Entrepreneurial Resources/ NEW Launch Alliance

“Wisconsin has a rich history of entrepreneurs whose innovative ideas and diligent efforts have led to the development of products known worldwide. Not just in major cities but in communities throughout the state, entrepreneurship is a crucial force to propel the state’s economy into a vibrant future through the development of new businesses.” -WEDC

For more information on the NEW Launch Alliance, please contact Barb

LaMue, [email protected].


Innovation Accelerator for Veterans February 2021

Innovation Accelerator for Veterans March 2021

New North’s NEW Launch Alliance Regional Pitch Contest Winners

Six local entrepreneurs advanced through local competition to compete at the NEW Launch Alliance Pitch Event:

Rhonda Chandler – Lovin The Skin I’m In

Chad Hendricks – Experienced Associates LLC

Stephanie Hoskins – Debtle

Alexander Hunt – Tempo

Shawn Robinson – Pure and Complete Phonics LLC

Justin Vannieuwenhoven – Sheboatin’ Manufacturing


The winners were:

1st place – Debtle, presented by Stephanie Hoskins

2nd place  – Pure and Complete Phonics LLC, presented by Dr. Shawn Robinson


We congratulate all the entrepreneurs and thank the local planning committee for their efforts;

Envision Greater Fond du Lac

Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

Fox Valley Technical College Venture Center

Start Up Hub of the Greater Green Bay Chamber

inVenture North

Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp.

Progress Lakeshore


Door County Economic Development Corp.



UW-Green Bay

WBD (Wisconsin Business Development Finance), BrightStar Foundation and New North provided the local and regional prize money.

Additional information from the winners will be released on Monday, December 4th, 2020.



Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 160 communities.

As a program of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. Mr. Kauffman believed it was a fundamental right for anyone who had a big idea to be able to bring it to life—and we’re here to fulfill that mission.

Startup Blink: Startup Ecosystem Rankings 2020
Wisconsin metros rise in global startup ecosystem ranking
StartupBlink annual report shows momentum for entrepreneurism building in state

Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Appleton made significant gains in a leading startup ecosystem ranking of 100 countries and 1,000 cities, registering “amazing momentum,” according to the report’s authors. StartupBlink is a global startup ecosystem map and research center that works with dozens of governments, municipalities and economic development corporations on the development, mapping and benchmarking of their startup ecosystems, and support networks for entrepreneurs.

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