Wisconsin School of Business

Daniel (Dan) Olszewski

Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship

Faculty Associate - Management & Human Resources, Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship

Dan Olszewski is the Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.

He teaches the capstone Entrepreneurship WAVE course and was one of the co-founders of the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp(WEB) program for UW graduate students enrolled in the sciences and engineering.

Prior to joining the UW, Olszewski was CEO and Chairman of Parts Now! during which time revenues increased from $26MM to over $400MM from the organic growth of Parts Now! and the acquisition of Katun Corp. With the assistance of private equity sponsors, he led the successful buyout of the founder in 1999.

Before joining Parts Now! Olszewski was a consultant at McKinsey and Company, with a focus on strategy, supply chain, technology and finance. He has also worked for IBM, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and Yasuda Fire and Marine Insurance in Tokyo.

Olszewski currently serves on the board of First Business Bank, Inc. and the Henry Vilas Zoological Society. He has previous served on the boards of Parts Now! LLC, Sologear LLC, World Data Products, Inc., and Wisconsin Public Television.

Olszewski graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Computer Science, and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
 

Undergraduate Courses


Fundamentals of Business for Non-Business Majors (BUS 311 Section 1), Spring 2011.

Fundamentals of Management and
Course DescriptionIntroduces non-business students to basic concepts and practices in business. This course is a basic overview of: management, marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship, ethics, supply chain and international business.
(BUS 311 Section 1), Spring 2012.

Fundamentals of Management and
Course DescriptionIntroduces non-business students to basic concepts and practices in business. This course is a basic overview of: management, marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship, ethics, supply chain and international business.
(BUS 311 Section 1), Spring 2013.



Graduate Courses


Contemporary Topics (MHR 765 Section 5), Fall 2013.

Entrepreneurial Finance (FIN 757 Section 1), Fall 2012.

Entrepreneurial Finance
Course DescriptionAbout a half of all new businesses fail in the first five years. This course offers the tools, state-of-the-art valuation methods, and practical knowledge that are needed to make appropriate financing decisions in such highly uncertain environments.
(FIN 757 Section 30), Fall 2012.

Mergers and Acquisitions (FIN 750), Fall 2005.

Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship(WAVE) Practicum II
Course DescriptionStudents develop and present comprehensive strategic and financing plans for local entrepreneurial and start-up firms and make investment recommendations to the Weinert Board. Class meets in a seminar format with various subject matter experts.
(MHR 738 Section 1), Spring 2009.

Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship(WAVE) Practicum II
Course DescriptionStudents develop and present comprehensive strategic and financing plans for local entrepreneurial and start-up firms and make investment recommendations to the Weinert Board. Class meets in a seminar format with various subject matter experts.
(MHR 738 Section 1), Spring 2010.

Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship(WAVE) Practicum II
Course DescriptionStudents develop and present comprehensive strategic and financing plans for local entrepreneurial and start-up firms and make investment recommendations to the Weinert Board. Class meets in a seminar format with various subject matter experts.
(MHR 738 Section 1), Spring 2011.

Weinert Applied Ventures in En
Course DescriptionStudents develop and present comprehensive business and financing plans for a start-up firm. Investment recommendations are made to the WAVE Board. Class meets in a seminar format with various subject matter experts.
(MHR 738 Section 1), Spring 2012.

Weinert Applied Ventures in En
Course DescriptionStudents develop and present comprehensive business and financing plans for a start-up firm. Investment recommendations are made to the WAVE Board. Class meets in a seminar format with various subject matter experts.
(MHR 738 Section 1), Spring 2013.

Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship(WAVE) Practicum II
Course DescriptionStudents develop and present comprehensive strategic and financing plans for local entrepreneurial and start-up firms and make investment recommendations to the Weinert Board. Class meets in a seminar format with various subject matter experts.
(MHR 738 Section 1), Spring 2007.

Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship(WAVE) Practicum II
Course DescriptionStudents develop and present comprehensive strategic and financing plans for local entrepreneurial and start-up firms and make investment recommendations to the Weinert Board. Class meets in a seminar format with various subject matter experts.
(MHR 738 Section 1), Spring 2008.

Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship(WAVE) Practicum I
Course DescriptionStudents develop and present comprehensive analyses of local entrepreneurial firms' overall operations and their industry environments. The class meets in a seminar format to discuss assigned readings and student research, and also incorporates presentations by various subject matter experts.
(MHR 737 Section 1), Fall 2008.

Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship(WAVE) Practicum I
Course DescriptionStudents develop and present comprehensive analyses of local entrepreneurial firms' overall operations and their industry environments. The class meets in a seminar format to discuss assigned readings and student research, and also incorporates presentations by various subject matter experts.
(MHR 737 Section 1), Fall 2009.

Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship(WAVE) Practicum I
Course DescriptionStudents develop and present comprehensive analyses of local entrepreneurial firms' overall operations and their industry environments. The class meets in a seminar format to discuss assigned readings and student research, and also incorporates presentations by various subject matter experts.
(MHR 737), Fall 2006.

Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship(WAVE) Practicum I
Course DescriptionStudents develop and present comprehensive analyses of local entrepreneurial firms' overall operations and their industry environments. The class meets in a seminar format to discuss assigned readings and student research, and also incorporates presentations by various subject matter experts.
(MHR 737 Section 1), Fall 2010.

Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship(WAVE) Practicum I
Course DescriptionStudents develop and present comprehensive analyses of local entrepreneurial firms' overall operations and their industry environments. The class meets in a seminar format to discuss assigned readings and student research, and also incorporates presentations by various subject matter experts.
(MHR 737 Section 1), Fall 2007.



Professional Organizations


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Daniel (Dan) Olszewski

Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
 
Faculty Associate | Management & Human Resources, Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
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