Middle Bit: NewBoCo Launch Day will celebrate 2018 accomplishments

Eric Engelmann, Executive Director of NewBoCo, talks with Kids First Law Center, one of two startups accepted into the Social Good Accelerator.

NewBoCo Launch Day will take place Tuesday, December 11, at Theatre Cedar Rapids. Launch Day is NewBoCo’s annual event that celebrates accomplishments in entrepreneurship, innovation, and tech education in Iowa.

NewBoCo Launch Day will feature pitches from Iowa Startup Accelerator portfolio companies and Social Good Accelerator teams, highlights from Intrapreneur Academy, and a progress report from NewBoCo’s Code.org Iowa partnership.

This year, NewBoCo Launch Day will focus on the following three topics:

  • Growing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
  • New Kinds of Innovators
  • Computer Science for Iowa

“Launch Day is our chance to really thank our sponsors, donors, investors, partners, mentors, students, and startups for their dedication to our mission,” NewBoCo COO Aaron Horn said. “We want to show them the impact we’ve made this year because of their support.”

Admission to the event is free.

What else is happening?

Illinois

Nutrien, a publicly traded Canadian fertilizer company and the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services, acquired Champaign, Illinois based startup Agrible for $63 million on August 1. The deal marks an important gain for Nutrien toward growing its retail business and delivering customers the best products, services, and agronomy advice. –Silicon Prairie News

Missouri

KCSourceLink announced on Wednesday that they have been awarded a second grant to continue its work as a University Center Economic Development Program to spur entrepreneurship, economic growth and job creation. –Silicon Prairie News

Ohio

Enable Injections disclosed today that the company has completed a first closing of a Series B round that raised more than $40 million, one of the largest investments in a Cincinnati company ever made by venture capitalists. Evendale-based Enable said the investment was led by Sanofi, the Paris-based pharmaceutical company. It’s the world’s third-largest pharma firm based on sales of $39.5 billion. –Cincinnati Business Courier