Emerging Industries | Startups
TitletownTech | Green Bay
Craig Dickman leads TitletownTech, an innovation fund formed out of a partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft that builds and funds early-stage high-growth startups. Through its first fund, TitletownTech has invested in 23 startups, three of which have relocated to Wisconsin. It aims to raise $80 million for its second fund. Prior to becoming managing director of TitletownTech, Dickman was chief executive of De Pere-based Paper Transport Inc. and Green Bay-based Breakthrough Fuel, which he founded in 2004, and served as vice president at Green Bay-based Schneider National. He also co-founded the De Pere-based venture capital and accelerator firm N.E.W. Venture Foundry in 2015. Dickman is chairman and owner of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, an owner of the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders and a director on the Packers’ board.
Education: Bachelor’s, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; MBA, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
First job: “My first job was in retail – as an ice-cream scooper – at 14. I learned to work with a wide range of people and the value of showing up on time.”
Favorite destinations: “Key West, Florida, and several places across Alaska. Obviously, for very different reasons.”
Fun fact: “I spent about three years working as a contractor in the space industry and was able to watch a rocket launch live on a lunar mission; see the first images coming down in real time from the first Mars rover, Sojourner; and see the first images of the asteroid Mathilde while a spacecraft flew by the asteroid.”