EntreFEST Preview: Entrepreneur Day

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Entrepreneurs take an idea and sculpt it into reality by developing a business through action and risk. Join us as we hear from experienced presenters and take part in workshops to expand our knowledge. Your ticket not only gets you access to great speakers and workshops, but it also grants you access to NewBoCo’s Launch Day!

Thanks for joining us!

Schedule of Events

11:30am Join us for Registration & Networking!
We will begin registration at 11:30am at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, allowing attendees an opportunity to meet each other and get excited for the day!

12pm Welcome + “How and Why to Start a Startup”
Grab a lunch and get settled, we will kick off the day with a viewing of Y Combinator’s infamous video series. Sam Altman and the folks at Y Combinator offer up this amazing course at Stanford University. It’s a great way to get the wheels turning.

1pm From Freelance to Business Owner: What it takes to scale from one-man-shop to multiple businesses
Ron Rausch, owner of Wired Production Group, will detail his 20 year journey from passion project to successfully owning four businesses and what it took to make it happen. Expect take aways that can help you achieve long term success.

2pm Allies in Ownership: Who you need in your corner to start and transition your business
Adam Covington, owner of Eastbank Venue + Lounge, will invite you into his venue to see firsthand and listen to how you identify allies to help build and transition your business- in mentors, employees, and business partners. Expect takeaways from several different approaches and lessons he has learned in owning multiple businesses in the last decade.

3pm How to Grow + Market Yourself Nationally
Jo Miller, owner of BeLeaderly, travels the globe delivering keynotes and workshops on leadership coaching. She will give our community a glimpse of what it takes to advance professionally by reaching further into the world.

4pm The Cedar Ridge Story: Putting Passion into Practice
Jeff Quint, owner of Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, started this business whenever time would allow- at night after his full time job. Find out if you have what it takes to make your business prosper to an award-winning level.

5pm- 8pm Launch Day at Paramount Theatre
Wrap up the day with fellow attendees, and a room of 600+ of NewBoCo’s closest friends at Launch Day. You will enjoy beverages and food, and an evening of entertainment from companies launching, and an annual review from a nonprofit focused on building the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Make professional connections, and see the results of other entrepreneurs hustling in our own community.

Don’t leave before the after party! Join us back at The Lounge at Eastbank Venue for cocktails with all attendees of Launch Day! After party begins immediately following Launch Day.



11:30 am Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, 501 1st St SE

2:00 pm Eastbank Venue and Lounge, 97 3rd Ave SE

5:00 pm Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd Ave SE