Madison Startup Fair taps into entrepreneurial excitement

By Mike Ivey, The Capital Times

Madison Startup FairUW-Madison sophomore Albert Dudek isn’t ready to join the workforce just yet. He’s got a degree in civil engineering to complete first and then there’s always graduate school.

But when he does start looking for a full-time job, the 20-year old St. Paul native is intrigued with the possibility of joining an early stage company with a handful of employees versus working for a corporate giant.

“It seems like you have a lot better opportunity to benefit the company in your own way since it’s just starting out,” he says.

Dudek was among the dozens of students, entrepreneurs and curious passersby at the third annual Madison Startup Fair held Tuesday at a snowy Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID).

Co-sponsored by the Capital Entrepreneurs networking group and WID, the event showcased some of the best-known companies in the Madison  startup space. Many of the 20 presenting firms were looking to hire but the event was as much about boosting the entrepreneurial climate on campus and beyond. Read more …

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