News Column

Launch Your Business During Startup Weekend Milwaukee

July 5, 2012

Kathleen Gallagher

small business owner

Startup Weekend Milwaukee will be held in November at the Marquette University's Discovery Learning Complex, organizers said Thursday.

The program is designed to help entrepreneurs launch companies during the 54-hour event, to be held Nov. 9-11, said Clint Laskowski, a Milwaukee-based information security professional who is among the organizers.

Startup Weekend, which is affiliated with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, brings together people with different skill sets for a weekend-long crash course in how to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch companies. The people who participate are primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people, and they focus on building software applications and developing a commercial case around them.

Startup Weekend Madison in late April attracted 106 entrepreneurs who pitched 61 ideas, according to Laskowski. The winning start-up, formed during the weekend, was Bushwhack Apps, which built a mobile app to help disc golfers navigate poorly marked paths on what it says are 3,000 disc golf courses around the country.

Marquette's Discovery Learning Complex is a $35 million engineering center opened in 2011. Entrepreneurs who are interested in participating in the event should sign up for the group's email list at www.startupweekendmilwaukee.org or follow the group on Twitter: @SWMKE.



Source: (c) 2012 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel