The Trailblazer award is given to a seasoned corporate citizen who has led several community-wide initiatives resulting in substantial benefit to the region.
Eric founded healthcare software company Geonetric in 1999. After 15 years, he left to found the non-profit NewBoCo in 2014, which guides young startups through Iowa Startup Accelerator, works with schools on Computer Science curriculum, trains adults in its DeltaV Code School, and works with corporate partners on innovation and technology strategies. Today he leads ISA Ventures, Eastern Iowa’s only multi-stage venture capital firm. Eric serves on the Board of Directors for Scrum Alliance, and lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his wife Amy and their two kids Mallory and Kepler.