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This Week >> Silicorn Valley Summit

Testing, testing. Mic check. Technology check. The stage is set, and the virtual curtain is going up this Thursday for our inaugural Silicorn Valley Summit and we can hardly wait. We've literally been practicing every single day in preparation for this premier opportunity.

In case you haven't noticed, at Innovate Springfield we're committed to building a stronger, more inclusive innovation ecosystem for our region. We know we can't do it alone, so we're constantly growing our network connections in support of the starters we serve. In May of this year, we connected with the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer to establish a strategic partnership to catalyze the local venture capital ecosystem.
Together we're hosting our inaugural Silicorn Valley Summit, which aims to connect the starters that we serve at Innovate Springfield with an opportunity to pitch to venture capitalists through the Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund (ILGIF) and other community investors. ILGIF is an evergreen, $1 billion impact investment fund that invests in ways to attract, assist and retain quality technology-enabled businesses in Illinois.
We're incredibly excited for this opportunity and the growth potential on the horizon for the starters that we serve right here on the prairie. This moment feels really special, and we feel truly honored to serve and stand beside the starters pitching this Thursday, and all 100+ of the starters on our current member roster. Y'all are the real deal. 

We'd love to invite the whole entire world to this event but in order to protect the confidentiality of the concepts participating in the summit, we have made this a private, invitation-only event. Even still, we promise to fill you in on all the startup action that we can, so be on the lookout for details in our November update.
We're making all the Midwest magic happen.
Thanks for being here with us!

If you missed our last Community Update, you missed a good one. We released our Economic Impact Report and it was kind of a big deal. >> You can check it out here. 
There are simply too many highlights to highlight just one. Ultimately, the growth that the members we serve have experienced has been incredible, and we're just getting started.


At Innovate Springfield community is what it’s all about! It’s the most collaborative, supportive, and authentic environment we’ve ever worked in. The real magic is in the people who call iSPI their work-home and the passion and value that they bring to our community.

The Springfield Business Journal and United Community Bank have partnered for 19 Years to recognize 15 outstanding small businesses with 15 or fewer employees, known as the Annual 15 Under 15 Awards. This year we're excited to congratulate Innovate Springfield member, Rusty Jones, co-founder of hellowater on his 15 Under 15 recognition.
"hellowater includes three varieties, each designed to deliver quality wellness benefits in digestive health, immune defense, and pH balance,” said Jones. “hellowater was born with the mission to inspire health. It meets the needs of people with active lifestyles who are looking to make good choices that will positively impact their health.”
Read their full 15 Under 15 profile along with the other local award recipients in the Springfield Business Journal or by clicking here.
Spirit Week is Coming

Mark your calendars because iSPI's Annual Spirit Week is NEXT Week, October 25-29, 2021.
  • Monday Jacket Day
  • Tuesday iSPI Color Day
  • Wednesday Swag Day
  • Thursday Plaid Day
  • Friday Silly Accessories Day
If you're new to the iSPI community, spirit week is kind of a big deal.  
Speaking of iSPI Swag

You can represent Innovate Springfield everywhere you go with a custom printed T-Shirt, sweatshirt, or hoodie thanks to iSPI member Reverie Apparel. A percentage of each sale gets kicked back to us, making this the most feel-good purchase on the prairie. >> Get your iSPI swag here!
Thanks for being here with us, for supporting our work, and the members that we serve at Innovate Springfield!


Welcome to #iSPILyfe, where we're learning every day and growing every day and we know it. Join us!
iSPI Hacks // Virtual Popup Events

Welcome to iSPI's Virtual Pop-up Hack Series! In this series, Pam Schallhorn, Community and Economic Development Specialist with the University of Illinois Extention Office will share the DO's and DONT's of imitating the in-person shopping experience online. It's 2021 y'all and the online holiday shopping season is here.
The holiday season is right around the corner, and that means the online shopping season is too.
Self-Care for Starters

Prioritizing the health and wellness of those that we serve has always been important to us here at iSPI. All are welcome to join us for gentle Yoga for Starters on the first Tuesday of each month, and Mindfulness Meditation for Starters on the third Tuesday of each month with Innovate Springfield member Amy Denney, founder of Shine Light Therapy.
Date: First Tuesday of each month
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Mindfulness for Starters
Date: Third Tuesday of each month
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
We hope that you'll make Self-Care for Starters part of your
regular work routine with us!

Got an idea for a business or a solution to a problem? The application is LIVE for our Spring CO.STARTERS cohort. CO.STARTERS is a ten-week cohort-based program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action.
We started running CO.STARTERS at Innovate Springfield in 2019, and since then we have graduated 37 starters from the program including...
Check out what some of the participants have said about the experience...
Scope the Full Lineup of Events
Thanks for being here with us!
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