NewBoCo Workiversary: Aaron Horn

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On September 5, our Chief Operating Officer Aaron Horn celebrated one year with NewBoCo. Before Aaron joined the team, he served as President of the NewBoCo Board and worked as the Director of IT at Iowa Interstate Railroad. When he started at NewBoCo as Chief Operating Officer, he took the reins of managing day-to-day operations for the nonprofit as well … Read More

NewBoCo announces teams for the Iowa Startup Accelerator Fall Batch 2018, Social Good Accelerator Inaugural Batch

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Cedar Rapids, IA, September 10, 2018 – NewBoCo continues its investment in Iowa’s entrepreneurial and nonprofit community by accepting four startups into Iowa Startup Accelerator’s 2018 Fall Batch. In addition, the Social Good Accelerator has accepted two nonprofits into its Inaugural Batch, after a successful pilot of the program earlier this year. Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive program that … Read More

Employee-Owned Innovation

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How NewBoCo’s Intrapreneur Academy Helps Van Meter Inc. For the past six years, the Des Moines Register has named Van Meter Inc. as one of Iowa’s top places to work through a survey based completely on employee feedback. In a press release regarding this win, Van Meter CEO Lura McBride said that Van Meter “focuses on the total wellbeing of … Read More

Making Nonprofit Innovation Sustainable

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How NewBoCo’s Intrapreneur Academy Helps United Way of East Central Iowa  Even 10 years after the fact, it’s still impossible to escape discussion about the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids. When Ben Kaplan and I went over to United Way of East Central Iowa’s office to talk about their experience with NewBoCo’s Intrapreneur Academy, Leslie Wright, Senior Vice President of … Read More

EntreFEST returns May 16-17

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EntreFEST returns May 16-17, 2019 Cedar Rapids, IA, August 28, 2018 – EntreFEST, a two-day conference + festival that celebrates the collaboration between people who make things happen, will return May 16-17, 2019, in Cedar Rapids. The conference creates opportunities for people to connect in order to spark professional growth, community building, and outside the box thinking. “After taking a … Read More

NewBoCo’s Summer 2018 Updates

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It may have been a hot one this summer, but your support for NewBoCo made some pretty ~cool~ things happen! NewBoCo: Proudly brought to you by bad jokes and unlimited coffee! But seriously though. Support from our volunteers, donors, and sponsors made it possible for: Standing room only at EntreFEST for Adrian Brambilla. More than 500 innovators to attend EntreFEST … Read More

1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids announces slate of themed months

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August 14, 2018, Cedar Rapids, IA – 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids, a free weekly entrepreneurial community program on Wednesdays at 9 a.m., has planned six themed months to highlight key industries, neighborhoods, and founders in the Cedar Rapids area. The themed months include: September 2018: Month of Marion October 2018: Corporate Social Responsibility November 2018: Nonprofits January 2019: 1 … Read More

NewBoCo opens spots for a second Intrapreneur Academy cohort

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Cedar Rapids, IA, August 10, 2018 – NewBoCo is launching a second cohort for Intrapreneur Academy this October. Intrapreneur Academy is a year-long training program where organizations of all types learn how to be innovative in a rapidly changing world. “The demand for Intrapreneur Academy in the area, and now, state has been a very pleasant surprise,” Director of Innovation … Read More

Voting for Innovation

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How NewBoCo’s Intrapreneur Academy Helps the Linn County Auditor’s Office The Linn County Auditor’s office is no stranger to software issues. “I thought I was done with IT when I left the private sector” said Linn County Auditor Joel Miller. “Turns out I’m right back in it.” Over the past few years, the Auditor’s Office has faced repeated issues with … Read More

76 Educators Participate in NewBoCo’s weeklong Code.org Professional Learning Program

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July 31, 2018, Cedar Rapids, IA – Seventy-six educators, representing rural and urban schools throughout Iowa, participated in NewBoCo’s Code.org Professional Learning Program this summer. “We are proud to be scaling Iowa’s Code.org Professional Learning Programs in order to reach our goal of computer science in every Iowa school,” NewBoCo K-12 Education Coordinator and Code.org program manager Samantha Dahlby said. “Our … Read More