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BizStarts Milwaukee works with entrepreneurs, service providers, capital connections and other resources to help launch and grow new companies. From small stores to large, scalable start-ups with huge potential, BizStarts can provide the coaching and connections that help smooth the path from idea to investment. To get started, call us at (414) 973-2334 or click on the “Begin BizStarts” button above!
Plenty of news involving BizStarts and the entrepreneurial community in Milwaukee: check these out!
From the Journal Sentinel, 11/13/13: “Signs indicate Milwaukee has a growing entrepreneurial community”
From the Business Journal, 11/13/13: “Milwaukee entrepreneurs welcome federal equity crowdfunding rules”
From the Journal Sentinel, 11/10/13: “Editorial: Where will the jobs come from?” from UWM Chancellor Mike Lovell and BizStarts President Dan Steininger
Wisconsin Investor Hall of fame inductee George Mosher to speak at December 12th WIN-Milwaukee
George Mosher, a Milwaukee early stage investor and a recent addition tot he Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame, will speak on his life and times as an angel investor at the Thursday, Dec. 12 meeting of the WIN-Milwaukee chapter.
Mosher has made about 150 angel investments over time, with significant returns of 15, losses on about 45 and 100 still open. ”George Mosher was a ‘super-angel’ before people were using that term,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council. ”He has made more than 20 investments in the last year alone, and his passion for working with entrepreneurs helps to define him.”
BizStarts relocates to to Schlitz Park, adds space for entrepreneurs
BizStarts Milwaukee has relocated its Milwaukee office to Schlitz Park and is now offering space to key entrepreneurs ready to seriously work towards investment and launch. This new space comprises over 3,500 square feet in the RiverCenter of the Schlitz Park complex at 1555 N. RiverCenter Drive. BizStarts will keep its office in Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa and will continue to host frequent meetings there.
The new entrepreneur-focused space is called BizForge, and will provide work and meeting areas as well as legal, technical, insurance, investor and banking services.
Jon Anne Willow joins BizStarts as Director of Entrepreneurship
BizStarts Milwaukee is pleased to announce that Jon Anne Willow has joined the staff as Director of Entrepreneurship. A consummate entrepreneur, Willow has successfully started and sold three businesses: two restaurants and a media/digital marketing company. She has worked in communications for over 20 years as a journalist, personality, and as a social media/digital marketing trainer, in project management, and in sales and marketing in radio, television, print, and on the web. Along the way she has also served as a Legislative Aide in the Wisconsin Assembly, been a corporate online sales and marketing trainer for Thomsen Financial Media and more. Visit her LinkedIn profile here.
Ms. Willow will work with entrepreneurs of all kinds entering BizStarts, providing education, training, and referrals to mentors and resources. Scalable start-ups can gain entry into BizStarts’ Venture Track program, where they will receive additional mentoring and preparation for investment. Investors have so far put $35 million into startups coming out of Venture Track, helping to create more than 250 jobs and counting.
Governor Walker signs venture capital bill at BizStarts-assisted MCT in Milwaukee
Long-awaited legislation that will provide $25 million in state funds to help with investment in start-up companies was signed on July 18 by Governor Scott Walker. He signed it at MCT, a firm specializing in digital cutting and design located in Milwaukee. MCT participated in BizStarts’ February Investor Forum and just received investment and funding from the Wisconsin Super Angel Fund and MEDC, the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation. Congrats to MCT, founder Nikolai Mikkelsen, and the company’s 15 (soon to be 50) employees!
Fourth and State: Dan Steininger
Dan Steininger, president of BizStarts Milwaukee, discusses job creation as part of the Journal Sentinel Editorial Board’s Agenda 2012: The 2020 Project. Read more at JSOnline AGENDA 2012: THE 2020 PROJECT Our No. 1 problem