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. 

All events are 6-8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Attendees can park in any marked stall in the student parking lot. View our campus map.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Lunch & Learn - Open House at Truax campus

Tuesday, September 18

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Truax Campus Entrepreneurship Center, Room E1874

Meet, greet and eat! Come and check out the Center for Entrepreneurship, meet our Entrepreneurs in Residence, network and enjoy some light refreshments.



Lunch & Learn - Open house at South campus

Monday, September 24

12:30 - 2 p.m.

South Campus, Room SM137

Meet, greet and eat! Come and check out the Center for Entrepreneurship, meet our Entrepreneurs in Residence, network and enjoy some light refreshments. 



Lunch & Learn - Turning Networking into sales with

deb biddle

Monday, October 8

12:30 - 2 p.m.

South Campus, Room SM137


During this Lunch and Learn, Deborah Biddle will share strategies for turning networking contacts into clients. Tactics will include:   

  • Clarity of purpose 
  • Beginning with the end in mind – planning your work and working your plan 
  • Helping them get some of what they want, so that you get more of what you want 
  • Connecting to understand needs—be the solution 
  • Following-through 
  • Delivering quality 
  • Having/developing a solid reputation 
  • Having/acquiring References 




Chef Series

The Madison College 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 $25 for non-students. 

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

Fall 2018 Chef Series - info coming soon 


Sustainable Agriculture

In the new Sustainable Agriculture workshop series, you will gain a better understanding of farming practices that focus on soil health and grazing. These workshops are perfect for those new to farming or experienced farmers looking to implement sustainable practices.  All of these workshops are held at Fountain Prairie Farm in Fall River, Wisconsin. 

The farm is Madison College's first entrepreneurial incubator and serves as an educational resource for our community.

Fountain Prairie Farm
W1901 State Road 16
Fall River, WI 53932.

To register for a workshop listed below, call 608-258-2301 ext. 2 or toll-free 855-473-2301 ext. 2 or if you have an existing student account register online.

workshop info coming soon


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.