What is the Innovation Lab?

The Innovation Lab is a "test kitchen" of sorts, where we help creative thinkers and innovators launch new ideas. The Innovation Lab is defined by its users: passionate people, organizations and businesses who believe in the power of creativity and innovation to move the world forward.

The Innovation Lab is one of our newest program areas and we expect significant growth throughout 2018. The program will eventually include a variety of opportunities, all focused on helping our community apply creative thinking and innovation skills. Individuals, nonprofits, established corporations, startups, freelancers, and others will benefit from the Innovation Lab.

What Types of Programs, Exactly?

Over the past 6 months, we've engaged in conversations with a wide variety of community stakeholders (potential partners, program participants, funders, and more), researching the types of programs and services that will be most useful. While these conversations are still occurring, we've started to see significant potential for the Innovation Lab to contribute to our community's "Innovation Ecosystem" - the culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity needed to have a strong idea economy. As a result of these conversations, we anticipate the Innovation Lab will offer:

• Corporate innovation training programs
• Coworking spaces
• Off-site meeting and retreat spaces
• High tech classrooms

• Innovation networking events
• Idea pitch events
• Team building sessions
• Learn to Code programs

Innovation Lab Advisory Council

The following individuals and businesses are investing their time, talent, and resources to help grow the Innovation Lab and the role it plays in our community. 

Julie Bauer - Executive Director, Alliant Energy Foundation
Colleen Callahan - General Manager, PBS Systems
Mark Dickson - General Manager Dubuque Works, John Deere
Amy Green - Director of Program Sales, Northeast Iowa Community College
Nathan Greiner - President & CTO, Design Mill, Inc.
Cheri Jones - Manager, Financial & Industrial Sector Project Management, IBM
Chris Miller - Owner, Miller Development Group
Gordon Miller - Director, Construction Engineering, John Deere
Nick Pribyl - Eastern Iowa Operations Manager, Black Hills Energy
Leah Rodenberg - Senior Program Manager, Alliant Energy Foundation
Laura Roussell - Senior Community Affairs Manager, Black Hills Energy
Jake Schneider - CEO, Cartegraph