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Our mission: Grow technology and innovation in the Milwaukee region

Join the MKE Tech Hub movement. Connect to people and organizations who share a passion to transform southeast Wisconsin into a thriving, innovation-based economy where technology, entrepreneurship and innovation are core to our success.  Collectively, our goal is to build a vibrant tech ecosystem and culture that makes people want to live and work here.

 

MKEtech.org is just getting started!  If you have suggestions for how this site can be a valuable resource for the community, please reach out to contact@mketech.org.

Get Involved

Be part of the action and join the MKE Tech Hub movement. Here’s a sampling of ways to get involved, but come back often because we’re adding new opportunities all the time.

 

   

 

Department of Workforce Development Tech Apprenticeship Program (Winter 2019): Calling prospective employers and students to participate in Wisconsin’s registered apprenticeship program for Data Analysts, Software Developers and IT Service Techs. An alternative to pursuing a traditional degree, the apprenticeship combines work-based learning, workplace mentorship and academics to build the needed skills and certifications for these careers. For more details, visit WisconsinApprenticeship.org or check out the MATC or WCTC  registered apprenticeship programs.  Employers also can contact Cindy Anderson about sponsoring an apprenticeship.

 

i.c. stars: Help promising young adults in the inner city ready themselves for success in the tech field.  i.c.stars’ cycle 2 event registration is available on Eventbrite via the links below.  Reach out to Leia Ferrari, Talent Placement Manager at i.c.stars, with questions.

 

Water Council Brew Accelerator (Through Jan 13): Entrepreneurs can apply for funding, business training and mentorship to help launch your business in the water tech industry. The Water Council, a water technology industry organization headquartered in Milwaukee, is accepting applications for its BREW Accelerator and multiple Tech Challenges now through Jan 13. Innovations are being sought for: agriculture runoff, sensors, water treatment, water heating, IOT, machine learning and artificial intelligence. To learn more please visit WaterTechHub.com

 

Coming Soon

Launching in Q1 2019 – Come to MKEtech.org to submit requests for funding your tech initiatives and community events.

 

Connect to the MKE Tech Community

Slack is a group chat application and a great way to plug directly into the tech community. It’s easy to use and setup – just head over to Slack’s website to download the Slack client.  To help you get started, here’s a listing of Wisconsin’s active Slack communities:

 

NameJoin Link
  Milwaukee Slackmke-slack.herokuapp.com
  Madison Slackmadisoncommunity.org
  Northeast WI Slacknewslack.appletonmakerspace.org

Tech Event Calendars

There’s always something tech happening in Milwaukee!  Check out these community calendars every week for lots of ways to connect with the MKE tech community:

 

                  

 

Entrepreneurs Office Hours

Ecosystem building means meeting people where they are.  Come learn about the resources available to you as a founder in Milwaukee, meet other founders from the city and just kick it with us!  Whether you’re interested in conversation or moving to action, we want to know what you’re doing. We meet every Thursday from 12-2 p.m. in the Milwaukee area (the location varies). Reach out to Adam Gabornitz to learn more.


Success Stories

Milwaukee continues to accelerate growth of the region’s tech ecosystem with ground-breaking events and programs.  Check out these recent examples of how we’re bringing the MKE tech movement to life.

gBETA Milwaukee

Several area corporations partnered to launch gBETA Milwaukee, a seven-week accelerator program for early stage startups led by gener8tor.
Learn more about gBeta

Young Enterprising Society (YES)

YES offers locally-owned startups an opportunity to participate in an inaugural business cultivator. The program is designed to develop a strong ecosystem of entrepreneurs and provide them with sustainable tools for success as well as to prep selected businesses for growth and financial support.
Learn more about Young Enterprising Society

Fall Experiment

This free, day-long celebration of innovation, entrepreneurship and creative collaboration featured hands-on tech workshops in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, gaming and digital animation, alongside live musical performances and interactive presentations on film, art and entrepreneurship.
Learn more about Fall Experiment

Meet the Meetups

An annual event bringing together 30+ of the community’s top technology Meetup groups to celebrate Milwaukee’s tech community and build more connectivity between techies in the region.
Learn more about Meet the Meetups


Strong and Growing

Since 2017, the region has committed investments of more than $240 million to advance Milwaukee as a tech hub. Milwaukee Tech Hub aims to provide support to groups and organizations that help elevate our region to the kind of place where top talent wants to live, work, play – and stay.

