Unlike many job programs this new idea would pay individuals for creating new products which could protect the safety of all of us. In fact, it’s a new kind of industry which has sprung up since 9/11.
The Illinois Entrepreneurship Network is working with Rock Valley College to boost these fledgling commercial enterprises. It is all about products for homeland security.
Twelve area companies presented their homeland security plans at the Eiger Lab. Of these, two Rockford companies got grants. They will use the money to market their idea.
This company has developed software to help police and fire crews communicate better a during major emergency.
Second place winner MCJ Incorporated will use its money to market an eye impairment detection system, and fingerprint smart card technology. These companies will also be eligible for additional federal grants.