VC MKE is returning this year for its second in-person event, to be held in conjunction with Summerfest Tech, from June 28 through June 29.

The organization was founded by Milwaukee-area professionals Dana GuthrieQue El-AminTarik MoodyEd 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.

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