Start in Wisconsin
The premier network for local businesses. For owners and startups, Start In Wisconsin will power connections to start, scale and accelerate area entrepreneurs. For the established resource network, Start In Wisconsin will be a platform to provide best fit referrals, build your network, and to showcase the story of entrepreneurship in our region.
UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement
The Office of Business Engagement (formerly the Office of Corporate Relations) connects business and industry with the resources they need to advance their businesses.
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
WARF supports research, transfers technology and ensures the inventions and discoveries of UW-Madison benefit humankind.
University Research Park
URP is a non-profit, research and technology park used by a broad range of start-up companies, many of which are focused on biotechnology. URP encourages the development and commercialization of new, innovative ideas.
Wisconsin School of Business, UW-Madison
The Wisconsin School of Business is renowned for knowledge creation and for providing transforming educational experiences.
Wisconsin SBDC Network
The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center is a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and business education. Regional SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-size companies and help launch successful new enterprises.
StartingBlock represents a massive community effort — from Madison’s young entrepreneurs, city and business leaders, and our educational and government institutions — focused on creating a home base with the critical components that local innovation entrepreneurs need to start and grow businesses, create jobs and stimulate the regional economy.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
As Wisconsin’s lead economic development agency, with more than 600 regional and local partners, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) fosters the cooperation necessary to support sustainable business growth and job creation.
University of Wisconsin Law School’s Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic
This clinic provides free legal services to help entrepreneurs and small business owners realize their potential.
UW–Madison’s front door to find resources that support campus inventors and entrepreneurs.
University of Wisconsin Discovery to Product (D2P)
D2P provides resources for innovations coming from campus dorm rooms and laboratories to help bridge the gap from inspiration to commercial reality.
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison
CALS houses faculty and staff that discover, critically analyze and share knowledge in food and agriculture, the life sciences, natural resource and environmental stewardship, and rural community development.
College of Engineering, UW-Madison
The College of Engineering works closely with its industrial partners, from small entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations, providing a wide range of resources in research and education.
Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest
The mission of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest is to encourage entrepreneurs in the creation, start-up and early-growth stages of high-tech businesses in Wisconsin. Participants have the chance to win seed capital, valuable services that will help them launch their businesses and a Grand Prize worth $50,000.
Economic development and quality of life initiatives for the eight-county Madison Region.
Capital Entrepreneurs was founded in May 2009 as a resource for the burgeoning entrepreneur community in Madison, Wisconsin. Our 300+ members are dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in Madison by bringing entrepreneurs together to create new connections and a community around the startups in Madison.
100state creates a community and home for problem solvers, creatives, and entrepreneurs. We inspire collaboration and create connections to unleash our community’s potential.
Sector67 is a non-profit collaborative space in Madison, WI dedicated to providing an environment to learn, teach, work-on, build, and create next generation technology; including software, hardware, electronics, art, sewing, metalwork, apps, games, etc.
A free accelerator for early-stage startups.
Madworks Seed Accelerator
A seed accelerator operating in Madison, Wisconsin that provides grants, mentors, lean startup methodology, structure, access to next-round finance and much, much more to selected early-stage companies.
The Doyenne Group
The Doyenne Group is dedicated to creating communities of women entrepreneurs. We provide mentoring and networking opportunities in a fun, safe environment for you to come and talk about your entrepreneurial journey.
A free entrepreneurship program for women and people of color.
WWBIC is a leading innovative statewide economic development corporation “Putting Dreams to Work.” We focus on individuals who face barriers in accessing traditional financing or resources in pursuit of their dreams and economic well-being. We provide targeted individuals interested in starting, strengthening or expanding businesses with access to vital resources and tools such as quality financial and business education and responsible financial products.