96square has launched.

Dear friends,

The Startup Milwaukee team is excited to announce the launch of 96square, a co-working space for high-growth startup companies in Southeastern Wisconsin. Located in the historic Blatz Wash House, 96square provides entrepreneurs with access to affordable  scalable office space; mentorship; potential investors; talent and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.

96square is a game changer for Milwaukee’s community of innovative entrepreneurs. As research shows, the startups are responsible for all net new job creation–and we all know Milwaukee and Wisconsin desperately need more jobs. At Startup Milwaukee we are happy to step forward and provide a place where entrepreneurs, talent and capital can collide and accelerate the growth of Milwaukee’s top startup companies.

We are excited to have great companies such as Alithias, Find My Spot, Onkol, Rent College Pads, SAR32 Technologies, UCAP, LLC, Voxelmetric, Wisconsin Super Angel Fund and more already located at 96square.

The meaning of 96square goes beyond having a “cool name.” The city of Milwaukee is approximately 96 square miles, and 96square will be the epicenter of entrepreneurship and innovation in our great city.

Are you a startup, designer, developer or engineer looking for affordable dedicated desk or private office space for your team? Learn more and apply for 96square membership at 96square.org. Memberships start at just $110/month.

Your first chance to check out 96square is this Thursday, October 24 at our Capital Connections event featuring CSA Partners and Scanalytics. RSVP to reserve your free tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8508341679

Thanks to the many people who have made this endeavor possible: Ronnie Reum of SAR32 Technologies, Heather Johnston of Find My Spot, Marvin Bynum of Godfrey & Kahn and many more.

See you at 96square!

Matthew J. Cordio, Executive Chairman
Alicia Boknevitz, President
Tim Grove, Corporate Secretary
Joe Poeschl, Treasurer
Michael Anderson, Community Outreach Director

From the October Archive…

Our meetup isn’t going away anytime soon! We’re just working on Milwaukee’s first Startup Weekend, which will take place November 9-11.

Here’s the full scoop:

Milwaukee to Host First Startup Weekend Nov. 9 – 11
Startup Weekend will host its first-ever Milwaukee event Nov. 9 – 11 at Marquette University’s Discovery Learning Complex.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with more than 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011. 

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. 

Registration is open to the public. The fee is $99 ($49 for students) and includes all meals, snacks, parking and resources for the weekend. To register, visit swmke.eventbrite.com.

Startup Weekend Milwaukee is organized locally by Clint Laskowski, a Milwaukee-based security expert and technology entrepreneur; Matthew Cordio, co-founder of Skills Pipeline and Startup Milwaukee; Tina Quely, Associate Director of Marquette University’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship; Alicia Boknevitz, User Experience Designer at 7Summits and co-founder of Startup Milwaukee; Joel Abraham, co-founder of gener8tor; Joe Poeschl, co-founder of Junto and Polymathic; Eric Paulsen, Executive Director of BizStarts Milwaukee; and John McDonald, Attorney at Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

This event wouldn’t be possible without our great sponsors. Startup Weekend Milwaukee is presented by premier sponsor Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., a full service business law firm that commonly provides legal services to start up and emerging companies, as well as to the individuals and entities that invest in such companies. 

Marquette University’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, Answerport, gener8tor and Mason Wells are also event sponsors.

About Startup Weekend Milwaukee: Startup Weekend Milwaukee is an intense 54-hour event where local entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts and anyone interested in building a business will come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup. For more information, visit milwaukee.startupweekend.org or follow us on Twitter @swmke.

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekend™ supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 55,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer organizers and 100 trained facilitators spread across more than 300 cities in 100 countries. Kauffman Foundation, Google, Microsoft, .Co, Sendgrid and Cloudmine are sponsors. For more information, visitwww.startupweekend.org or follow us on Twitter @startupweekend.