Start Your Business

In the Madison Region, we celebrate entrepreneurs and work to support the efforts of those who want to transform an idea into a thriving business.

There are a number of resources available to those starting a business in the area, and we encourage you to take advantage of the tools, expertise, and networks that our region offers. MadREP staff can help you navigate these resources as well as connect you with local, community-specific resources in the Madison Region. County level resources are also provided on respective community pages.

Check out this comprehensive list of resources within the region, state, and nation to help you start and grow your idea or business.







Innovation occurs in all corners of the eight-county Madison Region. The map below depicts the physical spaces where much of this innovation occurs, including makerspaces, incubators, accelerators, and more.

Red: Co-Working Space
Lime Green: Prototyping/Technology Center
Teal: Hacker/Makerspace
Purple: Commercial Kitchen
Green: Incubator
Yellow: Accelerator
Grey: Other


IN THE NEWS: Madison equipped to become a startup city

In case you haven’t noticed, a startup scene is surging all across Madison. If local entrepreneurs and civic and business leaders capitalize on the city’s size, location and unique culture—and make inclusivity a priority—Madison has all the makings of becoming a startup city.

INSITE Entrepreneurship Guide
INSITE Entrepreneurship Guide

The Wisconsin School of Business, in collaboration with the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations and University Research Park has created the INSITE Entrepreneurship Guide to help entrepreneurs every step of the way.

The Madison Region is a great place for entrepreneurs, but you don’t have to take our word for it.

Madison: Top 5 Emerging Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (Global Entrepreneurship Congress, 2015)

Madison: #2, Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs (Nerdwallet, November 2014)

Madison: #9, Best Cities to Live in If You’re 35 and Under (The Huffington Post, December 2014)

Madison: #5, America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals (Forbes, August 2014)

Madison: #5, The Cities Creating the Most Information Technology Jobs (Forbes, May 2014)