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A very big thank you to our Badger Startup Summit sponsors.  Without their support and enthusiasm this Summit would not be possible.

Each of these sponsors are contributing to the growth and viability of the Madison Tech Scene.  When you need a product of service they can supply please consider checking with them to learn how they might help.

University Research Park is an internationally recognized research and technology park that supports early-stage and growth-oriented businesses in a range of sectors across 255 acres on Madison’s west side.  the Park is home to 126 companies, most of which were founded on discoveries made at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The total annual payroll of park companies is $220 million. Park is more that a physical place where companies can locate and grow.  The Park also supports a Park Community comprised of many entities that contribute to the Madison tech scene.  These include MERLIN Mentors, Madworks co-working, Madworks Seed Accelerator, StartMeUp and more.  The Park also owns and operate @1403 on the main campus at University and Randall St.  @1403 is home to the D2P program, Madworks Accelerator and the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic.  @1402 also hosts several events throughout the year aimed at facilitating networking among campus and community entrepreneurs and those who serve them.

Modest in size, but mammoth in creative talent, there’s not much Makin’ Hey! Communications can’t handle. From strategic planning and brand identity to web design and development. From print and packaging design to social media strategy and management, Makin’ Hey! will make your project or organization a splash of color in a sea of black and white and the spicy among the bland. Our crew believes that the status quo is boring, that it’s ok to color outside the lines, and that great ideas always start with a full glass. So, if you’re looking to make some noise amid the quiet, let Makin’ Hey! be your megaphone.

Since 1931, the law firm of Murphy Desmond S.C. has been assisting small, medium and large businesses to grow and thrive in Wisconsin. Named the “#1 Preferred Law Firm” (2010-2013) in In Business magazine by Madison-area executives (and listed in the Top 3 for over 10 years), included on U.S. News & World Report’s“Best Law Firms” list, and rated AV (top rating) by Martindale-Hubbell and, Murphy Desmond has earned a reputation as a dependable business law firm. The lawyers at Murphy Desmond work with start-ups and emerging companies, and the firm is a committed partner in helping to build a strong network of support for entrepreneurs, investors and innovators who bring new ideas to the marketplace. Call us today at 608.257.7181 or email

MERLIN Mentors is a free team mentoring service focused on helping entrepreneurs develop skills and judgment as they navigate the challenges of starting and growing their companies.  MERLIN Mentors are peer reviewed experienced business leaders having experience in creating, growing and exiting successful companies.  They volunteer their time to help convert entrepreneurs’ ideas into companies.  Entrepreneurs may apply online to get a mentor team and begin the MERLIN process.

Special Thanks to the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) for serving as our host organization supporting the Badger Startup Summit as a Venture Forum under WI statutes.  MADREP is the economic development agency for the eight-county Madison Region of southcentral Wisconsin.  MadREP serves the Greater Madison Region as a partner and collaborator to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and other state agencies, as well as economic development initiatives within the region’s counties, municipalities, chambers of commerce, and the private sector.


Badger Startup Summit is a part of Madison’s Forward Festival – created by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, the Fest brings the technology and start-up communities together to learn, share, and have some fun.