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18 new Scalerator Alumni

Celebration of Growth Today, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch, Senator Alberta Darling and a host of others will join Scale Up Milwaukee for a Celebration of Growth as 18 companies become Scalerator alumni. Congratulate these entrepreneurs for their commitment to growth.

Celebration of Growth

The first week in May was an eventful one for Scale Up Milwaukee! We celebrated growth and Scalerator 3 participants at the Celebration of Growth finale, learned about the Bucks’ plans and challenges from Peter Feigin and heard from Palermo Villa’s Giacomo Fallucca. At the Celebration of Growth, nearly 100 attendees heard success and growth […]

Danish visitor interviewed on Scale Up Milwaukee on WUWM

Danish Advisor Explores Scale Up Milwaukee’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem For the month of February, Scale Up Milwaukee hosted an emissary from Denmark. Soren Boutrup spent 26 days living and working as a part of the Scale Up team. Bonnie North from Lake Effect on WUWM interviewed to learn more about his perspective. Here the interview and […]

Danish Visitor arrives to Scale Up Milwaukee

February 8, 2016 Hi Milwaukee, My name is Søren, and I work as a chief consultant on entrepreneurship at the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth. What I do best is international negotiation, fundraising, crisis management and entrepreneurship education – and I am a true believer in the theories on supporting and developing entrepreneurial ecosystems. […]

Scale Up Milwaukee is an effective model for growth

Scale Up Milwaukee Becomes a Model for Helping Established Firms Grow Resources for small companies tend to focus on startups, but businesses that are fully established face their own set of issues as they work to move on to the next phase. Scale Up Milwaukee was created to provide networking opportunities, a unique accelerator program and other […]

Danish Business Authority to visit Scale Up Milwaukee

For the month of February, Scale Up Milwaukee will host an observer from the Danish Business Authority’s Ministry of Business and Growth. Søren Boutrup is a highly regarded administrator and speaker having delivered talks in 13 countries. He has also taught entrepreneurship at The University of Copenhagen and at 25 other schools where he’s been heavily […]

Scale Up Milwaukee is a movement

Scale Up Milwaukee  is more than the programs and events we host. Scale Up Milwaukee is a movement to foster a growth obsessed and enabled region. Our success is predicated on a shift in the entrepreneurial mindset of business owners and the ecosystem stakeholders that  support and encourage growth. This TED talk describes the work […]

Getting the word out

Scale Up Milwaukee is about helping our region’s companies grow. It’s also about ensuring the region’s environment is equipped to embrace and enable growth. In short – to initiate culture change. Getting the word out there about the importance of growth and how to facilitate it is a significant component of the Scale Up initiative. […]

Scalers Revisited- Brilliance Business Solutions

Brilliance Business Solutions Scalerator participant, Brilliance Business Solutions creates intricate e-commerce websites that allow businesses to compete globally. Brilliance advances growing manufacturers and distributors through B2B e-Commerce solutions implemented with AspDotNeStorefront and EPiServer.  By increasing site traffic and improving conversions, Brilliance grows manufacturing and distributing businesses top line numbers. They specialize in optimizating online sales […]

Scalerator Open House dates announced!

The Scale Up Milwaukee team and past Scalerators invite interested entrepreneurs to have questions answered and learn more about the program during open house sessions hosted by WWBIC, Racine County Economic Development Corporation and others. More dates announced soon.      

Scalerator Alum- Vistelar Group receives significant media coverage

Scalerator alum, Vistelar Group have been quite busy lately. Vistelar, a “total conflict prevention and management solutions provider,” is an industry expert on conflict resolution and training. With clients including law enforcement agencies, health care staff, and public transit workers around the country, the Milwaukee-based company has become an authority in training people who operate in […]

A.O. Smith hosts 4th CEO Forum

Ajita Rajendra, CEO of A.O. Smith, hosted our most recent CEO Workshop this past Monday. This was our 4th in a series of facilitated conversations among CEOs who prize entrepreneurship and innovation as a core vehicle for global growth as well as an integral part of Milwaukee’s economic future. We have also used it as […]

The Milwaukee model lauded globally

In the land of growth – Qualeimpresa Maggi-Giugno 2015 A few months ago, a stream of national and international visitors wanted to learn about Scale Up Milwaukee. One of them, Luca Donelli, is the leader of YES for Europe: The European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs. Luca was instrumental in written this article. Even without a translation, […]

