Scale Up Milwaukee

An Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project


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 an opportunity to interface with Scalerator companies and forge some very interesting conversations and work...

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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, a simple perusal of the article will give you a sense of the impression Scale Up...

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Shel Lubar spoke about growing big businesses in the Midwest for more than 50 years. In an intimate setting. Mr. Lubar described the principles that have guided him and his company in achieving sustained growth. Introduced by Park Bank CEO David Werner and moderated by Dan Isenberg, the talk attracted leaders from many business sectors. Watch the video below or go here....

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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 collaboration with talented management to employ six key principles. Mr. Lubar...

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Mayor’s Growth Tour continued with a visit to Fyxation, a Milwaukee-based seller and manufacturer of bicycles, parts, and leather accessories. Nationally renowned for unique styling and engineering, Fyxation recently expanded into their first retail shop in the Riverwest neighborhood. The mayor was excited to see the innovation they are bringing to their industry and the community they are creating with their new...

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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 made.  The stars aligned to bring me to Scale Up Milwaukee last fall. The goal was to jumpstart growth in the region so I...

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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, leaders from 10 countries learned about the power of ecosystem growth and witnessed...

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Wisconsin has emerged as No. 2 in the United States in its “mid-market” business sector in the inaugural Dun & Bradstreet/American Express Power Index survey of 19 million American businesses released last month, outshining entrepreneurial superstars New York, California and Texas. This may be particularly surprising in light of past reports that Wisconsin fares poorly among such measures as number of startups and access to...

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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 officials and visits with Scalerator participants. The delegation includes...

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