In the past 6 weeks I have attended some pretty incredible events that have been sponsored by, supported by or somehow linked to the MKE Tech Hub initiative. All of them have been super cool and, while individually impactful, when looked at as a whole, could be transformative for Milwaukee – which is exactly what they’re aiming for.

The Commons (a Greater Milwaukee Committee initiative), the Fall Experiment, the Milwaukee Tech Connect at the Maker Faire and the launch of Cream City Labs at Northwestern Mutual are just a few of the outstanding endeavors connected with Northwestern Mutual’s efforts to brand Milwaukee as a Tech Hub. There’s a lot of energy around cultivating and promoting Milwaukee’s tech ecosystem so that the city as a whole can attract talent from outside MKE and train native talent starting in middle and high schools and retain the talent we already have here.

I’m really excited by all the programming slated for Startup Wisconsin Week… it’s overwhelming how many organizations are involved across the state and the number topics offered!

No matter who you are or what you’re doing, please check out some of the events coming soon (links below)!  

Startup Wisconsin Week returns in November! Presented by Advocate Aurora Health, Startup Wisconsin Week (formerly Startup Milwaukee Week) takes place on November 5 – 11. Events around the state support entrepreneurial endeavors and the programming offered hits on the following categories: sales & marketing, talent acquisition, finance, fundraising, strategy, technology, networking, design, product showcase and diversity.

Calling All Creative Coders, Hackers, Designers & Technical Young Women. The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women active and interested in computing and encourages them to pursue their passion for technology. NCWIT and its Wisconsin affiliate seek high-school & college level young women to apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Questions? Email: ncwit.wi@gmail.com

CoLabMKE.com: A Civic Accelerator Launches in Milwaukee
Presented by Concordia University Wisconsin, Co:Lab is a deeply engaging and experiential opportunity for a select group of Milwaukeeans to apply their diverse skills, build new connections into the city and work together to produce a high-impact solution for a real community issue. Co:Lab, currently a bold collaboration between NEWaukee, Startup Milwaukee and The Commons, is looking for the following support from the tech hub coalition:  

  • Participants – send high-potential leaders within your company to Co:Lab for professional development.
  • Sponsors – join Concordia University Wisconsin and others in supporting this exciting new initiative.
  • Challenges – they are partnering with Business Improvement Districts from around Milwaukee to bring projects for their participants to work on.
  • Mentors – lend your team to provide mentorship to Co:Lab participants.

It’s outstanding that there’s so much investment of energy, resources, people and cash… there’s no better time to be in Milwaukee’s creative and tech industries!

Are there any MKE tech initiatives that you’re involved or impressed with? Share them in the comments below!

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