Press Release - Pitch Day Winners


Winners will be announced at Pitch Day on November 7, 2019

The Illinois Small Business Development Center and Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University are pleased to announce the successful completion of the 2018 Brave Launch program. Brave Launch is a business accelerator modeled off of the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps accelerator program and Steve Blank’s Lean LaunchPad. The foundation of the program is evidence-based entrepreneurship and agile development, which pushes teams out into the real world to gain insight and develop their business model through customer discovery. Each team participated in a seven week intensive program which culminated in the final pitch-day where participants had the opportunity to pitch to investors and those interested from the community.

These teams have worked hard over the past 7 weeks, focusing on customer discovery and fine tuning their business models, and we are proud to see the growth each team has achieved over the course of the program.  They have all shown dedication in the process, and true team spirit in working with the presenters, mentors, advisers, and each other.  The comradery created was evident and helped make the program a great success.

The Final Pitch day allowed each team to present their business ideas to a group of local investors, and members of the public.  This exposure will hopefully result in investment opportunities, allowing the teams to reach their goals.  In the spirit of the competition, the teams were judged on several aspects of their business pitches by a group of experienced business leaders.  These scores were used to award several cash prizes during the closing ceremony on Pitch Day.  In addition, all audience members were able to vote for their favorite pitch in the “People’s Choice Award”.


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