insight and market access and shaping an appropriate business model all make recruiting talent and accessing capital easier.
Dan has extensive entrepreneurial coaching experience for the National Science Foundation’s research and technology commercialization grant program (SBIR/STTR grants). He previously led a venture capital fund focused on food, fiber, biotechnology and alternative energy. Dan practiced law in both the public and private sector and gained extensive business investment, merger and acquisition transaction experience on the buy side and sell side. He’s worked with economic development efforts for more than 20 years.
Dan has a BA in Economics and Political Science from Iowa State University with distinction (summa cum laude) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa, College of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Minnesota Executive Program (MEP) for experienced business leaders with strategic business responsibilities.