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Dream MKE is a social enterprise comprised of thought leaders, designers, engineers and entrepreneurs focused on increasing the number of successful tech entrepreneurs in the Milwaukee area. We accomplish this by supporting progressive initiatives and events, as well as providing funding through both seed grants and private equity investment.

We endeavor to address the lack of underrepresented tech entrepreneurs in a holistic way. In addition to financial support, Dream MKE has a deep commitment to providing mentoring and training opportunities as well as practical tools like ideation and business planning workshops. Dream MKE is uncompromising in its aim to build trust and traction for entrepreneurs and professionals pursuing sustainable financial and social impact.
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Derrick L. Johnson is the founder and Creative Director of Dream MKE, an initiative dedicated to identifying,
developing, and retaining minority tech entrepreneurs in the Greater Milwaukee area. Adept at creating innovative analytical solutions, Derrick has launched several first-to-market initiatives in the Healthcare and E-commerce space in addition to his work as a business growth consultant for several emerging companies.

Derrick’s extensive expertise in data mining, business intelligence and predictive analytics garnered him
the prestigious Emerging Leader award for application development in addition to distinguished first-place
wins at both the 2012 Kohl’s Challenge and Milwaukee’s Startup Weekend.

Passionate about his local community, Derrick is on the Creative Council of FUEL Milwaukee, an economic development initiative of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

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