Programs for inventors, entrepreneurs and researchers

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© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
From the Accelerator Program to Essential Topics, WARF sponsors several programs intended for inventors, entrepreneurs and researchers. Many of these programs are held at the Town Center in the Discovery Building.

  • Accelerator Program

    The WARF Accelerator Program speeds commercialization of UW–Madison discoveries that have been patented by WARF by providing targeted funding and expert advice from seasoned business mentors known as Catalysts.
  • Essential Topics

    WARF's Essential Topics Series was launched in 2012 to share timely information on campus.
  • Force for Positive Change

    The Force for Positive Change competition provides awards and event for organizations making a social impact in Wisconsin.
  • Innovation Roadmap: The Speaker Series

    Speakers from across the country who have used an entrepreneurial approach to push boundaries and spur innovation share their stories.
  • Innovation Roadmap: The Workshop Series

    Local leaders and changemakers help UW–Madison faculty, students and staff gain the skills they need to create a company or drive change inside an existing organization.
  • Noon @ the Niche

    At Noon @ the Niche, faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to bring their lunch to hear an in-depth talk and discussion about the research currently featured at the Discovery niche in the Town Center.
  • UpStart

    The WARF UpStart Program is designed to equip entrepreneurially minded women and people of color in the Madison area with the tools needed to launch or expand any business venture.
  • WARF Ambassadors

    The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Ambassador Program enhances the vital connection between research on campus and technology transfer. Engaging students to serve as WARF Ambassadors augments WARF's visibility and presence among researchers on campus.
  • Wisconsin CleanTech Network

    The CleanTech Network forums focus on the needs and challenges faced by entrepreneurs and others working in Wisconsin’s clean technology sectors.