FOR THE LOVE OF ENTREPRENEURS Helping Startups Find Success BY COLLEEN RIORDAN
As managing director of N.E.W. Venture Foundry, Jill Enos interacts with every facet of the startup process. The investment group covers Northeast Wisconsin, but is located in Green Bay. “I have always been interested in the structure of how power enables people and what drives power. It’s having autonomy, the ability to be entrepreneurial, and access to capital. Each of those things are very much a part of the structure of how people find success. Autonomy, Enos explains, is someone’s freedom to self-govern within their own company. With that independence and self-determination, she says success is dependent on what you have access to. “If you don’t know that you have access to both knowledge and capital, it limits you.” Enos believes in the value of diverse experiences. After leaving the family farm in Illinois, she studied political science at Michigan State University and
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Jill Enos of N.E.W. Venture Foundry poses with John Ernst of Launch Wisconsin. Submitted photo.