The Milky Way Tech Hub has partnered with American Family Institute and P5 Project to award up to $15,000 equity free funding to deserving startups. This year the event will be held virtually on November 17th giving access to a national audience.

The goal of the Milky Way Tech Hub is to provide capital, entrepreneurial and tech education for promising startups in the Midwest while actively creating an ecosystem in Milwaukee where Black people and POC can thrive in technology.

“As the Milky Way Tech Hub continues to spearhead efforts of creating equitable opportunities in Milwaukee’s tech ecosystems we realize that it is critical to create programming and policies that advance Wisconsin’s innovation ecosystem and support Wisconsin’s startup founders in a way that attracts and retains talent.”say’s Milky Way Tech Hub founder, Nadiyah Johnson. “While this is a national pitch event we look forward to providing this opportunity to the brilliant and budding startups in Milwaukee”.

“Only 2% of venture capital goes to female founders and lack of capital or funding options is cited as one of the top obstacles for business creation and growth by women entrepreneurs. The P5 Project is proud to collaborate with other organizations like The Milky Way Tech Hub and the American Family Insurance Institute who understand that investing in and supporting female founders is not just a good “social cause,” but a driver of positive economic impact in our communities.” – Jenna Atkinson, Founder & CEO, The P5 Project

“We’re a proud partner of both the P5 Project and the Milky Way Tech Hub. Their work on building equitable opportunities for underrepresented founders is essential to our mission to close equity gaps.” – Shayna Hetzel, Institute Social impact Director

Entrepreneurs leading early stage technology startups from a variety of industries are encouraged to apply for The Milky Way Tech Hub Annual Pitch Competition. Selected finalists will compete on a virtual stage during the pitch competition for funding.