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Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs2018-10-24T10:36:27+00:00

DREAM BIG

While every entrepreneur’s path to starting a business is different, each shares a critical insight–a vision of possibility. Entrepreneurs interrupt the market with a better way, and in the process improve lives and the world in which we live.

With a long history of innovation and a bright future fueled by optimism, Wisconsin welcomes game-changers like you. Entrepreneurs and their support networks benefit from programs designed to move startups from seed to growth stage. From technical support services to tax credits for investments in early-stage companies, Wisconsin provides the tools and resources to keep your venture moving forward. Plus, you’ll have access to the location you want, the talent you need, and the investment in research and development that will help you maintain your competitive advantage.

ENTREPRENEUR ASSISTANCE

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HOW WE RANK

Wisconsin ranks in the top for startup longevity.

#2

STATE FOR SCALING UP BUSINESS
Wisconsin ranks second in the mid-market business sector.

American Express Power Index Survey, 2015

17,470

PATENTS FROM 2006 TO 2015
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s (WARF) encourages UW–Madison research by protecting its discoveries and licensing them for beneficial use in the real world.

UW-Madison, 2016

#7

BEST CITY FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
Madison ranks seventh in the nation for best cities for entrepreneurs.

Forbes, 2017

$1.07 BILLION

TOTAL IN R&D FUNDING
Wisconsin entrepreneurs combine hard work with original thinking to create new possibilities.

Bestcolleges.com, 2015

#1

CITY FOR STEM GRADS
Wisconsin has long been committed to advancing its STEM programs, which has made Madison first among metro areas for STEM grads.

Brookings Institution, 2015

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Startup Wisconsin Week kicks off November 5

With more than 150 events happening around the state, Startup Wisconsin Week kicks off on Monday, Nov. 5, to celebrate the achievements of Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and to promote efforts to provide additional support for startups and early-stage companies. Read More

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TESTIMONIALS

Wisconsin’s strong economic engine is helping businesses across the state maximize their success. Learn how companies are thriving by exploring our testimonials.

“When I started the company, we were immediately approached by several East Coast companies who wanted to buy out the company and move it out of state. As a founder and resident of Wisconsin, I was very happy to immediately find local Wisconsin investors with the financial incentive to keep this technology and growth within the state and under our control.”

CHRISTINE SOHNS • CEO, SIMPLY INCREDIBLE FOODS LLC • PORT EDWARDS, WI

“Madison appeals to young entrepreneurs because of its work-life balance. VCs are starting to turn their attention to this state.”

FETCH REWARDS • MADISON, WI