Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship

EntrepreNews


Summer 2018

Greetings,

We are excited to share some news about current and former student success and of the many wonderful things happening in our Entrepreneurship Community!

UW student teams have found great success in some very competitive business plan competitions both on the campus and across the state. The WSB Business Plan Competition was held over two days and attracted student teams from across the campus. A past participant of this competition as well as the WAVE & MEB programs also had a very impressive accomplishment. NovoMoto won the grand prize at the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan contest. The company was co-founded by two UW-Madison Engineering Ph.D. students who saw a huge problem for those villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that were not on the electrical grid. A significant problem for millions in that country. By working with many campus and community resources, along with a few pivots along the way, they have launched a business that provides customers in the DRC with a lease to own option for a home-based solar power generation system. They have paying customers and are already benefiting those customers by replacing the expensive and dangerous usage of kerosene. A great example of students at the UW using their knowledge and training to create an innovative solution to a major problem. A great example of the Wisconsin Idea in action.

The Wisconsin School of Business also continues to develop the entrepreneurial mindset with students from across the campus. In this newsletter, you can learn more about some of these great programs and classes. They range from programs such as the StartUp Learning Community that works with new Freshman in Sellery Hall to the newly renamed Morgridge Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (MEB) that is designed for UW graduate students and post-docs in the STEM fields. It also includes one of the oldest classes (WAVE Practicum) where graduate student teams work on customer/market discovery for their startup ideas. In fact, our alumni spotlight is on Adam Bock who was one of the earliest WAVE graduates. After a wide range of academic and entrepreneurial experiences, he is now teaching the next generation of UW entrepreneurs. Lots of exciting things happening in the entrepreneurial sphere at the UW!

Thank you for your continued support of our great University and the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship. We hope you enjoy learning more about the work of our students, alumni and instructors.

Best regards,

Dan Olszewski
Director, 
Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship

 


Highlights from our Blog


NovoMoto Wins Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest

NovoMoto Wins Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest

NovoMoto wins the grand prize

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WSB Business Plan Competition

WSB Business Plan Competition

Strong Finish Caps 2-Day Business Plan Competition

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Morgridge Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (MEB)

Morgridge Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (MEB)

69 students participated in an intensive hands-on week of learned focused on entrepreneurship

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The StartUp Experience Doesn't End When Residents Move Out

The StartUp Experience Doesn't End When Residents Move Out

Alums take on leadership roles in UW's entrepreneurial scene

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Student Gain Lifelong Lessons in WAVE Practicum

Student Gain Lifelong Lessons in WAVE Practicum

Seven teams received hands-on training for starting and growing entrepreneurial ventures

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Announcing the Fellowship Class of 2019

Announcing the Fellowship Class of 2019

Welcome to our newest fellowship class

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Alumni Spotlight - Adam Bock

Alumni Spotlight - Adam Bock

Alum, entrepreneur and teacher, Adam fosters an entrepreneurial mindset

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Please visit the Weinert Center blog for alumni updates, recent news and more!