Friends of Madworks

Resources on entrepreneurship, tech and startups in the Madison, WI community

Madworks Coworking is based on the idea of community - a community that extends far beyond the robin's egg blue walls of our west-side lair. We collaborate and celebrate with a variety of institutions, organizations, meetups and people who help make Madison and Wisconsin an awesome place to live and work.

Here are a few them.

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. Following lean startup methodology, we encourage our startups to “build, measure, and learn” as quickly as possible. We look for the best people with the ability to turn ideas into companies. We will 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.

Wisconsin Technology Council

The Wisconsin Technology Council is the science and technology advisor to the Governor and the Legislature. Launched in 2001, the Tech Council was created by a bipartisan act of the governor and the Legislature. It is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan board with members from tech companies, venture capital firms, higher education, research institutions, government and law.

Atlas Providers

Atlas Providers is a network of local, specialized service providers who are passionate about entrepreneurship and have a proven track record of working with emerging companies. They have created a digital marketplace where entrepreneurs can easily search, review and connect with prequalified service providers in a transparent and simplified manner.

Madison Women in Tech

A meetup for women who work in tech, including designers, entrepreneurs, lab technicians, programmers, project managers, recruiters, database analysts, QA professionals, robotics engineers and everything in-between. Join other Madison women interested in learning, teaching, and building a community of women in technology.

University Research Park

Established in 1984, University Research Park, a University of Wisconsin-Madison affiliate, is an internationally recognized research and technology park that supports early-stage, and growth-oriented businesses in a range of sectors, including engineering, computational and life sciences. URP2, an extension of URP, is a commercial and residential “New Urbanist” development that aims for environmentally friendly, walkable neighborhoods where people can live and work.

Madison Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together Madison designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.

Forward Fest

The Forward Festival is Madison’s flagship technology and entrepreneurship festival. Since starting in 2010, it now attracts over 2,000 attendees and includes 8 full days packed with 40+ events organized by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. Join fellow entrepreneurs, nerds, designers, geeks, hackers, foodies, and creative professionals from the Midwest in a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.