Brave Launch - Business Accelerator at Bradley University

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Brave Launch - Business Accelerator

On September 26, 2017
10 Teams start their journey toward. . .


1,500 hours of mentoring
$5,000 in prizes
$100,000+ in potential investment

Accelerate Your Business 

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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. A seven week intensive program, the accelerator intends to spur economic development and to accelerate the development of innovative companies. The program culminates in a pitch-day, where the participants will have the opportunity to pitch to investors and those interested from the community.

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff at Bradley University provides the management and instruction for Brave Launch.  The SBDC is part of the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship in the Foster College of Business.  Guidance and support is also provided by local entities and individuals involved in the overall Greater Peoria startup community.

Participant Benefits include:

  • Discovering the real business opportunity for your idea.
  • Learning and networking with mentors, entrepreneurs, and investors.
  • Gaining knowledge of what it takes to launch a business.
  • Development of a Business Model Canvas.
  • Meeting prospective partners that can help you move your idea forward.
  • Saving time and money by accelerating your business launch.
  • See our FAQ page to learn more.

When:

September 1 - 10 teams announced
September 15 - Payment due from each team ($500/team)

September 26 - Kickoff Reception: Location - Hayden Clark Alumni Center, Peplow Pavilion (3rd floor) Bradley campus   5:30pm - 7pm

September 27 - Session 1   8am - 7pm
September 28 - Session 2   8am - 7pm
September 29 - Session 3   8am - 1pm
October 3        - Session 4   5pm - 9pm
October 10      - Session 5   5pm - 9pm
October 17      - Session 6    5pm - 9pm
October 24      - Session 7    5pm - 9pm
November 2    - Session 8    5pm - 9pm
November 8    - Session 9    8am - 2pm

November 9    - Final Pitch-Day 8am - 2pm
Location - Hayden Clark Alumni Center,
Peplow Pavilion (3rd floor) Bradley campus

Where:

Class sessions will take place at the  Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

801 W. Main Street
Peoria, IL 61606

Brave Launch Highlights:

  • Designed to assist entrepreneurs accelerate the startup and innovation process through innovative curriculum and real-world interaction.
  • This program works for startups, small businesses, and corporate innovation teams and is available to everyone.
  • Emphasizes the search for a successful business model.
  • Taught by entrepreneurs and instructors who have attended the National Science Foundation's I-Corps Lean LaunchPad training.
  • The curriculum is based off of the NSF's I-Corps program and Steve Blank's Lean LaunchPad Stanford University class, which has been successfully rolled out at several research and higher education institutions across the country.
  • The approach focuses on lean methodologies and customer discovery using the business model canvas as the primary tool for advancing a business model.
  • Teams will accelerate their startup process by testing business hypotheses on the very first day. They will get out of the building to talk to customers, partners, and competitors, rather than relying on secondary market research and creating the standard business plan.
  • The program entails seven weeks of class and business model development. The first week is an intensive three days of classroom and out of the classroom activity. It is followed up with a weekly evening class that culminates in an awards and investor pitch day.
  • See our FAQ page to learn more.
     

Brave Launch is set to begin September 27, 2016 and will require an application for acceptance into the program. To learn more or to be notified when applications are available, please contact the Turner Center at tce@bradley.edu.

Investors to-date:  To be announced

Our Platinum Sponsor

To Be Announced