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

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.

Details coming soon.

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. 

Presenters have 4 minutes for their fast pitch presentation and will have up to 2 minutes for Q & A. The top two winners from the contest will receive prize money - $1,000 cash prize for first place, $500 for second place. Hosted by the FVTC Venture Center, the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, UW-Madison Division of Extension, and UW-Oshkosh Small Business Development Center; Sponsored by New North, Inc., New Launch Alliance, and WBD, Inc.

Applications can be submitted starting October 2, 2023 and the deadline to apply is October 27, 2023. Check back for updates and the link to apply.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023
5:00 pm - 8 :00 pm
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Stadium - Fox Den

Join us a 'Pitch Prep Workshop'
November 9, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
D.J. Bordini Center, Appleton

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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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.

September 9, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
D.J. Bordini Center, Appleton

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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).