Blueprint Accelerator

What is Blueprint?

The Blueprint Green Bay, powered by the Greater Green Bay Chamber and New North offers training, networking and funding opportunities to entrepreneurs within our New North region.  The program is geared toward businesses owned by people of color, women and veterans in the preferred sectors of Technology and Advanced Manufacturing.   It will be located within Urban Hub co-working space at 340 N. Broadway, Green Bay and will be run by the Young Enterprising Society (YES).

Ideal Candidates:

  • Business in existence for under 5 years with annual revenue of $1M or less
  • Visionary, high-growth potential
  • Within Technology and Advanced Manufacturing sectors: SaaS, Mobile Technology, Healthcare, Smart Manufacturing, FinTech
  • located in Northeastern Wisconsin

How it works

Entrepreneurs accepted into the program will have the ability to join two 12-week cohorts—idea validation and market validation--over a year period.  It all starts with a boot camp, followed by the idea validation, meeting at least four days per week during their 12-week session, ending in a demo day. During demo day, startups display their products and services to the surrounding community in an effort to secure grant funding.

Startups that have gained traction have the ability to move to the market validation cohort which focuses on helping companies find product-market fit, launch, and additional capital.

Program Partners

The initiative is made possible by public and private support including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp, and presenting sponsors America’s Service Line—an American Foods Group Company, Associated Bank, the City of Green Bay, Connect powered by American Family, Schneider, Schreiber Foods, Wells Fargo, Wipfli LLP and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

“Blueprint is an excellent example of how we work with our regional and local partners to ensure economic well-being for all Wisconsinites.” — Sam Rikkers, WEDC deputy secretary and chief operating officer

“The Blueprint curriculum and accelerator, created by Khalif El-Amin and Que El-Amin, are already in place in the Milwaukee market and have had solid success in meeting the needs of key pockets of the entrepreneurial community,”Laurie Radke, president and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Chamber.

“We are proud to bring this program to our region in partnership with the Greater Green Bay Chamber, providing additional opportunities that combine training, mentors, and capital to minority-, women-, and veteran-owned startups.  We also thank the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) for its support of New North, Inc., to provide seed capital to the founders upon successful completion of the program.” -- Barb LaMue, president & CEO of New North, Inc.

Apply HERE for the Spring Cohort 2

Read the NEWS RELEASE from Cohort 1

Milwaukee Business Journal STORY

Khalif and Que El-Amin of Y.E.S.
Kenny Yoo/MBJ