Find My Spot helps renters find apartments

Heather Johnston is all too familiar with the difficulties that come with finding a place to live.

Shes relocated three times in the last five years, and 10 times in the past 11 years.

Johnston thought it would be great if some of the hassle was removed from the moving experience. She decided to take on the idea herself a year after earning her MBA from the University of Chicago. In March, she started Find My Spot, a technology-based relocation service.

Milwaukee-based Find My Spot uses a proprietary algorithm that analyzes a renters apartment preferences. Renters are then instantly matched with apartments based on compatibility.

“Its like a for renters,” Johnston said.

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How Scale Up Milwaukee accelerator could impact small businesses

Scale Up Milwaukee will hold a pilot program this fall to help small companies ramp up sales, but how much of an impact might it have?

The two-month program is part of the Scale Up Milwaukee initiative led by Dan Isenberg, entrepreneurship professor at Babson College in Massachusetts. Scale Up Milwaukee is working with a broad coalition to develop a blueprint for the city to increase the formation of startups and grow existing ventures.

Milwaukee and Colombia are obviously thousands of miles apart and have different business climates, but preliminary results from a similar sales accelerator program organized by Isenberg and colleagues in Manizales, Colombia, at least gives a flavor of how Milwaukee’s “scalerator” program could help local companies.

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Emergent Labs launches seed accelerator for interactive gaming and media entrepreneurs

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 1, 2013 – Emergent Labs, a simulation, interactive media and gaming accelerator located in Milwaukee, is mentoring five entrepreneurs pursuing ventures in this industry, with the support of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

Digital Iris, Milwaukee; MetaMorphic Games, Milwaukee; Wayman Apps, Milwaukee; Draiochta Labs, Fond du Lac; and Galactavision, Madison, are participating in the 12-week accelerator program, tapping into Emergent Labs‘ network of mentors and advisors that will provide strategic advice and guidance. The startups are working in space that is also occupied by Wisconsin Super Angel Fund, the VictorySpark and Revolution Labs seed accelerators and a variety of early-stage startups that are part of the collaborative entrepreneurial community.

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Creative Alliance to move to 3rd Ward

Creative Alliance Milwaukee will move its headquarters to the 3rd Ward’s Marshall Building on Friday, the organization said Wednesday.

The group, a nonprofit economic advocacy organization for Milwaukee’s creative sector, has been housed in the offices of Visit Milwaukee It will share space on the Marshall Building’s sixth floor with Propeller, a Milwaukee-based marketing firm.

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Mobile Development Education in Milwaukee

There’s a huge shift in computing under way.  In 2013, statistical trends show that worldwide shipments of tablets will out pace that of PCs.  That’s just tablets.  In 2010, shipments of smart phones blew past PCs at record pace and never looked back.  This adoption of mobile devices is the most rapid shift in computing the world has ever seen.  Just over 6 years ago, Apple released the iPhone and set off the spark that ignited the mobile revolution.  Ready or not, mobile is here in force.

As a leader of the Mobile Team at Centare, I have the opportunity to work with clients both here in Milwaukee and across the country on mobile strategy and mobile app development.  We have built a team of world class mobile app developers that assists clients of varied sizes in a wide range of industries.  Our ability to deliver for clients depends on our constant learning of new platforms, technologies, approaches and skill sets.  Our team embraces and thrives on the fast pace environment that mobile provides.

via Mobile Development Education in Milwaukee | Centare.

Milwaukees Global Water Center tenants settling in

Tenants began moving into the Global Water Center in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood July 18, and virtually all the signed tenants are expected to be settled in by the end of August, said Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council.

The center is spearheaded by The Water Council and meant as an incubator for water technology startups, who get to collaborate with more established manufacturers, education institutions and business groups opening satellite offices in the building. It’s located at 247 Freshwater Way, formerly 223 W. Pittsburgh Ave.

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Milwaukee’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs – Meet Dennis Taylor III | Revolution Labs

Dennis Taylor III is a BusinessBoy bound for greatness. At the age of 11, he has already broken down barriers by becoming the youngest Global Accelerator Networks (GAN) founder in the world!

When asked how he felt after receiving the news of his historic accomplishment Dennis had this to say, “I am so proud. It’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. First I’m the youngest founder to participate in Revolution Labs AND I’m the youngest GAN founder in the world? AWESOME! There’s pretty much nothing that can compete with that.”

He went on to explain why he feels it’s important for young boys like him to be involved in entrepreneurial endeavors.  “He (Pres. Obama) said that he wants us to have the same opportunity as others and not to be judged by the color of our skin,” said Dennis.

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New bill will bring more transparency to WEDC

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today signed a bill designed to bring more transparency and accountability to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

Assembly Bill 179 requires the WEDC’s board members and employees to notify its legal counsel if they have a direct or indirect financial interest in a contract being negotiated, bid for or entered into with the WEDC.

“This legislation provides clear direction to board members and employees alike and adds increased transparency and accountability for the WEDC,” Walker said.  “I thank Representative Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) and Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) for their leadership on this bipartisan, good government bill.”

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Milwaukee seeks to create entrepreneurship ecosystem

Phase One of the entrepreneurship project Scale Up Milwaukee is now underway. The multi-year project is a new initiative commissioned by American Express OPEN, a division of the company that focuses on entrepreneurs, and it has begun its efforts to create an “entrepreneurship ecosystem” in Milwaukee.

Scale Up Milwaukee convening partners announce the project at a March 28 press conference at UWM’s Zilber School of Public Health.

The project is based on a model developed by Daniel Isenberg, founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Projects at Babson College in Wellesly, Mass., and author of the new book, “Worthless, Impossible and Stupid,” published by Harvard Business Review Press. Both the book and the entrepreneurship project focus on “extraordinary value creation and capture.”

“One of the principles underlying Scale Up Milwaukee is to rebalance the emphasis of entrepreneurship so that it’s not just about startups, but it’s also about companies that exist, a certain small percentage of which have the potential or the desire to grow dramatically. We call these, ‘Scale Ups,'” Isenberg said. “This is not about small business. This is about big businesses that happen to be small right now. This is about growth, not about size

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Startup Milwaukeean of the Week: McGee Young

McGee Young is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University. His company, MPSP, LLC, markets H2Oscore, a water conservation program for cities that uses online water use dashboards and a rewards program to motivate residents to conserve. H2Oscore dashboards are currently being used in four cities in Wisconsin—Whitewater, Milwaukee, Grafton and Waukesha.

via Startup Milwaukee.