#Growth is catching on

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Meet the Masters event with Shel Lubar

Meet the Masters event with Shel Lubar Join Scale Up Milwaukee, in partnership with WWBIC, for an unique opportunity to converse with Sheldon Lubar, founder and chair of Lubar & Co. Hear directly from Mr. Lubar on how he grew dozens of businesses by as much as ten times their original size.  Learn about his Professional Ownership™ model which fosters […]

A Message from Mary

This is not goodbye. I am leaving my role with Scale Up Milwaukee to start my family, but I am not exiting my interest in fostering the entrepreneurship ecosystem. More than ever, I want to grow Milwaukee for the new addition we’re bringing into our family, and I can see the significant progress we’ve already […]

Delegation from Brazil sees Scale Up Milwaukee working

Delegation from Brazil sees Scale Up Milwaukee working Last week, Scale Up Milwaukee received a delegation from Brazil interested in learning more about the Milwaukee model of #ScaleUp. They arrived on Wednesday evening after learning about the Scale Up model from its creator, Dan Isenberg, at the Babson Driving Economic Growth program. For 3 days, […]

Scale Up Milwaukee to host Brazilian delegation from Scale Up Rio

Scale Up Milwaukee to host Brazilian delegation from Scale Up Rio Scale Up Milwaukee will host senior delegates from Scale Up Rio May 14-15. Delegates will have a round-table on growth with representatives from City of Milwaukee, large regional corporations and finance institutions. Additional activities include a growth tour of Milwaukee with City of Milwaukee […]

Why We Do What We Do

Brian Schupper, Greater Milwaukee Committee Director of Policy and Scale Up Milwaukee team member, reflects on the recent events in Baltimore, the similarities to Milwaukee and the role Scale Up Milwaukee might play in addressing the challenges the cities face. This note was initially circulated internally but bears sharing with the Scale Up Milwaukee community. Yesterday […]

105 Milwaukee Leaders hear Scale Up Milwaukee’s $1.4 Billion Economic Engagement Plan

105 Milwaukee Leaders hear Scale Up Milwaukee’s $1.4 Billion Economic Engagement Plan On April 13th, the Scale Up Milwaukee team presented their long-term plan for growth in the region with over 100 Milwaukee leaders convened for one of the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s members’ meetings. Dan Isenberg, thought and practice leader of Scale Up Milwaukee, presented […]

Scale Up Milwaukee hosts Italian president of G20 Young Entreprenuer’s Alliance

Scale Up Milwaukee will host a visitor interested in learning more about the Milwaukee method of scaling up. Luca Donelli, president of both the Italian Delegation and Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs Presidency team, will meet with stakeholders from across the ecosystem to learn how coordination and growth are already changing the Milwaukee region. Luca Donelli Euros – Donelli Group Responsible […]

Scale Up Milwaukee Graduates New Scalerator – 15 Ventures, Average New Growth Exceeds 25%

Scale Up Milwaukee Graduates New Scalerator – 15 Ventures, Average New Growth Exceeds 25% March 20, 2015 Scale Up Milwaukee celebrated regional economic growth with a full-house graduation event of the 15 graduating ventures from the second Scalerator program. The finale featured the graduates from the first Scalerator program, as well as a plethora of […]

Scalerator Finale

Scale Up Milwaukee Scalerator Finale Scale Up Milwaukee hosted the Scalerator Finale on March 20, 2015 featuring the graduating class and a plethora of supporters. We would like to thank each and every person who came out to show their support and all those who’s thoughts were with the graduating class that day. The Scalerator […]

Let’s Scale Up Milwaukee

As published on BizTimes.com December 4, 2014 Let’s Scale Up Milwaukee by Mary Blasberg Scale Up Milwaukee continues to inspire new projects in the U.S. and beyond. Earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced its launch of Scale Up America, an effort to support community efforts fostering entrepreneurial activity and business growth. In September, […]

Scale Up Meets with Revolution Labs

While Vini Onyemah was in Milwaukee for the third Scalerator session, we wanted to see how we could share his knowledge and experience with the wider Milwaukee entrepreneurship ecosystem. We were fortunate enough to have Vetransfer’s Greg Meier help coordinate “office hours” for several teams from the Revolution Labs program. Revolution Labs “is an intensive […]