Coby Skonord, founder of the Milwaukee-based tech startup Ideawake, is a believer in the apprenticeship model of learning — training through direct action rather than abstract instruction.

Which is why, as a participant in Milwaukee Startup Week, he decided to get representatives from established local companies like Aurora Health Care, Rundle-Spence Co. and Vector Technologies to physically sit down and meet with entrepreneurs during an event he hosted called “Startup Co-lab.”

“I was trying to think of something different to do that could start to make connections on a more personal level,” Skonord said.

Milwaukee Startup week, a series of networking events and seminars organized by the nonprofit organization Startup Milwaukee, was held Nov. 1 through Nov. 6 at different locations around the city. Each event was hosted by a different organization in the startup community. The goal: bring together different groups of entrepreneurs and investors that have been building businesses in isolation from one another to exchange ideas.

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