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About Madworks Seed Accelerator

Madworks is a seed accelerator operating in Madison, Wisconsin that provides grants, mentors, lean startup methodology, structure, access to next-round finance and much, much more to selected early-stage companies.

The mission of Madworks is to help you succeed. Do your potential customers believe your idea is good and solves a real problem? Do they want it and will they pay for it? Following lean startup methodology, startups are encouraged to “build, measure, learn” as quickly as possible. We look for the best people with the ability to turn ideas into companies. We’ll provide you with capital and office space and surround you with fellow entrepreneurs, mentors, industry experts, service providers and anyone else you need to get off the ground and grow. This happens during a high-energy, 10-week program.

Madworks accepts early-stage companies created by UW-Madison faculty, staff, alumni and students, as well as early-stage companies from the greater Madison community.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS THRU 9/15.

APPLICATION FOR FALL 2015

Schedule for Fall 2015

Madworks will offer a fall program starting Wednesday, September 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and then Wednesdays through December 2nd from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Founding team MUST participate in boot camp for accepted companies to be held September 23rd from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Founding teams to meet in Madison from from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning September 30th and ending December 2nd.
  • Participating teams to meet at 1403 University Avenue in Madison, WI.
  • Individual company weekly milestones set on mutual agreement between founding teams and Madworks staff in weekly 1/2 hour meetings, which will be held at a mutually agreed upon time
  • Ten-week commitment
  • Up to $5,000 in grant and expense funding per participating team
  • Using lean startup methods, participating teams will accelerate their understanding of marketplace needs and viability for their product
  • Refine your pitch
  • Identify next-round funding where appropriate
  • Find additional mentors/advisors/resources
  • Part-time program; participating teams are expected to spend 20 hours per week

Summer 2015

VitaCycle

VitaCycle

VitaCycle produces an affordable and modular method to grow, transport, and consume microgreens.

Seiva Technologies

Seiva Technologies

Seiva Technologies' wearable garments yield comprehensive bio-metric data, which provides physical therapists and their patients a greater understanding of their bodies.

Breathe For Change

Breathe For Change

Breathe For Change is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of students, teachers, and communities through yoga and mindfulness.

STEMhero

STEMhero

STEMhero empowers students as authentic engineers and scientists, leverging utility data they collect to close the STEM gap and solve the water/energy crisis.

Entolution

Entolution

Entolution will be an industrial-scale food processing business creating a cheaper food-grade cricket meal (whole crickets milled to a fine powder) sold B2B to a growing number of food startups using the ingredient in their products.

Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling

Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling

Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling researches and develops technologies for recovering essential nutrients from wastewater that are valuable to agriculture and industry.

Jobtopper

Jobtopper

"Uber"-ize software development by connecting professionals to local companies for non-core hour jobs.

Jua Power

Jua Power

Jua Power is a Sustainable Social Enterprise that aims to provide clean, renewable, and sustainable energy in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through Solar Photovoltaic Technology, while simultaneously building the local economy by creating employment opportunities through its franchise model.


Portfolio Companies - Spring 2015

Booth Central!

A SaaS platform that helps consumer and trade show organizers manage their participating vendor payments and space assignments.

Chō Chō

Chō Chō

Chō Chō delivers joy through original, luxury baby products that are well-designed and highly innovative.

Yoozon

Yoozon

Instead of having a hosting plan on a complex and expensive server, having to configure FTP and DB from scratch, and remembering all the different login credentials for each of your clients, you can just upload your files to your Dropbox and that's it: we made hosting simple.

Field 59

Field 59

Field59 is an enterprise online video platform for live events, education and media companies.

Snapifeye

Snapifeye

Social media management for event promotions

MogaMind

MogaMind

MogaMind provides a convenient and accessible way to reduce feelings of stress, empower performance, and improve focus through voiceover-guided music tracks built upon the Tri-Layer Effect™ of Gratitude, Love, and Visualization.

Shepherdband

Shepherdband

Shepherdband takes the stress out of knowing that the people in your care are within a known distance and enables you and them to interact with one another unobtrusively.

Footsy

Footsy

Footsy LLC creates a shower tool for the geriatric and limited mobility population to help with foot cleaning by focusing on preventative foot care and fall prevention.


Portfolio Companies - Winter 2014

Bust the rust

Bust the Rust

Bust the Rust, LLC is a clean tech company, committed to the development & sale of nanoporous, anti-corrosion coatings that are thin, durable, and cost-efficient.

Concinnity

Concinnity

Concinnity calculates the quality of care that physicians provide, so that physicians who provide better care can get paid more.

