Young Enterprising Society

Young Enterprising Society


Attention all area entrepreneurs and startups! You are invited to attend a free virtual Dessert + Discussion event on Monday, Feb. 28 hosted by Young Enterprising Society.

Hear from host Steph Crosley and Venture Capitalist Dazayah E. Walker as they talk about what investors are looking for when evaluating startups. Participants can also learn about the Blueprint program, a seed accelerator in Greater Green Bay that grants funding to underrepresented founders.

At 23-years-old, Dazayah Walker is one of the youngest female venture capitalists thanks to the impressive investment portfolio that she manages and maintains for one of Atlanta’s most prominent entertainment labels, Quality Control.

For more information or to register online, visit
Awesome feature by the Green Bay Press-Gazette on local entrepreneur Kaleb Robertson, a member of our first-ever Blueprint Green Bay cohort. Keep chasing your dreams, Kaleb!

“I’ve always been a person with a vision. I enjoy being part of other people’s companies, but owning a business is my vision. It is 100% of what I think I can be.”

Learn more about Kaleb's Comedy Center at

Greater Green Bay Chamber | New North, Inc. | American Foods Group, Green Bay, WI | Associated Bank | City of Green Bay Government | CONNECT, powered by American Family Insurance | Schneider | Schreiber Foods | Wells Fargo | Wipfli CPAs and Consultants | UW-Green Bay | Young Enterprising Society |

#GreenBayMade #economicdevelopment #BlueprintGreenBay #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurs #startups
Thank you again to Que El-Amin of Young Enterprising Society for stopping by our Leadership Table meeting to discuss systems change in Milwaukee. His optimism was contagious!
Last week, during our final Leadership Table of the year, we were lucky enough to chat with Que El-Amin from Young Enterprising Society. He shared some powerful thoughts on how we can work together to create long-term change in Milwaukee’s education system.
We are in the middle of our third week of The Blueprint Green Bay accelerator, and as of late the cohort’s key areas of focus have been crafting customer surveys and building websites.

Most importantly, participants are already taking great value away from the program. Here is some of the feedback we recently received from co-founders’ Elizabeth Paulson and Eliza Cussen:

“Today was great! Eliza and I are pretty okay with our tech and website, but the opportunity to figure it out in real time was really beneficial for us."

As a founder, you are constantly learning!

Greater Green Bay Chamber | America's Service Line | Associated Bank | City of Green Bay Government | CONNECT, powered by American Family Insurance | Schneider | Schreiber Foods | Wells Fargo | Wipfli CPAs and Consultants | UW-Green Bay | New North, Inc. | Young Enterprising Society |

#GreenBayMade #economicdevelopment #startups #innovation #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurialecosystem #entrepreneurs #entrepreneurshipmindset #entrepreneurialmindset #collaboration #teambuilding #learning #growing
I’ve been doing this public speaking thing for years now. It isn’t why I started Envision Self but it is one of the vehicles. I like to call this rare footage cause I rarely have any footage of me speaking publicly.

Last week I had the opportunity to come and talk to the young people of Young Enterprising Society and the apartment building I was born at off of 27th and Cap is literally about 2 blocks away from where I was speaking to them.

💡 Life comes full circle.

#envisionself #noscript #narratives #community #brand #mkehome #nations

The Summerfest Tech Pitch Competition closes applications on July 12th!

The Summerfest Tech Pitch Competition, presented by Young Enterprising Society and sponsored by Molson Coors promotes #entrepreneurship by showcasing #tech #ventures located internationally.

6 #startups will be chosen to pitch in front of a panel of diverse judges from various sectors within the tech ecosystem. The startups will be judged and scored on seven criteria with the 1st place winner receiving a (𝑮𝑨𝑺𝑷) $20,000 cash prize.

