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.


But this year you can attend virtually from anywhere with an internet connection

Skip the hotel,

No need for Event Parking 


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

Meet the 2021 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

Susan LaBelle, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Jenni Le, gBeta – Madison, gener8tor

Josh Heling,  1 Million Cups

Trezy,  1 Million Cups

Joey Frayne,  1 Million Cups

Javier Soto, 1 Million Cups

Joseph Sweeney, 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 2021 Summit is August 12

Registration is Free

Register separately for:

Keynote: The 5 Lakes Chat@Badger Startup Summit

Virtual Pitch&rePlay

Note: The Summit is included with Forward Pass purchase but registration is still required.

Find it

Watch your email for the links to the virtual sessions you signed up for

To arrive shortly prior to Aug 13


Follow us on Twitter for updates, announcements, and “LIVE” event tweets!