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Emergent Technology Center Announces First Accelerator Class

The new Emergent Technology Center (ETC) is announcing the first business accelerator class, called Emergent Labs, for the Fall. If you have a great idea for a hardware or software project or device, this will be of interest to you.

Emergent Labs is a 12-week mentor-driven business accelerator, dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. During the program, participants will learn Lean and Agile business practices to prepare them to enter the high-tech business world.

Applications are due September 12 with review of the applications and acceptance to the class scheduled for September 17. Classes will begin on September 25th. Classes will be once a week from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Fond du Lac Economic Development Corporation Offices, 116 North Main Street, Fond du Lac.

Those that complete the programs will be eligible for a $10,000 grant to continue to evolve the idea and business.

More information and the application may be found at

This is a collaborative effort involving Wisnet, Commonwealth Companies, the Center for Enterprise Development (CED), the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation, Fond du Lac County, City of Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Downtown Partnership, Emergent Labs of Milwaukee, Small Business Development Center (UW-Oshkosh), Digital Fertilize (Green Bay), Ripon College Creative Enterprise Consultants, Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac Convention and Visitors Bureau, Angels on the Water, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Draiochta Labs, LLC.

Emergent Labs is not intended to compete with higher education institutes but will instead foster the development of high-technology enterprises, some which may come from students from these institutions.

Very special thanks is extended to The Commonwealth Companies and Wisnet for providing $10,000 each of seed funds to get this important process started.

“This is a significant initiative for Fond du Lac and the region”, stated Jay Smith CEO of Draiochta Labs. “This will help in the attraction of S.T.E.M. talent and foster the development of technology companies for the County and region.”

“As our economy evolves, the Emergent Technology Center is intended to generate new types of business for Fond du Lac,” said Steve Jenkins, president of the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation. “The TEC and its related programs like the Emergent Labs, will promote and support needed business diversification for the County.


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