For more details + the application, click the link below!
#PointerPride alert! 🎉 Khalif El-Amin '09 and Que El-Amin of Young Enterprising Society launched the Milwaukee-based accelerator model in Green Bay! 💜💛 "The Blueprint accelerator invests in startups and provides mentorship to founders [of startup businesses] throughout Milwaukee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with an emphasis on supporting people of color, women and veterans."

The El-Amin brothers also received the Bravo! Entrepreneur Regional Spirit Award in 2019. Learn more in the article below! ⬇️ Or check out the website: UW-Stevens Point UWSP College of Letters and Science UW-Stevens Point Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Look at Sheena y’all! Promoting CapWay.

Digital Bridge recently provided 50 laptops to a program of the Young Enterprising Society called "The Corridor Creations", aimed at providing students the ability to learn eCommerce, music production, health and wellness, and journalism and dance through a 6 week course. At the end of the coursework, each participant will get one of the laptops at no cost. We are always happy to help out in any way we can!
Join our hosts Kennita Hickman and Gideon Verdin on Friday Sept 25 at 7pm for The Dolphin Pool: Entrepreneur Pitch Contest!

Watch our finalist (DyWy Design, MuSample, Wholesome Diaper Co., Outwoken Tea, The Classic Shoppe, Little Food Co and Teens Grow Greens) pitch their businesses and find out who will win the 2020 community choice prize!

Thanks to our sponsors and partners: Wells Fargo, The Commons, MATC Entrepreneurship Center, WWBIC Milwaukee Office, Marquette University, THE VIBE Network, Young Enterprising Society

#DolphinPool #RiverworksMKE #RiverworksBID #MilwaukeesCreativeDistrict
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Young Enterprising Society’s mission is to be an international epicenter for financially, politically and socially progressive individuals.

Operating as usual

Photos from Young Enterprising Society's post 02/17/2022

Sheena Allen (@whoissheena) his best known as the founder and CEO of fintech company and neobank CapWay, and mobile app company Sheena Allen Apps. Sheena is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where she double majored in Psychology (B.S.) and Film (B.A.).

In 2016, Sheena thought of the idea for her second startup, CapWay. CapWay (@gocapway) is a mobile bank and financial technology company that focuses on those who lack fair opportunity and access to mainstream financial services and the cashless economy. Growing up in Mississippi, a state with a high population of financially underserved (unbanked, underbanked, and working poor) residents, Allen saw the perfect opportunity to solve a problem that impacts over 2.5 billion people worldwide from a perspective that most wouldn't understand. Sheena and her team worked through R&D and beta testing from 2016-2019 before launching in 2020.


YES Blueprint Presents Dessert + Discussion with Dazayah Walker (@dazayah)

At 23-years-old, Dazayah Walker is one of the youngest female venture capitalists (VC) thanks to the impressive investment portfolio that she manages and maintains for one of Atlanta’s most prominent entertainment labels, Quality Control (QC). 
Founded in 2013 by Chief Executive Officer, Pierre “Pee” Thomas, and Chief Operations Officer, Kevin “Coach K” Lee, Quality Control Music is responsible for groundbreaking acts that include Migos, Lil Baby, City Girls, Lil Yachty, and a host of other trailblazers in the music industry. It has also since expanded its mission to sports with an extensive roster that includes NFL’s Alvin Kamara and D’Andre Swift.

Photos from Young Enterprising Society's post 02/14/2022

Andre “Bizness Boi” Robertson is a Milwaukee-bred, LA-based songwriter and producer. Some of Bizness Boi’s most notable work stems from his collaborations with PARTYNEXTDOOR, producing multiple records off of his 2016 album P3 and his 2020 album PARTYMOBILE, including the Gold-selling collaboration with Rihanna, “BELIEVE IT.” Additionally, he’s produced “Kick It” off Lil Nas X’s debut EP ‘7,’ which was a Grammy-nominated Album of The Year, Dreamville’s ‘Oh Wow…Swerve,’ from the Grammy-nominated Best Rap Album ‘ROTD 3’ and more. Bizness Boi cemented his sound on Swae Lee’s solo album, ‘Swaecation’ with songs “Touch Screen Navigation”, “Lost Angels”, “Hurt to Look”, and “What’s In Your Heart?”. Continuing to carve a name out for himself, Bizness Boi collaborated with several of today’s biggest names, with credits alongside Elton John, Rihanna, Summer Walker, Eminem, J.Cole, 6LACK, PARTYNEXTDOOR and more.

