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

Becoming a Freelancer in the Gig Economy

December 6, 2017 at Truax Campus, Health Building Room 309 | Presented by Matt Nelson

In this first of three workshops, you'll learn how 54 million Americans representing 1/3 of the entire workforce are participating in the gig economy. We'll cover the basics of getting started around the following topics:

  • Is freelancing right for me?
  • Getting organized for independent work.
  • Most in-demand skills for freelancers.
  • Honing your products and/or services.
  • Building your portfolio and branding yourself.
  • Tools and resources for freelancers.

Matt Nelson is an entrepreneur and freelance marketing consultant based in Madison specializing in social media marketing, search engine optimization (SEO) and WordPress. Matt is also the organizer of the local monthly Freelancers Spark meetup group at 100state, founder and director of Grow Madison, a nonprofit that taps local experts to teach hands-on technology and business building workshops, co-founder and partner at Local Route Labs, an indie video game studio that produces Disc Golf Unchained, a mobile video game on Android and iOS, and co-founder of Moov which will provide a map based platform for volunteers to find exciting opportunities with local nonprofits.


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 

Cultivated in Japan, Made in America

November 30, 2017 | Chef Shinji Muramoto

Chef Shinji MuramotoA night with entrepreneur and restaurateur Shinji Muramoto. A native of Sapporo, Japan, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni, Shinji Muramoto is widely considered an important and central figure in the rise and success of Japanese food and sushi bars in Madison, Wisconsin. The owner of two successful Sushi restaurants, and co-founder of five other restaurants, Chef Muramoto has carved out not only a loyal following of Sushi customers, but has mentored and financed a powerful alumni of former Sous-Chefs and bartenders, whom are now restaurant owners themselves.

For Shinji, it has not always been this glamorous. A shy, visiting, University of Wisconsin student in 1988, speaking only a few words of English, he mistakenly ate at a McDonalds for 3 weeks straight before a fellow Japanese speaking classmate told him the there was a cafeteria on campus that served food to students free of charge. Always interested in food and culture, Shinji began his cooking career bussing tables and washing dishes, until eventually moving up to top positions at legendary Madison restaurants like Opus Lounge, and Restaurant Magnus. Even though he cooked French, Italian, and South American in these places, he always stayed close to his heart and the foods he enjoyed while growing up in Japan.

When space became available next door to one of his restaurants he was working at, he seized upon this tiny, vacated spot, built and designed the inside by himself and began serving Sushi at the bar in 2004. He has never looked back. Today, the twice crowned Madison Food and Wine show champion, and thrice nominated James Beard best of Midwest chef, has opened 5 different restaurants. Through it all, never forgetting how he started out, and remaining humble as ever, he is of the most respected and well-liked chefs in the restaurant community.



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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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.