Madison Region Success Stories


Doyenne was founded in 2012 by Heather Wentler and Amy Gannon to right two wrongs. First, to eliminate the gender gap in the entrepreneurial community and second, because they were tired of asking time and again “where are all the women?” Rather than continue to complain, they decided to do something about it. Doyenne is a 501c3 non-profit organization. 

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“MadREP has been a key part in making Doyenne the success it is today. Their continued support and championing of the work Doyenne does throughout our region is what has helped us to secure funding from the city and state for our Evergreen Fund, which provides grants, equity investments, and professional development opportunities for women and people-of-color led ventures. They’ve also made introductions to key partners from across our region, and across the state, to help us

be able to form collaborations and support entrepreneurs outside our geographical area. MadREP brings together the people, industries, and leaders to make change and innovation a reality for more early-stage companies than they will ever be able to count across our region.”

– Heather Wentler, Executive Director & Co-founder of Doyenne

Center for Dairy Research

In 1890 the first dairy foods short course in the United States was established at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Center for Dairy Research and the Department of Food Science have been leaders in research and outreach education beneficial to the dairy industry and consumers. The Center for Dairy Research (CDR) continues to provide quality outreach education to fit the expanded needs of the food industry in today’s environment. A full service dairy research center, CDR offers solution-based research backed by experience, passion and tradition. Located within a licensed dairy plant on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, CDR provides product development to continuing education and technical support to safety/quality support.

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“MadREP has been invaluable in moving us forward as we’ve concepted and begun to build the Center for Dairy Research. Their assistance with our application to WEDC for the Center of Excellence designation and funding ensures we are able to acquire state-of-the-art technologies, create an incubation space, and build out the existing pilot plant to attract more companies in need of product development support.”

– Vic Grassman, CEcD, Technology Commercialization Manager, CDR