The Blueprint

Bootcamp & Cultivator

Program Overview

YES, with the founding sponsors, the City of Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Institute and Northwestern Mutual will offer locally-owned startups an opportunity to participate in the inaugural business cultivator known as “The Blueprint.” The targeted businesses will be those that have been in existence for under 10 years with annual revenue of $1,000,000 or less. We are looking for visionary, high-growth potential startups in the preferred sectors of Technology, eCommerce and Manufacturing.

Forty businesses will be selected through an extensive application process to attend a weekend-long Bootcamp. From those forty businesses, ten will be chosen to attend the Cultivator. YES will announce the participants of the Bootcamp in late August during the City of Milwaukee’s first ever Hip-Hop Week.   In addition to the Bootcamp and Cultivator, YES will host quarterly lunch and learns to recruit and retain like-minded individuals.

All participants will receive visual documentation of their journeys through the program. Participants will be immersed in the concepts of the Business Model Canvas as well as receive legal, marketing, financial, mentor, tax and technical assistance.

Expanding Employment Through Entrepreneurship

Important Dates

Application Period
July 18, 2018 – August 12, 2018
Initial Cohort Announced
August 20 – 26, 2018
September 7 – 10, 2018
September 22 – November 10, 2018

Tech, Manufacturing, eCommerce


Dr. Keenan Grenell
Dr. Keenan Grenell
Greg Meier
Greg Meier
Krystle Perry
Krystle Perry
Steph Crosley
Steph Crosley
Greg Meier
Kendrick Pullen
Teresa Esser
Teresa Esser

The Brand. The LifeStyle. The Movement.

Participant Awards

Top Business, based upon readiness, need and pitch will receive:

  • 1st Place:  $10,000
  • 2nd Place: $5,000
  • 3rd Pace: $2,500

Lastly, Legacy Redevelopment Corporation will provide access to capital of up to $200,000 through a newly established revolving loan fund.

Apply to The Blueprint

If you are interested in this opportunity for your business, please complete the application below.