D2P Igniter – Fall 2024 Deadline Sept 27

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D2P Igniter – Fall 2024 Deadline Sept 27

October 8, 2024 - March 18, 2025

D2P Igniter

D2P Igniter

Igniter is an intensive program for UW–Madison innovators committed to bringing a technology, device, app, consumer product or social impact solution to market.

Igniter will take you on a deep dive through the Business Model Canvas, where you’ll develop and test hypotheses related to desirability, feasibility, and viability as you work to reduce risk and create a roadmap to impact for your idea, discovery or invention. You’ll learn through group sessions plus individualized coaching and can apply for up to $5,000 to test business model assumptions.

Igniter is for you if you:

  • Have a principal team member who is a UW–Madison faculty, student, staff (including UW affiliates)
  • Have taken your idea through a Lean LaunchPad program or equivalent (e.g. D2P’s Innovation to Market, an NSF I-Corps program).
  • Have done initial customer discovery.
  • Can commit significant time to business development.

Igniter is led by D2P’s expert mentors – veteran business developers, product managers and entrepreneurs, all certified as NSF I-Corps Instructors, with industry expertise in life sciences, healthcare, IT, engineering, cleantech, energy, agriculture, food, consumer products and more. You’ll also be mentored by and network with key members of the local ecosystem.

After Igniter, you will have developed a solid commercialization plan and be ready for the next steps such as a business launch, an investment accelerator, initial fundraising, or SBIR/STTR grant application. Post-program, you can access ongoing support from D2P in each stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

All D2P programs are free and open to UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students, and employees of UW–Madison affiliate organizations.

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 program
Dates: October 8 – March 18
Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m.

Apply by August 4 for consideration for early acceptance.

Final application deadline Friday, September 27, 12 noon

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