Elizabeth Thelen is the Managing Director of M-WERC, the Midwest Energy Research Consortium, where she’s leading initiatives and collaboration with universities and industrial companies to make the Midwest region the leader in energy, power and controls. Previously, Elizabeth was VP of Innovation and Technology Transfer at Milwaukee 7, where entrepreneurs, growing startups, university researchers, and established, large companies get connected to the critical resources to help them be successful. This includes connecting entrepreneurs with business coaches, startup financing, accelerator programs and venture capital funds to help business owners in Milwaukee, and the surrounding counties, go from early stage start up, through proof of concept, and into rapid revenue growth and commercialization. Elizabeth was also a founding team member of The Water Council leading the water technology accelerator program.
Elizabeth is a remarkable businesswoman and once a year the Milwaukee Business Journal recognizes and awards remarkable business women with the annual Women of Influence Awards. This year, in 2020, Elizabeth was awarded the 2020 Women of Influence Award for Innovation, having improved the lives of others by helping start a business, product or service in the fields of science, engineering, technology, biotechnology or medicine.
Mike and Elizabeth cover a ton of great stuff in this episode like how Elizabeth earned her work ethic in the cornfields at Pabst Farms, Elizabeth’s perspective on the Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell, why she believes Wisconsin is a strategic leader in Industry Clustering Groups, the value of journaling, documenting your creative thoughts, and getting your ideas on paper, why she believes science, technology, and research will drive the economy forward, and much more.
And now here’s Elizabeth Thelen.
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