Category Archives: The Startup Economy

Could Wisconsin boom like Seattle? One vote for ‘Yes’

Erik Iverson sees Wisconsin poised for the same kind of boom that Seattle experienced in the late 1980s and early 1990s. photo credit: He is the new managing director of the WARF (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation), a position he… Read more

Startup economy accelerates with Lubar Center

The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is putting on a new face. It stamped itself as an “E University” (Entrepreneurship U) with an inaugural ceremony Thursday for the soon-to-be-built Lubar Entrepreneurship Center. The 24,000 square foot… Read more

Milwaukee catching Madison on startups

Move over, Madison, the startup economy is also on the march in Milwaukee. Two new venture funds in the Milwaukee region constitute another chapter along the entrepreneurial trajectory in the region. For the last ten years, there has been a… Read more

Do for startups what we did for The Bucks


If the state’s taxpayers made the same level of investment in the startup economy that they made in the new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks — $250 million – they could launch 500 high growth startups at $500,000 apiece. At just 20 jobs per… Read more

Startup economy accelerates across Wisconsin

Wisconsin and Milwaukee have been making front-page news for their low levels of “business dynamism,” as so determined by experts in the cheap seats. The Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City rates us 50th of the states. From the front… Read more

Lubar, MCW, Abele jump start M7 start-up strategy

epic creative logo

The startup initiative in the M7 region keeps taking big jumps forward as important players big and small stake out different pieces of the action. Nothing could be more important. With major job growth in manufacturing a thing of the past, the… Read more

‘Valley of Death’ must be crossed on bank side

The so-called “Valley of Death” for launching high growth companies is very real in Wisconsin, at least on one side of the financing equations. The first financing for a new venture usually comes from “friends, families and fools.” The… Read more

Moral of Epic Creative success: support UWM

Jim Becker

Like the classic entrepreneurs of yesteryear, Jim Becker started his company, Epic Creative, in a garage. After graduating from the distinguished film and video department at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – rated one of the top 20… Read more

Big Connecture exit heats startup economy

In the wake of high voltage success from the recently announced IPO of Connecture in the Milwaukee region, sparks are flying in the adolescent startup economy in Wisconsin. The Connecture IPO would have received high-five headlines had it… Read more

Wisconsin needs to pay-it-forward like Silicon Valley

Greg Robinson, 4490 Ventures in Wisconsin

Greg Robinson, 4490 Ventures in Wisconsin Successful entrepreneurs in Wisconsin need to “pay it forward,” like they do in Silicon Valley. That was a big part of the message for Wisconsin leaders from Greg Robinson, a transplant to the… Read more