Gener8tor Begins Free Accelerator Program

gener8torGener8tor has announced a free accelerator program for early stage startups tied to Wisconsin State Universities. The six week course, called gBETA, is designed to provide resources and mentoring to young companies in both the Madison and Milwaukee area. It will function similar to Gener8tor’s three month long accelerator; however, companies will not exchange any equity for participating.

Gener8tor Co-Founder Troy Vosseller wanted to create a free course for entrepreneurs that are attending Wisconsin state schools, recent graduates, or current faculty. His goal was to give back to the community and help these startups move their ideas forward. Additionally, successful graduates of this program could serve as qualified candidates to continue on to Gener8tor’s longer accelerator program. The first graduating class of 5 companies will culminate their 6 week long summer program in Madison with an invite only pitch event on August 13th. You can read more about gBETA here.

Madison a Top City for Information Technology Job Growth

Forbes-logoForbes has recognized Madison as having one of the quickest growing information technology sectors in the country. Madison came in 5th behind Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Boston, and Austin. Madison is the smallest city by far on this list, which is dominated by large metro areas renowned as tech hubs. Forbes points out that Madison is heading toward reaching critical mass in the industry.

A large portion of this growth is a result of Epic Systems, but the quickly growing and very active tech startup community has also played an important role in Madison’s growing information technology sector.

Read the full Forbes article here.

Tonight! Capital Entrepreneurs-Startup Milwaukee Joint Event

Capital EntrepeneursThe 2nd Capital Entrepreneurs / Startup Milwaukee joint event will take place in Madison TONIGHT (January 22nd) starting at 6pm. It’s an Open Social format, so anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship is welcome to join.

The event will focus on continuing the conversation about better connecting and strengthening the entrepreneurial communities in Madison, Milwaukee, and throughout the state. There will be plenty of time for networking with entrepreneurs from Madison and beyond. It will take place on the top floor of the new Madison Central Library. Additional partners for this event include 100state, gener8tor, the Forward Technology Festival, Godfrey & Kahn, and UW-Milwaukee.

Be sure to RSVP here.

Capital Entrepreneurs-Startup Milwaukee Joint Event

Capital EntrepeneursThe 2nd Capital Entrepreneurs / Startup Milwaukee joint event will take place in Madison on the evening of January 22nd. It’s an Open Social format, so anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship is welcome to join.

The event will focus on continuing the conversation about better connecting and strengthening the entrepreneurial communities in Madison, Milwaukee, and throughout the state. There will be plenty of time for networking with entrepreneurs from Madison and beyond. It will take place on the top floor of the new Madison Central Library, and beverages will be provided.

Additional partners for this event include 100state, gener8tor, the Forward Technology Festival, Godfrey & Kahn, and UW-M.

Be sure to RSVP here. Coming from Milwaukee? There’s a free bus.

Follow Up: Sector 67 Grand Opening

Last Friday was the grand opening of the Sector 67 hacker space in Madison.  There were many members of Capital Entrepreneurs in attendance.  Personally, I thought the event was fantastic. Great to see so many people out supporting this awesome new space in Madison. Check out their website for more information on upcoming events, otherwise see below for some embedded photos and video from the grand opening.

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Madison Rated A Top 10 Entrepreneur Friendly City

From Entrepreneur Magazine:

“It certainly hasn’t been by accident,” says Matthew Mikolajewski, manager of the city’s office of business resources. “It has taken lots of concerted effort to grow that entrepreneurial spirit.” That includes a renewed focus on entrepreneurship by the University’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. “If you walk through one of our incubators, you’ll find everything,” Mikolajewski says. “You’ll find a software engineer right next to someone making crackers.”