Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

WARF invited thought leaders from throughout Wisconsin to contribute their perspectives on Innovation and the Wisconsin Idea. These leaders — university researchers and professors, business leaders and entrepreneurs, investors and public officials — share their views on the crucial interdependence between university innovations and the strength of the Wisconsin economy. We’re proud to host this web series and hope the articles allow you to reflect on the ways we can work together to advance Wisconsin research, industry and entrepreneurship.

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Innovation, Jobs and the Wisconsin Idea
8.1.20 | Innovation and the Wisconsin Idea
From the moment I arrived in Wisconsin last year, I loved the familiar energy, intellect and passion for doing things well. I was happy to return to my Midwestern roots...

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Renewing the Wisconsin Idea
7.1.20 | Innovation and the Wisconsin Idea
We first met two decades ago – a Republican governor from the small town of Elroy, Wisconsin, and a Democrat University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of biochemistry from New York. It...

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On the shoulders of giants: Innovation and the Wisconsin Idea the old-fashioned way
6.1.20 | Innovation and the Wisconsin Idea
More than a century ago, Wisconsin served as the birthplace for a series of blue chip industrial giants. The likes of Harley-Davidson and Johnson Controls, or engine makers like Fairbanks...

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