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Startup Milwaukee Announces Northwestern Mutual as Presenting Sponsor of Milwaukee Startup Week 2017

Initial calendar of Milwaukee Startup Week Released, Wisconsin Startup Week initiative launches

By - Sep 18th, 2017 11:02 am

Startup Milwaukee is proud to announce Northwestern Mutual as the presenting sponsor of Milwaukee Startup Week 2017, part of the Wisconsin Startup Week initiative taking place November 6-12, 2017.

Milwaukee Startup Week, founded in 2016, is focused on building momentum in Southeast Wisconsin’s high-growth startup community and highlighting the resources available to entrepreneurs in the region.

“We are thrilled that Northwestern Mutual chose to invest in Milwaukee Startup Week and the Wisconsin Startup Week initiative, Wisconsin’s largest entrepreneurship event that plays a critical role in building local startup communities around the state and connecting entrepreneurs to critical resources needed to grow their businesses,” said Matthew J. Cordio, Co-founder & President of Milwaukee Startup Week & Startup Milwaukee. “Northwestern Mutual recognizes the growth potential of Milwaukee’s technology and startup communities and we are excited to partner with the company to help attract and seed early-stage startups throughout Milwaukee Startup Week.”

“Innovation and technology are key to driving the future of Milwaukee, which is one reason why Northwestern Mutual is committed to supporting and engaging with the startup community,” said Karl Gouverneur, vice president of digital workplace, corporate solutions and head of digital innovation, Northwestern Mutual. “Milwaukee Startup Week gives us the opportunity to host exciting new programs that will connect and challenge attendees. The intent is also to attract top tech talent to the community by showing that Milwaukee is a great place for the startup community to live and work.”

As the presenting sponsor of Milwaukee Startup Week, Northwestern Mutual will be featured at the following programs:

Reverse Pitch MKE | November 6, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm | Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons
Reverse Pitch MKE will bring entrepreneurs, hackers, and other creative minds together during Milwaukee Startup Week. At this event, Northwestern Mutual will pitch to startup teams, outlining potential business challenges and big ideas it is looking to explore and solve. With the support of Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, teams that accept the challenge can earn a seed investment of up to $75,000, access to corporate mentors and networks, and working space at Northwestern Mutual’s downtown Milwaukee headquarters. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to do what they love most—work on groundbreaking solutions that could disrupt the industry and drive innovation in the Milwaukee community.

Startup Milwaukee Emerge | November 8, 2017, 8:00 – 10:00 am | Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons
Startup Milwaukee Emerge will feature a keynote speaker and roundtable discussions with local investors and entrepreneurs on the state of Southeast Wisconsin’s startup community.

Milwaukee’s FinTech Startup Week Edition | November 8, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm | The Box
Northwestern Mutual, along with tech education consultant Gufsky, will host a FinTech MeetUp event to coincide with Milwaukee Startup Week. The MeetUp will feature industry experts and leaders, and will provide an open forum for conversation, debate and FinTech learning opportunities on topics such as blockchain, business development, machine learning and product management in the digital age.

The Commons Hack-It Bracket | November 11, 9:00 am to November 12, 5:00 pm | Ward 4
The Commons and Northwestern Mutual are working together to run a special two-day Hack-It Bracket. College students from across Southeast Wisconsin will be selected to participate in 32 hours of tech innovation. Everyone will receive a tough challenge, run it through a variety of ideation exercises and watch great ideas rise through the ranks. Participants will be pushed to their creative limits, develop actual prototypes, meet great people and have the chance to win more than $20,000 in prizes!

The initial calendar of events for Milwaukee Startup Week 2017 is now available and includes 25+ events hosted by 25+ Community Partners including Newaukee, gener8tor, Startup Milwaukee and more. Milwaukee Startup Week is presented by Northwestern Mutual and supported by Aurora Health Care, Concordia University Wisconsin, Husch Blackwell and other sponsors. More information and the calendar for Milwaukee Startup Week 2017 can be found at

The Wisconsin Startup Week Initiative Launches

This year, Startup Milwaukee’s parent company Skills Pipeline Group has launched the Wisconsin Startup Week initiative to highlight all the resources available to entrepreneurs around the state of Wisconsin.

“Other communities expressed an interest in bringing the energy and excitement of Milwaukee Startup Week to their neck of the woods,” said Matthew J. Cordio, co-founder & president of Wisconsin Startup Week initiative and Skills Pipeline Group. “We are thrilled to have several communities around the state of Wisconsin hosting events and connecting entrepreneurs to local resources during the inaugural Wisconsin Startup Week. High-growth entrepreneurship is the leading creator of net new jobs in the state’s economy and we are excited to launch this initiative to positively impact the number of high-growth entrepreneurs in the state over the long-term.”

The Wisconsin Startup Week initiative is supported by several major companies around the state including Aurora Health Care, Concordia University Wisconsin, Husch Blackwell and Northwestern Mutual.

Events will be hosted in Appleton, Beloit, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Stevens Point.

About Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for 160 years. Through a distinctive, whole-picture planning approach including both insurance and investments, we empower people to be financially confident so they can live life differently. We combine the expertise of our financial professionals with a personalized digital experience to help our clients navigate their financial lives every day. With $250.4 billion in assets, $28.2 billion in revenues, and more than $1.6 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.4 million people who rely on us for life, disability income and long-term care insurance, annuities, brokerage and advisory services, trust services, and discretionary portfolio management solutions. The company holds more than $100 billion of client assets as a part of its wealth management company and investment services. Northwestern Mutual ranks 97 on the 2017 FORTUNE 500 and is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies in 2017.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, WI (life and disability insurance, annuities, and life insurance with long-term care benefits) and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, life insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS) (securities), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company® (NMWMC) (fiduciary and fee-based financial planning services), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC) (long-term care insurance).

About Milwaukee Startup Week

The second annual Milwaukee Startup Week presented by Northwestern Mutual brings entrepreneurs, investors, local leaders, major companies together to build momentum and celebrate high-growth entrepreneurship in Southeast Wisconsin. Hosted November 6 – 12th, 2017 Milwaukee Startup Week is part of the Wisconsin Startup Week initiative. Visit: to learn more about Milwaukee Startup Week. Milwaukee Startup Week is supported locally by Northwestern Mutual, Aurora Health Care, Concordia University Wisconsin and Husch Blackwell. Local media partners include BizTimes Media, Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

About The Wisconsin Startup Week Initiative

Wisconsin Startup Week is an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, investors, local leaders, major companies together to build momentum and celebrate high-growth entrepreneurship in Wisconsin. Dozens of events will be hosted in nine cities across the state of Wisconsin during the inaugural Wisconsin Startup Week, November 6 – 12, 2017. To learn more about Wisconsin Startup Week visit, The Wisconsin Startup Week initiative is supported statewide by Aurora Health Care, Concordia University Wisconsin, Husch Blackwell and Northwestern Mutual. Statewide media partners include BizTimes Media, Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

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