Brave Launch - Meet the Teams


Brave Launch Team Selection

The Illinois Small Business Development Center and Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley
University are pleased to announce  our 2017 Brave Launch teams.

Brave Launch is the first program of its kind in Central Illinois, designed to assist entrepreneurs accelerate
their business through innovative curriculum and real world interaction. Applicants came from a variety of
backgrounds: startups, small businesses, corporate innovation teams, and Bradley University alum.
The program entails seven weeks of classroom activity and real world business model development.

Our 2017 Teams

4:8 Home Services – Dunlap IL

4:8 Home Services wants to give customers peace of mind and more free time. A technician will visit monthly in order to take care of basic home maintenance tasks. The services range from changing a furnace filter to taking care of minor repairs as needed.

Aunt Yogi’s Kitchen – Germantown Hills IL

Aunt Yogi’s Kitchen is a meal centered grocery store concept designed to reduce planning time and time spent in the store. All items needed to make a meal will be stocked together in order to make food preparation easy for the consumer.

CRC Life – Peoria IL

CRC Life is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit that improves the quality of life for survivors, caregivers and families through Support, Advocacy and Survivorship Programs.

Digital Dipstick – Tremont IL

Digital Dipstick is developing a product that will save farmers around 7-10 minutes daily by removing the ritual of having to check the oil before starting combines.Their device makes it easy to check oil levels and can save around 7 hours for the farmer during harvest time.

Mobile Mount LLC – Germantown Hills IL

Mobile Mount has developed what is essentially a cupholder for your smartphone at sporting venues. The mobile mount adds value to the consumer by allowing a space to place your phone and adds value to the venue by creating another location for advertisements.

Bandits LLC – Goodfield IL

Bandit /'ban.dit/ : a stylish, functional bracelet with a hidden zipper pocket. Bandits are designed around everyday life & some of our most extraordinary adventures. In believing that everyone was crafted with purpose, we strive to encourage the #beYOU mentality & to do the best you can do in life. Bandits was home grown from a simple idea & we continually strive to learn every step in the Bandits brand not only to better our lives, but better yours too.

Rio Technologies LLC (Tech Vest) – Peoria IL

Rio Technologies LLC intends to build a vest specifically designed for technicians working on machinery. The vest will have lights inside it, pockets for small parts, and speakers for easy cellular communication in order to keep two hands available for repairs at all times.

Scious Inc (Stilts) – Peoria IL

Scious is a data sourcing and visualization company developing Tradekeeper - the insider trading alerting and tracking tool. Tradekeeper gathers BUY and SELL decisions from the world's most influential investors and delivers them to you. In real time. As if your personal investment advisor was a SP500 chief executive.

The Veggie Kart – Peoria IL

The Veggie Cart is a vegetarian food cart with vegan options to the Greater Peoria Area. This company is committed to bringing healthier, delicious, and affordable cuisine to the citizens in the Peoria area! Overall, the goal is to offer tasty vegetarian food at the same speed, convenience, and portability of other options.


The teams will be making their final pitch on “Pitch Day”, Thursday November 9th in the Peplow Pavilion in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center on Bradley’s campus from 8:30am - 2:00pm. The public will be invited with an RSVP invitation. Registration and cost details to follow.

Details of Pitch Day are following:

Location:  Hayden Clark Alumni Center, 816 N Tobias, Peoria IL  61625 (Bradley University campus)

8:30am    Check-in
9:00am    Team presentations begin
12:00pm  Lunch
12:45pm  Award Ceremony
 2:00pm   Adjourn

Cost:  $35 (includes breakfast & lunch)
Deadline to register is close of business on Monday, November 6, 2017.

When not presenting, team members are available for interviews.

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