The first ever Startup Weekend in Wisconsin was a huge success. Startup Weekend Madison had over 100 participants who pitched 61 different ideas. Of these, 15 projects were chosen and teams worked on them over the weekend. The full list of projects (with details) is available here, and the prizes are available here. The experience was very educational and the energy level was high for everyone involved.
Be sure to check out some of the media coverage of the event from WKOW here, and the Wisconsin State Journal here and here. Startup Weekend Madison was part of Capital Entrepreneurs Week, which continues through Sunday.
Capital Entrepreneurs Week kicks off today and runs through May 6. Capital Entrepreneurs Week brings two of the premiere startup events in the world to Madison – Startup Weekend and 3 Day Startup. The week-and-a-half of entrepreneurship and startup focused events includes speakers, sessions, and more. The burgeoning Madison startup scene has seen a lot of success, and Capital Entrepreneurs Week will showcase much of this energy.
“Younger startups are now growing to become a cornerstone of the Madison economy.” – Mayor Paul Soglin
Supporting organizations and partners for the week include Capital Entrepreneurs, Sector67, Accelerate Madison, City of Madison, University of Wisconsin, Edgewood College, Madison College, Young Entrepreneur Council, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and VETransfer.
Here are the events on tap:
Wednesday, April 25 – Kickoff Event: Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social
Thursday, April 26 – Session: Shotgun Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Friday, April 27 – 29 – Featured Event: Startup Weekend
Monday, April 30 – Speaker and Q&A: Jason Fried, Co-Founder of 37signals
Monday, April 30 – Session: Food and Beer Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, May 1 – Speaker and Q&A: Craig Culver, Co-Founder and CEO of Culver’s
Tuesday, May 1 – Session: Sector67 Meeting
Wednesday, May 2 – Session: Raising early-stage capital from friends and family
Friday, May 4 – 6 – Featured Event: 3 Day Startup
Full details for the week are available here.
We’ve got an action packed week of events coming your way! We’re bringing two of the premiere startup events in the world to Madison, along with multiple other startup focused events, and it’s all happening April 25 – May 6, 2012.
Capital Entrepreneurs Week is anchored by Startup Weekend and 3 Day Startup. The events are happening back-to-back weekends, each with a goal of getting people to work on projects and form real companies – all over a weekend. Supporting sponsors for these events include Google, Qualcomm, Epic, Earth IT, and Neider & Boucher. Organizing partners include UW, MATC, Edgewood College, Capital Entrepreneurs, and Sector67.
Great prizes are available, and more importantly, participants are in for a great experience. Have an idea you want to bring to life? Want to be involved in working on an awesome project? Register now for Startup Weekend (3 Day Startup registration has closed).
More Capital Entrepreneurs Week events will be announced very soon – stay tuned!