What We Do

Startup Milwaukee provides entrepreneurs with access to mentorship, capital, talent, affordable office space and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs. We work with digital companies with scalable business models. Our vision is to make Southeast Wisconsin among the best places to launch and grow a digital company.

To learn more about Startup Milwaukee’s various initiatives, click here.


Meet the Team

Matt Cordio
Co-Founder &  CEO

In addition to being Co-founder & CEO of Startup Milwaukee, Matt is also Founder & General Manager of Skills Pipeline, an IT consulting and Talent Acquisition firm and Co-founder of The Commons an entrepreneurial education program.

Alicia Boknevitz
Co-Founder & President

“By night,” Alicia heads up operations at Startup Milwaukee as Board President.  By day, she is a Producer at Crescendo Collective an innovative digital agency located in Walker’s Point. Alicia is also a co-founder of The Commons.

Tim Grove
Co-Founder & Corporate Secretary

In addition to being our Corporate Secretary, Tim is also Startup Milwaukee’s Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Mentorship Program.

In addition to software development, Tim enjoys craft beer and fishing.

Joe Poeschl Co-founder & Treasurer Joe is co-founder of Startup Milwaukee. Joe leads Startup Milwaukee’s Book Club which he founded in 2015. Joe is also a co-founder of The Commons an entrepreneurial skills accelerator program.

Nathan Hammons
Co-Founder & Advisory Board Member
Nathan is Director of Marquette University Law School’s Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic.  He’s also the co-founder of Simply Contracts LLC, an online company that sells, and teaches people about, legal contracts.

Joe Kirgues
Advisory Board Member

Joe Kirgues co-founded gener8tor after working as a lawyer for Quarles and Brady in Milwaukee. Through his work at gener8tor, Joe helps create an environment for entrepreneurs to collaborate; in addition to establishing access to customers, mentors and later-stage capital.

Chelsey Orlikowski
PR + Social Advisor

Chelsey provides social media and public relations guidance for Startup Milwaukee. During the day, she works at ManpowerGroup. She also recently launched her own nail polish line, CJ Lacquer.

Meet Our Partners

Wipfli offers startups a wide array of accounting and consulting services. Wipfli is the official accounting firm of Startup Milwaukee.