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Coworking Spaces

100state is a nonprofit organization. Our mission is to provide a home for entrepreneurs, problem solvers, and creatives. Located in downtown Madison.

Horizon Coworking
Located in Murfie’s offices on the third floor of 7 North Pinckney, they offer shared desk and counter space, a limited number of reserved desks, and other amenities.

Madworks Coworking
A group of entrepreneurs, remote workers, freelancers and creators trying to make Madison a better place to work, live, and play. We offer coworking space, mentoring, an early stage startup accelerator and much, much more!

MATRIX Collaborative Business Solutions is the intersection where creativity & the arts meet business. It functions as a community center and an incubator for various startup projects.

Sector67 is a non-profit collaborative space in Madison, WI dedicated to providing an environment to learn, teach, work-on, build, and create next generation technology.

Organizations and Accelerators

Accelerate Madison

Features events focused on digital technologies.

American Family Insurance Business Accelerator

Delivers business coaching in a largely online, community environment through symposia, webinars, an online coaching forum.


Organization advocates for the life sciences industry in Wisconsin and features regular events and receptions.

Capital Entrepreneurs

An association for Madison-area entrepreneurs who meet regularly.

Doyenne Group

Supports women entrepreneurs in the Madison region through mentoring and networking opportunities.


A startup accelerator for companies in Madison and Milwaukee.

Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic

Start-ups receive advice on legal issues. Online application.

Madison Development Corporation/Dane County Development Corporation

A collaboration of banks and the city of Madison and Dane County specializing in financing solutions for early-stage companies.

Madison Entrepreneur Resource, Learning and Innovation Network (MERLIN)

Mentors matched with community and campus entrepreneurs.


A Madison-based business accelerator providing mentoring and investment.

Sector 67

A collaborative makerspace and incubation facility in Madison.

University Research Park

Flexible leases and space in University Research Park or the Metro Innovation Center.

Wisconsin Angel Network

Tracks deal flow in the state of Wisconsin and connects entrepreneurs to investors.

Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network

One-on-one advising, resources and assistance with SBIR/STTR grant applications. Operates across Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Technology Council

Supports the formation/growth of high-tech companies. Organizes the Entrepreneurs’ Conference and Early Stage Symposium.

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation

Provides education and financing to Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Business Directories

Dane Buy Local 2017-2018 
Dane Buy Local Guide is a must-have free marketing tool that showcases all local businesses that belong to Dane Buy Local.


Biotech Happy Hour

Monthly networking event for biotechnology professionals.

Forward Festival

Provides a mix of talks, panels, and networking opportunities over 10 days celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship.

Hi-Tech Happy Hour

Monthly networking for Madison’s high-tech community—no pre-registration, no speakers, no format, no fees.

WARF Entrepreneurons

Entrepreneurons brings together thought leaders from across the country and our own backyard to exchange perspectives on core topics ranging from identifying an opportunity to building a startup team to financing and beyond.

UW-Madison Resources

Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization

Talks and social gatherings for undergraduate students.


Student group offers consulting opportunities and talks, some with an entrepreneurial orientation.

Entrepreneurship Association

Talks and social gatherings for graduate students.

The Hub

Helps computer science students connect with business students interested in starting companies.

Hybrid Zone X

“Think space” for entrepreneurially-minded faculty and students at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

INSITE – Research and Policy Talks

Government leaders, business professionals and thought leaders in academia discuss emerging topics.

Student Business Incubator

Student-led incubator for student start-ups.


A multidisciplinary group offering workshops, networking opportunities, and applied projects.

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Guidance and support for faculty, staff and students with assessment, patenting and licensing.


100 Hour Challenge

Use UW-Madison surplus supplies to make a product value. Chronicle the journey on YouTube and win $300.

Burrill Business Plan Competition

Attend free seminars led by experts to prepare you to develop and present a formal business plan. Win $10,000.

National Agricultural Innovation Prize

A national contest for agricultural, technology-driven business plans. May win up to $100,000.

NEST Software Competition

Develop a new software application. Win $5,000.

New Arts Venture Challenge

Propose a new arts effort. Win $2,500 to produce your idea.

Qualcomm Wireless innovation Prize

Prize for creativity, prototype and plan. Win $10,500.

Tong/Schoofs Competition

Prize for creative inventions and prototype. Win up to $12,500.

Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge

Two joint competitions recognizing initiatives to solve environmental and energy challenges. Win up $5,000.