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Eight American Startups Selected to Compete at COMMON Pitch Milwaukee
Entrepreneurs to share concepts for sustainable innovation in America at the fourth international “Party to Fix the World”
Milwaukee, WI – May 17, 2012 – COMMON Pitch, the international pitch competition for sustainable startups, and MiKE (Innovation in Milwaukee), the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s community initiative that grows Milwaukee’s economy through innovation, design and technology, are excited to announce the competing startups for COMMON Pitch Milwaukee: American Innovation, a non- traditional pitch competition celebrating the best new concepts for sustainable, disruptive innovation in American industries.
The eight selected entrepreneurs, representing US industries from health and manufacturing to housing and apparel, will take the stage during Milwaukee Innovation Week this June 7, exposing their new businesses and business concepts to an interactive audience of designers, technologists, industry mentors, best-selling business authors and “celebrity” judges. The winners will take home a prize package of cash, startup-ready services and more.
Among others, the presenting startups for COMMON Pitch Milwaukee: American Innovation include SwipeSense, a product designed to reduce hospital-acquired infections; brighter12, the first online workshop for 12-step programs; and Flint and Tinder, the first premium men’s underwear brand to be 100% made in America. The full lineup of presenting startups is now viewable at
“The first COMMON Pitch events were about celebrating startups with the potential to positively impact the world. This COMMON Pitch is special in that we’re focusing solely on startups whose goal is to make a drastic positive impact on our own soil.” Said COMMON co-founder Rob Schuham.
Milwaukee is only the third US city approved to host a COMMON Pitch event in 2012, and the sole event focused exclusively on innovation in America. Past COMMON Pitch locations have included New York, South Africa and Colorado, and have included the participation of Grammy Award winner Stefan Sagmeister, Patagonia CEO Casey Sheahan and Soraya Darabi, co-founder of Foodspotting one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People.”
Media Contact:
Carmel Hagen (928) 853 0174

“Innovation created Milwaukee’s high growth companies generations ago,” explains Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. “The excitement in our city about COMMON Pitch comes not only from the event but that COMMON is shining a light on Milwaukee and innovation again. Startups will recreate our community and the world.”
In addition to placing American entrepreneurs in the spotlight, the self-described “party to fix the world” will feature live entertainment, audience collaboration and an after party headlined by Chicago breakout band Gold Motel. Lane Becker, New York Times Bestselling co-author of Get Lucky: Putting Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business, will serve as the night’s MC alongside a judging panel that includes Harley Davidson Chief Engineer Vance Strader and David Schiff, former VP Executive Creative Director or Crispin, Porter & Bogusky and Chief Creative Officer of American MADE.
COMMON Pitch: American Innovation will be featured as a main event in the larger programming schedule of the first annual Milwaukee Innovation Week beginning June 6, 2012, which includes opportunities to tour Milwaukee’s many co-working spaces, experiential events with Milwaukee’s tech startups and pitches from teen and collegiate entrepreneurs. A keynote speech, presented by GE, will feature Vijay Govindarajan, an expert on strategy and innovation and the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at GE. Mr. Govindarajan was ranked #3 on the Thinkers 50 list of the world’s most influential business thinkers. For more information about Milwaukee Innovation Week, please visit:
COMMON Pitch Milwaukee: American Innovation is June 7, 2012 at Turner Hall. Tickets and more information, including a schedule of events, available at
COMMON is an accelerator for social innovation. Founded in January of 2011 by Alex and Ana Bogusky, John Bielenberg and Rob Schuham, COMMON supports, connects and celebrates those designing a new era of sustainable capitalism through live and digital events, services and collaborations. Join the COMMON community at
About MiKE
MiKE, Innovation in Milwaukee, is the community initiative that fosters creativity, cultivates talent, facilitates connections and seeks opportunities to increase economic development through the use of

emerging technology. MiKE is funded by ArtPlace (, an initiative of 11 of America’s top foundations working in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts and seven federal agencies. MiKE is overseen by a leadership council, consisting of corporate, education and civic leaders and co-chaired by Telvin Jeffries, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at KOHL’s Corp., and Todd Teske, CEO of Briggs & Stratton. MiKE also runs a co-working lab in downtown Milwaukee, called OPEN MiKE, which offers space, courses and other resources to startups, students and organizations.
About GMC
The Greater Milwaukee Committee is a private sector civic organization whose mission is to contribute to the cultural and economic base of the Milwaukee Metropolitan area. The organization was formed in the late 1940s and is comprised of leaders in business, the professions, labor, education, philanthropy, and nonprofit community development- all whom believe that intelligent, active interest in public affairs is the true measure of citizenship, and the foundation for community.


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At Petriot, our mission is to strengthen the American economy and promote the growth of American business by exclusively selling products that are Made In The USA. We stand united with American producers, striving to put forward the best our nation has to offer for you and your families.