M7 Venture Capital Fund

January 2017

$1M

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Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures

January 2017

$50M

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YP Week

April 2017

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Foxconn Announcement

April 2017

MSOE Computational Science Hall/AI Program

April 2017

$34M

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Cream City Venture Capital

October 2017

Northwestern Mutual $5 million

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InvestMKE Venture Fund

October 2017

Advocate Aurora Health $5M

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Connected Systems Institute

November 2017

Rockwell Automation, WEDC and UWM $3.1M

Learn More

gBETA Startup Accelerator

November 2017

$500k

Learn More

MKE Tech Hub Summit

November 2017

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MKE Startup Week

November 2017

Learn More

Academy of Advanced manufacturing

November 2017

Rockwell Automation and Manpower Group

Learn More

Backline Music Accelerator

March 2018

gener8tor and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Learn More

YP Week

April 2018

Learn More

Technology Education and Literacy in Schools

May 2018

$500k

Meet the Meetups

May 2018

The first inaugural gathering of tech meetups in the Milwaukee region

Learn More

Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute

June 2018

$40 Million Investment with Northwestern Mutual, UWM and Marquette

Learn More

Wisconn Valley Venture Fund

August 2018

$100M

Learn More

Fall Experiment

September 2018

Inaugural event exploring the future through the intersection of tech, art, film and music

Learn More

Maker Faire Milwaukee

September 2018

From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects

Learn More

Midwest TechConnect

September 2018

Inaugural event convening startups and corporations across the Midwest to showcase their tech

Learn More

Meet the Meetups II

October 2018

The second gathering of the tech meetups in the Milwaukee region

Learn More

Tech Hub Summit 2018

October 2018

Over 500 people attended Tech Hub Summit 2018, a clear sign that exciting things are happening in MKE's tech ecosystem.

Learn More

Milwaukee Blockchain Conference

November 2018

Premier event to learn about opportunities with blockchain and connect with like-minded people.

Learn More

January 2017

M7 Venture Capital Fund

$1M

Read more

January 2017

Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures

$50M

Read more

April 2017

YP Week

Read more

April 2017

Foxconn Announcement

April 2017

MSOE Computational Science Hall/AI Program

$34M

Read more

October 2017

Cream City Venture Capital

Northwestern Mutual $5 million

Read more

October 2017

InvestMKE Venture Fund

Advocate Aurora Health $5M

Read more

November 2017

Connected Systems Institute

Rockwell Automation, WEDC and UWM $3.1M

Read more

November 2017

gBETA Startup Accelerator

$500k

Read more

November 2017

MKE Tech Hub Summit

Read more

November 2017

MKE Startup Week

Read more

November 2017

Academy of Advanced manufacturing

Rockwell Automation and Manpower Group

Read more

March 2018

Backline Music Accelerator

gener8tor and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Read more

April 2018

YP Week

Read more

May 2018

Technology Education and Literacy in Schools

$500k

May 2018

Meet the Meetups

The first inaugural gathering of tech meetups in the Milwaukee region

Read more

June 2018

Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute

$40 Million Investment with Northwestern Mutual, UWM and Marquette

Read more

August 2018

Wisconn Valley Venture Fund

$100M

Read more

September 2018

Fall Experiment

Inaugural event exploring the future through the intersection of tech, art, film and music

Read more

September 2018

Maker Faire Milwaukee

From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects

Read more

September 2018

Midwest TechConnect

Inaugural event convening startups and corporations across the Midwest to showcase their tech

Read more

October 2018

Meet the Meetups II

The second gathering of the tech meetups in the Milwaukee region

Read more

October 2018

Tech Hub Summit 2018

Over 500 people attended Tech Hub Summit 2018, a clear sign that exciting things are happening in MKE's tech ecosystem.

Read more

November 2018

Milwaukee Blockchain Conference

Premier event to learn about opportunities with blockchain and connect with like-minded people.

Read more
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