Startup Week Milwuakee

Startup Wisconsin is committed to advancing and developing Wisconsin’s tech and startup ecosystems through unique programming, collaborative partnerships, and networking.

Driven by entrepreneurs and leaders throughout Wisconsin who are passionate about making a difference, and creating a positive and lasting impact that will advance the state’s economy forward. Read below about UWM’s involvement in Startup Week Milwaukee.


State of the Ecosystem

When: November 11th, 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Where: Good City Brewing, 333 West Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
Cost: Free
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Kick off Milwaukee’s Startup Week with the State of the Ecosystem – a celebration of another year of progress! The kick off event will take place in a lively town hall meeting of leaders from startups, venture capital, corporations and academic institutions. A brief overview of some topics to be covered: the ingredients needed to take Milwaukee’s startup ecosystem to the next level, TechCanary’s successful exit, new programs and resources available to growth entrepreneurs in the Milwaukee region, new venture funds backing, and high-growth entrepreneurs in Milwaukee.

Hear from community leaders: Brian Thompson (Director of the UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center), Chris Widmayer (Co-founder & CEO, Penrod), Kyle Weatherly  (Co-founder & CEO, Frontdesk), Dr. Kristina Ropella (Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering at Marquette University), Gwenn Peters (Rockwell Automation), Tarik Moody (Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation, 88nine Radio Milwaukee), and more). Additionally, learn about new sources of funding to fuel growth in Milwaukee, and learn about programs that support the growth of Milwaukee’s tech and startup ecosystem.


Cultivating the Diverse Tech Ecosystem: UWM and Beyond

When: November 12th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: 2100 E Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI
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This first event is being held at the heart of UWM’s innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center. Join us for a two-hour program that  encourages tech innovators at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and in the greater Milwaukee area to connect and “cultivate” each other’s goals and vision for a more diverse tech ecosystem. We combine budding entrepreneurs at UWM with thriving, driven STEM professionals and tech gurus to champion a growth mindset and learn the best practices for branching out into the tech ecosystem here in Milwaukee. Read more here, and register for tickets here

Hear from speakers at this event such as: Adam Gabornitz (Senior Project Manager, Tech Advancement and Outreach Team, Northwestern Mutual), Nadiyah Johnson (Founder, Jet Constellations & Milky Way Tech Hub), Dr. Christine Cheng (Associate Professor, Computer Science, UWM), and Joshua Sharkey (Computer Engineer and WiscAMP STEM-Inspire Program leader, UWM).

Co-sponsored by: Panther Foundation for Success and WiscAMP STEM-Inspire Program.


YEP: Young Entrepreneurs’ Panel

When: November 15th, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Marquette University 707 Hub, 1102 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee,  WI
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Do you ever wonder what it’s really like to be a student AND an entrepreneur? Hear real stories of entrepreneurship from students attending Marquette University and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee who are creating businesses focused on solving a variety of problems. Stick around for a networking reception with a variety of student entrepreneurs after the panel.

Just a taste of what you’ll learn about at this event: candid perspectives on managing the good, bad, and ugly elements of student entrepreneurship; personal accounts from student entrepreneurs about the challenges and opportunities they face; resources that student entrepreneurs are tapping into on-campus and in the community to grow their businesses; inspirational perspectives to encourage others to pursue their ideas. This is an exciting opportunity to connect with students who have paved the way for other student entrepreneurs.


Milwaukee Startup Bus

When: November 15th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: 247 Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI
Cost: $7.50 – $10.00 
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Hop aboard the Milwaukee Startup Bus, presented by Husch Blackwell to learn about Milwaukee’s growing startup ecosystem from key leaders, meet new people, enjoy Good City Brewing beer and Bright Cellars wine all for just $10 per person. The Innovation Roadshow will start at The Water Council, a water innovation center that supports all stages of water technology companies in the Great Lakes Region, throughout the United States and around the world. One of their programs is focused on partnering with those that innovative solutions to freshwater issues, and pairing those companies with larger corporations who can benefit. The Water Council is at the forefront of freshwater technology development with a conservationist mindset.

Stops on the roadshow will include: the Global Water Center in Walker’s Point, the UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, and Bright Cellars HQ at Ward 4. During this guided tour of Milwaukee’s innovation hubs you will be introduced to the founders from over a dozen emerging startups (The Water Council’s BREW accelerator, UWM’s Student Startup Challenge, gener8tor’s gBeta Milwaukee, Young Enterprising Society’s Blueprint, and Startup Milwaukee’s EMERGE).

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, investor, startup enthusiast or anywhere in between, the Milwaukee Startup Bus is a great way to explore the local startup community. The Milwaukee Startup Bus is part of Startup Milwaukee Week presented by Husch Blackwell with support from Good City BrewingUWM Lubar Entrepreneurship CenterBright Cellars and The Water Council.


Business Model Canvas Mixer

When: November 16th, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: 2100 E Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI
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Mentors: Apply Here

Our annual Business Model Canvas mixer is an exciting event that brings students together with local community entrepreneurs and mentors to collaborate, display, and build canvases in one co-working space. A Business Model Canvas is a chart that allows one to plot out the advantages and pitfalls of their product from the customer’s point of view, and it allows one to gauge the potential success of an idea in action. Students will learn to employ Lean Launchpad methodology and how to use a Business Model Canvas as a tool to better understand their business. All Milwaukee students are invited to participate.