Scale Up Milwaukee

Babson Global entrepreneurship innovator makes Milwaukee debut

From The Business Journal
Published May 7, 2013

Milwaukee is making some of the right moves to create a thriving entrepreneurial scene here, but there’s not enough of those efforts and they need to accelerate.

That was an overarching sentiment Monday night among dozens of stakeholders at the first public event around “Scale Up Milwaukee,” an initiative being led by a Boston entrepreneurship professor who will work with a broad coalition to develop an blueprint for the city to increase the formation of startups and ramp up existing ventures.

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Scale Up Milwaukee initiative looks to create jobs

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published May 4, 2013

Daniel Isenberg, the economic development consultant hired by the Greater Milwaukee Committee to spur more business growth here, does not buy into the popular notion that start-ups create all net new jobs.

Isenberg, who will hold his first public meeting Monday night at the University Club in downtown Milwaukee, says that if a region has the right structures in place, new jobs can come from existing companies as well as new ones.

He says his Scale Up Milwaukee initiative will help leaders bring together a broad group of people to collaborate on a plan for fostering entrepreneurship that will activate their region’s ecosystem. Then not just start-ups, but existing companies that have faced barriers to growth, can find their potential, Isenberg says.

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Milwaukee to “Scale-Up” Local High Growth Ventures using OPEN for Enterprise Model Commissioned by American Express OPEN

Milwaukee to “Scale-Up” Local High Growth Ventures using OPEN for Enterprise Model Commissioned by American Express OPEN

— First-Ever Project in the U.S. to Build upon Expert Daniel Isenberg’s Methodologies to Foster Self-Sustaining Entrepreneurship Ecosystems—

Milwaukee, WI [March 28, 2013] Today, the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), a coalition of the region’s business, labor, academic, philanthropic, nonprofit and civic leadership, announced that Milwaukee will be the first community in the U.S. to develop an entrepreneurship program using a model developed by Daniel Isenberg, founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Projects. The initiative is backed by Governor Scott Walker and Mayor Tom Barrett as part of a bipartisan effort to grow the economy by stimulating high-growth ventures and encouraging job creation.

OPEN for Enterprise: Coalitions for High-Growth Entrepreneurship is designed to help high potential urban communities connect a diverse group of stakeholders, including city planners, private investors, academics, entrepreneurs and public officials, to help maximize the social and economic value of the community’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.  Merging their collective expertise, the coalition can help to develop community programs that identify new ways to stimulate, support and “scale up” new and existing ventures.

Milwaukee, with its strong focus on urban planning, engineering and a strategic priority to reclaim manufacturing excellence, is a natural choice for this initiative. Working closely with GMC, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Administration (WHEDA) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), the Coalition will produce an actionable blueprint for Milwaukee that can help lead to a measurable increase in growth driven start-ups and successful scale-ups.

Read the full press release here and learn more on the Scale UP Milwaukee website.

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