Drover

Drover

Drover is a parking application built to connect drivers with unused, privately-owned parking spaces.

Great lakes san

Great Lakes SAN

Data's safe harbor

Igo vego

IGo VeGo

IGo VeGo hand-crafts surprisingly delicious vegan burgers from fresh, organic, and local ingredients while treading as lightly as possible on the planet as we can.

The other side

The Other Side

The Other Side LLC: golf maintenance products for improved greens quality.

Rally energy

Rally Energy

Rally Energy provides caffeinated mints that are free of the excess sugar, fillers and additives present in most energy supplements.

Serving earth

Serving Earth

Serving Earth is seeking to create a durable, reusable, food-to-go box made out of post-consumer recycled material to replace disposable boxes in university dining halls, business cafeterias, and restaurants.

SVBTILE

Provide intelligent and adapted music for "Brick and Mortar" medium/big companies so they can improve their in-store experience

TabSynth

TabSynth transforms the design, manufacture, and assembly of flat-pack structures by removing the fasteners, tools, and adhesives.


Portfolio Companies - Summer 2014

900dpi

900dpi

900dpi is the easiest way for web designers and developers to create and maintain websites using the tools they already know.

Clemetric

CleMetric

CleMetric is a software company that combines the power of Big Data, stream computing, machine learning, data management, and visual discovery to deliver advanced predictive data analytics solutions for medical research, healthcare operations and health insurance.

Confplus

ConfPlus

ConfPlus provides a mobile solution that distributes event information, facilitates communication and networking to improve the overall participating experience at professional events. The interactive and trackable mobile advertisement can help event sponsors effectively showcase their brand, generate leads, and promote sales.

ivMD

iV̇MD makes patient management software with a mission to improve the lives of patients and those who care for them. Our first product, the Digital Intern, empowers Organ Procurement Coordinators, nursing, and respiratory care staff to effectively care for organ donors, increasing the number of organs available for transplant while decreasing the amount of physician time required to provide optimal care for donors.

Smartuq

SmartUQ

SmartUQ brings leading-edge analytics to accelerate simulation, reducing time and costs for industries that make simulation-based decisions. Learn more about the patent-pending technology at http://www.smartuq.com/.

STELA Medical

STELA Medical will provide medical technologies and services aimed at improving patient safety, reducing healthcare costs, and fulfilling the clinical needs of end-users: anesthesiologists, dentists, and otolaryngologists (ENTs). STELA Medical's first device, STELA, fulfills the clinical need for a universal topical anesthetic applicator that interfaces with all airway visualization technologies.

Voxdel

Voxdel

The only solution that allows anyone to be a data scientist.

Zuntik

Zuntik

Zuntik is a socially and professionally driven calendar tool that is changing to way that people find and share their events. Through our web and mobile platforms, we give users the ability to constantly have access to the events that they care most about.

Meet the Team

The responsibilities of MWC’s management team is divided into four areas.

Anne Smith is in charge of developing and implementing the MWC training curriculum. She identifies and contracts with training partners and tracks the progress of companies as they go through the 10-week process. Anne is a co-founder and Director of the UW Law & Entrepreneur Clinic. She previously served as General Counsel for Winterthur US Holdings and Promega Corporation. Anne also runs a small family business and has served on a variety of non-profit boards of directors.

Eric Englund is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with other private and public individuals and entities that might be of resource to MBA participating companies. He also assists in marketing and business development activities to raise the profile of MWC throughout the Madison area. Eric is co-founder and Director of the UW Law and Entrepreneur Clinic. He has also served as the President of the WI Insurance Alliance, Executive Director of the WI Society of Architects and as a partner in a Madison law firm. Eric also owns and operates a local business.

Terry Sivesind recruits and identifies outside mentors and investors who will be used to enhance the experience that companies receive from participating in MWC programs. He also helps create drop-in programs at the MWC facility for people from the UW campus who are looking to learn more about becoming an entrepreneur. Terry is a co-founder in a series of local biotech firms, including PanVera, Mirus, Metabiologics, Renovar and Cellectar. He was also an early employee at Promega. Terry was a co-founder of Wisconsin Investment Partners and MERLIN Mentors and he currently serves on the boards of several companies.

Louis Condon manages the daily operations of MWC. He is responsible for planning and implementing a bootcamp on Lean Startup principles, helping develop the MWC curriculum, and facilitating classroom and community events. Louis is an attorney with experience working with startups, and currently works as Associate General Counsel and Partnership Manager for a non-profit that commercializes education products and services.