â€œIt certainly hasnâ€™t been by accident,â€ says Matthew Mikolajewski, manager of the cityâ€™s office of business resources. â€œIt has taken lots of concerted effort to grow that entrepreneurial spirit.â€ That includes a renewed focus on entrepreneurship by the Universityâ€™s business school, the establishment of a fast-growing University research park, half a dozen business and arts incubators, and plans for a new food science lab and incubator developed with the Environmental Protection Agency. The fact that Madison has the second most educated work force in the country and one of the best quality of life ratings makes it attractive to business owners of all stripes. â€œIf you walk through one of our incubators, youâ€™ll find everything,â€ Mikolajewski says. â€œYouâ€™ll find a software engineer right next to someone making crackers.â€
We will use the front page to post updates on our members and their progress as they operate their business and highlight entrepreneurial events in the Madison community.
One of the coolest entrepreneur resources in Madison is the Burrill Business Plan Competition, a competition put on by the Wisconsin School of Business. The Burrill invites teams from all across the UW campus to write a business plan and make a presentation to a top notch judges panel. Its a great experience for entrepreneurs who are just getting their start.
This year’s competition was one of the best and two of our own took home top prizes. Thomas Carmona of CityDictionary.com took the $10,000 first prize, while Corey Capasso of Add The Flavor took the $7,000 second prize.Â Congrats to both Thomas and Corey!
Capital Entrepreneurs was founded in 2009 as a resource for the burgoening Entrepreneur community in Madison, Wisconsin. We are dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in Madison by bringing entrepreneurs together to create new connections and a community around the disparate startups in Madison. We realize that entrepreneurs come in many different shapes and sizes: non-profits, retail, innovative websites and high tech innovations are all forms of entrepreneurship.
We have created a place were entrepreneurs can find resources that will help them succeed. From law firms who are flexible when working with startups to local investment firms, our Entrepreneur Resources page is the place for entrepreneurs to find talented, entrepreneur friendly businesses and services.
We are also interested in finding affordable heath care solutions for growing companies, helping others start new businesses and making connections with others in the community who are interesting in seeing Madison be the best city it can be.
If you are a Madison entrepreneur, join us! We would love to have you.