Fosters campus entrepreneurial thinking and promotes the creation of new business entities and socially beneficial organizations.
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The 13 statewide campuses of the Wisconsin SBDC provide training, counseling, and workshops for small business owners and managers. For more information and to locate the center that serves your business, go to the SBDC website or call 800-940-7232.
- Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)
WTCS has 16 campuses serving Wisconsin, providing employee training, professional certifications, and business development classes. Curriculum and outreach services vary by campus. For information on the technical college nearest to you, go to the WCTS website above, and select the specific college.
- Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU)
WAICU represents 20 independent colleges and universities in Wisconsin. To find out about business and other curriculum offered by these institutions, visit the above website and select the individual college website.
- Patent and Trademark Services The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has designated Wendt Library as a Patent and Trademark Depository Library. The library maintains all U.S. utility, design, and plant patents in various formats, and provides reference tools and searching assistance for both the general public and the UW-Madison community.
- Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation 614 Walnut St., 13th floor, Madison, Wis. 53726 608-263-2500,
- WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc. WARF building, 614 Walnut St., 13th floor, Madison, Wis. 53726 608-263-2500
- UWM Research Foundation 1440 East North Avenue, Milwaukee, Wis. 53202 414-906-4653
Executive training and continuing education
- UW-Madison Executive Education
This executive education program, internationally ranked, provides a wide variety of short courses, certification series, and custom training for executives, managers, and supervisors.
- UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education
Whether it’s project management or telecommunications, engineering continuing education or social work certification, you’ll find it among the 1,500 non-credit, select credit and certificate programs at the UWM School of Continuing Education.
- UW-Madison College of Engineering
The Department of Engineering Professional Development offers more than 400 short courses as continuing education for engineers, architects, contractors, consultants, managers, and other technical professionals.
- University of Wisconsin System
The UW System provides a variety of for-credit coursework leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees, and non-credit coursework for continuing education on specific topics. For general information on the UW-System and links to specific UW-campus websites, visit www.uwex.edu. For information on systemwide continuing education offerings.
- Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities The association represents 20 independent institutions of higher learning in Wisconsin. Among its programs aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs is the Wisconsin Private Colleges Career Consortium.
- Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP)
WMEP provides training, technical expertise and hands-on implementation assistance to small and midsize manufacturing firms on advanced manufacturing technologies and best business practices. WMEP, a non-profit corporation with linkages to technical colleges and private-sector providers, serves companies in southern and northeastern Wisconsin. 877-800-2085
- Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center (NWMOC)
The goal of the NWMOC is to strengthen Wisconsin manufacturing. We work directly with all levels of our client companies to implement the best manufacturing strategies, business practices and manufacturing processes. We accomplish this by listening to your needs first. Then we apply our hands-on implementation services and the latest in process technologies to improve your manufacturing operation. NWMOC serves alongside the five technical colleges and select private-sector resources in a thirty-three-county region of Northern and Western Wisconsin. Phone: 866-880-2262
- Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
WARF is the intellectual property licensing arm and tech-transfer agent of UW-Madison, the nation’s top public R&D university. WARF welcomes inquiries about university patents available for licensing or entrepreneurial startup, and can take an equity position in companies spinning out of UW-Madison research.
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- Wisconsin Discovery Portal
Locate the right UW-Madison researcher for your collaboration and research needs. This portal provides easy access to information about more than 3,000 researchers at UW-Madison, consistently ranked one of the world’s top public research universities.
- WiCell Research Foundation
Affiliated with WARF, WiCell provides the stem cell lines developed at UW-Madison to bioscience researchers worldwide.
- WiSYS Technology Foundation, Inc.
WiSys identifies innovative technologies developed throughout the University of Wisconsin System and brings them to the marketplace for the benefit of the inventors, their colleges, and Wisconsin’s economy.
- UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations
The Office of Corporate Relations is the portal for the business community into the myriad of resources, faculty, laboratories and consortiums at UW-Madison. The website posts the publication, “A Guide for New Business Ventures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,” a resource to help university faculty and staff interested in launching technology-based businesses.
- University of Wisconsin Medical School
The Medical School’s Technology Transfer and Business/Industry Liaison Office facilitates industry partnerships and clinical research trials. Visit the website or contact Dr. Stephen Harsy at 608-262-7866.
- Medical College of Wisconsin Research Foundation
The MCW Research Foundation links business with the research capabilities, technology license opportunities, and clinical trial services of the Milwaukee-based Medical College of Wisconsin, which has an annual R&D budget of $120 million. The research foundation is also launching a technology-transfer fund. Visit the college or foundation web page or contact Dr. Joseph Hill, phone 414-456-4381 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Milwaukee School of Engineering
The Department of Applied Research houses the Applied Technology Center™ (ATC), the professional education and research arm of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. It serves as a technology and knowledge transfer catalyst among the academia, business and governmental agencies. Visit the website or contact Dr. Shajan John, phone 414-277-7217.
- Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation
The Research Foundation is the window into the medical specialties, research capabilities and centers of the regionally renowned Marshfield Clinic in central Wisconsin.
- Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (CATI)
CATI, located in Racine County, was formed to promote business development and technology innovation in southeast Wisconsin. CATI manages a portfolio of corporate patents available for licensing to entrepreneurs. CATI operates a technology-business incubator and provides a full array of business services for clients.
- The UWM Research Foundation
The UWM Research Foundation, Inc. is a private non-stock, non-profit corporation under Chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is controlled by the UWM Foundation, Inc. The primary purpose of the UWM Research Foundation, Inc. is to support research and innovation at UWM by providing funding for scholarships and grants and by engaging in corporate partnering activities to that end. Contact Brian Thompson at 3230 East Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, Wis. 53211 414-229-3397, email@example.com
- La Crosse Medical Health Science Center and Consortium
The Health Science Center houses college-level academic programs, research, and complementary services. Research programs and laboratories focus on microbiology and biomechanics. For more information on the consortium, contact Catherine Kolkmeier, Executive Director, 608-785-5151, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Center for Innovation and Development (CID)
The CID is located in Menomonie and is one of only two Specialty Centers of the SBDC in Wisconsin. The CID assists inventors, entrepreneurs and small manufacturers by determining product feasibility, developing prototypes and providing engineering support services. As a center of the UW-Stout Technology Transfer Institute (STTI), the CID has access to the full resources of UW-Stout’s faculty, students and laboratories. For more information, contact Larry Blackledge, Director, 715-232-1649, BlackledgeL@UWStout.edu
Research and policy
Wisconsin Technology Council – Science and technology adviser to the governor and the Legislature. Publisher of “Vision 202: A Model Wisconsin Economy,” “The Economic Value of Academic Research & Development in Wisconsin,” “Educating a Tech-Savvy Workforce” and other white papers. 608-442-7557
Census Data – Customer Services Center, 301-457-4100
U.S. Commerce Department Bureau of Economic Analysis, 202-606-9900
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation – Publishes the Index of Entrepreneurial Activity and other reports.
The Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium – Focuses on research, workforce development and partnerships.
The Milwaukee Institute – Shared collaboration and technical computing systems to help solve R&D problems