In the Madison Region, we celebrate entrepreneurs who are transforming ideas into thriving businesses. In an effort to support that entrepreneurial spirit, we offer assistance to start-up and growing businesses.
Key to the success of our region’s innovation is the collaborative community that exists between education and industry to help translate ideas into solutions viable for business. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) helps commercialize scientific research for the benefit of the university and the private sector, while the WiSys Technology Foundation connects UW System innovators with industry leaders and improves technology transfer through patent and licensing activities. Discovery 2 Product (D2P) is a new partnership between UW-Madison and WARF that is focused on moving university technology and innovation to market.
Cooperation between entrepreneurs and firms is fostered through organizations like the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Wisconsin Innovation Network, and Wisconsin Angel Network.
Many of the industry advancements the Madison Region is making are due to our globally recognized research and development community. The University of Wisconsin – Madison, the flagship campus of Wisconsin’s state university system, leads the charge with more than $1 billion per year in academic research and development, consistently ranking among the nation’s top ten in both research expenditures and patent generation.