Women’s Programs

Women’s Entrepreneurship Collaboration Council

NewBoCo is dedicated to making Iowa the best place for women to start a business. That’s why we partnered with Iowa Women Lead Change to establish the Women’s Entrepreneurship Collaboration Council.

The goal of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Collaboration Council (WECC) is to make Iowa the best state for women to start a business.

NewBoCo and Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC) partnered up to establish WECC and invited 50+ resource organizations and female entrepreneurs from across the state to work together to create and implement collaborative programming.

WECC met for the first time in Des Moines in January 2016 to share statewide resources and programming targeted at women or serving more than 50 percent women. The group discussed challenges facing female entrepreneurs and possible solutions. Now, WECC meets quarterly to convene working groups or create new projects.

If you’re interested in getting involved with WECC, email Jessalyn Holdcraft at jessalyn@newbo.co.

Female-Focused Events

Just a few of the initiates for entrepreneurial women
Female Founders in February is a special themed month of 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids/Iowa City featuring women-led businesses.
Power Ladies Lunch was started by the women of NewBoCo in order for females in the Corridor to get together for lunch and talk about being entrepreneurial, independent women in various industries. Each month, 75-100 ladies gather to make new connections.
The SBA InnovateHER Challenge is for female- and family-focused companies. Last year, NewBoCo helped coordinate four competitions in Iowa. Fun Fact: The big winner was UpCraft Club's Elizabeth Caven, an Iowa-based startup. She won InnovateHER Des Moines at Gravitate and went on to win first place from the SBA and $40,000.