The University Research Park is pictured in an aerial view of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus during an autumn sunset on Oct. 5, 2011. At lower left is the UW Health Research Park Clinic. The photograph was made from a helicopter looking west along Science Drive toward South Whitney Way. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Local entrepreneur succeeding despite Wisconsin’s poor ranking for startups

via WKOW

In 2014, Matt Davis, an avid gamer with a degree in marketing, was working at a local credit union when he told his friend about his idea to start a software business named GameFi.

GameFi, gives financial service companies a fun way to award employees with positive feedback. The software allows managers to give feedback instantaneously by sending employees a message and sending them digital coins which they can in turn redeem for various rewards.

“So opposite of an annual performance review, we’re giving feedback in some cases every ten minutes to employees, about how they’re doing on important metrics,” said Davis, who is among the hundreds of entrepreneurs who brought their startup company to University Research Park on Madison’s west side.

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The Research Park works with the University of Wisconsin and acts as a real estate hub for local entrepreneurs who need space to help start their companies.

“A lot of times a start up company doesn’t know how big they’re gonna be a year from now. We help them grow by bouncing around our incubator or around the park,” said University Research Park Executive Director Aaron Olver. “I’m really excited about helping to write the next chapter and continuing to see great innovation coming out of the university, and hopefully thriving and making a difference across Wisconsin.”

That difference appears to be sorely needed, after a recent study by the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation ranked Wisconsin last in start-up activity for the second year in a row.

But officials from the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce say Madison is an exception. Read more …

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