Entrepreneurship


The G. Steven Burrill Technology Business Plan Competition is an opportunity that encourages cross-disciplinary teams of students to produce technology-based solutions to challenging problems. Teams are supported by a year-long series of workshops and seminars.

Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (WEB) This program is designed to provide graduate students in the sciences, engineering, and math with an introduction to entrepreneurship and the tools, skills and issues faced in technology entrepreneurship.

Initiative for Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship (INSITE) seeks to enhance the University of Wisconsin’s impact on technology entrepreneurship. INSITE produces a seminar series on research topics with leading academics from around the world. It also produces a seminar series on practical issues featuring area policy professionals, entrepreneurs, and business leaders. 

For UW-Inventors, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is the designated patent management organization for UW-Madison. It provides, free of charge, patenting and licensing services for inventions, copyrights and other intellectual property that has the potential to be commercially developed. Particularly helpful for graduate students and other new investigators are the sections on the process for disclosure at UW-Madison and suggested practices for protecting your ideas.

Entrepreneurons is a new WARF series aimed at bringing the fundamentals of getting a new venture started to the UW–Madison community.  The series brings together thought leaders from across the country and our own backyard to exchange perspectives on core topics ranging from identifying an opportunity to building a startup team to financing and beyond.  Each session will feature a keynote speaker with national exposure followed by a panel discussion among local experts.  Attendance is free and open to the entire campus and the broader community.  Presentations will be digitally captured and available online so that you can join the series at any point and stay current throughout.

For people wanting to start companies, investigate the Small Business Development Center for classes on pertinent topics.

UW-Madison's School of Business offers a Ph.D. minor in Entrepreneurship for non-business students, as well as three new certificates designed to allow undergraduate/graduate students to acquire the necessary skills to help them start businesses or manage innovation.  The new entrepreneurship certificates for graduates include: Certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility; Certificate in Entrepreneurship; Certificate in Strategic Innovation: Organizations, Technology, and Society.