EntreFEST goes virtual

EntreFEST, a two-day conference traditionally held in Cedar Rapids for entrepreneurs and innovators, will shift the event to a digital format as a result of COVID-19.

EntreFEST will still take place June 4 and 5, but all speaker sessions, networking events and other activities will be held over the internet, NewBoCo announced last week.

“We’ve had a very positive response from all our speakers,” said Jill Wilkins, Events Director for NewBoCo. “All of the keynotes are very excited to still participate and actually have some new ideas, things they want to talk about in light of the current situation. We’re excited about that.”

Guests will be able to visit Zoom lounges for networking hot spots and chat with other virtual attendees. The event’s happy-hour gatherings, concerts and a live comedy session will also take place online this year.

“The interaction piece has always been a big part of EntreFEST,” said Wilkins. “That’s going to be one of the things we’re focusing on a lot over the next few weeks and months. Making sure we bring that to our attendees so they still have that opportunity to make meaningful connections and opportunities in that virtual setting.”

Attendees this year will also receive recordings of all sessions from the conference — even those you are not able to attend.

The full EntreFEST schedule for 2020 can be viewed here.


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