Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Catch up on the latest news from alumni of WARF’s UpStart entrepreneurship program!

Alumni Businesses  Alumni in the News  Entrepreneurship

UpStart alumni businesses

8.20.23 – Katy Ripp

5.25.23 – James Bloodsaw of JustVeggiez

4.7.23 – Madison vegan restaurant, caterer Just Veggiez named Emerging Business of the Year

11.30.22 – East Side Cakes: Building community, baking vegan

9.6.22 – Soul journey: Perfect Imperfections founder Jasmine Banks

5.31.22 – Booker Botanicals bridges culture & agriculture

4.8.22 – AfribbeanBaby creates affordable African print kids’ clothing to Madison

1.11.22 – New Restoration Soap & Bodycare shop opens Friday

10.15.21 – Blessed Divine Creations, with 16-Black-owned businesses, has something for everybody in Janesville

3.25.21 – Madre Yerba’s body products stay true to the purest ingredients

7.16.19 – DirectHERy connects consumers to women–owned businesses


Alumni in the news

5.10.23 – YWCA Madison to honor six outstanding local women at upcoming Women of Distinction Leadership Awards

1.4.23 – BRAVA Women to Watch – Rosa Thompson: The role model to Black girls

10.21.22 – Local entrepreneur Sabrina Madison to fill vacant District 17 alder position

3.4.22 – Corinda Rainey–Moore on encouraging next–gen leaders

1.5.21 – The light in the darkness: Dominique Christian

12.30.20 – Ruby Clay hopes to expand her mentoring group to bring young, Black women together

1.1.20 – BRAVA Women to Watch – Brandi Grayson: Empowering Black families

9.17.19 – A vision takes shape: columnist looks to become an entrepreneur like the ones she’s written about

8.16.19 – A coworking champion looks into becoming a coworking space founder



5.12.23 – Empowering diversity: Wisconsin’s support propels success for women- and minority-owned businesses

2.7.23 – What to consider about entrepreneurship

9.7.21 – How to establish connections in the community

3.3.21 – Dreams on the line: Snapshots of three local business owners of color

3.3.21 – Dreams on the line: Many business owners of color were already operating with little room for error. And then the pandemic hit.

2.12.21 – WARF’s UpStart program supports women and BIPOC entrepreneurs

10.7.20 – Madison’s long road to equity

5.3.19 – UpStart supports women and people of color in entrepreneurship