With more than 150 events happening around the state, Startup Wisconsin Week kicks off today, Nov. 5, to celebrate the achievements of Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and promote efforts to provide additional support for startups and early-stage companies.

Sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, or WEDC, Startup Wisconsin Week will feature free events that will build momentum and celebrate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the state. These events will include entrepreneurs, investors, business executives and community leaders sharing advice and resources in more than 150 events statewide.

The initiative aims to help entrepreneurs discover resources in their communities, highlight the importance of startups to the growth of the state’s economy and showcase innovations developed by Wisconsin startups.

Workshops, startup pitch competitions and “hacker” events, seminars, roundtable discussions, meetups, social activities and other events will take place in 12 Wisconsin cities: AppletonBeloitEau Claire, Fond du LacGreen BayKenoshaLa CrosseMadisonMilwaukeeRacineSheboygan and Stevens Point. (Click on each link to view a local schedule.) All events are free and open to the public.

Topics include raising startup capital, finding resources to start or grow a business, social media and branding, networking, how to pitch to investors, and marketing. There also will be special programs for veteran and women entrepreneurs.

The week kicked off on Nov. 5 with a “State of Milwaukee’s Startup Ecosystem” town hall meeting in Milwaukee.

For a complete list of events, visit StartupWI.org/events.