- 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 floor, Davenport. You’ll have the opportunity to see the results of hours upon hours of hard work by our teams.

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
Lloyd Kilmer Co-Founder Performance Learning
Shawn Larson Owner & President Big Dog Construction
Michelle Lewis International Trade Specialist SBDC, ITC, Illinois
Stacey Moon Manager Parr Instruments
Delia Meier Owner Iowa 80 Group
Brad Morrison Founder & Owner Riverbend Signworks
Aaron Tennant Founder & Owner Total Solutions
Tom Trone Serial Entrepreneur SCORE
Joel Wright President & CEO Mobotrex

  Venture School Final Pitch Schedule:

6:00        D&O Celtic Jewelry
6:15        UConnect
6:30        IoT Growing
6:45        Iron Crown Fitness
7:00        Simple Build
7:15        ALM Positioners
7:30        Robotic Tank Wash
7:45        Germbot
8:00        Quad City Interactive
8:15       Announcements 
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.

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