M-WERC to expand programming for engineering-based startups

The Midwest Energy Research Consortium will beef up its WERCBench Labs program with programs and events held year round to foster development of startups in the engineering space.gear

The year-round offerings will include a series of quarterly programs geared toward the advancement of engineering-focused startups and early-stage companies. Programs will familiarize entrepreneurs with Lean Startup Curriculum and will also introduce entrepreneurs to WERCBench Labs. The immersive program gives startups and early-stage companies three months of mentorship and access to resources and equipment to advance their growth.

The new offerings will also include a business model program that will educate entrepreneurs on investment and financing of startups.

Programs and events will circle a theme of restoring Milwaukee as “The Machine Shop of the World,” Greg Meier, co-founder of the Global Entrepreneurship Collective, said in a statement.

M-WERC aims to collaborate with partners, including Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to create programs that promote entrepreneurship and innovation as well as “a culture aligned with advanced manufacturing and building products,” Meier said.

M-WERC will outline its new programming during a Nov. 13 workshop.

As M-WERC announces its new programming, it is also continuing to recruit applicants for the second annual class of startups enrolled in WERCBench Labs. Entrepreneurs can apply in January at www.wercbenchlabs.com.

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