Startup Fond du Lac, one the largest entrepreneurship events in the I-41 region of Wisconsin, will return for a second year of events and programming on November 5 -11, 2018. The weeklong series of events and programming aims to increase awareness surrounding the local startup and tech ecosystem as well as inspire and equip the community to rally around the transformation taking place in the region.

Startup Fond du Lac Week will feature more than five events focused on connecting, educating, and celebrating entrepreneurs in the region. Key local partners for Startup Fond du Lac Week include presenting partners Envision Greater Fond du Lac and IGNITE! Business Success as well as Young Professionals of Fond du Lac, SCORE Fox Cities, and more.

“Startup Fond du Lac Week is an opportunity connect, educate and celebrate entrepreneurs in our local community,” said Sarah Spang, lead organizer of Startup Fond du Lac and Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Envision Greater Fond du Lac. “Entrepreneurs are key to advancing our region’s economy, the programming this year will provide unique educational opportunities as well as diverse panels to continue to develop and grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Fond du Lac.”

Startup Fond du Lac is part of the Startup Wisconsin a new initiative an effort focused on advancing and developing Wisconsin’s tech and startup ecosystems through unique programming, collaborative partnerships, and networking. The Startup Wisconsin network consists of organizers in 12 cities around the state who will simultaneously participate in Startup Wisconsin Week in November.

“Startup Fond du Lac Week provides a platform for entrepreneurs and the key stakeholders to come together, to learn, connect and drive meaningful and powerful change and transformation in the community,” said Matt Cordio, president of Startup Wisconsin. “Innovation and technology are vital to growing Wisconsin’s economy and creating new jobs, the programming occurring during Startup Wisconsin Week this year will continue to develop and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Wisconsin and move the state’s economy forward.”

Key events for Startup Fond du Lac Week include:

  • Idea Camp | November 10th, 8 a.m. start time | Location TBA In partnership with the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac, Startup Fond du Lac will bring Idea Camp, a day-long “unconference” where attendees determine the schedule and topics they wish to discuss and learn more about.
    NEWaukee Speaker Crawl | November 7th, 6 pm | 2122 W. Mt. Vernon Ave., Milwaukee
    An interactive professional development program that simultaneously features numerous entrepreneurial speakers and a cultural institution to a young professional audience.
  • Health Care Options Update Seminar | November 5th, 11:30 a.m. | Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan Street
    Bring your lunch to this informative seminar on Affordable Care Act changes and what it means for small businesses. Presented in partnership with SCORE Fox Cities and the Fond du Lac Public Library.
  • Imagination Network Awards and Showcase | November 6th, 6 p.m. | Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan Street
    A yearly celebration at the entrepreneurial meetup group of Fond du Lac County. Find out who won the Award for Entrepreneurship and support are entrepreneurs in their various ventures by visiting with them during the showcase.

To view, the full listing of Startup Fond du Lac Week events and programming visit: http://startupWI.org/fonddulac.

Startup Fond du Lac Week 2018 is supported by Envision Greater Fond du Lac and IGNITE! Business Success.

About Startup Fond du Lac Week

Startup Fond du Lac Week takes place on November 5 – 11, 2018, and is designed to connect, educate, and celebrate entrepreneurship in the I-41 region of Wisconsin. The week’s programming showcases the community’s emerging companies while highlighting the resources and organizations available to foster support for entrepreneurs on their journey. Startup Fond du Lac Week is supported by Envision Greater Fond du Lac and IGNITE! Business Success and is a part of the Startup Wisconsin initiative. To browse all the events and programming occurring during Startup Fond du Lac Week visit: http://startupwi.org/fonddulac.

About Startup Wisconsin

Startup Wisconsin is committed to advancing and developing Wisconsin’s tech and startup ecosystems through unique programming, collaborative partnerships, and networking. Driven by entrepreneurs and leaders throughout Wisconsin who are passionate about making a difference, and creating a positive and lasting impact that will advance the state’s economy forward. Startup Wisconsin Week is supported by Advocate Aurora Health, Concordia University Wisconsin, Husch Blackwell, Northwestern Mutual, Accelity Marketing, Headway, Wisconsin Inno and Newsradio 620 WTMJ. To learn more about Startup Wisconsin visit: http://startupwi.org