Startup Wisconsin

The Mission:

StartupWI is a regional initiative to increase the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem across our great state. From Milwaukee to Madison, from Whitewater to the Fox Valley, our mission is to multiply connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improve access to entrepreneurial education, and build a more vibrant entrepreneurial community.

StartupWI’s various programs will deepen the communal backdrop out of which new companies emerge. Vibrant new company creation improves the broader economic base of Wisconsin, creating new jobs and strengthening communities.

About Us.

Building a sustainable and successful entrepreneurial community requires taking the long view. By working with entrepreneurs and building statewide connections, StartupWI is focused on supporting entrepreneurship in order to create a lasting ecosystem that supports all phases of the startup life cycle.

For entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs

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.

Finding and keeping top talent

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.


StartupWI Launch Day — Recap

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.

  1. Allan Fuelling – Twicketer
    mobile ticketing and social interaction
  2. Matt Ford – Womstreet
    social site for creative competition
  3. Betsy Rowbottom -The Good Jobs
    Jobs that reflect your life/work balance
  4. Seth Swanson - Digital Iris
    video game company
  5. Pete Mohan – BushWhackApps
    mobile app for disc golfers 
  6. Dave Westlake - Print Command
    cybersecurity company 
  7. We Do - Bryan Mayer
    app for brides
  8. Lucas Dailey – Our Ballot Box
    online voting on political issues
  9. Scott Kohl - Ronin Studios and Consulting
    educational gaming company
  10. Shane Krukowski - Docwrite
    business process company

And the winners were:

1st - Betsy Rowbottom of The Good Jobs and 2nd Brian Mayer of We Do.


Premier Sponsor

Startup America CEO Scott Case inspires a crowd of over 300 on launch day.

For Startups.

We see startups in four distinct stages: Idea, Startup, Rampup and Speedup. Companies in each of these phases of growth have unique needs and challenges. Whether you’re looking for help in the areas of capital, customers, expertise, services or talent, our team has gathered a set of initial resources to help you navigate through your startup journey.

If you are a startup, rampup or speedup company, apply for your free membership today.