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Guest Blog: My Experience with the Iowa Startup Accelerator

Guest Blogger: LendEDU CEO and ISA 2014 Alumni Nate Matherson If you’re a startup founder, you’ve probably had lots of people tell you how important it is to apply to an accelerator. Not only do they often provide you with funds for your business, but they do something far more valuable – they connect you with the expertise necessary to help

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NewBoCo Workiversary: Laura Kaiden

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]On January 31, Laura Kaiden celebrated one year at NewBoCo. Before Laura officially joined the team, she was with Rausch Productions, which helped produce past NewBoCo Launch Days. She joined the NewBoCo team in 2017 as an Events Specialist. Since then, she has been part of the team that produces EntreFEST, co-organized Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids, co-organizes

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Why We’re Launching Intrapreneur Academy

One of the biggest misconceptions about innovation is that it’s something done by a lone genius. Some computer whiz comes up with an idea, usually in a basement or a garage, that ends up changing the world overnight. Their idea was so good — so unique! so innovative! — that there was no way it couldn’t succeed. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

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NewBoCo’s Five Year Plan

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output] This is the third post in a series about NewBoCo’s plans for 2022. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. We’re extremely proud of the bold work that NewBoCo has done over the past three years to support entrepreneurship, education, and innovation. We’ve laid a lot of the groundwork necessary to help our community develop a sustainable, world-class innovation

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Iowa Isn’t Ready for Economic Disruption

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output] Despite enormous progress, we have more work to do to face the challenges of tomorrow’s economy. We’ve accomplished a lot at NewBoCo in the last three years. But it’s not enough. We are in the midst of a transformation of our economy as big and far reaching as the transition from agricultural into the industrial age. Call

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NewBoCo in Review: The First Three Years

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output] Part 1 in a series: A huge leap forward for entrepreneurship in Eastern Iowa Several years ago, we decided it was time to help build Eastern Iowa’s startup community. When we looked at our region’s resilience after the 2008 flood and our density of successful tech companies, we knew it was possible to build a vibrant

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Agile coach, Nate Adams, stands before a group of eager students, arms outstretched inquisitively

Improving Agile Teams – The Power of Honest Conversations

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]“We’ve stopped doing Retrospectives. They’re boring and nothing ever came out of them anyway.” If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say something like this, I’d have a pretty nice little pile of nickels. I couldn’t retire yet, but I could definitely get popcorn at the movies. One of the simplest, tangible

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