Is Our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Set for Success?

November 12, 2018

Peoria, IL – November 13, 2018 – Entrepreneurs can have an everlasting impact on a community. They can create new businesses, their innovations can improve the standard of living, they can enhance community development, their successes can create jobs, and their spirit can attract other entrepreneurs. But, it takes an entire ecosystem to help an entrepreneur succeed.

The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Convergence Conference on Thursday, November 29, is developed by the Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Bradley. It will provide the community an opportunity to learn about getting involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Greater Peoria Area.

Attendees will learn about the ecosystem, resources, investors, red tape, pitfalls, and how we can better work together in our region. Three nationally known entrepreneurs and subject matter experts will talk about building that community ecosystem, the obstacles they overcame in achieving their successful ventures, and why it is vital to cross boundaries and disciplines.

Speakers and schedule:

  • 9:00 - 9:30 – Opening remarks
  • 9:30 - 10:30 – Romi Kadri: Innovation Acceleration: Expanding across Disciplines to Industry
  • 10:30 - 11:00 – Networking Break
  • 11:00 - 12:00 – Rebecca White: What makes an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Great
  • 12:00 - 1:30 – Lunch and Kevin Rustagi
  • 1:30 – Conclusion and presentation of the 1st ever "Convergence Leadership Award."

While this event is open to the public and free of charge, seating will be limited, and RSVP's are required. It will take place on Thursday, November 29 from 9 am to 1:30 pm in the Peplow Pavilion of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center. Lunch will be provided. Visit the website to register and learn more about this conference.

Bradley University is committed to the entrepreneurial spirit and to enhancing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region.

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