Davis Brown Law Firm will provide legal services, LWBJ will provide accounting services and LS2group will provide public relations for the Ag Startup Engine (ASE) at the Iowa State University Research Park, according to a release. ASE will help agricultural startups and entrepreneurs obtain early seed stage investment and mentoring from successful Iowans. It recently announced that Next Level Ventures and Peoples Co. have pledged support, joining Ag Ventures Alliance, Summit Agricultural Group and Ag Leader Technologies. While ISU's Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative assisted in the creation and development of the ASE, it is a private-sector entity governed by its investors. "Startups need a range of services from legal, financial and marketing professionals to be successful," said Kevin Kimle, director of ISU's Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, which helped launch the Ag Startup Engine. "The support from Iowa firms in these areas is an important contributor to building a vibrant ecosystem for agricultural entrepreneurs."