What is the Innovation Lab?

The Innovation Lab strengthens our community’s capacity for innovation. We provide resources and foster connections to help individuals, organizations, and businesses be more innovative.

The Innovation Lab’s current priorities were shaped by dozens of conversations throughout the community over the past year. We listened as community stakeholders discussed strengths, areas of opportunity, and real or perceived barriers.

As a result of these conversations, we’re working with a diverse network of partners to spur innovation in these areas:

Growing a stronger, more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Corporate Strategies
Building tools to help existing businesses foster more innovation among employees.

Community Initiatives
Helping schools and nonprofits employ innovation to achieve better results.


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.
Lance Hummel - Owner, Higley Industries
Cheri Jones - Manager, Financial & Industrial Sector Project Management, IBM
Kathleen Logan - Manager, Dubuque & Bettendorf offices, Terracon
Chris Miller - Owner, Miller Development Group
Gordon Miller - Director, Construction Engineering, John Deere
Leah Rodenberg - Senior Program Manager, Alliant Energy Foundation
Laura Roussell - Senior Community Affairs Manager, Black Hills Energy
Jake Schneider - Independent Consultant



The Innovation Lab is an idea incubator. We'd love to help you launch your next big thing.