Creating an Innovation Culture

Jennifer MurphyCorporate Innovation, Leadership & Communication SkillsLeave a Comment

Our newest innovation event is all about learning and experimenting in Innovation. InnovationDojo is a monthly one-hour event where participants explore two tools that support innovation in any organization. Participants leave with enough exposure to try these tools with their organizations. All in less than an hour. Our July 21st session focused on culture. Culture is one key component of … Read More

Diverse Perspectives Amplify Innovation

Jennifer MurphyCorporate Innovation, Critical Thinking Skills, Leadership & Communication Skills, Professional DevelopmentLeave a Comment

Diverse Perspectives Amplify Innovation At the July 7th Virtual Innovation Coffee, we used a 2017 study that looked at the impact of diversity on innovation as the basis for our discussion. We were interested in how organizational leaders in our ecosystem would perceive and extend the discussion. The group did not disappoint! The study identified key findings around where diversity … Read More

Planning for Now AND the Future

Jennifer MurphyCorporate InnovationLeave a Comment

While many organizations adapt to the current situation, there is growing recognition that what served us pre-pandemic may not be what makes our organization stronger post-pandemic.  Consider the opportunities this mindset brings. Most of us are in this scenario: We had a plan.  It was a good one.  We had our 2020 and maybe even 2021 vision mapped out.  Then, … Read More

Iowa EdTech Accelerator Launches First Accelerator Cohort

Rob MerrittCorporate Innovation, Education, Press Release, StartupsLeave a Comment

ICR IOWA — This week, the Iowa EdTech Accelerator welcomed its first cohort of educational technology companies. The Accelerator, a collaborative project led by NewBoCo, is an intensive, highly-focused 14-week program aimed at early stage (pre- or early-revenue) companies that are located in Iowa. The Accelerator program is one of the key pillars of the newly-formed Iowa EdTech Collaborative initiative. … Read More

Intrapreneur Academy: Strategy Recap

Aaron HornCorporate InnovationLeave a Comment

The inaugural Intrapreneur Academy cohort completed their final workshop before their graduation. The teams spent the quarter learning how to make innovation part of their organizational strategy and action plans. This quarter was about how to make innovation part of an organizational strategy and integrate innovation into action plans. Innovation is required for any company that is not on track … Read More

Intrapreneur Academy: Culture Recap

Aaron HornCorporate Innovation, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

This quarter of Academy was all about how to build a culture that fosters innovation. What are the main factors that impact an innovative culture? A culture based on trust instead of fear A strategic commitment to innovation Shared language for innovation across all levels of the organization The space and resources for all employees to engage in collaboration, creativity, ... Read More

A new year, a new format for 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids

Eric EngelmannCorporate Innovation, Ecosystem, StartupsLeave a Comment

As one of the oldest 1 Million Cups chapters in the U.S., we’ve experimented with a variety of approaches to our mission of helping educate and grow Eastern Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Going into 2019, the team that runs the Cedar Rapids program has some exciting new changes planned. One big change we’re making is to make it easier to access … 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

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