The NewBoCo Intrapreneur Academy in Cedar Rapids is taking applications for a year-cohort beginning in October. Five to eight teams will be accepted for academy training that focus on a different innovation competency standard per quarter: Agile, Methods, Culture and Strategy. Teams in the inaugural cohort, which wrapped up in June, represented a mix of […]

The leader of a New Jersey-based company granted a medical marijuana manufacturing license in Cedar Rapids expects Iowa to eventually expand the current marijuana program, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. “Once Iowa discovers the THC component is not a bad component, but a helpful component, we hope to see these (regulations) open up to include […]

Highway Equipment company of Cedar Rapids has become the first Platinum Harvester Sponsor for the Ag Startup Engine at Iowa State University. The Ag Startup Engine effort was launched two years ago to help with seed-stage investment and organized mentorship.  “Now more than ever, we need entrepreneurs and innovators in the agricultural industry,” said Rocki […]

EntreFEST 2018’s opening keynote is still fresh in attendees’ minds after keynote speaker Victor Hwang, vice president of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, laid the foundation for attendees to explore building local economies by ecosystem instead of building individual-by-individual. It seemed fitting for Hwang to commence the conference on the topic of ecosystems in Cedar Rapids, […]

Buckle up: 2025 is only seven years away. Last week Aaron Proietti, founder of Adaptivity Enterprises and a self-proclaimed futurist, offered EntreFEST conference attendees in Cedar Rapids several thoughtful predictions of what to expect from the world in less than 10 years. “The technologies that I’ve shown here are not inherently good or evil, but […]

Tickets are still available for EntreFEST 2018, scheduled for May 17-18 in downtown Cedar Rapids. Presented by the New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, EntreFEST organizers bill it as one of the largest celebrations of the Midwest’s entrepreneurial community; panels advertised by EntreFEST focus on female founders, cybersecurity, creativity in the […]

Cedar  Rapids-based Rockwell Collins demonstrated fail-safe data links to the U.S. government recently during two weeks of critical testing for the NASA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management Program, the Corridor Business Journal reported. During the test program, Rockwell Collins served as the UAS Service Supplier for the safe management of a UAS flying beyond […]

Iowa State University, in cooperation with the City of Cedar Rapids, has released a report identifying new, emerging technologies that could be a starting point for increased economic activity, jobs and start-up companies in the city’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries. The Cedar Rapids Food and Bioprocessors Manufacturing Report is an outcome of a partnership begun […]

In 2008, David Tominsky was working in downtown Cedar Rapids, just blocks away from the Cedar River. That June, monumental river levels stopped everyone in their tracks. “The building that I worked out of – the basement was completely filled, and the water came up ten or eleven feet onto that first floor,” Tominsky, now […]