The organization was founded by Milwaukee-area professionals Dana Guthrie, Que El-Amin, Tarik Moody, Ed Javier and Maggie Fernandes. The group hopes to support Midwest founders of color by connecting them with venture capitalists. VC MKE aims to grow an equity-focused startup community.
Last year’s event drew 14 different venture capital firms and 20 founders. Fernandes, co-founder of VC MKE, said the inaugural event was “very well received” and the group looks forward to continuing the work started in 2022.