Middle Bit: NewBoCo announces changes in leadership

NewBoCo announced a change in leadership this week, as Eric Engelmann will step down from his role as Executive Director to focus exclusively on ISA Ventures, a $15 million venture fund that will invest in Iowa businesses.

His role will be filled by Aaron Horn, who currently serves as NewBoCo’s Chief Operating Officer. Horn joined the NewBoCo Board of Directors in 2014, serving as its chair in 2016. He then came on board with NewBoCo full-time as COO in 2017. A graduate of Iowa State University Horn worked for 12 years as the Global IT Manager for Becker Underwood before serving as Director of IT for the Iowa Interstate Railroad. Horn also serves on the Board of Directors for nonprofits Miracle Travel Works in Des Moines, Candlelighters NYC in New York City, and Beat Cancer Today in Cedar Rapids.

“I’m really excited to work with our amazing team on expanding our programs across Iowa,” said Horn in a release. “NewBoCo’s impact is growing, and it is really encouraging to work with talented people who are so passionate about making a difference.”

Horn’s COO role will be assumed by Jill Wilkins, who currently serves as NewBoCo’s Events Director.

“With the huge opportunities facing us in 2021, having two people responsible for working together across the entirety of this complex organization is critical,” said Engelmann. “To keep our teams aligned, and to foster communication and support HR and talent across the company, is even more important now. And Aaron and Jill are the ideal people to fill those roles.”

Iowa High School Tech Summit set for Nov. 17

This year’s Iowa High School Tech Summit will take place virtually on Tuesday, November 17th, and is free to all Iowa high school students and educators.

Young IT professionals will share presentations focused on their experiences with internships and career paths to inspire the next generation of Iowa’s high-tech workforce.  The Summit will also allow students the opportunity to connect and interact with Iowa companies and schools within virtual rooms. 

Registration for the event is still open.

Applications open for Brokertech Ventures 2021 cohort

Applications are now open to broker-focused startups for BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator’s 2021 program.

The accelerator offers more than $500,000 in seed funding, up to $50,000 each to accepted startups. 

Applications for the accelerator will close on Nov. 30 and selected startups will be notified in early February next year. The cohort will begin the five-week accelerator program in March 2021.