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Linn-Mar students win Future Cities Regional Competition

Thirty-four Iowa teams competed in Cedar Rapids; winner advances to national competition in Washington, D.C. More than 30 teams of middle school students from across Iowa competed at Maple Grove Elementary School on Saturday (Jan. 20) in the annual Future Cities contest. Their goal? To show how to design a 100% electrically powered city, using energy generated from sources that

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Jill Wilkins

Jill Wilkins named Executive Director of NewBoCo 

Chief Operating Officer had held position on interim basis in 2023 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Dec. 5, 2023) – NewBoCo has announced that Jill Wilkins – who has been serving as interim Executive Director since April –  has now been named to the position on a permanent basis. “Jill is an exceptional leader, and she has a clear grasp on the

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Google awards $10,000 grant to NewBoCo’s Tiny Techies 

Funds will allow creation of video library, case study for training program CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (November 28, 2023) – As computer science becomes a greater focus in Iowa classrooms, educators want young students to get as much of a head start as possible.  With the help of a newly-announced grant from Google, NewBoCo’s Tiny Techies program aims to accomplish that

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EntreFEST returning to Cedar Rapids in 2024

Speaker applications now open for annual two-day conference taking place June 13-14 Cedar Rapids, IA (Nov. 17, 2023) — EntreFEST, the two-day conference celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurialism and innovation, returns to Cedar Rapids in 2024 after two years in Iowa City. The conference will be held June 13-14, 2024.  Venues for the 2024 installment of the annual event include

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NewBoCo wins Stage One of 2023 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition

WASHINGTON– On Wednesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced NewBoCo as a Stage One winner for the 2023 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. NewBoCo will receive a $50,000 cash prize to build strategic partnerships that will support the launch, growth, and scale of STEM/R&D-focused small businesses. NewBoCo’s award-winning model will amplify the impact and success of Growth Accelerator Partnerships and

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Aaron Horn to step down as NewBoCo Executive Director

NewBoCo has announced that Aaron Horn will step down as Executive Director to take a new position as Chief Information Officer with Benchmark, Inc, a national roof and pavement consulting firm based in Cedar Rapids. Horn will remain with NewBoCo until April 30.

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Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation partners with NewBoCo on pilot program for business ecosystem

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (Dec. 8) – Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation announced today that it is joining forces with NewBoCo of Cedar Rapids as part of a growing Community Partners Pilot Program.  NewBoCo is collaborating with economic development organizations in communities around Iowa to  help fill gaps in their local entrepreneurial ecosystem. The goal is to combine NewBoCo programming, resources, and

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