Entrepreneur Connections

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WARF & THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM

Through direct investments and local partnerships, WARF is committed to contributing to an ecosystem that helps move technologies from the university to the marketplace. We strive to serve as a trusted partner in educating university inventors, accelerating promising ideas and funding startup companies. 


TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM


We work with startup companies to license promising university technologies from WARF. WARF staff enhance this process through intellectual property and licensing expertise.

Learn about our process and access startup forms

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Entrepreneurial resources

WARF supports several initiatives to inspire entrepreneurs and accelerate business. 


ACCELERATE

WARF EXPERTISE AND VALUE-ADD
ACCELERATORS/INCUBATORS



FUND

INTERNAL FUNDS/DIRECT INVESTMENTS
  • Co-investment program
  • Accelerators
  • Seed funds 
VENTURE CAPITAL PORTFOLIO
  • Local partners (4490, Venture Investors, gener8tor's accelerator fund)
  • Regional partners (Baird Venture Capital)
  • National partners (Versant Venture Capital, 5AM Ventures, True Ventures)





COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

WARF startup portfolio

Startups play a key role in developing technologies, especially in the early stages and for inventions that may not have established markets.

WARF holds equity in approximately 40 UW–Madison spin-off companies ranging from biotechnology and medical devices to telecommunications, small molecule pharmaceuticals and software.