With the mission to improve education, revitalize neighborhoods and be a catalyst for business growth in Milwaukee, Cream City Venture Capital is investing in making the city a more vibrant hub for 21st-century business.

Q: Tell us about Northwestern Mutual Cream City Venture Capital.

A: Cream City Venture Capital is a $5 million early-stage fund focused on investing in the most promising startups based in the greater Milwaukee area.  We invest early, frequently participating in the first round of capital raised by a company and working with other local venture capital (VC) and angel groups. Our initial investment size is generally between $100,000 and $250,000.

Q: What programs and services does Cream City Venture Capital offer?

A: Cream City Venture Capital offers access to co-working space in Northwestern Mutual’s Cream City Labs co-working space. We also offer access to subject matter experts across Northwestern Mutual and introductions to VCs nationwide. 

Q: Who can apply?

A: We focus exclusively on companies based or with the majority of key roles based in the greater Milwaukee area.

Q: How does Cream City Venture Capital benefit the overall business climate of the state?

A: We are focused on investing in and working to create the next generation of great technology-based businesses in Milwaukee.

Q: Why is Wisconsin an ideal location to start a business?

A: Milwaukee is developing a great startup ecosystem where early-stage companies can receive a lot of support and guidance as they scale.

 Q: What is the best way to learn more about Cream City Venture Capital?

A: Please visit our website at www.creamcityvc.com