Three local entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses to the Riverbend Angels group during a pitch event happening on Monday, July 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley.

The Riverbend Angels is a group of local investors with the goal to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas and visions into successful companies through mentorship, advice and capital resources.

The three entrepreneurs are:

Michael Lawrence, founder of BluJaket, a hyper-local marketing software company that enables businesses to engage with consumers near their business in real time.  

Tyler Brockel, founder of Trigger Engineering, LLC is developing an Attachable Interactive Modular Shooting System (AIMMS). AIMMS is an app controlled system of modular electronic devices that attach to firearm targets and transform them in an interactive shooting experience.

Mark Salisbury, founder and CEO of More College 4 Less, an online platform that allows prospective college students to shop by price.

The Riverbend Angels group formed in September 2017 after becoming engaged in Ignite Quad Cities, an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber aimed at connecting entrepreneurs with resources and a network. BluJaket is an active participant in Ignite Quad Cities. Trigger Engineering participated in the most recent round of Venture School, a six-week entrepreneurial bootcamp program that allows startups to test and refine their business model through customer research and real-time guidance from business mentors.

“When we started engaging in Ignite Quad Cities, we saw that there’s real potential in the Quad Cities for entrepreneurs and innovation, but there was a distinct gap in the system with no local, formally organized venture capitalist groups,” says Tom Trone, a founding investor with Riverbend Angels. “All of our investors are passionate about growing our local entrepreneurial scene and helping founders grow their businesses.”

“I’m thrilled to see these founders connected to local resources and potential funding,” says Julie Forsythe, Vice President of Business Services, Quad Cities Chamber. “Creating an ecosystem where startups and innovators can thrive is an important element of a strong economy that can attract talent and business growth and that’s what Ignite Quad Cities is really about.”

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