On Friday, October 18, American Express OPEN – as part of Scale Up Milwaukee – will host a free Corporate Venture Forum to convene national and local leaders in an interactive dialogue on strategic cooperation between corporate partners and entrepreneurial ventures at different stages – a critical element of an entrepreneurship ecosystem. The forum will provide insight and opportunities to local entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses as well as to regional leaders looking to partner with entrepreneurs for mutual gain.
The event will feature panel discussions moderated by Isenberg and workshops that will delve into how entrepreneurs and innovators from all size companies can partner to build a mutual benefitting relationship. Confirmed speakers include:
· Harshul Sanghi – Managing Partner, American Express Ventures
· Kolawole Otitoju – Managing Director, Business Development, GE Healthcare
· Eric Apse – Partner, IBM Venture Capital Group
· John Hoesley – Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
· Doña Storey – Advisor on Procurement, American Express OPEN
Earlier this year, the Greater Milwaukee Committee along with Governor Scott Walker and Mayor Tom Barrett launched Scale Up Milwaukee, a multi-stakeholder effort to catalyze entrepreneurial growth in the Milwaukee-area by helping entrepreneurs scale their business ventures using proven methodology by entrepreneurship expert Daniel Isenberg. Scale Up Milwaukee is commissioned by American Express OPEN as part of a national initiative, OPEN for Enterprise: Coalitions for High-Growth Entrepreneurship – designed to help U.S. cities with strong but untapped growth potential, such as Milwaukee, connect a diverse group of stakeholders to stimulate, support and “scale up” new and existing entrepreneurial ventures.
Registration information is available here: https://events.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e869vwms3dd6b858&oseq=&c=&ch=
Audience will include:
· startups working on new products
· post–revenue scale ups figuring out how to grow
· larger corporations expanding into new markets
· regional leaders opening up their supply pipelines