Ten South Korean tech startups will be coming to Milwaukee this fall for training and mentorship at the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium.
Under an agreement signed in Seoul on Thursday between M-WERC and the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, representatives of these companies will travel to Milwaukee in October to participate in the new Technology Acceleration and Globalization Program. All the companies aim to establish operations in the United States.
The agreement was signed during Gov. Scott Walker’s Asian trade mission, which brought WEDC representatives and 13 executives from Wisconsin companies last week to Japan and South Korea. Walker says the new accelerator will “pave the way for future collaborations that could lead to international partnerships and new investment in Wisconsin.”
“This is a great new partnership that will help provide this group of South Korean entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge they need to be successful in expanding in the United States,” Walker said.
Those entrepreneurs will spend four weeks at the Energy Innovation Center, working together with participants in M-WERC’s WERCBench Labs, a 12-week accelerator program for startups in the energy, power and control sector, with a preference for companies focusing on advanced robotics, drones, virtual reality and other new technologies.
WERCBench Labs startups get access to high-performance computing and prototyping technology, as well as equipment for testing and small-scale production at the Energy Innovation Center. Read the full story here.