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Making Nonprofit Innovation Sustainable

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

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NewBoCo’s Summer 2018 Updates

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

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Voting for Innovation

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

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

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 Code.org, a national nonprofit, to offer free professional development workshops to train current K-12 teachers how to

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Intrapreneur Academy: Agile Quarter Recap

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

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Intrapreneur Academy: Embracing Change Recap

“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.

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Who Should I Send to Intrapreneur Academy?

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

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