Startup Week office hours

Get individualized attention & guidance during office hours

Have an idea but not sure how to get it off the ground? Already running a startup company, but looking for legal advice? Working on a research project that could benefit from industry connections? Not sure if your study needs FDA clearance? Book an office hours appointment with campus experts to get personalized advice or learn about unique program opportunities. A wide range of campus and community partners are holding office hours during Startup Week to provide one-on-one consultations and advice with innovation experts— all free. Book an appointment in advance based on the schedules below. Can’t make it at the times listed? Reach out and contact the organization for alternate schedule arrangements. Either way, take advantage of these amazing campus resources!

Startup Week 2020 Office Hours

For any entrepreneur or startup company

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Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic: Wisconsin entrepreneurs and startup companies that want legal advice on issues facing their business are invited to meet with the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic. The L & E Clinic provides free legal services to nascent entrepreneurs and early stage companies through the work of law students supervised by faculty and private sector attorneys. Appointments last 30 minutes and are available on Wednesday, November 11 from 1:00 – 3:00pm, and on Thursday, November 12 from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

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gBETA Madison: Interested in startups and entrepreneurship? Schedule some time with the Director of gBETA Madison at gener8tor and current Bascom Ventures Fellow to talk about your startup idea or just learn about the Madison startup ecosystem. If you already have a startup, let’s talk about growing it! No startup? No problem. We’ve got solutions for that, too. Appointments are available on Friday, November 13 from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

For UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students

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Discovery to Product (D2P): If you can dream it, D2P can help. Are you a UW‒Madison faculty, staff or student with an idea for an innovative product, service, or novel approach to a social problem? D2P’s team of expert mentors is made up of veteran business developers, entrepreneurs, product managers, and start-up executives, and they’re here to provide mentoring, connections, and guidance. Appointments are available daily.

For UW-Madison faculty

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The Office of Business Engagement connects business and industry with the various resources UW-Madison has to offer. We welcome the opportunity at Startup Week 2020 to meet with UW-Madison faculty members who are considering industry partnerships. In these discussions we will share the benefits of industry engagement, best practices, and other tips to ensure you are prepared to have conversations with industry when the time is right. Appointments are 20 minutes and are available Friday, November 13 from 9:00 – 11:00am.

For Life Sciences and healthcare innovators

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UW Health Isthmus Project facilitates commercialization of healthcare ideas for UW Health and the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). Interested to learn more about the Isthmus Project and if we can help you with your healthcare idea? Schedule a chat with our staff! Appointments are available on Thursday, November 12; Friday, November 13; Monday, November 16; or Tuesday, November 17. Check the schedule for various times available each day.


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IND/IDE Consultation Service: Are you unsure about your filing requirements with the FDA? Not sure if your study is exempt? FDA-regulated research is a complex space to move through whether one is a novice or well-seasoned. The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research is delighted to host the only dedicated Investigational New Drug (IND) and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) support service on the UW-Madison campus. Working with our IND/IDE team is the most efficient way for an investigator to navigate this important process and minimize unnecessary steps. Appointments available daily.

For UW-Madison students and alumni

Logo that says GAgALPHA Social Justice is a free, 4-week program that works exclusively with students committed to making a positive impact in the world. Students meet with mentors 1x-2x per week to whiteboard social justice problems and potential solutions, conduct market research, set goals around execution, and learn how to validate a design with customers and communicate about social justice solutions. Set up an appointment to learn more about upcoming cohorts. Appointments available Tuesday, November 16 from 5:00 – 7:00pm.

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CS Nest: CS NEST is a venture creation program operated by gener8tor for students, postdocs and recent alumni, sponsored by the UW‒Madison Computer Sciences department and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. During the office hours event, anyone can join and talk to CS NEST director Menachem Tabanpour about the program or their startup idea. The Zoom link will be open from 3-4pm on Wednesday, November 11.