About Us

Transforming the Milwaukee region into a thriving, innovation-based economy.

Technology continues to impact the pace of change and talent needs across all industries, which makes building, attracting and retaining diverse tech talent and businesses key to our region’s success. This need spurred the MKE Tech Hub movement and rallied businesses, entrepreneurs, community organizations and people who share a passion for tech to come together to create a connected, sustainable and inclusive tech ecosystem in southeastern Wisconsin.

Organizations and individuals have done a lot of great work over the past few years to help grow technology and innovation in the area. The latest advancement is the formation of the MKE Tech Hub Coalition, a bold new step to drive this work forward by developing, evolving and advancing strategies to transform Milwaukee. The Coalition is not a replacement for any existing organization or the work that they do. Rather, it will act as an accelerator for the MKE tech and innovation ecosystem, and will support a number of programs and initiatives to create a greater impact.

The Coalition’s founding members include Accenture, Advocate Aurora Health, Johnson Controls, Kohl’s, Northwestern Mutual, and Rockwell Automation. With this cross-industry partnership at the foundation, the Coalition will look to engage additional members of the business community as well as education institutions, non-profits, economic development organizations and anyone who shares the same goal of advancing tech and innovation in the region.

For more information of if you’d like to get involved in MKE Tech, please email contact@mketech.org 

History

Advancing Tech in Southeastern Wisconsin

Advocate Aurora Health and Northwestern Mutual joined forces in 2017 to guide the MKE Tech effort and work with companies and organizations to advance technology in the region.

In 2018, both companies partnered with other employers in southeastern Wisconsin to conduct the first technology economic impact study for the Milwaukee seven-county region. The study confirmed the significant impact of tech talent on our region’s success, indicating that tech and tech-dependent industries contributed $27.6 billion or nearly one-quarter of the total regional economic output. Even more important, the study also projected a minimum of 31,000 tech job openings by 2023, not including the thousands of new tech jobs expected to be created.

Today, the MKE Tech Hub Coalition leads this effort and continues to build support, rally resources for multiple initiatives and drive conversations around innovation and attracting top talent needed for the future. Ultimately, the aim is to actively boost and amplify tech growth in the region.

How We’re Doing Today

Growing Strong

Milwaukee is quickly shedding its reputation as the “machine shop of the world” and is now continually being discovered, recognized and touted by media across the country as a great place to live, work and play.

Where Is the Best City to Live Based on Salaries and Cost of Living, CityLab

These Are the Best Cities for Creative Professionals Right Now, Thrillist

50 best places in America for starting a business, Inc.

Up-and-coming tech market, CBRE

The Midwest’s coolest city,Vogue

Milwaukee cracks Hot 100 of world cities, Resonance

Milwaukee rises to #4 city for college grads, Smart Asset

Best of the Midwest: One of nine must-see destinations, Chicago Tribune

#3 city for female founders, Brookings

Milwaukee ranks #8 in Midwest, Silicon Prairie News


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