Meet the NewBoCo Launch Day Emcee: Eric Hanson

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Meet the man behind the mic, Eric Hanson. If you’re like us, you start your day listening to Eric and his cohosts on Z102.9’s “The Morning Scramble” on your way to work. We wanted to put a face to the voice heard ’round the Corridor, so we asked Eric a few questions about this community. Q: How would you describe … Read More

NewBoCo Workiversary: Aaron Horn

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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’s Summer 2018 Updates

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It may have been a hot one this summer, but your support for NewBoCo made some pretty ~cool~ things happen! NewBoCo: Proudly brought to you by bad jokes and unlimited coffee! But seriously though. Support from our volunteers, donors, and sponsors made it possible for: Standing room only at EntreFEST for Adrian Brambilla. More than 500 innovators to attend EntreFEST … Read More

Our First Quarter of 2018

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Updates on NewBoCo’s work in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Education. On April 13 NewBoCo launched Intrapreneur Academy. Photo by Ben Kaplan. Once again, Iowa was at the bottom of Wallethub’s yearly study on the most innovative states. Last year, we were 44th, and now in 2018, we’ve slipped to 46th. Wallethub looked at two different areas to determine the most and least … Read More

NewBoCo Workiversary: Mandy Webber

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On March 31, our Director of Innovation Mandy Webber celebrated one year with NewBoCo. Before Mandy joined the team, she led innovation efforts at Transamerica. When she started at NewBoCo as Director of Innovation, she kicked our Innovation services into high gear--hosting workshops, facilitating strategic meetings, and will soon launch Intrapreneur Academy on April 13.  The NewBoCo team wanted to ... Read More

NewBoCo Workiversary: Diane Dutton

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On February 7, Diane Dutton celebrated one year at NewBoCo. Before Diane joined the team, she graduated from the University of Iowa, lived and worked in Montana, and then moved back to the Corridor. She joined the NewBoCo team in 2017 as the executive assistant. Since then, she has made sure that the NewBoCo office runs smoothly, kept track of … Read More

NewBoCo Workiversary: Ben Kaplan

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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 … Read More

NewBoCo Workiversary: Laura Kaiden

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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 1 Million Cups Iowa ... Read More

Iowa Isn’t Ready for Economic Disruption

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Despite enormous progress, we have more work to do to face the challenges of tomorrow’s economy. We’ve accomplished a lot at NewBoCo in the last three years. But it’s not enough. We are in the midst of a transformation of our economy as big and far reaching as the transition from agricultural into the industrial age. Call it “the new economy” or ... Read More

NewBoCo in Review: The First Three Years

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Part 1 in a series: A huge leap forward for entrepreneurship in Eastern Iowa Several years ago, we decided it was time to help build Eastern Iowa’s startup community. When we looked at our region’s resilience after the 2008 flood and our density of successful tech companies, we knew it was possible to build a vibrant startup ecosystem here. We began ... Read More