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. […]

The Technology Association of Iowa has released the schedule for the 2019 TechBrew: AM Series presented by U.S. Cellular. TechBrew: AM is a morning networking event for entrepreneurs, technologiests, government officials, business leaders and funders to connect over coffee and learn about a local technology executive. Events are hosted monthly at 8 a.m. – on […]

The pioneering work done by employees of the former Collins Radio (now Collins Aerospace) of Cedar Rapids in the 1960s will be the subject of a documentary premiering this week, reports Radio Iowa. “Moon Talk” tells the story of the technology developed at Collins that enabled astronauts aboard the Apollo 8 Moon mission to speak […]

ICR Iowa has launched ICRfuture.org, advertised as a new learning hub offering information on careers, salaries, internships and more catering toward Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR), reports the Corridor Business Journal. The website is a project of the ICR Future Coalition, a group of 70-plus educators, employers and nonprofit professionals focused on the Corridor’s future workforce.

Cedar Rapids-based Involta LLC is acquiring IT|Lynk, an IT managed services firm based in Independence, Ohio, reports the Corridor Business Journal. The deal is Involta’s second acquisition and increases the company’s Ohio footprint to four data centers and offices statewide. Involta reports it will retain all 18 IT|Lynk employees, growing Involta to 250 employees nationally.