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At Envision Greater Fond du Lac we collaborate with many other organizations and resource networks to foster a community culture of entrepreneurship and opportunity.
IGNITE! Business Success Network
Envision Greater Fond du Lac is a valued partner of IGNITE! Business Success. IGNITE! is an umbrella resource network of over 17 organizations who have rallied together to deliver a higher level of service and support to entrepreneurs in the Greater Fond du Lac area in all stages of development. To tap into this network, you can simply work with Envision Greater Fond du Lac to complete an assessment of your needs. We can then connect you to the experts within the IGNITE! network that can best serve you.
Imagination Network is the peer group of IGNITE! Business Success. This group meets every 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for informal get-togethers and formal meetings that provide great learning opportunities for all. It’s FREE and open to everyone – entrepreneurs, inventors, small business owners, retired or former business owners, investors, entrepreneur support organizations, students and other like-minded individuals.
IGNITE! Youth Idea Challenge
The IGNITE! Youth Idea Challenge was started to get area high school students interested in becoming entrepreneurs for themselves. In early 2016, the inaugural four teams competed in a “Shark Tank” style event where they pitched their business ideas to community leaders and business owners for the chance for scholarships and education from area mentors. The yearly event is a chance for teachers to invigorate their students about the many opportunities ahead of them and get students engaged in the community.
Emergent Technology Center
Emergent Technology Center (an IGNITE! partner) is a mentor-driven emerging technologies seed accelerator serving entrepreneurs in northeastern Wisconsin.