I hope 2016 finds you in good health and spirits.
The Madison startup economy is a very different place than it was just a few years ago. One story that highlights the recent change in our community is the different career paths taken by two Tublins.
In 2011, Bryan Tublin graduated from the Wisconsin School of Business with a desire to build a career as an entrepreneur. He started his first job at Intuit in Silicon Valley. In 2015, Brian’s sister Eileen graduated from the Wisconsin School of Business. Eileen also shared an interest in entrepreneurship. Unlike her brother, Eileen’s first job out of school is in Madison at Catalyze Inc. Catalyze is one of several rapidly growing venture backed healthcare IT companies in the region.
These different accounts highlight how in just four short years the Madison startup economy is changing career options for our graduates. More importantly, this thriving ecosystem is a training ground for our entrepreneurial minded students. In addition to the startups, organizations such as 100 State, gBETA, gener8tor, HealthX, Sector67, Venture Investors, American Family Ventures, Merlin Mentors, Wisconsin Investment Partners and many others provide mentoring, internships, and financing opportunities for our enterprising students.
On campus, we continue to work hard to support those students who wish to make entrepreneurship a significant part of their lives. In the last three years, 3,099 individuals from 149 majors offered by just about every school on campus took at least one entrepreneurship course from the Wisconsin School of Business. In most of these classes—including our introductory courses—students are required to do entrepreneurship while studying it.
Every year so many of you share your time and financial support to help our students. On behalf of our students and faculty, I thank you for your support and involvement.
Executive Director, Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
Robert Pricer Chair in Enterprise Development