Entrepreneurship in the New North

“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].
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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.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has also affected entrepreneurs and others in the start-up world, the following link: Connecting Entrepreneurs with Opportunities helps connect entrepreneurs with short term opportunities.

If you are hiring, please take a few minutes and upload your opportunities here. Also, please consider looking at a local candidate who is in search of work. You can view candidates by using the password: WIJOBSThis includes early stage startups, larger startups, and corporate innovation teams. 

If you are reducing staff, please consider sharing this page with your team members. The goal will be to ensure as smooth of a transition as possible for those who are now facing economic challenges.

If you are a venture fund, please consider sharing this with your portfolio companies that are either hiring or reducing staff.

We thank Scott Resnick of Hardin Design Development and partner in our NEW Launch Alliance for creating this platform.

For more information on the NEW Launch Alliance, please contact Barb LaMue, [email protected].


The NEW Launch Alliance Intelligence Newsletter, created every Wednesday, to bring you the latest news centered around the New North region’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. A newsletter that focuses on the very cool, new and innovative advancements that entrepreneurs, small businesses, startup accelerators and key stakeholders are doing within the region.

Do you have something that you think should be included within the “NEW Launch Alliance Intelligence Newsletter” or know an entrepreneur whom we could feature? E-mail Us!

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.

Read Full Press Release HERE>>

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Do you have something that you think should be included within the “NEW Launch Alliance Intelligence” newsletter or know an entrepreneur whom we could feature? E-mail Us!
For more entrepreneaurial resources and interactive maps of places for entrepreneaurs to learn, work, create and hang, CLICK HERE!