Kenosha Startup Week launch at UW-Parkside Nov. 6

Published: October 2, 2017


Startup WeekKENOSHA STARTUP WEEK LAUNCH EVENT | Nov. 6, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the UW-Parkside Student Center
Featuring Mark Lange, executive director for the Division of Business & Entrepreneurship at UW-Extension, this Kenosha Startup Week kickoff event will highlight statewide business development, and the opportunities available for institutions of higher learning to lead the way in developing workforces and economies of the future.

Kenosha Startup Week is focused on building momentum in greater Kenosha’s high-growth entrepreneurship community, showcasing the region’s startup success stories and highlighting the resources available to entrepreneurs in the region.

“Wisconsin Startup Week is a valuable initiative for the communities of Southeastern Wisconsin, and has received resounding support in Kenosha”, said Kenneth R. Murray, co-organizer of Kenosha Startup Week. “Kenosha Startup Week is all about discovery and celebration. We live in a community rich with history and potential. And there’s good reason that Southeastern Wisconsin is receiving national attention. We’re uniquely positioned between the Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago metro areas, we have a talented and determined workforce, and we boast some compelling quality of life assets. We’re poised to be a hotbed for future growth and development.”

“The Greater Kenosha region has rich history of entrepreneurial success stories,” said Matt Cordio, co-founder and president of the Wisconsin Startup Week initiative. “With entrepreneurial companies such as Jockey, Kenall Manufacturing, and Snap-on growing and thriving in the region, it is clear that greater Kenosha is an attractive place for entrepreneurs to launch and grow innovative companies.”

During Kenosha Startup Week, a group of over 24 community partners will host more than 12 events across greater Kenosha. In addition to the launch at UW-Parkside, some of the featured events include:

FINANCING HIGH-GROWTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP | Nov. 8, 3 – 5 p.m. at the Kenosha Area Business Alliance
This two-hour session will feature regional experts with experience in financing small- and high-growth businesses. Members of the panel will include representatives from the Racine County Economic Development Corporation, US Bank, WWBIC, and WHEDA, among others.

PLANNING FOR STRATEGIC GROWTH | Nov. 8, 6 – 7 p.m. at the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce
This hour-long workshop will highlight ways business owners can tackle the complexities of scaling their business.

FEMALE FOUNDERS PANEL & NETWORKING LUNCHEON | Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Gateway Technical College Business Resource Center - Racine
Featuring Amy Mokris, founder and CEO of Le Coeur Watch Co., and Jackie Steinmetz, founder and CEO of Accelity Marketing. The theatre-style panel event will feature presentations by some of the region’s most dynamic female founders.

Community Partners involved in Kenosha Startup Week include:

Wisconsin Startup Week, Wisconsin SBDC, Leeward Business Advisors, Startup Milwaukee, Skills Pipeline, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, UW-Extension, Gateway Technical College, Concordia University Wisconsin, Kenosha Unified School District, KTEC - Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Fusion and the Kenosha Performing Arts Association, Greater Waukegan Development Coalition - Lake County Tech Hub, PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co., Catering by the Buzz Cafe, WWBIC - Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation, LaunchBox Racine, Backyard Dream Studios, Eisley Creative Co., The O: Coworking at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Sponsors of Kenosha Startup Week include:

Wisconsin SBDC, Leeward Business Advisors, and Wisconsin Startup Week.

More information and the calendar for Kenosha Startup Week can be found at or

Kenosha Startup Week, part of the Wisconsin Startup Week Initiative

The Wisconsin Startup Week initiative—launched this year—is focused on showcasing the wealth of resources available to entrepreneurs around the state, highlighting Wisconsin’s unique entrepreneurial identity and celebrating its numerous entrepreneurial success stories.

“Entrepreneurs and their companies are critical to the growth and prosperity of Wisconsin’s economy,” said Matt Cordio, co-founder and president of the Wisconsin Startup Week initiative. “We are thrilled to have ten communities around the state of Wisconsin hosting events and connecting entrepreneurs to local resources during the inaugural Wisconsin Startup Week. High-growth entrepreneurship is the leading creator of net new jobs in the state’s economy and we are excited to launch this initiative that will positively impact the number of high-growth entrepreneurs in the state of Wisconsin over the long-term.”

Wisconsin Startup Week is supported by several major companies from around the state, including Aurora Health Care, Concordia University Wisconsin, Husch Blackwell, and Northwestern Mutual. Events will be hosted during the week of Nov. 6-12, in Appleton, Beloit, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Stevens Point. 

About Kenosha Startup Week

Kenosha Startup Week is an annual series of events designed to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and leaders from across the region with the intention to share, celebrate, and innovate while further engaging high-growth entrepreneurship throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Hosted Nov. 6-12, Kenosha Startup Week is part of the Wisconsin Startup Week initiative. Kenosha Startup Week is supported locally by the Wisconsin SBDC and Leeward Business Advisors. To learn more about Kenosha Startup Week visit

About The Wisconsin Startup Week Initiative

Wisconsin Startup Week is an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, investors, local leaders, major companies together to build momentum and celebrate high-growth entrepreneurship in Wisconsin. Dozens of events will be hosted in ten cities across the state of Wisconsin during the inaugural Wisconsin Startup Week, Nov. 6-12. To learn more about Wisconsin Startup Week visit The Wisconsin Startup Week initiative is supported by Aurora Health Care, Concordia University Wisconsin, Husch Blackwell and Northwestern Mutual. Statewide media partners include BizTimes Media, Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Scroll to top
Who Are You?