Magical Upside Down Triangle

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We have been using the Lean Launchpad curriculum (“LLP”) in our accelerator for the past two years. With each new class, we find ourselves slimming down the academic nature of the LLP. We tried teaching the entire 16-week curriculum in 12-weeks, switched to the flipped-classroom, and this summer we evolved the process again. Most of […]


Victory Spark Summer 2014

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We are honored to introduce our Victory Spark Summer 2014 Class.  Their potential is tremendous – with ideas ranging from medical cloud services to innovative hydroponic systems. We will keep you posted on their progress this summer. Thank you for your support! MainStreetCrowd.com Industry: Software The Main Street Crowd platform provides organizations everywhere with free websites […]


Happy 3rd Birthday, Vetransfer!

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Three years ago today, we started a venture that would begin to shape the foundation of 21st Century Entrepreneurship throughout Wisconsin. Specifically, two programs kicked off. The first, 94 Labs, was founded by two Milwaukee entrepreneurs and a recent law school graduate in an effort to increase startups founded by college students and recent graduates. […]


The Big Meeting (Part 5 of the UK Trip)

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On Thursday, our host (the Department for Work and Pensions – DWP) gathered over 30 representatives from different groups working in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation. This amazing group was joined by Lord Young, Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, and Minister Esther McVey. We met at DWP’s main office near Westminster Abbey. Let’s […]


Our Visit to the White House

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At the invitation of the White House, we attended the “Veteran Entrepreneurship Workshop” on February 24.  We were joined by two of our Victory Spark startups,  Emil Harmsen – Pysberfire and Juan Gomez – 425, Inc. The event was held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Todd Park, Assistant to the President and U.S. Chief Technology Officer, […]


LYST and X-Forces (Part 4 of the UK Trip)

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On day three, we would meet two of our twins from across the pond: LYST, which works in impoverished areas around the U.K., and X-Forces, which helps U.K. military Veterans start businesses. We began day three with a trip to Tottenham in the London Borough of Haringey. We visited the LYST center in Tottenham – […]


Bristol (Part 3 of the UK Trip)

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On day two, we travelled to Bristol. Our trip began with a walk from our hotel in Kensington Square to Paddington Station. Our first order of business at the train station was coffee! We found a Starbucks and fueled up. Tom and Mark joined us for the journey, which took us past the beautiful city […]


Wayra and UnLtd. (Post 2 from the UK Trip)

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On the first afternoon of our trip, we visited Wayra and UnLtd. Our host from Wayra was Charmaine Eggberry, who is the Director of Wayra U.K., along with several members of her team. We were also joined by Tom Fox and Esther Foreman from UnLtd. Telefonica is the founder and primary funder of Wayra. It began in […]


GEC Visits the UK at the invitation of the UK Government

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This past September, Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State and Member of Parliamet for the United Kingdom, was traveling across the U.S. to learn about programs that could be of interest to his Department for Work and Pensions (similar to our Department of Labor). On September 19, he and his team stopped by to learn […]


UW-Milwaukee Kicks Off 2nd Lean LaunchPad Course

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Today, we kick off our second Lean LaunchPad (LLP) class at UW-Milwaukee, under the School of Information Studies, with 12 undergraduates from various schools across the University, one student visiting from the University of Toledo (winner of Startup Weekend in Toledo, OH), and two members of the Milwaukee community, one of which is Sproutr, who won Startup […]