In response to Governor Pritzker's Shelter in Place order, the Innovate Springfield staff are working a hybrid schedule. We hope you are all healthy and safe with all of the provisions and support that you need. The Springfield community has come together like never before to support small businesses and neighbors who are experiencing hardship. If you're like us, you're no doubt buried in COVID-19 response and resources. Our aim here is not to overwhelm you, but to continue to serve as a reliable resource hub for our members and the broader community.
Innovate Springfield is excited to announce its first ever preview day!
Preview day gives members the opportunity to tell their story to potential investors and clients while building their network.
meet the entrepreneurs
Brent and Kendra Boesdorfer, Custom Cup Coffee
Brent and Kendra own and operate a microroastery turned micro coffee shop just around the corner form Innovate Springfield. Together they are crafting small batch, custom, and roast to order coffee in the heart of Springfield.
Elementary school teachers collect a lot of data on students that is widely underutilized. Red Ox Assessment Management seeks to let the data become more readily available and usable for teachers and administrators for things like early intervention.
Elizabeth Farrar, Speakeasy Language House
Speakeasy Language house will serve as a cultural gateway for people visiting Springfield from other countries and for those who'd like to explore other cultures. At Speakeasy Language house, the table is set for improving cultural competencies.
Barnabas Helmy, Smashtoast
Through a device called a Puck, Barnabas Helmy seeks to rid the world of remote controls by turning your phone into the remote. With a Puck, you can control your life with the simplicity of one app.
The Storyteller Studios is an Emmy-nominated video production company specializing in video for special events, websites and social media. Founder and executive producer Josh Hester launched Storyteller in 2013 in hopes of extending his background and training in documentary film to the business world.
Alexis created PeaceTees as a way to connect with her young son in a special way through apparel. Kids LOVE for their clothes to match their parents' clothes. The feeling isn't always mutual. Alexis is developing a line that will help.
Rebecca Knobloch, Eat4Half
An app catered to benefit both local restaurants and consumers. Providing reoccurring monthly income to the restaurant and half off meals to the consumer at their favorite restaurants.
Josh Renken, Practicewater
Josh Renken, DDS started Practicewater because he believes that dental professionals can return to serving people while improving their profit margins.
Recent winners of the 2016 Good Food Award, Rolling Meadows Brewery began as an appreciation of good beer and a desire to create a fine product utilizing the abundance of natural resources on their family farm.