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BizStarts was formed by a group of forward-looking business leaders in the Milwaukee 7 Region who saw a need to accelerate early stage businesses and ideas. This task force was formed by the Greater Milwaukee Committee to study innovation. It was determined that the State of Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee 7 region, have long ranked in the lowest third of states on the metric for business start-ups. That means slower job and wage growth in an economy where most new jobs are created by small companies.

The task force studied successful efforts in the United States that promote innovation and start-ups. They gathered input from local businesses, law firms, accounting firms, public sector service providers, successful entrepreneurs, investors, universities.

The conclusion of the best economic thinkers in the region was that we can, should and must accelerate business startups. BizStarts Milwaukee is committed to fostering and nourishing the entrepreneurial spirit in the Milwaukee 7 region by creating a climate that encourages innovation and risk taking.

Today, BizStarts works with entrepreneurs, service providers, investor networks and others in the innovation and start-up spaces to provide education and connections to resources, talent, and contacts that will assist entrepreneurs to launch new enterprises.


BizStarts is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes as a 501(c)(3) in order to accelerate and continually grow Southeastern Wisconsin’s position as a center for innovation and entrepreneurship.

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