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NewBoCo Workiversary: Ben Kaplan

On January 17, Ben Kaplan celebrated one year at NewBoCo. Before Ben officially joined the team, he was a freelance photographer and videographer, which included creating NewBoCo’s videos for Launch Day and other projects. He was also a key member of We Create Here powered by The Gazette, which was a journalistic engine for sharing stories of startups and the

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NewBoCo Volunteer Asmaa Elkeurti works with a student on a laptop for NewBoCo's Girls Code Camp

Volunteer Spotlight: Asmaa Elkeurti

“I firmly believe anyone can learn computer science.” — Asmaa Elkeurti After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2016, Asmaa Elkeurti became a developer at Pear Deck, an Iowa City-based education startup offering a web-based application to K-12 schools and teachers, and a regular volunteer for NewBoCo’s K-12 computer science education programs. Before she leads this Saturday’s Javascript session for our GirlsCode++

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How to be an Angel Investor. Step One.

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output] You’ve finally got some money laying around that needs to start earning its keep. Your wife’s uncle’s brother-in-law tells you that you really should diversify your investments.  Those mutual funds you’ve got are fine, but they’re boring.  You see some local companies opening around you, and you wonder if one of

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A headshot of LendEDU CEO Nate Matherson

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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