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About Us

An event connecting Badger entrepreneurs* everywhere to share contacts, experiences and advice.

  • Meet Wisconsin entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated startup, growth and sustained operation
  • Make connections with Badger businesses that can help your company grow
  • Give a business pitch for feedback, or hear pitches from the next generation of Badger entrepreneurs
  • Build your virtual rolodex of contacts

*  Note: by Badger entrepreneurs we don’t mean just UW-Madison.  Wisconsin is the Badger State.



Coming to the Summit from out of town?

Summer in Madison has much to offer beyond the Badger Startup Summit.  For starters the Summit is a part of the Forward Technology Festival, an 8 day ‘movable feast’ of events focused on the intersection of entrepreneurs, technology and social media.


Need a hotel, a restaurant or want to find out what else is going on Mid August?  Check out


Event Parking (for a fee) is available in UW Parking Lots #17 (off Randall St.), #20 (off University Ave), under UW Grainger Hall (off Brooks St.), and in the Union South parking ramp.  For a map of UW parking, go to:


Check out latest updates.  Follow us on Twitter:  @BadgerStartup

Meet the 2017 Summit Steering Committee


Co-Chair – Allen Dines, WISC Partners

Co-Chair – Matt Younkle,

Dennis Barnum, MERLIN Mentors

Sandra Bradley,  UW Center for Corporate Innovation

Drew Coursin, Carex, 100State and 1 Million Cups

Nicole Justa, 29 Capital Partners

Eugene Kim, Law & Entrepreneurship clinic and Madworks Accelerator

Nhi Le, gBeta – Madison, gener8tor

Rachel Neill, Carex, 100State and 1 Million Cups

Jillana Peterson, Zendesk

Ben Stanley,  gBeta – Milwaukee, gener8tor


Public Relations and Website

Allen Veak/Kevin Kiley – Makin’ Hey! Communications


Thanks to all the Steering Committee Team

Special thanks to Forward Festival support team,  Libby Gerds and Molly Walsh

This Event was August 17, 2017 – Registration Now Closed

Stay Tuned

The Summit returns in 2018

$45 Early Bird

$75 Preregistration
$100 at the the door

Find it

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
The Hector Deluca Forum
330 North Orchard Street
Madison, WI 53715


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