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.

Save the Date for November 2024!

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Small Business Marketplace

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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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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. 

National Entrepreneurship Week will take place February 10-17, 2024.

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Rise of the Best Pitch Competition

Rise of the Best Pitch Competition gives aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to connect with networking business partners in Wisconsin and compete for a grand prize of $3,000 with their pitches. For those willing to rise to the occasion, the benefits of participating include: business exposure, an opportunity to expand your network, resource fair with local partners and champions, and financial awards for pitch winners.

 Applications will open in February 2024.

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


Email: Venture Center
P: 920-735-2525



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