Coe College, NewBoCo partner to establish on-campus Entrepreneur-in-Residence

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David Tominsky ’98

Approximately 70% of Generation Z has the ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ or dream of owning their own business. This new partnership between Coe and NewBoCo creates an on-campus Entrepreneur-in-Residence position. NewBoCo Chief Relationship Officer David Tominsky, Coe Class of 1998, will lead the entrepreneurial way for Kohawks.  

To kick off the new partnership, Tominsky will lead two entrepreneurial thinking sessions for Kohawks titled ‘Entrepreneurship 101’. The sessions will cover the basics of getting started with a business model as well as the steps people take to identify customers, generate revenue and deliver value as they launch new business ideas.

The next event will be the second-annual Kohawk Startup, a 24-hour entrepreneurship and innovation event, where Kohawks work in teams to turn an idea into action and build a business around the idea. Cash prizes of up to $10,000 will be awarded to the winning teams.

“Our goal is to infuse entrepreneurship into the Coe experience,” Tominsky said. “In addition to Kohawk Startup, we'll be hosting sessions throughout the school year to help students learn about idea generation, business modeling and what it means to find product-market fit. We'll also have a dedicated space on campus for one-on-one entrepreneurial coaching.”

Coe and NewBoCo are working together to provide Kohawks the tools to turn ideas into reality. “Knowing what it takes to create a business and how to find the resources to scale that business are a few of the goals we have,” Tominsky said. “Whether a student starts their own business or simply learns what it takes to do so, we believe Kohawks will be more prepared for life after graduation.”

The Coe C3: Creativity, Careers, Community center, a catalyst for Coe’s designation as the #15 school in the nation for internships, will work in collaboration with NewBoCo to identify additional ways to enhance entrepreneurial opportunities through internships and off-campus experiences.

The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. NewBoCo’s programming supports entrepreneurship, innovation, and tech education to help Iowans become more resilient and thrive in a changing economy.

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe’s vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.

Written by: Amanda Proper
Media contact: Natalie Milke, 319.899.3784

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