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Six new companies join Iowa Startup Accelerator for spring cohort

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (May 5, 2021) — Six new companies have joined the Iowa Startup Accelerator program for the Spring of 2021. “The Spring startup cohort has an interesting mix of products and services that makes for fascinating discussions, discoveries and perspectives,” said ISA Managing Director Alex Taylor. “It’s fun to work with these founders, and watch them collaborate to

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EntreFEST reveals hybrid format for 2021

EntreFEST, the two-day conference celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurialism and innovation, returns in a hybrid format for 2021. The conference will be held June 10-11, and both in-person and virtual tickets are available.

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NewBoCo Welcomes Three New Members to Board of Directors

Joy Briscoe, Erica Cole, and Wendy Nielsen join team at nonprofit  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 4, 2021) – The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) has named three new members to its Board of Directors.  Joy Briscoe is a consummate diversity, equity, and inclusion professional who currently serves as the Talent Acquisition and Outreach Specialist for Waterloo Schools. Prior to working

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

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

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How Fort Madison is using CS and innovation to overcome barriers

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

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Eric Engelmann to transition out of role as NewBoCo Executive Director

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

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Latest Intrapreneur Academy cohort focuses exclusively on Collins Aerospace

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

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