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

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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

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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

Voting for Innovation

Molly MonkCorporate InnovationLeave a Comment

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

Intrapreneur Academy: Agile Quarter Recap

Aaron HornAgile, Corporate InnovationLeave a Comment

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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