Founder Institute, Insperity & Tech-Prize join to offer a special event!

Insperity, Founder Institute, and Tech-Prize are coming together to help the Idea Creators in our region better understand the Wisconsin startup ecosystem.

The most frequent comment we hear from Investors is that “People pitching ideas to us need to be further along, they need to have the idea, business case, and plan for success truly built out.”

And one of the most often asked questions from potential Founders is “I have a great Idea – How can the Eco-System in Milwaukee and the greater Wisconsin help me?”

To address this, the Founder Institute – Wisconsin Accelerator is being launched. This is a 15-week, regimented program, designed for the serious Founder/Inventor that is looking to launch their idea into a viable and flourishing business.

A Panel of Wisconsin Eco-System Leaders will speak to our Eco-System, what is being done to enable great ideas, and support our great Founders working to make it all happen.

So, join us for an outstanding “In-Person” event at the beautiful and historic Milwaukee Athletic Club, to hear a great panel of Wisconsin leaders share how the Eco-System is set up to support you.  Meet Eco-System Leaders, Investors, and other Founders working through all the same things that you are.

Attendance: This is an In-Person event only.
When: Tuesday, December 13th, 6:00-8:00 PM (Formal comments at 6:30-7:15 PM)
Where: Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 North Broadway, Milwaukee WI 53202

Register here:

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Thank You to our Event Sponsors

Meet the Speakers:

Dave Aumuller, Managing Partner, Parachini Benicia Properties: Beyond Dave’s military career, he is a results-driven senior-level leader with a long history of managing complex, high-risk projects from envisioning to value realization to successful completion, on time and within budget. A dynamic leader with a proven track record of building and guiding diverse teams toward actionable goals.

Nick O’Brien, Owner, You Are Here: You Are Here builds experiences and communities that are designed to connect people to people, people to place, and people to potential. Nick believes in building the community through purposeful and creative connections. Nick’s purpose is to connect people to people, people to place, and people to potential looking to be that idea place activator.

Kathy Henrich, CEO, MKE Tech Hub Coalition ( Kathy is committed to the mission of accelerating growth in the Milwaukee region, organizations, and individuals in the era of AI and Automation. Driving change through her strengths and experience: • Collaborative leadership style to form mutually-beneficial partnerships • Inclusive Talent Development to accelerate business results amid transformation • Passionate curiosity and observation to drive unique insights for strategy development • Tenacious focus to drive results • Technology background including digital transformation, AI, IoT, managed services, etc.

Scott Williams, Partner, VC-424: Scott Williams is a partner in the recently launched, VC-414 fund, out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He has 15+ years of experience creating and executing revenue-generating business campaigns. He led his family’s architecture and design firm’s growth to become a lead player in the Milwaukee market. His background in corporate development at a highly reputable Silicon Valley startup support services firm makes him exceptional at identifying value add and go-to-market strategies for early to mid-stage venture-backed startups. He has built proven sales teams, expanded customer bases, increased customer saturation, and driven client satisfaction. He has developed efficient operating models to maximize the strength of staff while covering all needed skill sets within an organization, for both small and large companies.  He has a great vision as a VC partner and seeks to make a significant impact in regional and national business opportunity development.

Jeffrey Daniel (  Jeff is a passionate leader, responsible for the Blueflux Power, Products Group, a green energy company. We are focused on enabling an outstanding group of people to work together to develop and implement energy and material-based technologies, that will fundamentally change the world. The solutions are green by design, creating energy efficiency and enhancing the lives of both our customers and team members. Jeff’s passion for leadership also extends into the community. Jeff is a co-chair for the Tech-Prize competition and process. This process acts as a motivator, celebration, and connector for innovators throughout the region and world. We figure we have launched businesses of all sizes and complexities around the world. Why not help our own community do this right where we live?  A recent addition to Tech-Prize is the implementation of the Founder Institute process to run the innovation accelerator and standards to implement ideas. Jeff acts as both a co-Director and Mentor in the Founder Institute Wisconsin organization that will leverage his global leadership and start-up experience

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone who wants to understand how best utilize the startup ecosystem in Wisconsin
  • Anyone who is thinking about raising money for their startup
  • Anyone that wants an understanding of fundraising for early-stage businesses and products

Agenda for the Event:

  • 6:00 – 6:30     Networking and Social Time – Meet your fellow entrepreneurs and the State of Wisconsin and South East Wisconsin, Innovation Eco-System
  • 6:30 – 7:15     Formal Comments:
    • Welcome and Panel Introduction –  David Aumuller
    • Event Sponsor Comments –  Insperity – Angelika Coghlan
    • Panel Discussion – Dave Aumuller & Speakers
    • Q&A Session & Close: Dave Aumuller
  • 7:15 – until done      Networking and Social Time – open discussion regarding what is next, a celebration of the community, and how to get involved
See more Online Startup Events, or for more information about the investors, incubators, and accelerators in Wisconsin, see our list of Startup Resources.