Middle Bit: NewBoCo launches Intrapreneur Academy

The Cedar Rapids-based nonprofit organization NewBoCo announced Wednesday that it will launch an “Intrapreneur Academy” and is looking for five to eight companies to participate in the year-long training designed to teach companies four competencies of innovative organizations.

According to a new release Wednesday, NewBoCo staff will work with companies on developing an innovative culture, developing an agile mindset, processes, methods and strategy. The Intrapreneur Academy is designed to help companies get a baseline of their current efforts, then go through in-depth training on the four competencies.

The release said several smaller Cedar Rapids companies have already committed to the first cohort.

Mandy Webber—Director of Innovation for NewBoCo—said they will start programming in April and participants will commit between four and eight hours each month to the Intrapreneur Academy.

“There will also be plenty of additional opportunities such as workshops, events like EntreFEST, lunch and learns and networking groups for free or discounted rates that they can participate in as much or as little as they wish,” Webber told Clay & Milk.

Webber said companies in the first cohort joined because they are looking for practical tools that foster collaboration and innovation.

“Shifting a large organization’s strategy and mindset to be better able to capitalize on innovative marketplace opportunities is a huge challenge,” Webber says. “Intrapreneur Academy will help teams creatively build a culture that embraces experimentation and rapid iteration so that they can truly move the needle on their organizational goals.”

To join the first Intrapreneur Academy cohort, companies can fill out a short interest form on our website or contact Webber directly at mandy@newbo.co

CoJoe coworking opening in Missouri

A new coworking space will open next week in St. Joseph, MO, according to a story in the Silicon Prairie News Thursday.

According to the story, CoJoe was a project spearheaded by the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce and will open Jan. 31. The Chamber, as well as a group of local entrepreneurs, small business owners and officials from Missouri Western State University’s Craig School of Business, the City of St. Joseph and Innovation Stockyard, were involved in the planning.

CoJoe will provide meeting spaces, high-speed internet, copy machines, a kitchenette, coffee and workplace community building opportunities.

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Kansas City gaming startups level up with new venues – StartlandNews.com

Former Kansas City Chief opens a coworking spa space – StartlandNews.com