NewBoCo to take over EntreFEST

Cedar Falls, Iowa -- EntreFEST, the annual statewide gathering of entrepreneurs and business leaders, has a new home. The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative, Inc. (NewBoCo), out of Cedar Rapids, has reached an agreement with the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Business Growth and Innovation (CBGI) to assume responsibility of all aspects of this wildly popular event, effective immediately.

Since its start in 2007, EntreFEST has grown to represent the perfect convergence of activities, learning and the celebration of entrepreneurship within Iowa. The CBGI is proud to have been instrumental in helping to build this event. “Understanding that a successful event is grounded on the intimate involvement of the state’s entrepreneurial community, at this time, it makes sense to pass the torch to NewBoCo and we are thrilled that they will provide the leadership necessary to continue the tradition that has made EntreFEST the premier entrepreneurial event in the Midwest,” says Paul Kinghorn, Director of CBGI.

CBGI learned throughout the years that in order to have a successful event, it needed to be guided by entrepreneurs making NewBoCo the ideal organization to continue the event. “Along with our many partners including the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa program, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the numerous additional sponsors that in the past have made the event such a success, we thank the leadership team at NewBoCo and wish them continued success well into the future,” continues Kinghorn.

NewBoCo Executive Director, Eric Engelmann, shares this enthusiasm. “We’re excited to bring EntreFEST back in 2017, as Iowa’s leading entrepreneurship conference. EntreFEST is critically important to our state and has changed the lives of many entrepreneurs. It’s all about connections: bringing together entrepreneurs, corporate innovators and thought leaders, a two-day conference can help Iowa’s entrepreneurs get connected to new ideas and new people quickly and effectively.”

EntreFEST was last held in Iowa City in May 2015 with about 1,000 attendees participating throughout three days of workshops, presentations and networking events.

About the Center for Business Growth and Innovation

The Center for Business Growth and Innovation (CBGI) located at the University of Northern Iowa is committed to serve the development and growth needs of the entrepreneurial community throughout the State of Iowa. With an assortment of assistance, educational and information based programs, CBGI is working to meet the unique and ever-changing needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners through the timely delivery of effective and impactful services.  

In striving to grow a more vibrant and sustainable entrepreneurial community, CBGI provides support and assistance to the states underserved regions, communities and businesses. This includes the many rural communities throughout Iowa where small businesses struggle to access the knowledge, resources and assistance needed to growth their businesses. For more information, visit our website at

About NewBoCo

The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative is a nonprofit with the mission to accelerate world-changing ideas, from Iowa. The organization aims to create impactful startup businesses that grow here through its Iowa Startup Accelerator program and more; to foster world-class technical and creative talent via innovative educational programs for kids and adults; to assist thriving, innovative companies in developing new products and attracting the best talent through corporate innovation programs; and to make an outstanding social impact and make the world a better place. Since 2014, the program has grown dramatically, helping hundreds of startups get off the ground and grow, and thousands of children learn to code. For more information, visit our website at