The New North region’s entrepreneurial hub has added another partner to its already impressive line-up of small business development resources. Fox Valley Technical College’s Venture Center, a recognized leader in small business launches and growth strategies, has now partnered with the Wisconsin-based Gener8tor accelerator and Microsoft to launch gBETA in Northeast Wisconsin.
gBETA of Northeast Wisconsin is a Microsoft-supported entrepreneurship effort affiliated with the Wisconsin’s Gener8tor accelerator program. gBETA will provide individualized coaching to 10 regional startup or second stage organizations each year. The Venture Center is a premier training provider supporting the program, which also includes access to Gener8tor’s vast network of corporate partners, mentors, investors, and more.
The initiative is also supported locally by the UW-Oshkosh Business Success Center, the UW-Green Bay Cofrin School of Business, Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation, and WiSys, a UW-System nonprofit organization that supports the use of technology during an invention process. FVTC’s popular Fab Lab is also expected to play a role in early stage prototype applications during the gBeta process.
Gener8tor further assists startups by advancing a product or idea into markets by attracting and growing client bases. A key reason Microsoft and Gener8tor looked to FVTC as the main supporter of the project is due to its track record of launching and growing nearly 400 businesses, in addition to being part of an area that is rich in small business success. The northeast Wisconsin director of the gBETA project is housed at FVTC’s D.J. Bordini Center in Appleton.
Participants of Gener8tor Northeast Wisconsin must have a presence in the New North region to qualify for consideration. The partnership will run twice a year with five companies capping two cohorts each to optimize best practices in the mentor-style experience.
For more information, visit gBeta or call 920-735-5709 to explore becoming a gBeta startup.