Eight organizations working to support entrepreneurs have been awarded more than $1.1 million in the first round of Entrepreneurship Partner Grants from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

“These organizations provide the training and resources that allow innovators all across Wisconsin to launch their own businesses and thrive,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development agency. “Good ideas can come from anywhere so we have to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to turn their ideas into a business.”

Created in 2021, Entrepreneurship Partner Grants are designed for organizations working to provide training, financing, mentorship, technical support and more to entrepreneurs and perspective entrepreneurs – especially those who historically have not had equal access to capital and resources, including women, people of color, the LGBTQ community and rural residents.

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