Accelerator Program

Campus-wide prototype event

  • 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

A project led by Mike Sussman (biochemistry) could one day enable a simple blood test for detecting and staging colorectal cancer – one of the most treatable cancers if caught early.

This project builds on years of previous work to identify a panel of blood proteins that are predictive of the disease. As Phase 2 unfolds in the months ahead, Sussman’s team will develop monoclonal antibodies and test them against some 250 stored blood samples.


The emergence of virtual and augmented reality will one day immerse us in life-like environments and transform how we learn, game and design. However, rendering complex ‘point cloud’ data is one of the challenges to making this vision a reality.

Kevin Ponto (design studies; Virtual Environments Group) looks to build a software solution inside a video game engine. Ponto’s approach is radically different from common visualization techniques currently in use. His team has presented this work at two professional conferences, including one sponsored by a leading development company of large-scale immersive display systems. They have demoed their software to potential partners and gotten valuable exposure to local industry.

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