Startup Wisconsin Week returns Nov. 11-17, featuring more than 170 events and discussions that aim to provide training, skills and development opportunities for entrepreneurs throughout the state.

This year, Oshkosh and Two Rivers join the returning communities—Appleton, Beloit, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee and Sheboygan—in hosting events. Sessions cover a wide range of topics, with tracks focused on design, diversity, education and training, finance and funding, food and agriculture, and health technology.

The mission of Startup Wisconsin and Startup Wisconsin Week is threefold: to help entrepreneurs discover resources in their communities, to highlight the importance of startups to Wisconsin’s economy and to showcase innovations developed by startups all around the state.

“Startup Wisconsin Week provides a platform for entrepreneurs and the key stakeholders to come together to learn, connect and drive meaningful and powerful change and transformation in the community,” says Ed Javier, entrepreneurship director at WEDC and a former organizer of the event. “Innovation and technology are vital to growing Wisconsin’s economy and creating new jobs. The programming occurring during Startup Wisconsin Week this year will continue to develop and strengthen the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem and move the Wisconsin economy forward.”

The week’s statewide sponsors are Advocate Aurora Health, Answerport Consulting, Husch Blackwell, Northwestern Mutual, Royal Credit Union, Headway, WEDC and Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

The majority of Startup Wisconsin Week events are free to attend, though reservations may be required. To learn more and find events in your area, visit