During the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship, the 25 African Fellows in the program will have the opportunity to visit different companies for real-world applications and experiences of various aspects of business. Below is a list of the companies that the Fellows will be visiting.

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1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. 1 Million Cups events are organized by more than 800 volunteers in 40 plus states, one U.S. territory and six time zones.


ACT is a mission-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. They are trusted as a national leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research. While millions of individuals take the ACT test each year, that’s just one aspect of their work. From elementary school through career, ACT offers individuals a uniquely integrated set of solutions designed to provide personalized insights throughout their life.

Bereskin Fine Art Gallery & Studio

Beréskin Fine Art Gallery and Studio represents around twenty full time artists along with rotating guest’s exhibits. Pat Bereskin is the founder of the gallery. In addition to showing her own artwork, she has been teaching Art for 25 years at her own school, Mrs. B’s School of Art in Bettendorf, IA.


Council for International Visitors Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is a community-based, member-driven non-profit organization that creates, supports, and sustains citizen diplomacy initiatives in eastern Iowa’s Creative Corridor. CIVIC coordinates people-to-people exchanges between international visitors and residents of eastern Iowa’s Creative Corridor. As a member of Global Ties U.S., CIVIC collaborates with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to host current & emerging international leaders who work in both public and private sectors. By programming meetings between visitors and their professional peers, hosting home hospitality dinners, and sharing the rich culture of our community, CIVIC builds global ties locally.

DLR Group

DLR Group is an integrated design firm that is 100 percent employee-owned. DLR Group’s promise is to elevate the human experience through design. DLR Group has offices around the globe housing specialized design expertise. Their core areas of design expertise include: Civic, Courts, Detention, Energy Services, Federal Markets, Higher Education, Hospitality, Housing, K-12 Education, Museums, Performing Arts, Retail/Mixed-Use, Sports, and Workplace.


GuideOne Insurance is an advocate and an innovator for their customers and communities. They developed the first multi-peril policy which protected against different kinds of losses all covered under one package, making it more convenient and more economical to insure an organization. They continue to create policies that protect the people who strengthen communities through their works for churches, educational institutions, senior living communities and nonprofit organizations. They operate in all 50 states through a network of thousands of independent agents who serve more than 51,000 commercial policyholders.


Integrate DNA Technologies, Inc. (IDT) uses innovative tools and solutions for genomics applications have been driving advances that inspire scientists to dream big and achieve their next breakthroughs. IDT develops, manufactures, and markets nucleic acid products that support the life sciences industry in the areas of academic and commercial research, agriculture, medical diagnostics, and pharmaceutical development. IDT is recognized widely as the industry leader in the manufacture of custom oligonucleotides for molecular biology applications. They have developed proprietary technologies for genomics applications, such as Next Generation Sequencing, CRISPR genome editing, qPCR, and RNA interference. Through their GMP services, they manufacture products used in diagnostic tests for many forms of cancer and most inherited and infectious diseases.

Jacobson Institute

The Jacobson Institute is a part of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa. Iowa JPEC has always placed a high priority on K-12 innovation and entrepreneurship outreach, beginning with Entrepreneur Camps for kids launched at Iowa JPEC's inception 20-plus years ago. In 2007, the K-12 program was named and endowed with a gift from the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation. Today, the Jacobson Institute’s mission is to help teachers infuse innovation and entrepreneurship into STEM and business classrooms to help develop 21st Century Skills in students. We do this through teacher professional development and curricula in our STEM Innovator® and BizInnovator® programs; a nationwide Innovator Competition for students; and ongoing summer camps -- all built on the research-driven expertise of the University of Iowa.

John Deere

Deere & Company manufactures agricultural, construction, and forestry machinery, diesel engines, drivetrains used in heavy equipment, and lawn care equipment. Deere & Company was started by John Deere in 1837 when he developed a plow for the thick prairie soil in Illinois. Since their founding in 1837, John Deere has delivered products and services to support those linked to the land. Now John Deere has factories, offices, and other facilities in more than 30 countries.


New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative is a nonprofit organization, focused on ensuring that Iowa is known, around the world, for making big things happen. NewBoCo fosters a diverse and inclusive community, supporting, and encouraging people with big ideas of any kind. They build strong, reliable businesses where ownership remains primarily with the entrepreneur. NewBoCo is located in the heart of Eastern Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, filled with the vibrant energy that creative people bring. NewBoCo is built to help grow ideas, from Iowa. Within Iowa, NewBoCo will strengthen the state’s entrepreneurs, creatives, and technologists that are making big ideas happen.

Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins is a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers around the world. Every day they help pilots safely and reliably navigate to the far corners of the earth; keep warfighters aware and informed in battle; deliver millions of messages for airlines and airports; and help passengers stay connected and comfortable throughout their journey. As experts in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, cabin interiors, information management, mission communications, and simulation and training, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of products and services that can transform our customers’ futures. The Cedar Rapids location includes the company headquarters and facilities that include sales and marketing, engineering, manufacturing, advanced research and corporate support functions.

Sukup Manufacturing Co.

Sukup Manufacturing Co. is a family-owned manufacturer of grain bins and dryers, material handling equipment and pre-engineered metal buildings. The manufacturing facilities in Sheffield include a number of welding robots, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining center, CNC punching centers, lasers, and numerous roll forming machines. The company also utilizes progressive dies to speed production of high-usage parts. Sukup’s bin production line is the most advanced and efficient in the industry. Ultimately, the key to Sukup Manufacturing Co.’s success has been its innovation ideas that have resulted in over 80 U.S. patents. In addition, Sukup products are sold not only throughout the U.S., but also in over 81 foreign countries.

College of Public Health

The College of Public Health’s mission is to promote health and to prevent injury and illness through commitment to education and training, excellence in research, innovation in policy development, and devotion to public health practices. Its vision is to serve Iowa and the Midwest as one of the nation’s premier state-assisted schools of public health and lead the global community in rural public health education and training, research, and practice. The University of Iowa’s College of Public Health is the state’s only accredited school of public health and is ranked among the top 10 publicly supported schools of public health in the nation.

University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. They are committed to providing patient-focused care—available to every person, around the clock—in an environment devoted to innovate care, excellent service, and exceptional outcomes. UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital together deliver quality care in collaboration with University of Iowa Physicians, the state’s largest multi-specialty medical and surgical group practice composed of faculty physicians of UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. These partners work together as University of Iowa Health Care, to provide patient care, conduct biomedical research, and train the next generation of health professionals.


VIVED (formerly Cyber Science 3D) is shaping the future of educational content creation in the sciences. They leverage leading technologies to enrich student outcomes through interactive 3D content and simulations. VIVED delivers cutting-edge content accessible across all devices and platforms of today’s classroom including Virtual Reality. VIVED’s solutions are being used by 6 of the top 25 largest districts and thousands of other K-12 schools in the United States, 4,000 schools in Indonesia, and over 200 schools in the United Arab Emirates. The software is also used in China, England, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Malaysia, and Vietnam, among other countries.