Cedar Rapids, IA, August 10, 2018 – NewBoCo is launching a second cohort for Intrapreneur
Academy this October. Intrapreneur Academy is a year-long training program where
organizations of all types learn how to be innovative in a rapidly changing world.
“The demand for Intrapreneur Academy in the area, and now, state has been a very pleasant
surprise,” Director of Innovation Mandy Webber said. “My initial goal for this year was to
launch one cohort with five teams and a group of 25 intrapreneurs. Our inaugural cohort did just
that with six teams, and the response from many that didn’;t commit ‘was, later, not now’. ‘Now’
is ‘later’, and we are recruiting for our second cohort to start this October.”
“I’ve already got two teams committed and my calendar is filling up with requests to learn more
about Intrapreneur Academy to see if its a good fit for others.”
The inaugural Intrapreneur Academy cohort kicked off in April with a mix of nonprofit, for-
profit, and government entities as well as ranging in size from three to thousands of employees.
The six teams represent the Linn County Auditor’s Office, Marion Process Solutions, Rockwell
Collins, United Way of East Central Iowa, Van Meter, and Woofables.
These organizations have been through their first quarter of the program focused on Agile and
are already successfully implementing changes to the way they work, including celebrating wins
and making their work more visible to increase transparency and communication.
“Intrapreneur Academy has been a game changer for our Organizational Effectiveness Team,”
Van Meter Inc. Continuous Improvement Specialist Jordan Grimm said. “It has inspired us to
rethink the way that we get work done and many of the things we learned have helped us to
execute on key projects. Van Meter is a better company because of our partnership with
NewBoCo.”
Companies interested in learning about this program are invited to attend an information session
with Webber on August 15 or August 28, or can schedule a separate 1-on-1 session here. For
more information or questions about this year-long training program, please contact
innovation@newbo.co.
Organizations that aren’t certain of where they might be on their innovation journey are invited
to take the free version of NewBoCo’s Innovation Readiness Assessment, a gauge of your
perception of your organization’s innovation efforts.
Media contact: Jessalyn Holdcraft, jessalyn@newbo.co