Startup Wisconsin Week offers startup advice, pitching opportunities

Startup Wisconsin is committed to advancing Wisconsin’s startup ecosystems through unique programming, collaborative partnerships, and networking. Driven by entrepreneurs and leaders throughout Wisconsin who are passionate about making a difference, and creating a positive and lasting impact that will advance the state’s economy forward.

Happening virtually Nov. 11-18, the annual weeklong series of events gives entrepreneurs the chance to connect with resources, mentors and potential investors. In a year with most in-person events canceled, this virtual event offers prime networking opportunities for young companies and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Below are some of the Madison-area highlights from the more than 100 workshops and events scheduled, many of them free to attend.

Wednesday, November 11
8:30am • Discovery to Product Mentor Chats
10:00am • 2020 Dissemination and Implementation Short Course
10:00am • Innovating the Future: Meet the Forward BIO Institute’s Innovators in Training
12:15pm • Distinguished Entrepreneur’s Lunch via WebEx with Craig Schedler of Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures
1:00pm • Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic Office Hours
3:00pm • CS Nest Office Hours
4:00pm • WARF Entrepreneurons: So you want to start a company? So you want to start a company- gettting started on campus during the time of COVID
6:00pm • Transcend Alumni Meet

Thursday, November 12
9:00am • 100-Hour Challenge
9:00am • Isthmus Project Intro Chats
9:00am • UW-Madison Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic Office Hours
10:00am • Finding a Funding Source for Your Technology
12:15pm • Rapid prototyping your design at the Design + Innovation Lab (Makerspace)
2:00pm • Isthmus Project Intro Chats
4:00pm • WARF Entrepreneurons: Entrepreneurship and venture funding post-COVID: A deep dive into opportunities in high tech

Friday, November 13
9:00am • gBETA Madison Office Hours
9:00am • Isthmus Project Intro Chats
9:00am • For Faculty and Researchers: How to Engage with Industry
12:00pm • Life science labs for startups: Forward BIOLABS Virtual Tour
2:00pm • WARF Essential Topics: IP basics and working with WARF

Monday, November 16
1:00pm • Isthmus Project Intro Chats
3:00pm • gALPHA Social Impact Office Hours
4:00pm • WARF Essential Topics: Navigating Conflicts of Interest and More

Tuesday, November 17
8:00am • Isthmus Project Intro Chats
4:00pm • WARF Essential Topics: Putting our money where our mouth is: creating meaningful networks and resources for diverse inventors
5:00pm • Intellectual Property, Market Research, Funding: Researching Your Way to a Successful Startup at the Library

Wednesday, November 18
10:00am • Dairy Innovation Hub Summit
12:15pm • Distinguished Entrepreneur’s Lunch via WebEx with Johanna Wolfson of Prime Impact Fund
2:00pm • WARF Innovation Day


For more details and the rest of the week’s schedule, visit the Startup Wisconsin Week website.


Source: WEDC

Sourcing Beyond China

Join Madison International Trade Association (MITA) on November 10, 2020 to learn from seasoned experts from Trek Bicycle and Motis Brands on how they are diversifying their sourcing strategy and approaching the challenges of a complex global supply chain.

As global supply chains are challenged, many companies long reliant on China are looking for alternative sources of supply either as a supplement or complete replacement. Many companies find diversifying their supply chain much easier said than done because of talent, infrastructure, and technology. In the short run, costs may be higher, but the tradeoff could be a more predictable and resilient supply chain. Join them on November 10th to learn more from featured speakers.

Steve Malchow, Vice President of Operations and Global Sourcing, Trek Bicycle Corp.
Desiree Pasbrig, Director Global Sourcing, Motis Brands

Tuesday, November 10
1:00 PM – 1:10 PM Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:10 PM – 2:00 PM Speaker Remarks
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Q & A and Closing Remarks

Cost: FREE for MITA Members; $20 for Non-Members (registration is required for all participants).

Register at:

Introduction to Dairy Business Innovation Alliance and How It Can Help You Realize Your Ideas

Tuesday, October 20, 1:30-3:00 PM
Topics include:
-What is DBIA and how can it help me?
-An outline of the topics in the webinar series
-How to access the webinars and related resources
-A simple methodology to help answer the following question “I know I need to diversify, but where can I get help?”

Other Details:

-Webinar is free
-Webinar will take place on Zoom
-There will be an option to attend the webinar via phone (to avoid internet connectivity issues)
-Registration closes at 5 PM the day before the webinar.

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Day Two: Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit 2020

Reserve Your Spot Today

The 7th annual Madison Region Economic Development and Diversity Summit will be held as a virtual event on October 22-23, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

We at the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), along with our partners at the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM), look forward to gathering (virtually) with you for an exceptional day of speakers, ideas and collaboration.

While the date and format has changed, the quality of our programming and discussions will continue to be exceptional. We look forward to bringing you exceptional speakers. In the meantime, please follow all public health recommendations and be well.

Drive Thru Job Fair

Employers: The COVID-19 pandemic has changed recruiting but the workforce system is still here to help you find the talent you need! We’re hosting the Drive Thru Job Fair on September 17 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. as part of a statewide, unified approach to let job seekers know there is still opportunity available in their area.

How will the fair work and how can you participate?
Let us know you plan to participate by complete this short survey: There is a $75 “booth fee” to cover printing and other costs related to the event. We will print 700 copies of your job posting flyer to distribute in Dane, Jefferson and Columbia counties. The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin will host all of the flyers on our website and share the page the week after the job fair with the other workforce development boards throughout the state. Employers are also encouraged to post job opportunities on the Job Center of Wisconsin website at

Please send your flyer to be printed to Erin Bechen at by Friday, September 2 at 3 p.m. Flyers need to be submitted as a PDF and must be 8.5 x 11” and can be one or two-sided. If your document requires bleeds for printing, ensure you send the file with 1/8” bleeds around the perimeter. Logos and images will print best at 300 dpi.

The $75 fee can be paid by check made payable to the Employment & Training Association. Checks may be mailed to:
Julie Enloe – EATA
1819 Aberg Avenue
Madison, WI 53704

Special thanks to: Alliant Energy Center, Columbia County Fair Grounds and Jefferson County Fair Park.