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 http://www.visitmadison.com/things-to-do/.


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: http://transportation.wisc.edu/resources/maps.aspx


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

Meet the 2018 Summit Steering Committee


Co-Chair – Allen Dines, WISC Partners

Co-Chair – Matt Younkle, Cardigan

Erin Ladwig – Summit mastermind

Dennis Barnum, MERLIN Mentors

Jeff Glazer, UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic

Nicole Justa, 29 Capital Partners

Jenni Le, gBeta – Madison, gener8tor

Josh Heling,  1 Million Cups

Trezy,  1 Million Cups

Joey Frayne,  1 Million Cups

Javier Soto, 1 Million Cups

Claudia Seidenberg, 100State

Emily Volland, 100State



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, Molly Walsh

The 2019 Summit is August 22, 2019

Registration is open

$45 Early Bird (until Jun 30)

$75 Pre-registration

$100 at the the door

Note: The Summit is included with Forward Pass purchase but registration is still required.  Use your VIP code to zero out any fees

Find it

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


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