EXISTING Events

Greater Peoria has an active scene of events and meetups relevant to entrepreneurs, innovators, and startups; with at least one or two happening within a given week. Unfortunately, exposure to these events has been historically limited as details are posted in sometimes inconspicuous places, making them hard to discover and subsequently participate in due to lack of awareness.

Our comprehensive Events Calendar aims to bring all of these sessions together into a single safe source where the community can have visibility and access to details such as topic, location, time and reservations.

NEW / REVIVED EVENTS

In addition to existing events, our goal is to not only help amplify existing events but revive past ones and create new opportunities for collisions and collaboration as they present themselves. These events include:

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Peoria Road Show - Slated for June/July 2019, the goal of this event is to build stronger connections and collaboration between innovation ecosystems in Peoria and Chicago and to change the narrative around activity happening in Greater Peoria.

In partnership with the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition and 1871, we aim to create connections between both Greater Peoria and Chicago startups, community partners, elected officials, developers, investors and the press during a full-day event showcasing of all the great assets our region has to offer.

Startup Weekend - In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources.


EDUCATION

From the classroom to the boardroom, there are always things to be learned, especially with ever-evolving technologies and new innovations being introduced every day. Our goal is to leverage strategic partnerships that will provide educational opportunities to the community, bringing knowledge and new skill sets to audiences young and old.

Regional Educational Partnerships - It’s been reported that 85% of jobs that will exist in 10 years haven’t been invented yet. That’s why we believe that the greatest asset we can be providing students is

the the mantra of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” needs to be