You have identified a business problem, and you have an innovative idea for solving it.
Do you have a solution to a common problem, or an idea for an innovative product or service? Do you believe there are others out there who might benefit from your solution—and be willing to pay for it?
Connect with Greater Peoria’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and take advantage of expert advice that can help take your idea from concept to launch. From Startup GP and the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship to SCORE and the Minority Business Development Center, there are plenty of resources that can help you on your startup journey. They will point you in the right direction and connect you with the people you’ll need to know to turn your idea into a viable company—from incubators, mentors and research facilities to venture capital funds, angel networks and more. And most will cost nothing but your time.
Attend one of the Turner Center’s “Starting a Business in Illinois” workshops, obtain confidential advice from a SCORE mentor, hone your pitch at Keystart, connect with other entrepreneurs at 1 Million Cups, and sign up for the next Brave Launch business accelerator cohort! And don’t forget to read the stories of the entrepreneurs featured in this issue… Listen to their advice, and perhaps you can avoid the pitfalls they made along the way. iBi