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.

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HOW WE RANK

Wisconsin ranks in the top for startup longevity.

$1.07 BILLION

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

Bestcolleges.com, 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

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

Forbes, 2017

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WISCONSIN NEWS

From the latest announcements and economic developments to behind-the-scenes insight into the best state in the Midwest, find complete coverage of all things Wisconsin here.

Communities, businesses, citizens say ‘We’re All In’ to stop spread of COVID-19

August 5, 2020|Comments Off on Communities, businesses, citizens say ‘We’re All In’ to stop spread of COVID-19

A growing number of citizens from across Wisconsin—including small business owners, local leaders, and sports and entertainment figures—are declaring “We’re All In” for working together to stop the spread of COVID-19. Read More

City of Oshkosh receives $250,000 state grant to support redevelopment of the former Gibson Auto Body

July 30, 2020|Comments Off on City of Oshkosh receives $250,000 state grant to support redevelopment of the former Gibson Auto Body

The City of Oshkosh is receiving a $250,000 state grant to help in the renovation and preservation of the former Gibson Auto Body into a unique gathering space in downtown Oshkosh. Read More

Connect with export partners in South Korea via WEDC’s virtual trade venture

July 28, 2020|Comments Off on Connect with export partners in South Korea via WEDC’s virtual trade venture

To help Wisconsin companies continue to grow their exports even while international travel is limited, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is organizing a virtual Global Trade Venture that will connect Wisconsin exporters with potential buyers, distributors and other partners in South Korea. Read More

MY WISCONSIN STORY

Our residents are some of the happiest and most ambitious people in the nation—but don’t just take our word for it. Take theirs.

“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.”

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