By of the Journal Sentinel
More than 400 people, including about 100 financiers, attended a launch party for five new companies at Turner Hall Thursday night.
“The quality of this class on an overall basis is probably the best they’ve had,” said Don Layden, operating partner at Baird Venture Partners.
The companies were in the third class run by Gener8tor, a for-profit group formed in 2012 that helps start-ups identify customers and accelerate their growth. Among the crowd were financiers from other parts of the Midwest and California, said Joe Kirgues, a co-founder.
Gener8tor expects the five companies to raise a record amount of funding out of this summer’s program, Kirgues said. For example, catalyze.io, a Milwaukee company that provides resources for developers working on health-related apps, has already raised nearly $500,000 of a larger funding round before going on stage Thursday night, he said.
“Some of these companies are breaking capital and revenue milestone records within the program and we’re excited to see them continue to create jobs going forward,” Kirgues said.