A community of thinkers, hackers, and entrepreneurs seeking a collaborative space, and resources to further their startup initiatives.
A group that provides mentors, resources, and funding to assist teams in either client-projects or original solutions. Insight’s projects include product designs, research,business analytics, entrepreneurial efforts and more.
A group affiliated with the College of Engineering and is geared toward engineers interested in developing entrepreneurial skills.
A group dedicated to providing Wisconsin undergraduates to teach the fundamentals of founding and operating a business. Throughout the year the organization brings in various founders and CEOs to share their stories, give advice, and answer questions.
UW Madison’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) unites CS students by providing professional and social activities.
UW Madison’s student chapter of ACM-W, ACM's Women in Computing. They provide social, educational, and outreach activities for women in the Computer Sciences department, at the University, and in the surrounding community.
A community exploring the field of Web Development through events, applications, panels, and hands-on experience.
University based community groups for students interested in Google developer technologies. Students from undergraduate and graduate programs engage in a peer-to-peer learning environment to develop both personally and professionally.
An entrepreneurship club where members design a business plan, and have the opportunity to attend workshops with guest speakers.
A free, seven-week accelerator program working with local early-stage startups on gaining early customer traction and establishing metrics that can make them competitive applicants for full-time, equity-based accelerators or seed investment. The program runs twice a year, is capped at five startups, and is free with no fees or equity.
An innovation hub working with the UW Health System and UW School of Medicine and Public Health innovators. Isthmus Project will mentor teams in project management, regulatory and reimbursement issues, and lean startup methodologies specialized for the medical field.
An accelerator program operated by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation assisting start-ups in advancing and de-risking high potential technologies.
A free eight-week incubator program designed by the Discovery to Product department serving as a resource for innovators who want to consider ways to bring the innovation to market and scale a business.
A free fourteen-week accelerator program designed by the Discovery to Product department which supports already proven business models and helps founders enter a market.
An annual student-lead competition awarding $55,000 in prizes, organized by the Transcend student organization. They aim to “Bring students across UW Madison together to demonstrate their novel ideas and creations.
An occasional competition held by the Makerspace (additional information under university resources section). The design challenge changes with each Makaton, but the consistent theme is to innovate and create with a purpose.
A one hundred hour design competition hosted by the StartUp learning community, challenging students to create a socially beneficial product or service using materials you can find in your dorm room, home or apartment.
A yearly campus-wide competition for students developing arts events, exhibitions, series, commercial ventures, or other artistic projects with a business model.
An annual Hackathon organized by the Web-dev Club and Google Developer Student Club, aiming to foster an environment where participants are challenged to create a web application that addresses a real world issue while gaining development experience.
An annual pitch competition that awards participants who demonstrate an innovative software technology.
A department that organizes many of the University's innovative and entrepreneurial efforts. They coordinate the Innovate Network, offer Mentor Chats, oversee funds/ grants, and provide free accelerator and incubator programs.
A group coordinated by the Discovery to Product Department and consists of a group of campus-based, and affiliated member organizations that work collaboratively to achieve two common goals: fostering a stronger culture of innovation and entrepreneurship on the UW–Madison campus, and strengthening the connection between campus and the entrepreneurial support network in the greater Madison community.
A foundation for filing patents for university funded IP, while also overseeing programs such as the WARF Accelerator and WARF Ventures. The University's home for all research discoveries and inventions funded by the university.
A facility accessible to all students, with the resources to design and invent whatever inspires them to create. The Makerspace is located near Camp Randle and offers the ability to use 3D printers, 3D scanners, CNC routers, Drones, and many more tools.
A space for students to explore and engage with virtual reality resources. Within the studio, students have access to greenscreens, VR/ AR equipment, and 3D scanners.
A monthly newsletter published by the Innovate Network summarizing upcoming opportunities and campus-wide events, with the theme of the newsletter being Innovation at UW Madison.
LinkedIn for the Badger community.
A living community within Sellery Hall consisting of sixty-four like-minded students with a passion geared towards startups. Residents are a mix of engineers, writers, designers, musicians, biologists and business majors seeking a unified community.
A clinic offers free business advice and services for Wisconsin-based entrepreneurs. Founded in 2013 by the Wisconsin School of Business.
Housed within the Law School, the Clinic provides free legal services to Wisconsin-based entrepreneurs and early-stage companies through the work of law students supervised by faculty and private sector attorneys.
A center offering no-cost consulting and non-credit courses to help businesses from start-up through growth phase.
A series of guest speakers, discussions, and expert panels, focused on bringing the fundamentals of new ventures to the UW-Madison community.
An annual event organized by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, showcasing the emerging innovation happening at UW-Madison.
A group operated by the Universities Computer Sciences Department, CS Nest works with UW-Madison startup teams over the course of two semesters and provides technology-based product mentorship and coaching, and then works with them to help them launch an innovative and marketable product or solution.
A group of experienced business leaders who volunteer their time, knowledge, and experience to help convert entrepreneurs’ ideas into developing companies.
A research and technology park that supports early-stage and growth-oriented businesses in various sectors, including engineering, computer, and life sciences. Today the park is home to more than 140 companies that employ nearly 4,000 workers and generate more than $1 billion in economic impact for Wisconsin.
A monthly virtual event for entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to a peer network in Madison.
A free entrepreneurship program sponsored by WARF, specifically serving women and people of color.
Offers specialized programs in Risk and Health & Wellness, assisting Wisconsin entrepreneurs and their seed stage start-up. The program leverages academic wisdom and knowledge at the Wisconsin School of Business, and the technical expertise of the School of Computing, Data and Information Sciences to assist tech entrepreneurs in growing their seed stage start-up.
New Ventures in Business, the Arts and Social Entrepreneurship (StartUp Learning Community)
Social Entrepreneurship (StartUp Learning Community)
Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management
Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies
Introduction to Arts Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship in Arts and Cultural Organizations
Fundamentals of Management and Marketing for Non-Business Majors
Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Technology
Strategic Management of Innovation
Introduction to Arts Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship in Arts and Cultural Organizations
Emerging Entrepreneurship Theory and Research
An early stage venture fund investing up to $2M in emerging, high growth startups.
A fund that supports campus innovators, awarding resources for additional research to bring inventions to the patent and licensing stage. The grant is given out four times a year and is valued at $50K.
A grant offering additional funding to engage in innovative research, generate additional private and public sector support for their research programs, and promote technology transfer between the University and industry. The grant is awarded once a year and is valued at $100K.
A consulting service that assists technology companies through the process of raising capital and entering a market.
A service offered by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation provides seed and growth funding to early-stage startups that are commercializing University of Wisconsin-Madison technologies, IP, and patents.