Marlon Ross was born and raised in Chicago and spent the past seven years living in Dallas. But within the next 45 days, he plans to permanently relocate his early-stage health technology startup to Milwaukee.

Ross’s company Wellacy Health was one of five startups from across the country selected for the latest and fourth cohort of Northwestern Mutual’s Black Founder Accelerator, a 12-week training program that comes with a $100,000 investment. But entrepreneurs don’t need to relocate to Milwaukee in order to participate.

After a calculated decision-making process of evaluating five Midwest states, Ross had decided to move to Milwaukee before applying for the accelerator program, he said. Getting accepted sped up the process, he said.

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