Madworks acelerator kicks off its new class

Madworks acelerator kicks off its new class

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 …