Milky Way Tech Hub
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The Milky Way Tech Hub Fund Targets $50 Million Raise to Create Tech Opportunities for Black Milwaukee

 

By - Jun 24th, 2020 11:50 am

Milwaukee (June 24, 2020) –The Milky Way Tech Hub aims to create a narrative that Milwaukee and its surrounding communities are the most diverse and inclusive tech ecosystem in the nation. Through venture pitch events, community online workshops and a concierge accelerator, The Milky Way Tech Hub is already attracting national and international entrepreneurs to Milwaukee in addition to the local talent already here. The Milky Way Tech Hub’s goal is to use its resources and programs to turn these relationships into opportunities and jobs for our diverse citizenry.

Currently, Milwaukee is home to the  53206 ZIP code which has the unenviable distinction of owning the highest incarceration rate for Black men of any locale in America. That same ZIP code has also been labelled as the worst place for Black people to live and raise children. We believe these heartbreaking labels make it clear that now is the time to invest in a complete narrative shift for the city of Milwaukee.

The Milky Way Tech Hub believes that on a level playing field where there is equal access to capital and resources, technology and innovation can serve as vehicles to improve the socio-economic conditions in our urban areas. While technology now plays a role in almost every aspect of daily life and business according to a study led by Silicon Valley Bank only 1% of Black businesses are backed by venture capital further widening the digital divide and the vast economic disparities that presently exist. https://www.svb.com/living-our-values/access-to-innovation

The Milky Way Tech Hub intends to transform Milwaukee leveraging public and private capital in a way that will benefit an inclusive group of entrepreneurs. Our partnership with American Family Institute for Corporate and Social Impact has helped to generate momentum around the efforts to build out a tech ecosystem that reflects Milwaukee’s diverse population. We believe education will be critical to this mission and it is why the Milky Way Tech Hub has dedicated significant resources to building a world-class, competency-based innovation and intellectual property training program that will be available to ecosystem participants.  Of course, while bold ideas and commitment are great, significant capital is necessary to effectuate real change.  We believe the success of our effort will be greatly enhanced with substantial support and resources for startups from our corporate partners and our city and state governments. Capital is at the top of the list.

To that end the Milky Way Tech Hub is launching a tech fund in partnership with IP Zone Company, a New York-based spinout of American Express, to provide the level of capital that tech companies need to help them reach successful exits. The fund will target scalable tech companies that have substantial intellectual property and a willingness to relocate or invest and partner with Milwaukee and its citizens.  Importantly, the Milky Way Tech Hub commits to investing in Black founders, POC, women, and other underrepresented demographics.

The Milky Way Tech Hub has begun to circle money in efforts to reach our goal of raising $50 Million this year. Several tech companies in the 5G, AI, and Internet of Things spaces have granted exclusive rights to the fund and recently a top 5 automotive company has agreed to invest. This new endeavor requires strategic collaboration at the city and state level. All individuals or organizations that are interested in supporting this effort should reach out to nadiyah@jetconstellations.com or submit their information using our form – https://bit.ly/milkywayfund .

About Jet Constellations: 
Jet Constellations is a software company, providing custom technology solutions in the medical, financial, and socially responsible industries. We cultivate the intersection of creativity and community, driving advancements in various functions of urban society – the scientific, entrepreneurial, and social.  Visit  https://jetconstellations.com/  to learn more.

About The Milky Way Tech Hub:   
The Milky Way Tech Hub is the social impact arm of Jet Constellations which functions to create a narrative that Milwaukee is the most diverse and inclusive tech hub in the nation where Black people, POC, women, and those of underrepresented backgrounds can thrive in technology. Visit: https://themilkywaymke.com/ to learn more.

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