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:

  • 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.  

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The Center for Entrepreneurship provides a variety of workshops and events designed to provide hands-on information and planning tools for both novice and experienced entrepreneurs. This ongoing series covers topics from the exploratory stage of learning what entrepreneurship is, through the fundamental elements of putting together a business plan. 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.  

Events are free to Madison College students and to the general public unless otherwise notedEntrepreneurs from communities surrounding Madison, Wisconsin are encouraged to attend. 

Attendees can park in any marked stall in the student parking lot. View our campus map.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Lunch and Learn - How to set up an Etsy Store

Tuesday, November 27

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Truax Campus, Room E1874


Come and hear from Kathy Warczak, Kaci Sullivan, Alix Shabazz from Cocoabean Skin Care and Morena Taylor from Madre Yerba about what inspired them to sell online, what challenges they've faced as an online seller and what are the pros and cons of selling on Etsy.



Lunch and Learn - Opening an Etsy Store/Christmas Gigs with Jasmine

Tuesday, December 10

12:30-2 p.m.

South Campus, Room SM137



Chef Series

The Madison College & Vollrath Chef Series focuses on the entrepreneurial journey that each chef has embarked on and the challenges they faced along the way. Events will also cover methods of food preparation, a cooking demonstration and a serving of appetizers prepared by the chefs.

Events will be hosted in our new Culinary Arts demonstration kitchen, located at the Truax campus in Madison, Wisconsin. The Chef Series is free to Madison College students and $35 for non-students. 

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

Fall 2018 Chef Series 

Kyle Cherek

Don't miss these exciting talks and 

culinary presentations for the 2018-19 Madison College Chef Series, presented by The Vollrath Company and hosted by Kyle Cherek, host of Wisconsin Public Televisions Emmy award-winning Wisconsin Foodie




Chef Seth VanderLaan

Seth VanderLaan

Tuesday, December 4

6 - 8 p.m.

Truax Campus, Room B1285  


Seth VanderLaan joined Delaware North as the Executive Chef at Milwaukee Sportservice in November 2015. In this position, Seth oversees all culinary operations at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, including concessions, luxury suites, the Club Level restaurant, all-inclusive clubs, catering, and team clubhouse dining. In his Executive Chef role, Seth is the driving force behind new menu concepts that are innovative and crowd-pleasing all while maintaining a focus on sustainability, local sourcing, and green business initiatives.




Upcoming Events


Pierre Zimmermann

Thursday, January 24

6 - 8 p.m.



Wednesday, February 13

6 - 8 p.m.



Rick Tramonto

Wednesday, March 6

6 - 8 p.m.



SaraH Grueneberg

Wednesday, April 10

6 - 8 p.m.



Gale GAnd

Wednesday, May 8

6 - 8 p.m.



Resident Entrepreneurs

Meet the Entrepreneurship in Residence at Madison College.

EIR's work closely with students to develop business plans.


Deborah Biddle

Deborah Biddle

Deb runs the consulting, coaching, training, and speaking firm, High Performance Development Solutions LLC. She works with organizations who want to leverage the power of change to heighten development and performance for their people. As a diversity and inclusion consultant, trainer and speaker, Deborah designs and delivers thought-provoking and challenging experiences that help people think better, do better and be better at what matters most.  Deborah is excited to join Madison College as an Entrepreneur in Residence. She looks forward to working with students to bring develop their ideas and passions into growing businesses. 


Email Deb to schedule an appointment.



Araceli Esparaza


Email Araceli to schedule an appointment


Shana LaFore


Email Shana to schedule an appointment


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.