Madison was ranked as the 2nd best city in the country for young entrepreneurs by finance site NerdWallet. The site compiled ratings based on access to funds, networking and mentoring opportunities, the strength of the local economy, and the cost-of-living.
Young entrepreneurs in Madison benefit from one of the highest per capita rates of small business loans ($799 per loan) in any major city. Three of the top five cities were located in the Midwest. The full rankings and more information is available here.