M-WERC is the driving force behind the Energy, Power, and Controls cluster, a robust economic ecosystem with deep roots in the earliest days of Wisconsin manufacturing.
We connect the industry with academic, economic development, government and non-government, organizations to drive leading-edge research and technology development that leads to innovative products, market leadership, employment opportunities, and vibrant technology transfer. M-WERC has assembled the five key interventions to support a successful cluster, as defined by leading economic experts with the Brookings Institution.
1. Information and networks: M-WERC connects and expands a $38 billion industry, made up of 900 companies that employ 100,000 people. We provide member companies with key market insights through conferences, member meetings, working groups, and industry roadmaps that allows the EPC sector to capitalize on its strengths.
2. Talent development: M-WERC fosters effective and powerful research collaborations between member companies and universities and technical colleges to support the industry and attract new talent to Wisconsin companies. These efforts enhance curriculum in post-secondary classrooms and providing meaningful student projects and internship opportunities. Our WERCBench Labs Accelerator gives budding entrepreneurs the support they need to launch their own companies.
3. Research and commercialization: Research is the foundation of the EPC sector in Wisconsin, as it has been for more than a century. Science and technology–driven innovation in the sector has always served as a catalyst for other research efforts that have allowed the industry to tackle its toughest problems and connect with researchers nationally and around the world.
4. Infrastructure and placemaking: M-WERC’s Energy Innovation Center in Milwaukee is the EPC industry’s home base for conferences, member meetings, job training, and WERCBench Labs Accelerator. We have also invested in laboratories at the UW–Madison and UW–Milwaukee in the form of project funding and equipment donations from member companies.
5. Capital access: Access to capital, or lack of it, is critical for young firms to get started and for driving innovation and net job creation. WERCBench Labs Accelerator is a platform for developing and funding new startups in the EPC sector and we connect startups that graduate from our program to top funding organizations across the United States.