TitletownTech today introduced several major new limited partners in the TitletownTech Venture Fund, bringing the fund total to $25 million. The announcement was made at TitletownTech's grand opening celebration.
Joining the initiative are AmeriLux International, Baird, Cornerstone Foundation of Northeastern Wisconsin, Dickman Ventures, Green Bay Packaging, N.E.W. Venture Foundry, Plexus, Schreiber, Schneider, Sartori Cheese, The Village Companies and Weyers Investments.
"We're very excited to have these excellent Wisconsin-based institutions join us in the TitletownTech Venture Fund," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "Greater Green Bay businesses and institutions have a rich tradition of supporting the local community. This special sense of community continues today through exciting initiatives like TitletownTech."
The new limited partners join the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft, the co-founders of TitletownTech, as well as other previously announced limited partners, Delaware North, New York Mets and Sterling Project Development.
"The Fox River Valley is steeped in a history of innovation and entrepreneurialism – a spirt you see alive today at TitletownTech," said Microsoft President Brad Smith. "This unique and exciting partnership is helping new and existing businesses accelerate a wave of Wisconsin-born innovation, providing a new model of economic development for other parts of the country."
The TitletownTech Venture Fund, with local and national investors, will support investment in high-growth startups aligned with industries in Northeastern Wisconsin that will bring opportunity to the region.
TitletownTech introduced several major new limited partners at the grand opening on Friday. The additional limited partners bring the fund total to $25 million.
Formed out of a partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft, TitletownTech builds, enables and invests in early-stage and existing businesses. The organization identifies solutions, develops startups, and funds entrepreneurs across five key verticals: sports, media and entertainment; digital health; agriculture, water & environment; advanced manufacturing; and supply chain technology. Through a three-part structure, TitletownTech enables innovation, exploration, and disruption to address industry challenges. The Innovation Lab identifies and explores digital, transformative solutions. The Venture Studio develops creative market solutions with new and existing startups. The Venture Fund invests in high-growth scalable ventures that leverage the region's strengths. www.titletowntech.com.
TitletownTech Limited Partners:
Originally called American Louver, AmeriLux International was formed in May 2004 and moved from Appleton, WI into a new 20,000 square feet facility located in the East De Pere Industrial Park just south of Green Bay, Wis. Since then, AmeriLux International has been committed to providing the horticultural, architectural, building, and construction communities with superior products and service and on educating the U.S. market on the features and benefits of polycarbonate daylighting. www.ameriluxinternational.com
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, asset management, investment banking/capital markets, and private equity firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Baird has approximately 4,500 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients and $285 billion in client assets as of June 30, 2019. Committed to being a great workplace, Baird ranked No. 16 on FORTUNE's 2019 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Baird is the marketing name of Baird Financial Group. Baird's principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird's investment banking and private equity operations. www.rwbaird.com
Established in the mid-1950s, Cornerstone Foundation is an independent, private foundation making grants in Northeastern Wisconsin. They support nonprofit organizations that have an emphasis on education, social services, cultural programs and youth agencies.
Dickman Ventures is a family-based venture capital firm located in Green Bay, Wis., and Virginia Beach, Va. The firm invests in early-stage companies with exceptional entrepreneurs who are creating new value in meaningful markets.
Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a privately owned, vertically integrated company consisting of corrugated container plants, folding cartons, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label rollstock, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. operates 32 facilities in 14 states each with a dedication to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability, and continuous improvement. www.gbp.com
Based in Green Bay, Wis., NEW Venture Foundry fuels early stage ventures with capital and mentorship to advance the next generation of entrepreneurs. www.newventurefoundry.com
Since 1979, Plexus has been partnering with companies to create the products that build a better world. We are a team of over 19,000 individuals who are dedicated to providing global Design and Development, Supply Chain Solutions, New Product Introduction, Manufacturing, and Aftermarket Services. Plexus is a global leader that specializes in serving customers in industries with highly complex products and demanding regulatory environments. Plexus delivers customer service excellence to leading global companies by providing innovative, comprehensive solutions throughout the product's lifecycle. www.plexus.com
Schreiber Foods provides food to people around the world. Based in North America, it specializes in customer-brand dairy – including cream cheese, natural cheese, process cheese and yogurt. With annual sales of more than $5 billion, Schreiber is one of the largest dairy companies in the world. Its more than 7,000 employees and presence on four continents enable this dairy-industry leader to partner with leading retailers, restaurants, distributors and food manufacturers everywhere. www.schreiberfoods.com
Schneider is a premier provider of transportation and logistics services. Offering one of the broadest portfolios in the industry, Schneider's solutions include Regional and Long-Haul Truckload, Expedited, Dedicated, Bulk, Intermodal, Brokerage, Warehousing, Supply Chain Management and Port Logistics. With $5 billion annual revenue, Schneider has been delivering superior customer experiences and safely getting it done for over 80 years. www.schneider.com
Sartori, a fourth-generation family owned company, has proudly produced award-winning, artisan cheese for customers worldwide since 1939. Rooted in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Sartori's emphasis on a high-quality and handcrafted approach to cheesemaking is a timeless family tradition. www.sartoricheese.com
Based in Pulaski, Wis., The Village Companies are a family of businesses whose people and shareholders are obsessed with a belief that by acting together they can and will achieve great things. It consists of 14 operating businesses with 430 teammates operating out of 250,000 square feet of production space.
Weyers Investments is a family-owned investment fund based in Green Bay, Wis., that provides equity financing and managerial support to small and mid-sized companies based primarily in Northeast Wisconsin.