The Green Bay Packers and Microsoft Corp. announced Breakthrough Fuel Founder and Chairman Craig Dickman will serve as managing director of TitletownTech. The program and building will open in early 2019.
Dickman is an experienced entrepreneur who also founded StageThree and co-founded the N.E.W. Venture Foundry. He also is an inventor with multiple patents and served as chief executive at Paper Transport and Master Fleet before founding Breakthrough Fuel.
TitletownTech, which also debuted its logo and website, will serve as a creative center where digital solutions are developed for key market challenges. Through partnerships with companies, experts and technologists, the center will provide opportunities, guidance and a collaborative environment to help address challenges that impact the industries important to Wisconsin.
The center will include an innovation lab, venture studio and venture fund, offering an integrated model that will build on sectors important to the regional economy with a focus on sports and entertainment; digital health; supply chain; agriculture, environment and water and advanced manufacturing.
Joining Dickman on TitletownTech’s leadership team will be Jill Enos of StageThree and the N.E.W. Venture Fund as director of the venture studio, and Peter Romenesko of StageThree and Breakthrough Fuel as director of the innovation lab.
Microsoft will play a key role in the leadership team, with a team member serving as technologist in residence at TitletownTech, a position that will bring expertise from the global technology leader who will serve businesses in many ways. In addition, Microsoft will base its TechSpark manager, Michelle Schuler, as well as its TEALS program employees at TitletownTech.
In addition to the technologist in residence, an entrepreneur in residence from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay also will also serve on the leadership team.
An advisory committee serving TitletownTech will include Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, Microsoft President Brad Smith and other investors and experts. An executive board that includes Packers Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Ed Policy, Dickman and Kate Behncken, general manager of Microsoft Philanthropies, will oversee operations.
The two-story, 46,000-square-foot building will devote approximately 11,000 square feet to TitletownTech on the second floor, which will also include offices for the leadership team that manages Titletown operations, as well as Titletown Development, the real estate development arm of the Packers. The first floor will feature space for future commercial and entertainment establishments, with announcements on tenants coming in future months.