Center for Entrepreneurship

The mission of the Madison College Center for Entrepreneurship is to strengthen communities through education, innovation and collaboration. We strive to plant the seeds of entrepreneurial thinking and to foster a culture of entrepreneurial action across all of Madison College. Our goals are to:Entrepreneurship Center Madison College

  • Assist in the creation of new businesses within our district.
  • Assist in the retention of businesses within our district.
  • Provide tools for startups to launch and for early stage businesses to improve planning and to achieve growth.
  • Focus on providing resources to underserved populations within our district such as women and minority entrepreneurs.

Our Center seeks to leverage the talents of our distinguished faculty, and our world class campus infrastructure to add value to our regional entrepreneurship ecosystem while collaborating with existing organizations and promoting what others do best.

Business Planning

Matc Business Planning Series

The Madison College Business Planning workshop series is designed to provide hands-on information and planning tools for both novice and experienced entrepreneurs. This ongoing series will take participants from the exploratory stage of learning what entrepreneurship is, through the fundamental elements of putting together a business plan. Registered Madison College students are eligible to enter the Madison College Challenge business plan competition and compete for cash and in kind prizes, including a $5,000 grand prize.  

The Business Planning Series is free to Madison College students and to the general public unless otherwise notedEntrepreneurs from communities surrounding Madison, Wisconsin are encouraged to attend. 

All events are 6 - 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Links to register for our entrepreneurship workshops are coming soon.

Dreaming of Becoming an Entrepreneur?

September 18, 2017 | Truax Room B3279 or September 20, 2017 | South 
Presented by Jill Huizenga

Do you have ideas and aspirations, but aren't sure where to go or how to proceed? This informational and engaging workshop may spark your passion into a reality. Topics include the state of entrepreneurship (business ownership), the entrepreneurial mindset, characteristics of a successful entrepreneur, idea generation, and resources for your entrepreneurial journey. 

Register for Truax Register for South

Business Model Canvas

September 27, 2017 | Truax Room B3279 or October 12, 2017 | South 
Presented by Jill Huizenga

Describe, design, invent, pivot, and discuss your business idea. The Business Model Canvas helps to tell the story of how you create, deliver, and capture value (for your organization). Join in on visualizing your plan through the Business Model Canvas as well as listening to some expert advice from guest speaker(s) and see what barriers and opportunities they found through their own business start up.

Register for Truax Register for South

Financials for Startups and Small Businesses

October 19, 2017 at Truax Room B3279 | Presented by Dan O'Brien

This workshop provides an introduction to the key financial reports used in all businesses. Topics covered will include balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements. Following this session participants will have an understanding of common performance metrics related to the practice of entrepreneurial finance.


Marketing & Social Media for Startups

November 8, 2017 at Truax Room B3279 | Presented by Steve Noll

Social Media is a critical part of a Small Business Marketing plan. Learn how to integrate tools like Facebook into establishing and growing an online presence for your business. Getting new likes/fans, content creation, paid vs free advertising and using Social Media PR will be covered (and more) to help make sure your business can launch with customers on day one.


Choosing the Right Business Structure – Legal and Tax Considerations

November 14, 2017 at Truax Room B3279 | Presented by Jody Cooper, Norma Kropp and Kim Varsho

There are a number of factors to keep in mind before starting your own business. Of all the choices you make when starting a business, one of the most important is the type of legal structure you select for your company. This workshop is an introduction to the basic forms of business enterprises. Sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and LLCs will be examined and compared. Specific topics include forms of business organizations, structures of an enterprise, liability, and tax implications.


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Business Boot Camp, Skills for Launching a Startup

October 19, 2017, 6:30 - 9 p.m. and October 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. | UW Baraboo

Learn how to effectively launch a new business. Featured topics include: Exploring your idea business model canvas, understand legal entities, accounting best practices, financing your startup, branding and online presence. Learn more about the Business Boot Camp brought to you by the Innovations Champions Group which includes Madison College. The deadline to register is October 11, 2017. Registration includes lunch and snacks for $40.

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Chef Series

Chefs Phillip Hurley John GadauThe Madison College Chef Series focuses on the entrepreneurial journey that each of our guest chefs has embarked on and the challenges they faced and overcame along the way. The evening will also cover methods of preparation they use, a cooking demonstration, and serving of appetizers prepared by the chefs.

Each presentation will be hosted in our new Culinary Arts program demonstration kitchen, located at the Truax campus in Madison, Wisconsin. The Chef Series is free to Madison College students and $25 for non-students. 

Watch this one minute video to learn what the chef series is all about. 

Fall 2017 Chef series 

Registration links coming soon.

Exploring your Urbanbelly

October 19, 2017 | Chef Billy Kim

Headshot of Chef Bill Kim of urbanbelly restaurants

Award-winning Chef Bill Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the United States at age 7. His first formal kitchen duty – roasting sesame seeds and grinding them using a mortar and pestle – sparked his interest in pursuing a culinary career.

Chef Kim’s expansive culinary background spans a wide range of varied cuisines. After studying classic French cooking at Kendall College, Chef Kim pursued opportunities to work alongside industry greats. From there, Chef Kim served as sous chef at notable kitchens throughout the country. After several years on the East Coast, he was drawn back to Chicago to serve as chef de cuisine at Charlie Trotter’s before taking the helm of French-Asian Le Lan.

Chef Kim is widely considered to be a pioneer in the movement of fine dining chefs introducing casual concepts. In 2008 he opened urbanbelly, a bustling communal-seating restaurant featuring creative and soul-satisfying noodle, dumpling and rice dishes. In August 2012, Chef Kim opened bellyQ, a modern Asian barbecue concept on Chicago’s thriving Randolph Street. After five successful years operating urbanbelly in Avondale, Chef Kim expanded the menu and relocated the restaurant to reside alongside bellyQ in the West Loop. A second urbanbelly location opened in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood in early 2016. Chef Kim's first cookbook: "Korean BBQ; How to master your grill in 7 sauces" is to be released in April 2018 by Ten Speed Press.


Osteria Papevero

November 1, 2017 | Chef Francesco Mangano


November 30, 2017 | Chef Shinji Muramoto



Legal Education Events

The Madison College Paralegal program, along with community partners, presents a series of hands-on professional development opportunities. These legal education programs focus on technology use in the law office. Each session is designed to help make life easier by leveraging technology in easy, meaningful ways.  

View current offerings


Madison College Challenge

The Madison College Challenge is a three-phase business plan competition for registered Madison College students. Finalists who make it to the third and final phase have a chance to win up to $5,000 cash. This can be awarded to an aspiring entrepreneur (or team of entrepreneurs) designated for startup funding within the Madison College district.  

Madison College Libraries

  • Resources on Entrepreneurship

  • Creator Studio The Madison College Libraries Creator Studio is a place that encourages innovative thinking and creative exploration for group and individual learners. It is designed to build community and self-discovery by providing tools that offer hands-on experiences and learning.

WiSys Technology Foundation

Madison College has a formal technology transfer agreement with the WiSys Technology Foundation. If you are a Madison College student, faculty, or staff with an idea or product in development WiSys may be able to help you protect your intellectual property and/or commercialize your product. WiSys works with innovators with discoveries from all disciplines and stages of development.

For more information on how to access WiSys resources contact

American Family Dream Bank

The American Family Dream bank offers valuable talks and events for entrepreneurs.  View their current offerings.