MiKE - Innovation in Milwaukee

Innovation is driven by collaboration. It takes more than just smart people – it takes different people, working together colliding in unexpected ways to create important new ideas. That’s why connecting and developing talent in Milwaukee is crucial to our ability to continue to evolve as a world-class city.

To achieve this, MiKE - Innovation in Milwaukee creates and supports programming that convenes corporations, universities and colleges and talent networks to foster the development of an innovative workforce in the greater Milwaukee area. MiKE seeks to be a convener, facilitator, collaborator and inspirer.

MiKE programming:

  • Creates purposeful connections to develop a collaborative ecosystem
  • Supports established and growing companies by working to develop and retain the next generation workforce
  • Provides a platform for idea sharing through a series of events and meaningful networking opportunities

The Commons, a partnership between MiKE and Startup Milwaukee, is a one-of-a-kind student entrepreneurial skills accelerator that fosters entrepreneurial activity and leadership development. The program gives college students from regional institutions a platform to begin building early-stage companies while learning from executives at local companies like Direct Supply and Brady Corp. It now works with 24 colleges and more than 150 mentoring professionals in southeastern Wisconsin.

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