How do entrepreneurs get their start? Where can they learn from successful professionals in their chosen industry or find sources of funding for their new venture? The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem & Convergence Conference, developed by Bradley’s Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, brought players in the greater Peoria area together to focus on crossing boundaries, improving collaboration, increasing economic growth and working together to enhance student education.
Bradley students and recent alumni with entrepreneurial dreams can pursue them through the Big Idea, developed by the Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in collaboration with the Foster College of Business. The venture competition helps budding entrepreneurs develop their ideas, gain feedback, create networks and expose their ideas to potential investors.
Best of all, the challenge isn’t limited to business or entrepreneurship students. Students in all colleges at Bradley can cultivate ideas for an innovation, product, service, smartphone app or solution to a social issue. The ultimate goal? To see some of the ideas blossom into thriving ventures.
Bradley students can compete to create innovative ideas for sustainable enterprises that will produce a positive impact on the wellbeing of communities, families, or individuals. Sponsored by the Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the competition features social impact ideas that can be pursued using either the nonprofit or for-profit organizational structure. The top three competitors will win cash and in-kind prizes totaling $10,000.