In September at the National Governors Association meeting, a 12-point action plan was launched to focus on growing state economies. Eight of the 12 action steps related to building and expanding an entrepreneurial culture. Why? Because startup firms that develop organically have a major, long-term impact on strengthening the overall state economy, specifically in creating new jobs.
Wisconsin already fosters entrepreneurship in numerous ways, like addressing the need for early stage capital investment, expanding startup resources, and supporting the innovation and commercialization of research coming from our world-class universities. But, it’s the grassroots networks and entrepreneurial spirit that will drive startup growth.
Wisconsin has a sub-culture of creativity and entrepreneurism that may be surprising. Inventors, educators, and entrepreneurs are leading the charge around the state — from Madison to Milwaukee and from Eau Claire to the Fox Valley. Here are just a few examples: