Connecting startups to Established companies a Key Theme of Milwaukee Startup Week!

Connecting high-growth startups to local corporations can be a catalyst for Milwaukee's startup community. We encourage startup founders and corporate executives to engage in these Milwaukee Startup Week events!

Northwestern Mutual's Reverse Pitch MKE
November 6th | 4:00pm-6:00pm
At this event, Northwestern Mutual will pitch to entrepreneurs, outlining potential business challenges and big ideas Northwestern Mutual is looking to explore and solve. Teams can earn a seed investment of up to $85,000 and more. 

Startup Milwaukee IGNITION presented by Aurora Health Care
November 9th | 6:00pm-8:00pm
Join us for the first-ever Startup Milwaukee IGNITION event during Milwaukee Startup Week. This IGNITION event will focus on the story behind how Aurora Health Care's innovation team has played a critical role in the development of EmOpti, a Milwaukee startup focused on optimizing acute care.

Innovation in Retail—the Sendik's Story presented by Concordia University Wisconsin
November 7th | 12:00pm-1:30pm
Listen to Ted Balistreri, co-owner of Sendik's Food Markets—the ones with the red bags—discuss the ideas behind Sendik's recent innovations. Have you heard about their Online Grocery Service, Grind2Energy and Fresh2Go initiatives? 

Startup Co-Lab by Ideawake
November 10th | 8:30am-11:30am
Startup Co-Lab is helping bridge the gap between startups and access to mid-size and large companies. The goal of Co-Lab is to provide a forum for startups to connect with corporations to receive feedback, market validation and the opportunity to acquire them as customers. Apply today as a startup or corporation. 

gener8tor: Best Practices for Corporate-Startup Partnerships
November 6th | 11:30am-1:30pm
Hear from startups, investors and corporate leaders on best practices for fostering collaboration. If partnerships are successful, startups and corporations alike can generate deeper insight into specific technologies and reap mutually beneficial rewards of new vendor relationships. 

Innovators Guide to Design Thinking
November 9th | 5:00pm-7:30pm
Join UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and Marquette Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship for an introductory workshop to learn about the design thinking process and how it can help solve complex challenges. You will learn the methodology of design thinking and get the chance to apply your knowledge in a guided group exercise to analyze user needs and generate ideas.