Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Convergence Conference

EECC Program Vision

The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Convergence Conference was developed by Bradley University’s Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation to give attendees an opportunity to learn about the entrepreneurial assistance ecosystem in the Greater Peoria Area. Participants have the opportunity to display their professionalism and business acumen, learn from successful entrepreneurs, and network with industry professionals. The conference focuses on crossing boundaries, improving collaboration, increasing economic growth and working together to enhance student education.

Conference Audience

Those who will benefit from this conference include:

  • Students
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Investors
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Economic Development Organizations
  • Alumni


Suzanne ClarkSuzanne Clark

President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Keynote Speaker

Justin KauffmanJustin Kauffman

General Manager, Precision Planting
Innovation and Opportunity in Agriculture

Bill McDowellBill McDowell

Executive Director,Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Peoria Area Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Index Report

Conference Features

The Conference will feature nationally known entrepreneurs and subject matter experts. Of particular importance will be an expert who will share best practices on building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in a community to encourage entrepreneurs to launch and grow ventures.

A luncheon will include a keynote speaker who will share how they overcame several obstacles in building a very successful venture. Additionally, speakers will explain several methods to successfully collaborate across organizational and functional barriers.