Brave Launch Teams

2019 Brave Launch Teams Announced

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship, at Bradley University, have announced the teams for the 2019 Brave Launch cohort. It is an impressive roster with companies with tremendous potential for growth and innovation. GPEDC is proud to be a sponsor of this remarkable program.

CAD Trailer Designs Inc. – Lakeville IL
CAD Trailer Designs is the folding trailer that transforms your life! CAD Trailer Designs vision is to produce unique tri-patented design trailer products for people on the go with products that are ‘right sized’ to their lifestyles, both nationally and internationally. This four season trailer will expand your adventures and stow away in the smallest of areas when you return to your busy lifestyle.

EngineeringPeople – Peoria IL
Founded in 1991 by Jim Montelongo, EngineeringPeople delivers innovative engineering services to some of the largest organizations in the world. For the past several years, EngineeringPeople has focused on development in emerging technologies such as extended reality (XR) for training, instruction delivery, and location-based entertainment (LBE). “We don’t just push boundaries, we redefine them.”

King Forex Brokerage Firm, LLC – Peoria IL
Foreign exchange trading involves buying and selling foreign currency to make money off an international foreign exchange market. Since the value of the world’s currencies are constantly changing, the purpose of the business is to time the buying and selling of currencies, trading one against another, so that the company profits from currency swings with minimal losses.

Lux Blox, LLC – Galesburg IL
A revolutionary way to teach kids (and adults) about nature’s design principles, LUX links together instead of stacking—allowing it to bend, flex and move like no other construction toy. Not only is the design totally unique, they’re genuinely fun to build with—and users can make everything from simple to very complex structures and machines. LUX is making headway in the education markets by aligning projects with STEAM-related learning objectives in addition to focusing on the direct to consumer market with entertaining construction sets for children.

Moxie Fitness Apparel – Dunlap IL
Launched earlier this year, Moxie Fitness Apparel is a 100% veteran & women owned company. Through their patent-pending line of fitness apparel, they provide a solution to the 1 in 3 women who experience incontinence while participating in physical activities. Their mission is to empower women to stay active by removing obstacles standing in their way.

NTS Innovations – Goodfield IL
NTS Innovations is a science to Commercialization Company specializing in nanotechnology. Based in East Peoria, IL, they are currently leading a multi-disciplinary effort to develop a new form of energy harvesting.

Williams Outdoor Inc. – Roanoke IL
Williams Outdoors Inc. is the parent company of Empire Fishing, Taurus Tackle, EF Primee, A Dream Youth Events, and the Going Pro Online Show. Their mission is to push the sport of fishing to the next level, while at the same time introducing the next generation to the wonderful life that is the outdoors.

The teams will be making their final pitch on “Pitch Day”, Thursday November 7th in the Peplow Pavilion in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center on Bradley’s campus from 8:30am – 2:00pm. The public will be invited with an RSVP invitation. Registration and cost details to follow. Brave Launch is the first program of its kind in Central Illinois, designed to assist entrepreneurs to accelerate their business through innovative curriculum and real world interaction. This year’s applicants came from a variety of backgrounds: startups, small businesses, and Bradley University alumni. The program entails seven weeks of classroom activity and real world business model development.

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