What is Wisconsin Startup week? What resources are available for startups? What companies are investing in Startups to solve big audacious problems? How can I get involved, even if I don’t want to start up my own company? It's time to explore innovation.
Starting any new journey can be daunting and requires courage and resources. That’s why we are partnering with The Greater Green Bay Chamber’s, Urban Hub, to bring together two groups, the entrepreneur society from Northeast Wisconsin, and Women In Technology to better understand the world of startups and what is going on in Northeast Wisconsin to solve problems and start new business ventures. Also, hear from three local startups including their personal and professional journey to starting their own company and how you might be able to lend your expertise to help them grow and flourish. Last, we will hear from 2-3 Wisconsin based Venture Capital Funds to understand how they choose investments, what they are looking for and what their portfolio’s comprise.
Last, we will hear from a few local companies that are partnering with Entrepreneurs through their own incubators, and what big audacious problems they are looking to solve through these investments.
Friday, November 17th Agenda:
- 7:00-7:20 Networking and Breakfast
- 7:20 Event Kickoff and Hear from the Speakers
- 9:00 Q&A
Join us for FREE at the Urban Hub, located inside Base Companies LLC downtown Green Bay!
Matthew Kee - Manager at Tundra Angels
As a former VC-backed startup founder turned angel investor, I work with startups to find asymmetric ways to win in the market.
What I Do: I am the Founding Manager of Tundra Angels, an angel investor network based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We have invested over $2.5m in high growth Pre-Seed to Series A stage companies across the Wisconsin ecosystem. My responsibility is determining which startups to put in front of the group for investment consideration, coordinating due diligence, deal execution, and growth of our portfolio companies.
Andrew Schmitz - Gener8tor
Andrew Schmitz is the Managing Director of the U.S. Venture Sustainability Accelerator (powered by gener8tor) which invests in 5 sustainable mobility focused companies every year. Prior to joining gener8tor, Andrew founded and led two SaaS startups, Proceed.app (exited) and Micronet.
Amy & Joshua Woods - Favoryt Brand Founder
Founders of Favoryt Brand a natural body and hair products company, who participated in an accelerator through the Green Bay Urban Hub back in 2021. Their founder journey is a great story to listen to. Solo.to/favorytbrand.
Amy is a wife, mother of four and co-owner/COO of FAVORYT Brand. Her and her husband started this company to provide natural body products for people with sensitive skin. Their product designs focus on compact, mess-free application to be used on-the-go. She has over eight years of experience in operations within the transportation industry and four years of experience an entrepreneurship. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and baking.
Kelly Schwartz - Fridge Jerky Founder
Kelly Schwartz's professional career varies from picking rocks, caring for elderly, scooping custard, to selling cheese internationally, advocating for vulnerable children, storytelling for numerous brands & more. As a serial idea-preneur, Kelly is working to make moist meat a household name. After building a beef jerky startup over the last two years, she's commemorating a personal experience by making it into a flavor that's not only delicious, but slated to give back to those who've also experienced tragedy; and disrupting the jerky industry along the way.
Shane Achterberg - Director of Innovation, Automation and Architecture at Schneider National
Driven IT professional focused on enabling business segments through collaborative and complete technology solutions to further drive automation and industry leading results.
Blair Tritt - Director, Corporate Ventures & Partnerships at Schreiber Ventures I Venture Investor l Entrepreneur
Exploring New Spaces, Inspiring Movements, and Progressing Positive Change.
Motivated business professional focused on a cohesive blend of: societal impact, growth policy, world health and global business/economics.
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