We did it! We are officially open! And what a great soft opening we had last night with over 400 supporters and community members braving the tornado warning and pouring rain to join us.
It was a fantastic night for the four founding partner organizations — gener8tor, Capital Entrepreneurs, the Doyenne Group, and StartingBlock — to show off the new space. Even more importantly, it felt amazing and humbling to stand up with Troy Vosseller, Forrest Woolworth, Heather Wentler and Scott Resnick and show the power of strong partnerships, leadership and trust with these amazing Madison leaders.
I can’t believe that someday is finally here! We are excited to move into the next phase of building out our community members, programming and making StartingBlock a home base for Madison entrepreneurs and a beacon for innovation that will help put Madison on the national map for entrepreneurship and innovation. Thank you to everyone who came and again to the American Family Insurance, the City of Madison, WEDC, UW-Madison, MGE, the Meester Foundation, and all of our other capital campaign donors who made StartingBlock possible.
Our partnerships extend beyond the four founding partners and I’ll be writing separate posts about other partnerships, including with The Commons, Bunker Labs, the Wisconsin Games Alliance, and more, in the near future.
I also want to give a HUGE shout out to our friends who helped make the event a success:
Clock’d. Shift the way you work. bar tending and wait staff services on demand. www.clocked.com
Working Draft Beer. WDBC creates community & celebrates the process of brewing and art, draft by draft. www.workingdraftbeer.com
Lemongrass. Lemongrass provided awesome appetizers that included sushi, bahn mi and eggrolls. Check them out at the Monona Community Festival on the Fourth of July, Taste of Madison in August and at Dane Dances every Friday this summer. www.lemongrassmadison.
Bright Cellars. Bright Cellars provided wine tasting and wine matching for the soft opening. Bright Cellars is the monthly wine club that matches you with wine that you’ll love. www.brightcellars.com
Domeloz. Domeloz Honey Spirit 100% honey distilled spirits, never sweet, always honey. Find them at Festival Foods, Willy Street, Woodmans, & Rileys. www.domeloz.com
Dream City Strings. Dream City Strings provides live strings for weddings and other events throughout Wisconsin. www.dreamcitystrings.com