Innovation & Startups

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Innovate In The All-American City

Startup Here

Greater Peoria’s dynamic and rich history is filled with stories of business success. Gain support from a close-knit community that cares not just about your business but personally about your success and growth as an entrepreneur. Peoria, the anchor city of the region, is diverse. It is the quintessential all-American city, which makes it the perfect place for you to test your startup’s products, services, and experiences. We provide personalized assistance to empower you to get a broad perspective on the issues at hand. Together, we analyze the available information to help you make well-informed decisions in all aspects of the digital transformation process. We offer several essential services including business consulting and leadership coaching to help you make your business the best it can be. In addition, we work hand-in-hand with you to conduct experiments to reach more customers and learn how best to serve them.

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Get Work Done Here

Nest Coworking

The Nest Coworking is a small coworking and remote office space located in the heart of the Warehouse District. Entrepreneurs and remote worker members are able to focus and get work done here. We are a shared open-plan office space with open and reserved desks, and meeting rooms. In addition, your membership provides you access to the booking of meeting rooms, wireless printing, consulting, and much more. Members at the Nest have additional benefits such as using this coworking space as a physical address for your new business. We have a limited number of monthly memberships available: open and reserved desks, business teams, office memberships. For people visiting the Peoria region for leisure or for work, we look forward to meeting you in person soon.

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It Is Easy to Start Here

Greater Peoria Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

It is easy to start and grow your business here. There are a number of entrepreneurship support organizations that are available to help you on your journey.

  • Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University
  • Minority Business Development Center
  • SCORE Peoria
  • Economic Development Assistance
    • City of Peoria
    • City of East Peoria
    • City of Washington
    • Morton Economic Development Council
    • City of Chillicothe
  • Chambers of Commerce
    • Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce
    • East Peoria Chamber of Commerce
    • Morton Chamber of Commerce
    • Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce
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Accelerator Program

gBETA Distillery Labs

gBETA runs multiple times every year in cities across the United States. Up to five companies from a range of verticals are selected from a competitive applicant pool to participate in the free seven-week program. Participating companies receive: Individualized coaching and mentorship from the team of nationally ranked accelerator gener8tor on company growth and investor readiness, weekly “Lunch & Learns” and “Mentor Swarms” Investor and accelerator pitches $1M+ in deals and perks from vendors like IBM Cloud, Rackspace, Amazon, Paypal, Zendesk, Hubspot and Microsoft Ongoing post-program support and gener8tor community involvement and offerings. Do you have questions? Want to learn more? Meet with us during office hours.

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We’re Here to Help

If you want to learn more about our Innovation Ecosystem, contact us today.

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Andrew Ngui

Director, Office of Innovation & Startups