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About Us

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

  • Hear the stories of Wisconsin entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated startup, growth and sustained operation
  • Get advice from Badger business leaders from the nation’s hot spots (Silicon Valley, Chicago, New York)
  • Give a business pitch for feedback, or hear pitches from the next generation of Badger entrepreneurs
  • Make key business connections and 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:


Follow us on Twitter:  @BadgerStartup

Thanks to our 2016 Summit Steering Committee

Co-Chair – Allen Dines, WISC Partners

Co-Chair – Matt Younkle,

Dennis Barnum, MERLIN Mentors

Jillana Peterson, Zendesk

Maggie Brickerman, gBeta, gener8tor

Will Robus, D2P

Claudia Seidenberg, 100State, MadVentures

Terry Sivesind, Madworks Accelerator

Eugene Kim, Law & Entrepreneurship clinic and Madworks Accelerator

Allen Veak/Kevin Kiley – Makin’ Hey! Communications



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

This Event was August 22, 2016 – Registration Now CLOSED

$45 Early Bird (closes July 31)
$75 Preregistration (closes August 20)
$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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