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EntrepreNews


Winter 2017

Greetings and Happy New Year!

All of us in the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship hope you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season and that 2017 is off to a good start!

This past academic year was an exciting time for us. Highlights from the past year include:

  • Over 550 attended the Wisconsin Entrepreneurship Showcase event sponsored by Paul Reckwerdt & Ellen Rosner;
  • A record number of MBA students applied for the Fellowship in Enterprise Development Program;
  • Almost 500 students campuswide attended the Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch sponsored by Neider & Boucher S.C.;      
  • Over 100 students attended Partner Up!, a workshop offered each semester that allows students to find members or become members of a future startup team for competitions on campus;      
  • We successfully completed a University level five year review of our Certificates in Entrepreneurship. This is one of the most popular certificates offered on campus at both the graduate and undergraduate level;
  • Students and alumni continue to enjoy success raising capital with recent WAVE (Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship) alumni having raised approximately $10M in capital; WEB (Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp) alumni have raised approximately $20M;
  • Pitchbook ranked schools by venture funding raised by alumni over the past 10 years and the UW undergrads were in in the top 15 worldwide/top 10 for public schools;
  • Strong interest continues in our courses from across the campus as a record number of students are taking our classes. For example, our Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management course for non-business students, instructor Dan Olszewski had a record 185 students in his class. As a class project they design/sell a t-shirt and create a 2-minute video reflecting on lessons learned. Here is one of the short videos from one of the projects;
  • The Business & Entrepreneurship (B&E) Clinic has provided free business advice and help to over 120 Wisconsin-based companies since its inception;

Our programs that we operate outside the classroom greatly enhance the student experience. These programs are only possible because of your continued involvement and support. On behalf of the students, I thank you for investing in them.

Respectfully,

Jon

Jon Eckhardt
Executive Director, Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
Robert Pricer Chair in Enterprise Development


Highlights from our Blog


Join the Wisconsin Forward Partners Fund

Join the Wisconsin Forward Partners Fund

Opportunity to develop entrepreneurial talent through sponsorship of events

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch Program

Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch Program

Popular lunch program brings entrepreneurs and students together

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Pitch Perfect with B&E Clinic's Assistance

Pitch Perfect with B&E Clinic's Assistance

The Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic is a valuable resource to nascent entrepreneurs

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ERLC Hosts Annual 100-Hour Challenge

ERLC Hosts Annual 100-Hour Challenge

The ERLC's 100 Hour Challenge is one of the most popular events of the year 

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Students Compete in $1M Hult Prize Competition

Students Compete in $1M Hult Prize Competition

Teams compete in the planet's largest student competition to solve the world's toughest problems.

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Jogging Jedi Raises Money for ERLC

Jogging Jedi Raises Money for ERLC

John Surdyk completes the Jedi Order marathon at Disneyland and exceeds ERLC fundraising goal

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Passion for Research via Entrepreneurship

Passion for Research via Entrepreneurship

Joe Raffiee (WAVE '10) combines his interest in entrepreneurship with research

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