NewBoCo receives $50,000 grant to expand K-5 STEM programming

Rob MerrittEducation, Press Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa– The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) announced today it has received a $50,000 grant from Telligen Community Initiative (TCI), a private, Iowa-based charitable foundation. These funds will support the addition of health care-focused lessons into NewBoCo’s K-5  CoderDojo program. NewBoCo’s K-12 Education programming supports Iowans of all ages by providing the training and skills necessary to thrive … Read More

How Fort Madison is using CS and innovation to overcome barriers

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Education, Press Release

Richardson Elementary received the Computer Science is Elementary grant for the 2019-2020 school year.  Their vision was scaffolded for success: Spend the first year planning, training coaches, and a leadership team. Then continue to expand by providing professional development for teachers to implement computer science into their classrooms. However, they didn’t stop at basic computer science implementation. Instead they sought … Read More

Eric Engelmann to transition out of role as NewBoCo Executive Director

Rob MerrittCommunication, Ecosystem, Our Team, Press Release

Aaron Horn, Jill Wilkins to assume leadership as Engelmann shifts focus to ISA Ventures in 2021 CEDAR RAPIDS (Nov. 5, 2020) – The growth of ISA Ventures has required changes to NewBoCo’s leadership, with founder Eric Engelmann transitioning into a new role. Engelmann will step down from his role as NewBoCo’s Executive Director on Dec. 1 to focus exclusively on … Read More

Latest Intrapreneur Academy cohort focuses exclusively on Collins Aerospace

Josh McNaryPress Release, Professional Development

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (Oct. 16, 2020) – NewBoCo kicked off its fourth Intrapreneur Academy cohort on October 14th with 14 participants exclusively from Collins Aerospace. This is the first time Intrapreneur Academy has been run with only one organization participating. It is also the first time the kickoff was held virtually. “This creates the exciting opportunity to dive deeper into … Read More

DeltaV launches new program for Iowans displaced by pandemic

Rob MerrittPress Release

Grant from Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund fully covers tuition for up to 10 qualifying students to study Help Desk and Network and Systems Administration CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (Oct. 6, 2020) – There is an urgent need to return Iowans to the workforce as quickly as possible in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, DeltaV … Read More

Alex Taylor named managing director of Iowa Startup Accelerator

Rob MerrittIowa Startup Accelerator, Press Release

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alex Taylor has been named the new Managing Director of the Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA).  Taylor, a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, and educator, has ambitious plans to expand the Iowa Startup Accelerator as the program enters its seventh year. “Alex brings extensive experience building and scaling businesses to NewBoCo”, said Eric Engelmann, NewBoCo’s Executive Director. “He will … Read More

DeltaV Code School “goes virtual” as it invests $300,000 in free classes and tuition assistance

Rob MerrittPress Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (May 12, 2020) – With unemployment climbing throughout the state, many Iowans are looking for new career opportunities. NewBoCo believes its DeltaV Code School can help address that need – and the organization is putting its money where its mouth is, by investing more than $300,000 into making its programs more easily accessible to Iowans. In addition, … Read More

Updates on our events and programs due to COVID-19

Rob MerrittCommunication, Press Release

NewBoCo hosts a number of events that are affected by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We are making every effort to continue fulfilling our mission while also keeping people safe. With that in mind, here are updates on what’s coming, including how to experience these events online where possible.   Friday, April 30: ICRAgile VIRTUAL-ONLY EVENT ICRAgile has moved to an … Read More

Collins Aerospace donates $100,000 to NewBoCo K-12 education

Rob MerrittEducation, Press Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 12, 2020) – Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has announced a commitment of $210,000 to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programs in Iowa. A grant of $100,000 will go to NewBoCo to support its K-12 computer coding workshops and engineering project learning programs, which provide hands-on experience … Read More

Iowa EdTech Accelerator Launches First Accelerator Cohort

Rob MerrittCorporate Innovation, Education, Press Release, Startups

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