WARF UpStart Program for Minority and Women’s Entrepreneurship
The WARF UpStart Program for Minority and Women’s Entrepreneurship is designed to equip entrepreneurially minded women and minorities in the Madison area with the tools needed to launch or expand any business venture.
The several-week curriculum covers the skills needed to conceive, fund, organize and test a business idea. Sessions are taught by members of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, as well as active professionals with expertise in fields such as accounting, sales and marketing. Participants are part of a cohort of motivated individuals from diverse professional and educational backgrounds with whom they learn and share their own ideas and experiences.
|If you are interested in the UpStart program, we would like to know more
about you. Please complete the form, so we can begin to learn
about you and your entrepreneurial ideas. We look forward to meeting you
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Classes meet Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus in the Discovery Building and other nearby locations conveniently served by bus. Classes run for several weeks with sessions beginning in the winter and fall each year.
||Ideation Session to Spur New Business Ideas and Meet Everyone|
||The Business Model Canvas|
||The Business Model Canvas Part 2 — Market Research and Empathy Mapping|
|Week 5||Marketing: Developing Your Strategy and Promotion Plan|
|Week 6||Using the Web for Your Business|
||The Business Model Canvas Part 3 — Customer Development and Interviews|
|AND Business Planning for Nonprofits|
|Week 8||Insurance and Risk Management|
|AND Operations and Management|
|Week 9||Accounting, Recordkeeping and Basic Tax Issues|
|Week 11||Financing Your Business|
||Legal Issues for Small Business|
||Bridging the Gap: The Concept of a Business Plan|