The Madworks accelerator program recently launched its fourth cohort, supporting startup companies through grants and mentorship.
The current cohort is comprised of the following early stage companies:
- VitaCycle – A modular system for growing microgreens, developed by a team of UW students who won the 2014 Wisconsin Innovation Award
- Breathe for Change – A nonprofit group working to improve health through yoga and mindfulness. It won the Wisconsin Center for Education Products & Services (WCEPS) prize in the UW School of Business’ 2015 G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition
- Entolution – Developed a device for making industrial-scale, food-grade cricket meal. Also a prize winner in the 2015 Burrill Business Plan contest
- Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling – Develops technologies to recover nutrients from wastewater for use in agriculture and industry. They were a finalist in the 2015 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest
- Jobtopper – Expands software development by linking professionals to local companies
- Jua Power – Aims to offer renewable energy in Africa, using solar power technology
- Seiva Technologies – Develops garments that provide biometric data
- STEMhero – Gets students to analyze utility data as a way to interest them in math and science
The cohort began in late May and ends August 4.
Tech and Biotech: Madworks accelerator kicks off its new class
By Judy Newman, Wisconsin State Journal
Eight companies — with products ranging from cricket meal to solar power for Africa — have been chosen for the next Madworks accelerator.
All but two of them are based in Madison.
Madworks, founded by Anne Smith and Eric Englund, also co-founders of the UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, and serial entrepreneur Terry Sivesind, takes in very young companies and teaches them “lean startup” techniques. It also hooks them up with guidance from local mentors. Read more …