EntreFEST: The Largest Gathering of Iowa’s Entrepreneurial and Innovation Community

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Conference/Festival Hosted in Iowa City, Entrepreneur Magazine’s #2 City for Entrepreneurs

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Melissa McCarville
Economic Alliance
319.730.1415 (direct & cell)
mmccarville@cedarrapids.org

Jessalyn Holdcraft
NewBoCo
jessalyn@newbo.co

CEDAR RAPIDS – Entrepreneurs and innovators from across the Midwest will converge in Iowa City, IA for EntreFEST on May 4-5. Taking place in Entrepreneur Magazine’s #2 in Best Cities for Entrepreneurs, EntreFEST, a conference/festival event will feature local and national experts from a variety of fields in breakout sessions, workshops and a pitch competition for startup and early stage businesses.

Warby Parker co-CEO, Neil Blumenthal, will keynote EntreFEST. Warby Parker is an online eyewear retailer founded in 2010 that disrupted a long standing industry by offering eyewear at a revolutionary price and has led the way for socially conscious businesses.

The two-day event will connect business owners, startup founders, corporate innovators, innovation ecosystem builders and “intrapreneurs” from across the Midwest while offering a festival side keeping networking going throughout LateFEST (the late-night events planned at EntreFEST).

EntreFEST is co-produced by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo). For more information about EntreFEST, please visit http://www.entrefest.com/.

About the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance serves as the catalyst for economic diversity, growth and prosperity for the region through core functions of business support, economic development, community development, public policy and regional development.

About NewBoCo
The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative is a nonprofit with the mission to accelerate world-changing ideas, from Iowa. The organization aims to create impactful startup businesses that grow here through its Iowa Startup Accelerator program and more; to foster world-class technical and creative talent via innovative educational programs for kids and adults; to assist thriving, innovative companies in developing new products and attracting the best talent through corporate innovation programs; and to make an outstanding social impact and make the world a better place. Since 2014, the program has grown dramatically, helping hundreds of startups get off the ground and grow, and thousands of children learn to code.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]