About Us

MKEStartup.News is a media outlet devoted to highlighting the entrepreneurial funders and founders who are driving growth and innovation in the Milwaukee Region’s startup ecosystem. The site hopes to introduce startup entrepreneurism to a new audience by providing a space for members of the startup ecosystem to share their stories.

This site is part of an initiative launched by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and members of the Milwaukee startup community, who have joined together to promote the Milwaukee Region as a destination for even more startup founders and funders to achieve success.

If you have a story idea for MKEStartup.News, please send it to info@MKEStartup.News

What is a startup business?

All businesses are important to the Milwaukee economy. From large manufacturers to the corner store, each business plays a vital role in our city. This initiative focuses exclusively on startup businesses. These businesses are typically, but not exclusively, technology-based, and create something innovative that is not yet offered in the market. This unique product or service is typically designed to be scaled beyond a single location or geographic region.

Are small businesses excluded from this initiative?

Absolutely not! While vital small businesses, like restaurants, retail spaces, or consulting firms are not the focus of this initiative, all small business owners or prospective owners are encouraged to use our resource directory to find services that match the needs of their companies, view news about this unique segment of the Milwaukee economy and attend any of the public events hosted by the program.

Meet your Startup Storyteller

Anna Lardinois earned a BA in English from Alverno College and an ME in Instructional Technologies from Cardinal Stritch University. She has written eight books on regional history and lore, including the popular titles Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes and Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends. Her freelance work has appeared in local and national publications, including Milwaukee Magazine and Bowlers Journal International. Lardinois served as the 11th Pfister Narrator in 2018. During the yearlong residency, she wrote about the guest and history of the landmark hotel.