TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Funded): This week in MKE startup success 

It’s Friday, finally! Time to catch up on some of the good things happening in our great city’s startup and entrepreneurship scene. Below is a list of click-worthy articles that will end your week with a smile. If you have some startup ecosystem good news to share, please send it to info@MKEStartup.News 

This week in Midwest Funding Midwest Funding Report: Madison’s Fetch Raises $240M – Mug.News

Milwaukee innovators connect funders and founders Wisconsin Inno – Startup community leaders organize Milwaukee event to connect national VCs with founders of color (bizjournals.com)

Welcome to the Third Ward, SoftwareONE SoftwareONE to move U.S. HQ from Waukesha County to Milwaukee’s Third Ward (biztimes.com)

Welcome to the Third Ward, Novir! Wisconsin Inno – Covid-19 startup Novir opens new office in Milwaukee’s Third Ward: Slideshow (bizjournals.com)

Buy American mandate, a boon for WI manufacturers? Buy American mandate could boost US steelmaking but delay construction (jsonline.com)

Opportunities

Calling all budding student entrepreneurs Wisconsin YES! (Youth Entrepreneurs in Science) | A statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Summerfest Tech Pitch Competition 2022 is now accepting application Summerfest Tech Pitch Competition 2022

The Creative Destruction Lab Course offers mentoring, high-potential ventures and investment decisions exposure.

Applications are open for SPARC 7, an amazing opportunity for black, Hispanic and women owned companies. SPARC is a 10-week, cohort based, virtual training for businesses with revenues under $1 million. Click here to learn more about the program.

Milwaukee-centric Clicks

Time to get your pinball wrist ready for action! Midwest Gaming Classic returns to Milwaukee this weekend (onmilwaukee.com)

All hail the king! Downtown Gets Three-Story Giannis Mural » Urban Milwaukee It was the side of curds, right? Culver’s Wins Best Fast Food Cheeseburger (milwaukeemag.com)

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