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Startup Weekend Milwaukee: Milwaukee to host first startup weekend in November
10/9/2012

Matthew Cordio
Startup Weekend Milwaukee Co-Organizer
262/894.9535
matt@startupmke.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MILWAUKEE (Oct. 8, 2012) – Startup Weekend will host its first-ever Milwaukee event Nov. 9 – 11 at Marquette University’s Discovery Learning Complex.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with more than 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs start companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Registration is open to the public. The fee is $99 ($45 for students) and includes all meals, snacks, parking and resources for the weekend. To register, visit http://swmke.eventbrite.com.

Organizers: Startup Weekend Milwaukee is organized locally by Matthew Cordio, co-founder of Skills Pipeline and Startup Milwaukee; Clint Laskowski, a Milwaukee-based security expert and technology entrepreneur; Tina Quealy, Associate Director of Marquette University’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship; Alicia Boknevitz, User Experience Designer at 7Summits and co-founder of Startup Milwaukee; Joel Abraham, co-founder of gener8tor; Joe Poeschl, co-founder of Junto and Polymathic; Matt Sorensen founder of MJ Sorensen Group; Eric Paulsen, Executive Director of BizStarts Milwaukee; and John McDonald, Attorney at Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Sponsors: This event wouldn’t be possible without our great sponsors. Startup Weekend Milwaukee is presented by premier sponsor Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., a full service business law firm that commonly provides legal services to start up and emerging companies, as well as to the individuals and entities that invest in such companies.

Marquette University’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, Answerport, gener8tor, Startup Milwaukee, Roundys, Polymathic, Golden Angel Investors, Swag Promotions and Mason Wells are also event sponsors.

About Startup Weekend Milwaukee: Startup Weekend Milwaukee is an intense 54-hour event where local entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts and anyone interested in building a business will come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup. For more information, visit http://milwaukee.startupweekend.org or follow us on Twitter @swmke.

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekend™ supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 55,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer organizers and 100 trained facilitators spread across more than 300 cities in 100 countries. Kauffman Foundation, Google, Microsoft, .Co, Sendgrid and Cloudmine are sponsors. For more information, visit http://www.startupweekend.org or follow us on Twitter @startupweekend.

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