Formed to support, mentor and provide access to resources for the state's young entrepreneurs, Startup Wisconsin will hold a launch party Thursday night.
Startup Wisconsin will be the 23rd statewide organization formed under The Startup America Partnership, which was launched at the White House in 2011.
"We're plugging Wisconsin into a national network of innovative entrepreneurs and the people who support them -- investors, mentors and advisers," said Greg Meier, a member of the 12-person Startup Wisconsin founding team. "Being part of the ecosystem of innovative entrepreneurs, instead of being isolated, is key."
Other members of the group's founding team are: Joe Kirgues, a Milwaukee entrepreneur; Jay Bayne, executive director of the Milwaukee Institute; and Forrest Woolworth, an executive at PerBlue, a Madison mobile and social gaming company.
The Startup America Partnership is a national organization whose founding partners are the Kauffman Foundation and the Case Foundation. AOL co-founder Steve Case is the group's chairman and Scott Case (no relation), founding chief technology officer of Priceline, is its chief executive officer.
Scott Case will be the featured speaker at Startup Wisconsin's launch event, to be held Thursday at 5:30 pm at the Harley-Davidson Museum Chrome event space. There will be a "Fast Pitch" competition sponsored by the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich that will feature 10 Wisconsin start-ups competing to win $1,500.
Organizers are encouraging entrepreneurs, particularly those involved in high-tech start-ups, to attend. There is no cost for the event.
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