Innovation & Entrepreneurship Training & Workshops

The Commons is a bold collaboration between a growing network of southeast Wisconsin colleges and universities, our local business community and the region’s entrepreneurs. The program blends student startup ventures with corporate innovation and layers on over 550 mentoring professionals to give students a truly unique, real-world experience.


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WiSys was established in 2000 and is an independent, nonprofit supporting organization for the UW System. As the official designated technology transfer office for the UW System Comprehensive Campuses, WiSys advances scientific research throughout the state by patenting technologies developed out of the universities and licensing these inventions to companies capable of developing them to benefit Wisconsin and beyond. The strong partnership between WiSys and the UW System helps the UW campuses fulfill their roles as twenty-first-century leaders in research, discovery, and innovation.

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The Center for Technology Commercialization provides one-on-one assistance to early-stage emerging technology businesses throughout Wisconsin.  Center consultants are experts in commercialization processes. We have over 60 years of combined experience and have collaborated in acquiring over $100 million in federal and other funding for our clients.

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Want to make something happen? You’ve come to the right place. If you have an idea for an innovative product, service, or technology, Discovery to Product (D2P) is here to help turn your ideas into realities. We coordinate UW–Madison’s Innovate Network and provide mentoring, connection, education and funding to help campus innovators get their idea or invention to market.

Our services and programs are free and open to all UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students. Created through a partnership between UW–Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Discovery to Product is a unit within the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.


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