Special thanks to WARF for sponsoring the 2020 Virtual Summit and to gener8tor for providing access to its Webinar and Zoom technology.

The Badger Startup Summit, now in its eighth year would not be possible without the support and enthusiasm of our prior Summit Sponsors listed below.

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.

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.

Findorff is one of the Midwest’s leading builders. The Company, established in 1890, is a leader in advancing health and science through the built environment.

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.

Since 1931, the law firm of Murphy Desmond S.C. has been assisting small, medium and large businesses to grow and thrive in Wisconsin. Murphy Desmond has earned a reputation as a dependable business law firm and has been listed in the top three “Preferred Law Firms” in In Business magazine’s Executive Choice Awards for nearly 15 years. In addition, the firm has received accolades from U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” lists, and numerous attorneys are named on lists for Best Lawyers® in America, Wisconsin Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars, are rated 10.0 Superb on Avvo, and rated AV (top rating) by Martindale-Hubbell and lawyers.com. The business  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 entrepreneurinfo@murphydesmond.com.

Baker Tilly is a leading advisory, tax and assurance firm whose specialized professionals guide clients through an ever-changing business world, helping them win now and anticipate tomorrow. Our primary focus is to provide core accounting, tax and advisory services while leveraging our industry experience working with clients that occupy all stages of development—from start-ups to entrepreneurs to family-run businesses to private equity-owned companies.

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.

Propeller Health is a leading digital therapeutics company dedicated to the development and commercialization of measurably better medicines.Propeller creates products to more effectively treat chronic respiratory disease and improve clinical outcomes for patients through connectivity, analytics, and companion digital experiences. The Propeller platform is used by patients, physicians and healthcare organizations in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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.

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.