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Milwaukee Startup Week to Gain International Attention in November

Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to Kick Off Local Event

By - Oct 24th, 2017 11:35 am

Milwaukee, WI – October 24, 2017 — Milwaukee Startup Week will garner national and international attention in November as it hosts the “Road to GES.” Milwaukee was selected as one of three principal U.S. cities to help raise awareness in the lead up to the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India on November 28-30, 2017. Milwaukee Startup Week, November 6-12, will be the first “Road to GES” event to welcome the entrepreneurial initiative.

“Milwaukee Startup Week and the other two signature events in Houston and Pittsburgh not only lead up to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, but they will spur transformative opportunities for investment while highlighting the strength of our cities as key drivers of prosperity,” said Kathryn Wellner, Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs.

The Road to GES event will officially kick off Milwaukee Startup Week on November 6, 8 a.m., at the Ward 4 Pritzlaff building, 333 N. Plankinton Ave. The headline speaker is Mark Green, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The event will also offer a variety of panel workshop sessions on topics ranging from women’s leadership in entrepreneurship to health technology.

“We are very excited to host this inspiring event at Startup Week,” said Ed Javier, co-founder of Wisconsin Startup Week. “It is a great way to show the country, and the world, that Milwaukee is a premier player on the entrepreneurial scene and is growing in so many ways. It brings well-deserved recognition and will only further ignite the exciting new business developments that are happening here in Milwaukee every day.”

In the lead-up to the Summit, the Road to GES series creates opportunities for discussion, investment and collaboration in cities across the United States, India and around the world. These partnerships accelerate job creation, private-sector connection and innovation in markets and communities.

About Global Entrepreneurship Summit

The United States of America and the Republic of India will co-host the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India on November28-30, 2017. This year’s Summit will highlight the theme Women First, Prosperity for All, and will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally. Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump will headline the United States delegation to the Summit.

GES is the preeminent annual entrepreneurship gathering that convenes emerging entrepreneurs, investors and supporters from around the world. GES 2017 will create an environment that empowers innovators, particularly women, to take their ideas to the next level. Additional information can be found at and, or Twitter @GES2017.

About Milwaukee Startup Week

Milwaukee Startup Week was founded in 2016 by Matt Cordio of Skills Pipeline, and Ed Javier of EMJ Consulting. In only its second year, the event is expanding to include sessions in Appleton, Beloit, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Oshkosh and Stevens Point, Wis.

The 2017 Milwaukee Startup Week, sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, will take place November 6 – 12 at locations throughout the city. The event brings together entrepreneurs, investors, local leaders, and companies to build momentum and celebrate entrepreneurship in Southeastern Wisconsin.

More than 25 community partners will present over 35 events that will focus on many topics including corporate innovation and venture capital investment; offer free workshops for entrepreneurs; connect college and high school students interested in entrepreneurship with local resources; and more. To view the Milwaukee Startup Week event calendar, click here.

Milwaukee Startup Week is also sponsored by Aurora Health Care, Concordia University Wisconsin, Husch Blackwell, Northwestern Mutual, and Accelity Marketing. Local media partners include BizTimes Media, Newsradio 620 WTMJ, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Milwaukee Startup Week is facilitated by Startup Milwaukee and is part of the Wisconsin Startup Week initiative.

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