Sponsor Spotlight: Meet UFG Developer Usha

Jessalyn HoldcraftComputer Science, EducationLeave a Comment

Usha sits in a lounge area of the cafeteria space on UFG's downtown Cedar Rapids campus. Meet Usha. She’s been with UFG Insurance for two years as an Application Development Team Lead. She values her position at UFG because UFG values her. “Everybody is pretty supportive; even though UFG is growing they’re trying to keep the family feel for the ... Read More

I Don’t Think it’s Agile you Hate

Nate AdamsAgile, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

I have a lot of great memories of my grandmother. She was kind, extremely patient, and a wonderful role model. In addition to those more intangible qualities, she also baked a mean cookie. When I’d visit her, if I caught that heavenly scent as I approached the front door, I knew it was going to be a good day. She … Read More

DeltaV Code School students graduate, begin job search; NewBoCo Launch Day set for December 11

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DeltaV Code School students graduate, begin job search Cedar Rapids, IA, October 26, 2018 – DeltaV Code School, Iowa’s premier adult code school, graduated its second cohort on Friday, October 19. Graduates of DeltaV Code School undergo 20 weeks of intense instruction and projects to learn coding and modern web development. “These students have really worked hard and have come … Read More

NewBoCo Intrapreneur Academy announces second cohort of five teams from across Eastern Iowa

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Friday, October 5, Cedar Rapids, IA – Five teams from across Eastern Iowa joined NewBoCo’s second Intrapreneur Academy cohort in order to spark innovative change within their organizations. Brucemore, Eco Lips, Grinnell Mutual, Rockwell Collins, and Woodward Communications Inc. will spend the next year together focusing on the four competencies of innovative organizations: Culture, Strategy, Agile, and Methods. “I thought … Read More

Intrapreneur Academy: Introduction to Innovation Tools and Methods Recap

Aaron HornCorporate Innovation, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

Academy’s second quarter is all about being able to take the Agile mindset cohort members explored in Academy Quarter One: Agile, and put it into action. The second quarter focuses on tools and methods organizations can use to make idea generation and prioritization a repeatable process. Teams in this cohort learned a variety of tools, methods, and processes, met with ... Read More

NewBoCo Workiversary: Aaron Horn

Jessalyn HoldcraftEcosystemLeave a Comment

On September 5, our Chief Operating Officer Aaron Horn celebrated one year with NewBoCo. Before Aaron joined the team, he served as President of the NewBoCo Board and worked as the Director of IT at Iowa Interstate Railroad. When he started at NewBoCo as Chief Operating Officer, he took the reins of managing day-to-day operations for the nonprofit as well … Read More

NewBoCo announces teams for the Iowa Startup Accelerator Fall Batch 2018, Social Good Accelerator Inaugural Batch

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Cedar Rapids, IA, September 10, 2018 – NewBoCo continues its investment in Iowa’s entrepreneurial and nonprofit community by accepting four startups into Iowa Startup Accelerator’s 2018 Fall Batch. In addition, the Social Good Accelerator has accepted two nonprofits into its Inaugural Batch, after a successful pilot of the program earlier this year. Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive program that … Read More

Employee-Owned Innovation

Molly MonkCorporate InnovationLeave a Comment

Van Meter's Company Value "Own Up" is written in cursive and displayed on a navy blue wall

How NewBoCo’s Intrapreneur Academy Helps Van Meter Inc. For the past six years, the Des Moines Register has named Van Meter Inc. as one of Iowa’s top places to work through a survey based completely on employee feedback. In a press release regarding this win, Van Meter CEO Lura McBride said that Van Meter “focuses on the total wellbeing of … Read More

Making Nonprofit Innovation Sustainable

Molly MonkCorporate InnovationLeave a Comment

Leslie Wright, a woman with short grey hair, looks off into the distance. The United Way logo is visible in the background

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 … Read More

EntreFEST returns May 16-17

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EntreFEST returns May 16-17, 2019 Cedar Rapids, IA, August 28, 2018 – EntreFEST, a two-day conference + festival that celebrates the collaboration between people who make things happen, will return May 16-17, 2019, in Cedar Rapids. The conference creates opportunities for people to connect in order to spark professional growth, community building, and outside the box thinking. “After taking a … Read More