Accelerator Program

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  • Hear flash talks from makers
  • Enjoy keynotes from industry and campus leaders
  • Network with resources and innovators

The WARF Accelerator Program provides business resources and targeted funding to help inventors advance commercially promising technologies closer to the marketplace.

Accelerator support has helped inventors develop prototypes/demonstrations/field trials, assess markets, determine customer requirements, and identify collaborators and potential investors.


Greg Keenan
Senior Director, Ventures & Accelerator

Nhi Lê
Accelerator Associate

Lori Allen
Program Specialist
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Partnership Opportunities

Our Corporate Partners can help move high-potential technologies closer to the market by contributing industry expertise as part of our Catalyst network, or by partnering on business development opportunities.

Expert Advice

Our team of seasoned business mentors, known as Catalysts, include executives of Fortune 500 companies, R&D directors, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

Targeted Funding

The WARF Accelerator Program provides direct funding to help technologies achieve developmental milestones.

Technology Updates

Tomorrow’s electronics may be stretched, woven and bent into new types of displays. Efficiency will be high and battery life unparalleled. To make this vision a reality, Michael Arnold and Padma Gopalan (materials science) are working to break our reliance on brittle silicon. The team is reaching the end of their current AP project, in which they pioneered a process to create transistors that outperform state-of-the-art designs by up to a thousandfold out of semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Their work has generated commercial interest, including a license, as well as media coverage.


In August, Xudong Wang (materials science and engineering) wrapped up his project that proved footsteps can be transformed into usable electricity. AP support helped Wang build and demonstrate an energy harvesting floor, which combines recycled natural materials like wood pulp and cardboard fiber with state-of-the-art nanogenerator technology. More recently, the team went through the national I-Corps program, conducting more than 100 potential customer interviews. Wang reports “positive feedback” and is now exploring a larger-scale demonstration with a commercial partner.

Photos: Stephanie Precourt, UW–Madison

Quick Facts




Tell Us About Your Projects

about how WARF’s Accelerator Program is working with researchers at UW–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research