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The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s vibrant culture encourages innovation among faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Established in 2011, the Chancellor’s Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards recognize UW innovators and alumni who further the Wisconsin Idea through outstanding accomplishments in entrepreneurship. Held each spring, the awards event is presented by the Office of the Chancellor in partnership with the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association and produced by University Relations and Discovery to Product (D2P).

Honorees have achieved great entrepreneurial success that contributes to economic growth and social good, offers models for the UW community, and inspires the campus culture of entrepreneurship. Honorees can come from a variety of backgrounds. Examples include (but are not limited to) startup founders, serial entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, educators, leaders of entrepreneurial support organizations, venture investors, and social entrepreneurs. The honorees have changed lives through their entrepreneurial activities, furthering the Wisconsin Idea, our university’s pledge to benefit citizens beyond the boundaries of the campus. Honorees have also demonstrated leadership by giving back to the university and community, helping others to learn, grow and achieve.

See past honorees here.

Nominations of UW-Madison innovators and entrepreneurs (alumni, faculty, and staff), are considered in two broad categories:

  • Leadership/career achievement
  • Early/mid-career achievement

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. Nominations of UW innovators and entrepreneurs from every background are encouraged.

Nominations are due October 1st of each year. The annual awards event is held in spring. Nominations may be considered for the upcoming or future awards events. Self-nominations are accepted. Past award recipients may not be nominated again.

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