During the 2019 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.

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.

UI Research Park

The BioVentures Center is where the Business Incubator’s executive offices are located within the UI Research Park. The BioVentures Center creates a collaborative environment for nascent biotechnology companies looking to grow. The facility functions as a business incubator for biotech start-ups, and includes wet lab and dry lab modules that can be leased as individual spaces or combined into larger units. Half of the 80,000-square-foot building was designed as speculative lab space and is potentially available to those businesses that start out in the incubator.


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.

Frontier Co-op

Frontier Co-op has been a member-owned cooperative supporting natural living since 1976. The company is owned by stores and other organizations that buy and sell our products. Frontier Co-op sincerely commits to helping the communities where their products are produced. Each item sold benefits struggling families and communities around the world as they do business with the goal of treating everyone fairly and having a positive impact in the world.

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.


Collins Aerospace is a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers around the world. Formerly known as Rockwell Collins, our company works every day to 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.