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Varsity Venture Studio announces launch

Varsity Ventures Studio

Collaboration of University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and High Alpha Innovation

Venture studio brings dedicated startup capital and hands-on support in company building to the UW-Madison campus; actively sourcing ideas and entrepreneurs.

High Alpha Innovation
Ben Roess | 937.477.9261
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Jacqui Fuller | 608.960.9881
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Madison, Wisconsin — Varsity Venture Studio has announced its official launch. The university venture studio is a collaborative product of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and High Alpha Innovation, an Indianapolis-based corporate venture studio.

Varsity Venture Studio is the first university venture studio of its kind, providing an emerging model for entrepreneurship that combines dedicated startup capital with hands-on support in company building. Varsity will assess, select and refine business ideas through a structured venture building process, ultimately leading to the launch of at least one funded software company in 2021.

Varsity is actively sourcing ideas from UW-Madison faculty, students and staff that address problems solved by software or an app, as well as entrepreneurs interested in participating in business design and leading a startup company. Ideas can come from anywhere on campus, and no coding experience, patents or invention disclosure are required. To learn more, visit www.varsityventurestudio.com.

Varsity Venture Studio, a UW-Madison-wide venture studio, turns ideas into funded software businesses. Varsity Venture Studio is a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and High Alpha Innovation, and is the first university venture studio of its kind. Whether UW innovators have a solution to a customer problem, research challenge, or industry inefficiency, Varsity Venture Studio can help transform big ideas into real companies.


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