The Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College partners with many organizations to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners to network, learn and grow. Learn more about these partnerships, view our upcoming events and uncover new ways to elevate your business.

Our Partners

Upcoming Events

Startup Wisconsin Week

This annual, weekly, statewide event takes place in cities across Wisconsin. Join us in communities throughout the New North region, and right here in Appleton, for panel discussions, interactive events, tours, pitch competitions, pop-up shops and events that celebrate entrepreneurs.

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Save the Date for November 2023!

Small Business Marketplace | May 6, 2023

Support your local solo, micro, and small business entrepreneur at the Small Business Marketplace. Find the gifts you need and the new, LOCAL, products you want from the newest startups to the tried-and-true vendors you see during the summer farmers' markets.

Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm | Free Vendor Space! 
Register Here to Be a Vendor 

Fast Pitch

Welcome to the Fast Pitch Event. Fast Pitch is a pitch event in which the winners receive prize money for successfully pitching their idea to the judges. 

Save the date for the next pitch event during Startup Wisconsin Week in November 2023.

Gener8tor Accelerator

Gener8tor Accelerator is accepting applications for people looking for jobs in high-demand roles in their communities or working remotely for companies across the country. 

Graduates build their confidence alongside their technical knowledge in small cohort-based groups where they receive one-on-one support to achieve their goals.

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Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program

The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program pairs emerging businesses (protégés) with established, knowledgeable and committed companies (mentors) to help provide exposure, resources and guidance in order to reach the next level of business growth. 

Mentor and protégé companies are expected to participate in program events and presentations, as well as meet monthly with their paired business during their time in the program. Through these activities, protégé companies can become empowered to pursue their business goals, and mentor companies can take an active role in enhancing the northeastern Wisconsin business community.

The program is currently seeking more mentors and protégés for its next session.

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Mid-Day Women’s Alliance 5th annual Entrepreneur Grant Program

To help support women entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Appleton area, Mid-Day Women’s Alliance (MDWA) in collaboration with CAP Services Inc., is hosting the 5th Annual Fox Cities Women’s Entrepreneurship Grant Program (FCWEGP).

This program, through a competitive application process, will provide one local female business owner with a $2000 grant and over $2500 in business coaching services and networking opportunities each year. 

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National Entrepreneurship Week

National Entrepreneurship Week is a congressionally chartered week dedicated to empowering entrepreneurship across the United States. The annual initiative was relaunched in 2017 at National Entrepreneurship Week to bring together a network of partners from Maui to Miami to educate, engage, and build equitable access to America's Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. Read the relaunch story below. 

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Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest

The 20th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2023 competition until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2023. The Wisconsin Technology Council produces the contest to encourage entrepreneurs statewide in the startup stages of tech-based businesses. It links up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice and mentoring, management talent and possible sources of capital.

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Fox Valley Technical College
5 Systems Drive
P.O. Box 2277
Appleton, WI 54912-2277

Email: Venture Center
P: 920-996-2949


The Venture Center and FVTC are members of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).