At the morning keynote on June 4, NewBoCo Executive Director Eric Engelmann sat down at his computer with a plastic toy hand-clapper and gave it a good shake. The session’s “pre-standing ovation,” an EntreFEST tradition, would go on as planned — even over Zoom, with a sea of audience microphones muted.  Keeping conference attendees engaged […]

Two startup accelerators announced inaugural teams for their 2020 cohorts this week.  BrokerTech Ventures of Des Moines and Iowa EdTech Accelerator of Iowa City will both welcome startup founders on March 2 as founders begin the five-week program for BrokerTech and 14-week program for Iowa EdTech.  Twelve BrokerTech Ventures startups will operate in Gravitate Coworking […]

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 […]

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 […]

Voting is now open for five nonprofit finalists in Google’s Impact Challenge Iowa, Google announced today. All finalists will receive $175,000. Iowans are invited to vote for the “People’s Choice” winner, who will be awarded an additional $125,000. The five winners are: Buena Vista University’s Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and the Iowa Lakes Corridor […]

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 […]

Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, will keynote EntreFEST on May 16-17 in Cedar Rapids, organizers at NewBoCo announced this morning. Greenfield and Ben Cohen built a storefront venture into a $300 million ice cream brand that has received multiple awards for the company’s commitment to social responsibility and sustainability. EntreFEST released […]

More than 150 of Iowa’s middle school students have a solution to stabilize city power grids in the event of a national disaster. Forty-two teams representing 16 Iowa schools and organizations presented their plans at the Future City Iowa Regional Competition at Prairie Point Middle School in Cedar Rapids on Jan. 26, NewBoCo announced this […]

ICR IOWA is teaming up with educators and local agencies to bring the global initiative Hour of Code to eastern Iowa schools from Dec. 3-9, reports Corridor Business Journal. The program is supported through ICR Future, a regional coalition of five teams, including a computer science team led by NewBoCo, the Grant Wood Area Education […]