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Scalerator Almnni ringing the "Growth" bell at Milwaukee City Hall.

Scalerator Alumni ringing the “Growth” bell at Milwaukee City Hall.

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Welcome to Scale Up Milwaukee’s Scalerator application! As you know by now, Scale Up Milwaukee is a region-wide project helping entrepreneurs infuse their ventures with growth which also helps the ecosystem “stakeholders” (educators, government, banks, equity investors, public institutions, corporations, local and national media) learn how to encourage and support that growth. Past Scalerator participants in Scale Up Milwaukee have reported a median 25% additional growth which they directly attribute to the practical skills and lessons learned from the Scalerator program

We are pleased to open up the application process for Scalerator  4 program. The Scalerator is an intense 6-month training program for business owners and key team members who are active managers and who are also extremely motivated to grow their businesses. The Scalerator will start in October 2016 and conclude in March 2017.  A core of the best faculty from Babson College (ranked for 20 years above Harvard, Stanford and others as #1 in entrepreneurship education) and other experts (local and international) will conduct hands-on, and practical workshop sessions to help business entrepreneurs kick off and sustain a more rapid growth trajectory.  Additionally, the program works with investors, banks, professional services firms, universities, and public sector stakeholders to support growth.

“…23% sales increase from existing customers, due to Scalerator…”

“I rave about the Scalerator…helped us hire some of our best employees over the last 6 months”

The Scalerator will help you grow your business – the seven workshops, exercises, and mentoring will have an immediate and direct impact on your top and bottom line growth. Scalerator works well for those entrepreneurs who have a powerfully strong ambition to grow and are open to learning new ways to do that. Scalerator cohorts are capped at 20 participating companies.

We invite companies who meet these criteria to apply to Scalerator 4.

Applicant Criteria

  • Serious ambition to grow
  • Annual revenues exceeding $1 million
  • Headquartered in Wisconsin (remote offices, franchises, and business units are not eligible)
  • Owner-operated
  • Product or service that is exportable outside of the region

Important things to note BEFORE completing the application:


  1. All private information about your company, with the exception of its name, will be kept confidential. We will survey participants periodically both during and after the program to monitor your growth.
  2. There is no fee for participation in the Scalerator. Admitted companies are required to join Scale Up Milwaukee as members.  Additionally, companies participating in the Scalerator will pay for their own incidentals (meals, travel, etc.). The meetings will all take place in the Milwaukee area (the location is being arranged but likely to be at one of the UWM buildings). In return, if you are satisfied, we will help you find additional ways to help Scale Up Milwaukee help businesses like yours to grow, as well as spread the word about Scale Up and the Scalerator.
  3. Participants are expected to attend all of the sessions and fulfill the interim homework assignments.

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