Photos from Young Enterprising Society's post 02/13/2022

Nyesha Stone (@nyeshastone) as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Stone became heavily involved in her school’s media. She wrote for Media Milwaukee, UWM’s digital news source,  and served as co-president of the school’s minority media association. In that role, she was responsible for conducting monthly meetings, creating and organizing events for other members and reaching out to prominent members in the media to speak to the group.
Along the way, she served as an intern for  Milwaukee Magazine, the Waukesha Freeman and the Milwaukee Press Club. She also freelanced for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Shepherd Express.
Still, upon graduating in 2018, she felt the jobs being offered to her left something to be desired. After spending over two years working as an editor and reporter at the Milwaukee Courier, Stone decided to dedicate her time to Carvd N Stone (@carvdnstone).


Genyne Edwards (@eingenuity) is a skilled leader who has leveraged her passion for people and solving problems to work across diverse business sectors for more than 20 years. Known for her unique blend of strategic and creative thinking, Edwards brings valuable insights and experience as a hands-on practitioner and facilitator in the areas of organizational and leadership development, communications, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Prior to co-founding P3 Development Group, Edwards served in leadership roles in corporate, nonprofit and government sectors, including serving as the first African American Deputy Secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Tourism. She has been instrumental in developing impactful programs such as the Mosaic Partnerships Program, the African American Leadership Program and the City of Milwaukee’s Business Capacity Building Program.

Photos from Young Enterprising Society's post 02/07/2022

Marquita Taylor, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director, Health Equity Leadership Programs housed both at the Yale School of Public Health (@yale) and Southern Connecticut State University College of Health and Human Services. Today she is a change agent, tomorrow she aspires to be a better one. Recently she completed a competitive fellowship at Brown University (@brownu) focused on Research and Community Engagement. Her professional background is in governmental finance and political science, and she has led the development of state and local policy. However, her passion for leading, education, and fostering change has led me to pursue a Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, Community Leadership. Her research dissects the non-cognitive skills and is directly aligned with her interests in education and health, policy, transformational leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, and race and equity. She holds a Certificate in Race and Equity from Penn (@pennstate) and both encourages and approaches her work with an anti-racism lens.


Jacob O'Neal Latimore (born August 10, 1996) is an American actor and singer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2016, Latimore released his debut album Connection. As an actor, he is best known for his roles in Black Nativity, The Maze Runner, Collateral Beauty, Detroit, and The Chi. He also starred in the Netflix Original movie Candy Jar alongside Sami Gayle.


Marvin E. Pratt (born May 26, 1944) is an American politician who served as acting mayor of Milwaukee in 2004 and as interim Milwaukee County Executive in 2011. He was the first African-American to serve as mayor of Milwaukee.

Pratt married Dianne Sherrill in 1971. They have two children, Michael Pratt and Andrea Pratt. They have five grandchildren. Pratt was a major in the United States Army Reserves. In October 2015, the Milwaukee Public School Board passed a resolution to rename Silver Spring Elementary after Pratt. In 2016, the school was officially renamed Marvin E. Pratt Elementary School.


Please join us on October 26, 2021 for a discussion on Real Estate and Tech as part of the Real Estate 2050 series and Milwaukee Tech Week.

Link to Register in Bio. ↖️


Congratulations to Dana Guthrie (@gatewaycapital) on raising $12,500,000 for a Milwaukee based VC fund. If they say it can’t be done, got to go out and do it.

