Sparking entrepreneurship and innovation in the Greater Peoria Area

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Community partners and Bradley University students alike got the chance to learn more about entrepreneurship and innovation Thursday and how Peoria can play a role on the international stage. 

Entrepreneurship and innovation make a lasting impact on our world.

It changes everyday. 

It can improve standard of living and enhance community development and also be a key driver in job creation. 

The Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Bradley University provided the community an opportunity tolerant about getting involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Greater Peoria Area.

“If you have that sort of drive, go for it,” said Romi Kadri. “Go for it. Go be crazy. Go be an entrepreneur. Go take that burden because all you’re doing is giving yourself to make great disproportionate change for the world in a way that most other people will not and there’s not reason you cannot do that in Peoria.”

Peoria has a ripe environment for success in this field. 

“Peoria has absolutely everything that the Silicon Valley has, that Boston has, that New York has,” said Kadri. “It has a phenomenal ecosystem here with hundreds of people here behind me, willing to help with open arms so go out there. Talk to people. Find out what problems exist. Find something you’re passionate about and go solve it.”

Attendees learned about the ecosystem, resources, investors, red rape, pitfalls, and how we can better work together in our community. 

Romi Kadri, Rebecca White and Bobby Maylack spoke in the Hayden Clark Alumni Center Peplow Pavilion. 

Bradley University says they are committed to entrepreneurship and also giving back to our community. 

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