‘On the Issues’ to host conversation about creating a healthy innovation economy, Nov. 12

Nov. 6, 2019

Marquette Law School will host a new 'On the Issues' Nov. 12MILWAUKEE — Members of Milwaukee’s startup community and venture capital managers will discuss “Creating a Healthy Innovation Economy” in an upcoming "On the Issues with Mike Gousha" on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lubar Center at Marquette University Law School's Eckstein Hall.

Note that this time differs from typical lunch-hour “On the Issues” events.

An estimated 65 percent of all new jobs in the U.S. are created by companies that are less than three years old, but Milwaukee and the Great Lakes region have struggled to build a healthy innovation economy. This 90-minute event will explore why that is, how the region can improve its performance, and what’s being done to attract venture capital to the area.

Participants in the discussion are Ken Johnson, partner with Badger Funds of Wisconsin and managing director at Kegonsa Capital Partners; Aaron Gillum, senior vice president of 50 South Capital, which manages the Illinois and Indiana Fund of Fund programs; Kathleen Gallagher, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and executive director of the Milwaukee Institute; and Matt Cordio, co-founder and president of Skills Pipeline and Startup Milwaukee. The panelists will offer key perspectives on what’s being done here and elsewhere to create new company growth.

Gousha, an award-winning journalist, continues his “On the Issues” series of provocative and insightful interviews with local and national public officials, journalists and other newsmakers throughout the year. A complete schedule is available online.

Through public programming such as the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, Gousha’s “On the Issues” conversations with newsmakers, public lectures by leading scholars and conferences on significant issues of public importance, Marquette Law School serves as the region’s leading venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

The event is open to members of the general public at no cost; registration is required and is available online. Members of the media who are interested in attending should contact Kevin Conway, associate director of university communication, at kevin.m.conway@marquette.edu.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or kevin.m.conway@marquette.edu