Northeast Wisconsin already is known for its strength in the manufacturing and food processing sectors, but momentum is building behind another area: innovation and entrepreneurship.

TitletownTech, a partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft, is slated to open in the next few months and will serve as a creative center that develops digital solutions to market challenges. It also will include an innovation lab and venture studio and fund.

Craig Dickman, founder and chairman of Breakthrough and StageThree and co-founder of the N.E.W. Venture Foundry, is serving as the organization’s managing director. Jill Enos of StageThree and the N.E.W. Venture Fund will be director of the venture studio, and Peter Romenesko of StageThree and Breakthrough is director of the innovation lab.

Microsoft will play a key role in the leadership team, with a team member serving as technologist in residence at TitletownTech, a position that will bring expertise from the global technology leader. In addition, Microsoft will base its TechSpark manager, Michelle Schuler, as well as its TEALS program employees at the facility.

“Managing director of TitletownTech Craig Dickman and his team have been ramping up for the official launch and opening of the TitletownTech building. They’ve had some great contacts with interested parties, and we’re excited to see it get started,” Aaron Popkey, director of public affairs for the Green Bay Packers, said in a statement. “The building itself is in final stages of completion. Opening date is yet to be determined, but it’s expected to be open and fully operational in the next few months.”

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