Your new business is our business

We are Greater Peoria’s starting point for new businesses, entrepreneurship, investors, and resources.

Startup GP is a program of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. Our purpose is to curate the ecosystem for entrepreneurs and innovators to launch scalable ventures that contribute to the growth and sustainability of the local economy.

The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, in collaboration with our local economic and workforce development professionals, drives economic growth in Greater Peoria through targeted business and talent development and attraction.

Regional Initiatives

Our work is primarily monitoring the whole entrepreneurship ecosystems and developing it. We work with all entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) in our region whose mission is explicitly – wholly or partly – to support entrepreneurs in their ventures.

We regularly partner with our regional ESOs on programs and strategies, including the newly conceived ESO Roundtable – a group comprised of ESO professionals who will report on programs and activities, share metric and narrative successes, remediate duplicative resource expenditures and seek opportunities to collaborate.

Additionally, we hold events to engage the entire startup community and we engage in promotional efforts to raise the profiles of our regional entrepreneurs.

Startup GP Mixer Events
Travel Grants
Guides Program

National Initiatives

Our leaders are actively involved with a national network of best-in-class entrepreneurship ecosystem builders from across the United States (and beyond). We share best practices, collect data, and actively engage with policy makers at the national level.

Looking for more resources? Visit GPSourcelink to connect further with the Greater Peoria startup community. Find local funding sources, helpful programs, incubators, co-working space, networking opportunities, and events all in one place. The Greater Peoria area is a great place to start and grow a business!

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