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. Register for our entrepreneurship workshops below.

Business Organizations, Tax, and Legal Status

July 25, 2017 | Presented by Norma Kropp, Jodi Cooper and Kim Varsho | Madison College West Room 116

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. 


Social Entrepreneurship 101

August 23, 2017 | Truax Campus, Room D1630C

Do you have an interest in opening a for-profit or nonprofit organization aimed at addressing a social, cultural and/or environmental issue you care about? This highly interactive workshop will introduce you to the expanding and evolving field of social entrepreneurship. Explore the meaning of social entrepreneurship, examine businesses that are doing well and making a difference at the same time, and brainstorm potential social enterprise ideas of your own.


Business planning In the Community

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 incudes lunch and snacks for $40.

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Chef Series

The 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. 

Fall 2017 Chef Series lineup will be announced soon.

Chefs Phillip Hurley John Gadau

Chefs Phillip Hurley and John Gadau from Sardine

Chef Dan Fox Chef Series Madison College

Chef Dan Fox from Heritage Tavern


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.  

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Community Events

Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium 2017

July 24 -  July 25, 2017 | UW-Plateville

Madison College students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the 10th annual WSTS two-day conference. This networking event for UW researchers, students and industry professionals is an excellent opportunity for collaboration. If you're interested in attending, please reach out to Bryan Woodhouse, executive director of the Madison College Center for Entrepreneurship for a ticket sponsored by Madison College.  

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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.