For an entrepreneurial initiative to be successful, it must be entrepreneur led. StartupWI is based entirely on the efforts of entrepreneurs; from our chairpersons to our individual project leaders, entrepreneurs are front and center in our efforts.
For any entrepreneurial community to have long term vibrancy, it needs a continual influx of new talent. StartupWI will be engaging with both educational institutions and established companies to ensure that new talent is continually entering the system—and most importantly—staying in the state.
Thanks to all who came out to the Startup WI launch event last Thursday. It was a huge success! For those of you who were not able to attend, here’s a brief recap of the evening.
The launch was a sold out event. The venue and crowd was a perfect match, with tons of energy and optimism in the air. Check out a few pictures taken at the event here!
We kicked off the event with a video showcasing innovative companies started long ago as well current entrepreneurs - WATCH NOW.
Following the video we had a brief introduction of the StartupWI purpose, plans and founding team members.
That led us to the anticipated keynote of the evening. Scott Case's presentation was no nonsense and no excuses: its time to speak up, share our successes and put Wisconsin on the map. Thank you Scott! His advice to us? Pick a few things we want to accomplish at a time, and go DO.
Finally, the Speed Pitch Competition - 10 Wisconsin companies got two minutes to pitch their idea to the crowd who voted on their favorite. The winners received $1,500 in prize money put up by Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.
Startup America CEO Scott Case inspires a crowd of over 300 on launch day.