Genuinely concerned with the difficulty of finding American products on the shelves, we founded Petriot as a marketplace for bringing these products to you. Our goal is to establish a real connection between American business owners and American consumers. We are proud of what we are doing and we want you to proudly be a part of it too. Support your fellow Americans in this act of economic patriotism. When you invest in American products, you invest in America.

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Made in the USA Foundation Announces Its Inaugural
2010 Hall of Fame Award Winners
Celebrating companies that support America’s economic infrastructure through
U.S.-based manufacturing
The Made in the USA Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of its Hall of
Fame Awards. Awards are presented to companies whose ongoing commitment to manufacturing
goods in the United States reflects their support of creating local jobs and upholding fair trade
standards throughout the world.
“The Foundation is proud to announce the creation of the Made in the USA Hall of
Fame,” says Foundation Chairman Joel D. Joseph. “We have considered hundreds of worthy
nominees, but have selected only 20 based on the following criteria:
1. Companies that have remained steadfast and refused to outsource;
2. Companies that have strived to export;
3. Companies that have continued to improve quality.
All of the companies that we have named to the Hall of Fame are exemplary American
companies that produce very high quality products. All of these companies also export their
products around the world.”
Made in the USA Foundation 9935 S. Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills CA 90212 310-922-1856
Hall of Fame inductees include businesses of all sizes and from all segments of
Major corporate awardees include Ford Motor Company as well as Illinoisbased
companies Boeing and Caterpillar.
Apparel industry inductees include California companies American Apparel, St. John’s
Knits, and Adriano Goldschmied; Colorado company Fresh Produce Sportswear;
Pennsylvania-based companies Bills Khakis and Gitman Brothers Shirt Makers; Vermontheadquartered
Vermont Flannel; and North Carolina-based companies Basic Threads and
Thorlo Socks.
Footwear recipients include Wisconsin’s Allen Edmonds; Maine-based Highland Shoe
Co.; and California company J&A Shoes.
The furniture segment is represented by Maine-based Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers.
Specialty goods recipients include Vermont companies Simon Pearce and Vermont
Teddy Bear Co.; California’s MAG Instrument, Inc.; and Pennsylvania-based Zippo.
Made in the USA Foundation 9935 S. Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills CA 90212 310-922-1856
About Made in the USA Foundation
The Made in the USA Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit organization established in 1989
through matching grants from the United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Company. The
Foundation is dedicated to promoting products made in the United States, developing
legislation supporting U.S. businesses and industry, and pursuing litigation against those
misusing Made in the USA labeling. The Foundation also founded the American Crafts Project,
which helps seek redress for American designers whose works are copied overseas.
Quotes from Made in the USA Award Recipients
“Simon Pearce is proud to support our American artisans who produce all of our
handblown glass and handmade pottery at our workshops in Vermont and
Maryland. It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the increasingly few companies
in our industry that maintain a proud domestic manufacturing base.”
~ Rob Adams, President, Simon Pearce
“As a homegrown apparel company that began out of our closet 26 years ago, we
are honored to receive this award for our commitment to ‘Made in the USA.’ We
are proud to be amongst this great list of honorees. We are one of the proud few in
our (apparel) industry that has figured out how to leverage ‘Made in USA’ in our
production efforts.”
~ Thom and Mary Ellen Vernon, Founders, Fresh Produce Sportswear
“What a pleasant surprise to be the recipient of the Hall of Fame Award for 2010.
You know that I support the goal of your enterprise and am hopeful that
manufacturing can once again be a major driver in our economy. It’s not just about
the money — it touches in a profound way how we define ourselves.”
~ Tom Moser, Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers
Made in the USA Foundation 9935 S. Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills CA 90212 310-922-1856
The 2010 Made in the USA Hall of Fame Inductees:
American Apparel, Los Angeles, California
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan
Allen Edmonds, Port Washington, Wisconsin
Vermont Flannel, East Barre, Vermont
Vermont Teddy Bear Co., Shelburne, Vermont
Boeing, Chicago, Illinois
Highland Shoe Co., Bangor, Maine
Caterpillar, Peoria, Illinois
AG Adriano Goldschmied, South Gate, California
Gitman Brothers, Ashland, Pennsylvania
Fresh Produce, Boulder, Colorado
Basic Threads, Carrboro, North Carolina
Thorlo Socks, Statesville, North Carolina
Bill’s Khakis, Reading, Pennsylvania
St. John’s Knits, Irvine, California
J&A Shoes, Gardena, California
Thos. Moser, Auburn, Maine
Simon Pearce, Windsor, Vermont
Maglite, Ontario, California
Zippo, Bradford, Pennsylvania
Made in the USA Foundation 9935 S. Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills CA 90212 310-922-1856

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