We’re excited to announce that the first-ever UW–Madison Startup Week (Nov. 11-17) is about to begin! Did you think startups were just about tech? Think again. University and community partners are collaborating to offer a range of events for innovators, problem solvers, and aspiring entrepreneurs from all corners of campus. Many partners are also holding office hours throughout the week to provide one-on-one consultations and advice— a full listing is included at the end of the day-to-day schedule.
UW–Madison Startup Week is part of Startup Wisconsin, an effort founded in 2017 focused on advancing and developing Wisconsin’s tech and startup ecosystems through unique programming, collaborative partnerships, and networking. Several cities around the state will simultaneously participate in Startup Wisconsin Week in November. Follow #StartupWI on Twitter to connect with innovators statewide.
Here’s a bird’s eye view of events:
Monday, November 11
Makerspace Tour (4pm): Come learn about prototyping equipment available for students to fabricate their ideas.
Energy, Waste and the Circular Economy (4:30pm): Discussion of the circular economy, the science of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” and ways our production processes could thrive as renewable enterprises.
Office Hours: Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic (9-11am), UW Health Isthmus Project (11:30am-1pm), Discovery to Product (2-4pm), gALPHA Social Justice (8am – 5pm)
Tuesday, November 12
Entrepreneurons: Wisconsin as an Innovation Hub (4pm): How can we foster a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in Wisconsin? Noodles & Company founder and UW alum Aaron Kennedy speaks, then a local panel explores the strengths Wisconsin can leverage, and where we need to challenge ourselves to be more competitive.
Office Hours: Forward BIO Institute (8:30-10:30am), Investigational New Drug (IND) and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Consultation Service (12-2pm), Discovery to Product (2-4pm)
Transcend UW: Starting a Startup (6:30pm): Transcend UW is a student organization focused on connecting innovators across disciplines. Come join the Transcend team to hear from Matt Howard (founder of EatStreet) and Forrest Woolworth (founder of PerBlu) about what it takes to get a startup running.
Office Hours: Discovery to Product (10am-12pm), WARF Ventures (1-4pm), Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic (2-4pm)
Thursday, November 14
100 Hour Challenge (Thursday – Monday): Create and pitch a valuable, innovative, or socially beneficial product or service using materials from UW SWAP (Surplus with a Purpose).
Sustainable Plastics Science Café (6pm): Learn about what plastic really is, where it comes from, and where we are going next to make, use, and reuse plastic as sustainably as possible.
Office Hours: Discovery to Product (10am-12pm), Investigational New Drug (IND) and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Consultation Service (10am-12pm), WARF Ventures (1-4pm)
Friday, November 15
Force for Positive Change (12 – 5pm, Green Bay): Awards and event for organizations making a social impact in Wisconsin. Reduced admission for students and free transport from campus is available, RSVP in advance.