Voting for Innovation

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People sit in rows of white tables at an Intrapreneur Academy Workshop. Linn County Auditor Joel Miller and Deputy Director of Elections Rebecca Stonawski sit at the front table.

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

Corridor Angel Investors Selects Startups for August Meeting

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Frank Camp, NewBoCo General Counsel, sits at a table with two women working on a startup

July 24, 2018, Cedar Rapids, IA – After reviewing 20 applications, Corridor Angel Investors (CAI), Eastern Iowa’s accredited angel group, selected two Eastern Iowa-based startups to pitch at their August 2nd meeting. “We have two great Iowa companies who will pitch at this meeting, each in different industries: biotech and the latest in technical survey drones,” said NewBoCo General Counsel … Read More

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 Code.org, 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