The road from idea to market can be long, and most inventors and entrepreneurs will need funding at critical junctures to assist with technology commercialization, business plan development, clinical trials, entrepreneurial training, and more.

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Arts Business Competition

This campus-wide competition encourages new thinking and innovative ideas, and provides support for student-driven projects. Entrants will develop and submit a thorough proposal for an arts event, exhibition, series, commercial venture, or other artistic project.

Civil & Environmental Engineering Innovation Competition

The Innovation Competition is open to undergraduates majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) or Geological Engineering. Projects should be focused on developing new materials, technologies, and solutions within various areas of the CEE department.

Clinton Global Initiative University

This annual conference is for students, university professionals, topic experts and celebrities who gather to discuss and develop solutions to pressing global challenges. As a prerequisite of attending, students develop their own Commitments to Action. Students selected by the foundation to attend the annual meeting are eligible for financial support.

Discovery to Product’s Igniter Program

The Igniter program is a free eight-week course for teams of UW–Madison faculty, staff, or student entrepreneurs working on creating and validating a business model for a startup company. Successful teams may qualify for funding.

Draper Technology Innovation Fund

This fund supports efforts to enhance the scope or patentability of inventions and assist with their potential licensing to the commercial sector. Administered in partnership with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Applications deadlines offered quarterly.

Evidence to Implementation Award

This award is designed to expedite the transfer or commercialization of evidence-based practices, interventions, and innovations to appropriate end-users using the Dissemination & Implementation Launchpad Program.

Governor’s Business Plan Competition

This annual event aims to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage of tech-based businesses in Wisconsin. Contest categories are advanced manufacturing, business services, information technology and life sciences.

SBIR Advance Program

The SBIR Advance program provides up to $100,000 in state match funding, training, and other resources to incorporated Wisconsin startups to advance the commercialization of technology funded by Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

SBIR Ready Bootcamp

SBIR Ready Bootcamp introduces graduate/doctoral students and early-career scientists to federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Successful teams qualify for grant funding to complete market research.

SBIR/STTR Micro Grants

Micro Grants provide funding for those starting or expanding a technology-based business in Wisconsin to support the development of commercialization plans, comprehensive business plans, and/or Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant assistance.

State Economic Engagement & Development Grant

The SEED Grant is for faculty and academic staff with ownership in a Wisconsin company. Funds may be used for innovative research that takes place on the UW campus and facilitates commercialization of a technology affiliated with the applicant’s company.

Transcend UW

The Transcend Madison Innovation Competition is a student-led effort open to any degree-seeking UW–Madison students or recent alumni who are interested in creating their own ventures. Winners share in substantial cash prizes.

Translational Basic and Research Pilot Awards

This award addresses translational basic discovery activities (biological, social, behavioral mechanisms that underlie disease); development of biomarkers, target and lead molecules, and devices (mechanical, computational); preclinical and animal models; translation of discovery to patients.

WARF Accelerator

WARF Accelerator provides campus inventors with business-related support and targeted funding to help bridge the resource gap that frequently occurs between research and successful commercialization.

WARF Therapeutics

WARF Therapeutics advances UW–Madison innovations in drugs and biologics, preparing them for the clinical trial phase.

WARF Ventures

WARF Ventures invests in startup companies founded to commercialize University of Wisconsin–Madison or Morgridge Institute for Research technologies. Funding from seed through growth stage available.

Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship

The WAVE class provides students with an applied practicum in starting and growing entrepreneurial businesses. Promising student startups developed by graduates of the WAVE program are eligible to receive loans of up to $50,000.

WiscAMP Excel Program

This six-week program is for undergraduate students in the first or second year of their STEM major. Students receive a $3,000 stipend for participating in the program, including a module on entrepreneurship and innovation.

WSB Entrepreneurial Training Program

This grant-based program is presented in cooperation with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to qualified applicants. Includes: BizSmart Training for Entrepreneurs, one-on-one consulting and expert business plan review.

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