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Thursday, November 12 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Founder Feature: Shashank Varma

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As part of Startup Wisconsin Week, The Surge brings you a featured conversation with Shashank Varma, a Sheboygan-based corporate intrapreneur, startup advisor, and side hustle startup founder.

Shashank leads product development for a small, global startup business at Kohler Co. Within his corporate role, he helps formulate business strategy and priorities, while managing an international and domestic supplier base, and leading a global engineering team. Shashank also founded the Innovation Accelerator at Kohler Co., an internal innovation consultancy, that helps cross-functional teams invent solutions to hard problems with minimal time and resources.

Through his own consultancy, Shashank is also an advisor for innovation projects and startups.

This event is a partnership between The Surge and INSPIRE Sheboygan County, and is designed to expose students to entrepreneurship as a career path.


The Surge is a diverse network of engaged problem-solvers who love to collaborate and grow. By providing focused programming, access to unique resources, and a culture of innovation, The Surge seeks to enable the creation of new ideas and value for Sheboygan County, its residents, and beyond.

Thanks to the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) for supporting the creation and ongoing development of The Surge.

INSPIRE Sheboygan County connects students to meaningful career experiences and employers to their future workforce. The INSPIRE vision is that all students graduate with an inspiring and realistic academic and career plan informed by connections and experiences provided through INSPIRE Sheboygan County.

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Shashank Varma

Owner, WorkFrame Consulting
Shashank Varma owns WorkFrame Consulting, a firm that specializes in the field of innovation, developing innovation centers, and helping businesses solve difficult problems quickly and efficiently. Varma is also the founder and manager of the Innovation Accelerator, an internal innovation consultancy at Kohler Co., that h... Read More →

Thursday November 12, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Sheboygan Sheboygan, WI, USA