Cul­ti­vat­ing an in­clu­sive com­mu­nity

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A di­ver­sity track was added to the lineup this year. The track in­cludes nine events fo­cused on ex­pand­ing Mil­wau­kee’s tech­nol­ogy and en­trepreneur­ship com­mu­ni­ties. Startup Mil­wau­kee part­nered with Jet Con­stel­la­tions, a com­mu­nity hub for startup and STEM re­sources founded by Nadiyah John­son, to cre­ate the track.

The founder of Mala­maDoe, an en­tre­pre­neur­ial com­mu­nity for women, will talk about the women busi­ness life cy­cle at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Shore­wood co-work­ing space. Sheila Long cre­ated the women busi­ness life cy­cle af­ter in­ter­view­ing more than 40 women in busi­ness about their ex­pe­ri­ences.

En­trepreneur­s will es­tab­lish com-

pany val­ues and goals for cul­ture at an in­ter­ac­tive work­shop hosted by Thrive. The lead­ers will ad­dress com­mon cul­tural con­cerns and iden­tify strate­gies to in­crease self-aware­ness at 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Tech­nol­ogy In­no­va­tion Cen­ter.

Jet Con­stel­la­tions will lead a di­a­logue about di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion in tech­nol­ogy at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at 88Nine Ra­dio Mil­wau­kee. Strate­gies to en­cour­age cen­tral city en­trepreneur­s to build tech­nol­ogy-based star­tups will be dis­cussed at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at Ward 4.

Mak­ing con­nec­tions

It’s all about who you know. Startup Mil­wau­kee Week will present op­por­tu­ni­ties to mix and min­gle with en­trepreneur­s, in­vestors and oth­ers.

Speed­net­work at Cen­tral Stan­dard Craft Dis­tillery will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 7. The hosts will mix up at­ten­dees into small groups and pro­vide con­ver­sa­tion starters to help at­ten­dees ex­pand their con­tacts and make mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions.

A happy hour will end the week at The Firm Con­sult­ing start­ing at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Event pro­duc­tions com­pany Rugged Races LLC’s new part­ner­ship that will have stu­dents from Mar­quette Univer­sity or­ches­trat­ing the 2019 Mil­wau­kee Marathon will be dis­cussed.

Con­nec­tions also will be formed be­tween en­trepreneur­s and re­sources in the re­gion to sup­port grow­ing busi­nesses. One ses­sion will share how to tap into $2.5 bil­lion avail­able for re­search and de­vel­op­ment from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment at 8 a.m. Nov. 6 at The Water Coun­cil.

For the techies

As Mil­wau­kee lead­ers con­tinue to talk about mak­ing the city a hub for tech­nol­ogy, Startup Week has events fo­cus­ing on new and emerg­ing ideas.

Two fu­tur­is­tic sound­ing top­ics — smart cities and the in­ter­net of things — will be dis­cussed at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at PKWARE Inc. Sa­muel Aten, the CEO of Deep­light Sys­tems, and Christo­pher Fo­ley, pres­i­dent and founder of P4 In­fra­struc­ture, will talk about what’s to ar­rive in the com­ing years and what role dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers will have.

How the pay­ment ecosys­tem is rapidly chang­ing will be ad­dressed at AI in Fi­nance on at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at The Box. David Temme, a se­nior vice pres­i­dent at PNC Bank, will lead the ses­sion about fi­nan­cial tech­nol­ogy.

Learn how tech­nol­ogy is chang­ing the mu­sic in­dus­try from the lead­ers who formed the new Capi­tol Records In­no­va­tion Cen­ter and Gen­er8­tor’s Mu­sic Tech Ac­cel­er­a­tor at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

Sarah Hauer can be reached at [email protected]­nalsen­tinel.com or on In­sta­gram @HauerSarah and Twit­ter @SarahHauer.

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