Capitol Bank is a locally owned, full-service community bank based in Madison and Verona, Wisconsin. Founded in Madison, WI in 1995, Capitol Bank focuses on local decision-making, above-and-beyond personal service, and maintaining deep roots in the community. The Bank’s clientele, includes a high concentration of business customers.
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. The LeRose Group at the Milwaukee office of Morgan Stanley provides investment solutions including investment strategy, advisory and portfolio management services.
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) promotes, encourages and aids scientific investigation and research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Founded in 1925, WARF is among the oldest and most successful technology transfer offices in the nation. As the designated patenting and licensing organization for UW–Madison, WARF advances transformative discoveries to the marketplace to benefit humankind across Wisconsin and the world.
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 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 operates @1403 on the UW campus. @1403 is home to the D2P program, Madworks Accelerator, the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, WIsolve and others. @1403 also hosts several events throughout the year aimed at facilitating networking among campus and community entrepreneurs.
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 lawyers.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP is a full-service accounting and advisory firm delivering refreshing candor with clear industry insight to connect your business goals with innovative solutions that drive your business forward. Baker Tilly’s industry-focused teams serve clients that are both privately held and publicly traded companies, and occupy all stages of development—from start-ups and family-run businesses to international corporations.
With more than 2,700 employees, Baker Tilly provides a wide range of accounting, tax, assurance and consulting services throughout 14 different states and in 35 different cities. Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 147 countries, with 30,000 professionals.
Kollath CPA is a full-service accounting firm with locations in Middleton and Sauk City that offer a wide range of tax, accounting, assurance and payroll services. Kollath’s team of professionals are focused on the health and growth of your business and will give you the personal, custom attention you need to be proactive. We will help you meet your goals.
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.