Summerfest Tech Pitch Competition 06/14/2021

Summerfest Tech Pitch Competition

TECH STARTUPS - Apply for @summerfesttech pitch sponsored by @molsoncoors competition for a share of $25,000 in prize money. Presented by your good friends at @youngesociety. Available to companies ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

Summerfest Tech Pitch Competition Summerfest Tech Pitch Competition, presented by Young Enterprising Society and sponsored by MolsonCoors promotes entrepreneurship by showcasing tech ventures located within Wisconsin and companies interested in relocating to Wisconsin. Entrepreneurs from across the globe are offered a prize package....


🗣 TECH STARTUPS - Apply for @summerfesttech Pitch Competition sponsored by @molsoncoors and hosted by @youngesociety for a grand prize of $20,000. Available to startups worldwide.

Link in our bio!


Melissa Allen (@melissanicoleallen) is the owner of Maures Development Group, LLC is a woman and minority-owned business based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The firm specializes in urban real estate development with the goal of restoring ownership, wealth, health, safety and pride to urban neighborhoods
through holistic development.

Maures’s projects include both commercial and residential development, and Maures’ President and Founder, Melissa Allen, strategically selects areas for redevelopment that continue to survive in spite of sluggish economies or
ongoing neighborhood challenges.

Maures has earned a reputation for
identifying innovative urban development opportunities that incorporate industry advances, while emphasizing community. Successful integration of these characteristics has proven to be beneficial in enhancing economic, environmental and community sustainability.


TheBLUEPRINTMKE presents COHORT 6 Demo Day

Come see 12 startups from from 5 different countries pitch why they deserve a share of 60K.

January 30th 2PM CST

Link in bio to register.

Don’t be late.


TheBLUEPRINTMKE presents COHORT 6 Demo Day

Come see 12 startups from from 5 different countries pitch why they deserve a share of 60K.

January 30th 2PM CST

Link in bio to register.

Don’t be late.


TheBLUEPRINTMKE presents COHORT 6 Demo Day

Come see 12 startups from from 5 different countries pitch why they deserve a share of 60K.

January 30th 2PM CST

Link in bio to register.

Don’t be late.


Daniel Cruz is one of four co-founders of washbnb.

washbnb (@washbnb) automates luxury bed and bath linens for Airbnbs, professionally managed short-term rentals, and boutique hotels by leveraging excess capacity in industrial laundry facilities to scale rapidly at low cost. washbnb launched in March 2020 and is in beta with 60+ properties across all three customer segments. washbnb is creating a new and disruptive category called Bed & Bath as a Service (BnBaaS) with a vision to create an all-inclusive sleep system, eliminating decision paralysis and laundry for one monthly price. Like Rent the Runway for your bedroom and Peloton for your sleep cycle.


Although YES does not endorse any political candidates, YES cofounder Que El-Amin was able to meet with VP Kamala Harris during her visit to Milwaukee and discussed housing, entrepreneurship and education.


Luis Gonzalez is the founder of UP.

UP is a platform that enables food truck operators to create their online storefront and be discovered easily by giving them the ability to update their location in real-time. At the same time, it digitalizes the business by enabling cashless payments, online ordering, and enhanced marketing.


Reverse PitchMKE for High Schoolers: Solve problem, win cash prizes. Register for more information.


Jakub Kisiel is the founder of Travatar.

Bots and unfair competitors become huge disruptors in your ad campaigns
causing fake clicks. It all leads to marketing spend waste, which
decreases the number of potential clients who could buy your product or service. Your data, product information, SEO content and reputation are constantly put at risk. Malicious bots have a huge impact on the accuracy of your analytics and, overload your servers with fake traffic.

Meet Travatar, a cloud-based solution powered by Machine Learning. It’s an easy-to-use fraud protection tool that monitors user activity, checks its origin and blocks as soon as it’s identified as a threat. Travatar drives huge efforts for you by monitoring the process on an ongoing basis, providing you with visualized results on the dashboard. By using it you’ll get multiple benefits like preventing budget waste;
eliminating fake traffic that affects your analysis, and relieving the
load on your servers.

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