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.  

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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.

SUMMER 2018 Schedule

Re-Imagined Work Life Balance: Claim More "Me" Time with Paloma Kennedy

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
West Campus, Room 120

If only, there was more hours in the day! If only, there were two of me! Two common phrases often used to describe our on-the-go lifestyle.

It can be difficult to juggle career and family responsibilities in a way that feels balanced. What if the secret to finding more time, simply means doing less?

In this workshop, Paloma will share how you can reclaim lost time, feel less stressed, and finally get in a work-life balance groove.


Freelancing in the Gig Economy with Matt Nelson

Tuesday, July, 10, 2018
Truax Campus, Room D1630C

Join Madison-based freelancer and entrepreneur Matt Nelson, for a discussion on how to freelance in the current gig economy.

After some discussion around whether freelancing is right for you, Matt will talk about how to get started in setting up your business and home office, and how to start building a portfolio that will attract new clients. Matt will also be sharing valuable tips and tricks on how to find new clients, how to manage existing clients, what skills are in highest demand, and how to package and price your services


Chef Series

Chefs Phillip Hurley John GadauThe 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 this summer! 


Sustainable Agriculture

Madison College has entered into a lease agreement with Fountain Prairie Farm in Fall River, Wisconsin. The farm will serve as an educational resource and as the college's first entrepreneurial incubator.  See below for workshops, classes, and related events. 

Indoor and outdoor workshops will be located at Fountain Prairie Farm owned by John & Dorothy Priske, W1901 State Road 16, Fall River, WI 53932.

To register:

Call 608-258-2301 ext. 2 or toll-free 855-473-2301 ext. 2. Individuals with an existing student account may register in myMadisonCollege.

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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.