Five Milwaukee-area companies earn Ideadvance grants

Five southeastern Wisconsin small businesses have been awarded grants from the Ideadvance Seed Fund. Established in 2014 by the UW System Center for Technology Commercialization and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Ideadvance funds the entrepreneurial efforts of UW System staff, faculty, students and alumni, excluding the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To qualify for the grants, entrepreneurs must show “significant progress toward a scalable, profitable business model.”

Coalition leader Kathy Henrich is growing Milwaukee’s tech community

The adoption of digital technology across Milwaukee’s business community was greatly accelerated in 2020 due to people working remotely and virtually as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The adjustments made within weeks, and even days, for some local companies demonstrated the importance of advanced technology. It also demonstrated the mission of the Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition, an area nonprofit created to strengthen Milwaukee’s tech industry.

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