Cedar Rapids-based Mortuary Lift has won second place in the National Funeral Directors Association’s annual Innovation Awards for its lightweight stair climbing system known as “the Stepper,” reports the Corridor Business Journal. The NFDA’s Innovation Awards recognize outstanding funeral service equipment, products and processes introduced commercially during the prior year. The Stepper promises to ease the […]

The DeltaV Code School, hosted in Cedar Rapids by the New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative, is launching the first nights-and-weekends Code 201 program for potential students with full-time jobs, NewBoCo announced last week. The eight-week course launches Jan. 18, 2020, with final class presentations on March 14. The DeltaV Code School is GI Bill-approved and is […]

SwineTech, a Cedar Rapids-based agtech startup designing products to protect piglets from accidental crushing by their mothers, received October’s Business of the Month award by America’s SBDC Iowa. SwineTech has won multiple awards from MIT, the American Farm Bureau and the Investors Hall of Fame; co-founders Matthew Rooda and Abraham Espinoza have also been recognized […]

Cedar Rapids’ New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative, known as NewBoCo, last week unveiled several new initiatives including the expansion of its Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA) program to Iowa City and a new $30 million venture fund to help propel those companies as they grow, reports the Corridor Business Journal.  NewBoCo leaders shared their big plans for […]

Steve Shriver, co-owner at SOKO Outfitters of Cedar Rapids (right), climbs during a startup pitch session with founders during the 2019 EntreFEST. Photo contributed/Andrew Ravera, NewBoCo One of the most original pitching opportunities open to participants at EntreFEST 2019 was born over pre-event beers.  Steve Shriver, co-owner at SOKO Outfitters of Cedar Rapids, and David […]

Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s, gives the opening keynote at the 2019 EntreFEST conference/festival in Cedar Rapids. Photo contributed/Andrew Ravera, NewBoCo The perception of competition is a funny thing. It can bring out the great innovations in companies, the leaps in service or quality or product — or, as Jerry […]

Iowa utility regulators will allow retailers to sell energy for electric vehicle charging by quantity — a move some advocates say marks a win for the state’s budding electric vehicle infrastructure, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Last year, officials with the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott requested that the utilities board allow energy to be […]

Five years after founding, the K-12 initiative at the New Bohemian Innovation Collaboration has impacted more than 1,500 students through one-day classes, free events and summer programs, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports. The program adapts STEM subject to student ages – elementary students can take “CoderDojo” classes through NewBoCo, while middle and high school students […]

The ICR Future Coalition is launching a new campaign to create 650 new high school job shadow and internship opportunities in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids region (ICR) by the end of 2020, reports the Corridor Business Journal. The campaign is one of the coalition’s core goals towards building the future workforce in the ICR region. […]