NewBoCo’s Goal: Computer Science Education in Every Single School in Iowa

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Here at NewBoCo we have a pretty simple goal: computer science education in every single school in Iowa. We support tech education to give Iowans of all ages the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly technical world. That’s why we partnered with, a national nonprofit, to offer free professional development workshops to train current K-12 teachers how to … Read More

Applications open for NewBoCo’s entrepreneurial programs

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July 6, 2018, Cedar Rapids, IA – Calling all idea people! Applications are open for NewBoCo’s entrepreneurial programs, including the Social Good Accelerator, Iowa Startup Accelerator fall batch, and Corridor Angel Investors August meeting. “NewBoCo is passionate about entrepreneurs and helping people grow their innovative ideas,” NewBoCo Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Aaron Horn said. “We started with Iowa’s … Read More

NewBoCo partners with Solid Waste Agency for summer camps

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Friday, June 29, Cedar Rapids, IA – NewBoCo and the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency have partnered to create “Tech Trash or Treasure?” summer camps for students in grades 2-5. This partnership was first formed at a Westfield Elementary STEM event when NewBoCo K-12 Coordinator Samantha Dahlby met Solid Waste Agency Director of Education Jason Evans. “We love … Read More

Intrapreneur Academy: Agile Quarter Recap

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Last week’s workshop on What Our Customers Need and Want wrapped up the Agile quarter for the inaugural Intrapreneur Academy cohort. Following the workshop, the cohort had a lunch and learn session with Collective Data, a company working on their own Agile transformation, and held a group retro over the entire quarter. What Our Customers Need and Want — Nate Adams The … Read More

Intrapreneur Academy: Embracing Change Recap

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“Welcoming” and “harnessing” are words seldom used when talking about responding to change in business. If you follow Agile principles, however, that’s exactly how you’re supposed to react to change — by embracing it with open arms. In this week’s Intrapreneur Academy workshop, “Embracing Change,” the cohort learned how to harness change for their competitive advantage instead of “managing” or “enduring” it. … Read More

Who Should I Send to Intrapreneur Academy?

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NewBoCo’s Intrapreneur Academy is a year-long program designed to help organizations of all types kick-start their innovation journey with in-depth trainings, immersive tours, and more on NewBoCo’s four innovation competencies: agile, culture, methods, and strategy. In Intrapreneur Academy, an organization sends a team of 3–8 people through as a team to learn more about these innovation competencies to inspire larger … Read More

Intrapreneur Academy: Kickoff Recap

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“Innovation” rarely brings to mind visions of local government, but the Office of the Linn County Auditor plans to change that. They joined five other teams in NewBoCo’s inaugural Intrapreneur Academy. “We joined Intrapreneur Academy because we want to set an example that innovation can occur in local government so as to encourage others and to provide a model on … Read More

Intrapreneur Academy: Intro to Agile & Geonetric Tour Recap

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Linda Barnes (left) leads a tour through Geonetric's open office plan

The inaugural Intrapreneur Academy started their quarter on Agile on Wednesday, April 25th with introductory workshops led by NewBoCo’s Agile Coach, Nate Adams, an immersive tour of Geonetric, and a Q&A session with Geonetric CEO, Linda Barnes. Intro to Agile — Nate Adams Agile work practices are taking organizations dealing with and within the modern world by storm. While many Agile principles … Read More

32 Teachers Graduate from NewBoCo’s Inaugural Computer Science Professional Learning Program

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A group of 23 teachers stand on a staircase at Iowa State University for a picture during NewBoCo's professional development training

Teachers representing both large and small school districts across the state of Iowa officially completed their training with NewBoCo’s Computer Science Professional Learning Program earlier this month. The program, made possible through a partnership with, a national nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science education, provides professional development at no cost to teachers wanting to bring computer science … Read More

Our First Quarter of 2018

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Mandy Webber presents to participants of Intrapreneur Academy seated in front of her.

Updates on NewBoCo’s work in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Education. On April 13 NewBoCo launched Intrapreneur Academy. Photo by Ben Kaplan. Once again, Iowa was at the bottom of Wallethub’s yearly study on the most innovative states. Last year, we were 44th, and now in 2018, we’ve slipped to 46th. Wallethub looked at two different areas to determine the most and least … Read More