About Chad Stamper

Chad Stamper


  • Bachelors of Business Administration, Transportation & Logistics, Iowa State University, 1993
  • Certified Lean Launchpad Educator
  • Certified Growth Wheel Advisor
  • Certified Illinois Small Business Advisor
  • Sandler Sales President Club


  • Director of Commercialization and Corporate Secretary for Natural Fiber Welding, Inc.
  • Director of Technology Commercialization for Bradley University
  • Founded Brave Launch, a business accelerator program
  • Co-founder of four startups (2 exits)
  • Consulted over 1,000 startups and intellectual property holders on commercialization and licensing
  • Established public/private seed capital fund
  • Managed regional bankers investment fund
  • Founded Eastern Iowa Entrepreneur and Inventor Club
  • Associate Instructor, Bradley University

Past Activities

  • Illinois Small Business and Entrepreneur Growth Association Coordinating Council
  • Illinois Small Business and Entrepreneur Growth Association Coordinating Council
  • Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, Startup Peoria Working Committee
  • Iowa Business Council Entrepreneurial Formation Hot Team
  • Board Member of New Ventures Initiative, business incubator
  • Board Member of Scott County YMCA Camp


  • Illinois Small Business Development Center Program Excellence Award recipient for the development of Brave Launch
  • 2016 CNBC’s Disruptor 50 Advisory Council
  • Award winner of Iowa John Pappajohn Business Plan Competition
  • Speaker at the annual State of Iowa Entrepreneur and Investor Forum – subjects: business development and licensing

Chad Stamper

Director of Operations


Chad Stamper is Director of Operations and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Hamilton IP Law. With over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, including successfully co-founding and exiting two start-up companies, he has assisted numerous companies and innovators to successfully commercialize their technologies through customer discovery, business model development, licensing, and investor preparedness.

In addition to advising clients, his business plan writing was recognized by the State of Iowa’s prestigious annual Iowa John Pappajohn Business Plan Competition. Chad has successfully negotiated IP licenses, investments, and sales with universities, the US DOD, and corporations. Chad occasionally speaks on entrepreneurial issues at conferences and events, including presentations at the Iowa Entrepreneur and Investors Conference on the topic of business development and licensing innovations. He founded Brave Launch, a business accelerator program at Bradley University, co-founded the Quad City Entrepreneur and Inventors Club, and served as the Director and a board member for the NewVentures Initiative, a business accelerator in Eastern Iowa. Chad established a public-private seed capital fund in Eastern Iowa and was acting manager for the Quad Cities CDC, an equity investment fund. He earned his B.B.A. from Iowa State University.