WARF Ventures


WARF Ventures works to advance UW-Madison and Morgridge Institute for Research technologies by investing in select startup companies within the UW Community.

WARF Ventures

Michael J. Partsch | Chief Venture Officer
Office Hours Beginning the Week of April 21:
Discovery Building (rm 1130): Wednesdays: 1-4 p.m.
 - Preregistration is available or drop in at Discovery Building.
UW Health Project Isthmus (rm K6/110): Thursdays: 1-4 p.m.
 - Preregistration is available or drop in at Project Isthmus.

Mike is a veteran venture capitalist and startup CEO with extensive operational experience in early-stage university-based startups. He holds a B.A. in Biology and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Mike was a Kauffman Fellow (Class 4).

email ventures@warf.org

WARF Ventures Fund


  • Primary focus on early-stage startups utilizing UW-Madison technology
  • Appropriate later stage investments will be considered
  • Investments range from $100,000 to $3,000,000
  • Strong connections to the local, regional and national venture capital communities


  • Assist WARF technology licensees in reaching early milestones on the path to commercialization
  • Increase the number of startups that can attract follow-on investments
  • Support WARF's mission enabling University of Wisconsin-Madison research to solve the world's problems


The WARF Ventures fund will primarily invest in companies founded to commercialize University of Wisconsin-Madison or Morgridge Institute for Research technologies. If you are considering starting a company based on a UW-Madison technology, we want to connect with you. It is never too early to talk through your ideas.

WARF Ventures Process

  • If you developed a technology at UW-Madison on which your startup will be based, the first step is to submit an invention disclosure report to WARF to protect your intellectual property
  • The majority of WARF Ventures investments will go into startups that are based on UW-Madison technologies
  • Researchers or entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a company to commercialize campus technologies should reach out to Mike Partsch to have an introductory conversation