Startup Scene Highlighted in Madison Magazine

Madison Magazine logoThe Madison startup ecosystem and its supporting groups were highlighted in a recent article in Madison Magazine.

The tech startup ecosystem is a key driving force behind Madison’s quest to be among the top cities for tech. Retaining talent, funding, collaboration, and mentors were highlighted as crucial pieces to foster successful new companies. The growing ecosystem of support that exists for startups was highlighted, including Capital Entrepreneurs, The Doyenne Group, gener8tor, and Sector67. Read the full article here.

WomStreet Hosts Electric Daisy Carnival Contest

womstreetWhite-blue-transparent (1)Up-and-coming DJs and producers now have a chance to play at one of the largest concert festivals in the world through a new WomStreet contest. Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is an international annual electronic dance music festival held in the summertime. The event attracts over 300,000 people, making it North America’s largest electronic music festival.

WomStreet, in partnership with Insomniac Events, invites musicians to enter the Discovery Project for the chance to play at the festival’s Chicago debut, be considered for Insomniac’s music marketing platform, and get featured on the EDC and Do312 websites. To enter, participants must remix Bad Boy Bill’s track “Unsaid” ft. Tamra Keenan and capture a thirty-minute audio recording of their mix. To enter the contest and view submissions, go here.

Tonight! Spring Tech Kickoff: Capital Entrepreneurs and Horizon Coworking Open Social

Capital EntrepeneursCapital Entrepreneurs and Horizon Coworking unite to bring you Madison’s Spring Tech Kickoff happening TONIGHT (Wednesday, March 20)!

Doors open at 6pm to check out Horizon and learn about what ULI is up to on the Square, and the Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social runs from 7-9pm. The event is at Horizon Coworking, located at 7 North Pinkney St. The format is informal, come, mingle, folks will be there to answer questions about Horizon and show you around. Music and refreshments provided, including coffee and drinks from the new Alterra opening soon on the Square, wine from Square Wine, and appetizers from the soon-to-open Fox & Bird.

Sponsored by Urban Land Interests and Godfrey and Kahn, S.C., we welcome you to come meet some of Madison’s up-and-coming innovators working on a wide variety of interesting companies at the Capital Entrepreneurs and Horizon Coworking Open Social.

WARF an SWIB Form New $30M Venture Fund

SWIB-WARFlogoThe Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) have partnered to form a new $30 million venture fund. The fund, called 4490 Ventures, will target early-stage IT startup companies in Wisconsin.

WARF has been a worldwide leader in technology transfer from the University, and has traditionally focused more on licensing related to biotech and medical device startups. In the past few years a growing IT/tech startup scene in and outside of Madison has emerged. These younger IT based startups do not need to leverage the same traditional technology licensing used in other industries because their businesses often do not rely on patentable technologies.

“WARF has recognized for some time that there is a significant opportunity in Madison and other regions of the state in information technology startup companies,” – Carl Gulbrandsen, WARF Managing Director

This fund will enable broader support and funding for Wisconsin based IT startups, and will target companies looking to raise $250,000 to $2 million in funding. More information is available here.

Spring Tech Kickoff: Capital Entrepreneurs and Horizon Coworking Open Social

Capital EntrepeneursCapital Entrepreneurs and Horizon Coworking unite to bring you Madison’s Spring Tech Kickoff on Wednesday, March 20!

Doors open at 6pm to check out Horizon and learn about what ULI is up to on the Square, and the Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social runs from 7-9pm. The event is at Horizon Coworking, located at 7 North Pinkney St. The format is informal, come, mingle, folks will be there to answer questions about Horizon and show you around. Music and refreshments provided, including coffee and drinks from the new Alterra opening soon on the Square, wine from Square Wine, and appetizers from the soon-to-open Fox & Bird.

Sponsored by Urban Land Interests and Godfrey and Kahn, S.C., we welcome you to come meet some of Madison’s up-and-coming innovators working on a wide variety of interesting companies at the Capital Entrepreneurs and Horizon Coworking Open Social.

Capital Entrepreneurs is the cornerstone of Madison’s entrepreneurial community, and this normally members only monthly meeting opens its door to anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship.

Horizon Coworking is Madison’s downtown, open, collaborative workspace. Recently moved into 7 North Pinkney, we are pleased to formally open our doors to the public. We have worked closely with ULI to create a space where entrepreneurs, independent workers, and broader groups supporting startups and nontraditional work can come together.

Startup Weekend Madison is back April 5-7!

SW_kauffman_greenStartup Weekend returns to Madison April 5-7, 2013. Last year’s event brought together over 100 people for a weekend to work on 15 different exciting projects – some even turned into real companies. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. To get a better idea about the event, check out a brief video trailer here.

Early Bird registration ends Friday (3/15), so be sure to register now to save 25%! If you’re a student, use the promo code ‘STUDENT’ to save 50%!

Startup Weekend is a true risk-free environment and a great opportunity for both new and seasoned entrepreneurs to gain valuable entrepreneurial experiences and put their unique skill sets to use, meet great people, and have fun. People of all different backgrounds and with all different skills are encouraged to participate. Organizing partners for the event include Capital Entrepreneurs, Sector67, The Doyenne Group, UW-Madison, MATC, and Edgewood College. The event is sponsored by WEDC, Google, American Family Insurance, Neider & Boucher, and gener8tor.

PerBlue Execs Named to UW Forward Under 40

553350_456817914389322_331852373_nJustin Beck and Forrest Woolworth of PerBlue were named to the 2013 University of Wisconsin Alumni Association’s Forward Under 40 list. The Forward Under 40 award is given out to a small set of UW graduates each year who embody the Wisconsin Idea. This is the sixth year for the award, with 9 alumni in the 2013 class. Read more here.

Exemplifying the Wisconsin Idea, the foundation of this honor, each of the nine 2013 recipients are, among many things, talented and inspiring — I could not be more pleased or proud to recognize their amazing achievements with this award. – Paula Bonner, Wisconsin Alumni Association President

Jon Hardin and Scott Resnick of Hardin Design and Development were also recognized with the Forward Under 40 award in 2012.

Tonight: Wisconsin Startup Night with TechStars

techstars-logo-smallWisconsin Startup Night: TechStars in Madison is happening tonight (March 4) at the Monona Terrace starting at 5pm. The event is co-organized by Accelerate Madison, Capital Entrepreneurs, and Foley & Lardner.

Presenters include Monty Schmidt, founder of Madison’s Sonic Foundry; Sam Yagan, co-founder of OkCupid, CEO of match.com and co-founder of Excelerate Labs (now TechStars Chicago); and Matt Younkle & Preston Austin, co-founders of Murfie, serial entrepreneurs and TechStars alumni. The evening will include networking, a full explanation of TechStars Chicago, and a call for new businesses to apply to the TechStars Midwest accelerator.

To register, go here.