- Julie Forsythe, Vice President of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
For the past six weeks nine teams of entrepreneurs enrolled in Venture School have been working to prove out their business model, ensuring the right product market fit and identifying revenue models. As the Chamber’s VP of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Venture School season is always one of my favorite times of the year. There is nothing more invigorating than to see our community’s up and coming entrepreneurs test their business models and the inspiring collaboration between mentors and students that happens along the way.
I invite you to see for yourself the type of entrepreneurial energy that exists right in our own community. Venture School’s Final Pitch Night is happening tonight (Tuesday, April 18) from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Kahl Education Center, 326 W. 3rd St., 10th
Thank you to the following community mentors for providing valuable mentor feedback to aid aspiring entrepreneurs in accelerating the startup process.
|Dan||Adams||Senior Vice President, Client Services||Audience Partners|
|Phil||Allen||Owner & CEO||Grace Engineered Products|
|Jim||Boyd||Business Advisor||Illinois SBDC|
|Jim||Foster||Founder - Inventor/President||Sports|
|Steve||Grubbs||Founder & CEO||Victory Enterprises|
|Shawn||Larson||Owner & President||Big Dog Construction|
|Michelle||Lewis||International Trade Specialist||SBDC, ITC, Illinois|
|Delia||Meier||Owner||Iowa 80 Group|
|Brad||Morrison||Founder & Owner||Riverbend Signworks|
|Aaron||Tennant||Founder & Owner||Total Solutions|
|Joel||Wright||President & CEO||Mobotrex|
Venture School Final Pitch Schedule:
6:00 D&O Celtic Jewelry
6:30 IoT Growing
6:45 Iron Crown Fitness
7:00 Simple Build
7:15 ALM Positioners
7:30 Robotic Tank Wash
8:00 Quad City Interactive
8:30 Advancing Teams Announced
Adjournment for Refreshments
This cohort was sponsored by Great Southern Bank.
Venture School is available in the Quad Cities through a partnership between Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, the Quad Cities Chamber, and University of Iowa John Pappjohn Entrepreneurial Center.