Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development

If you are a full time MBA student looking to start new business now or in the future, or take an existing business to a new level, then the Wisconsin Fellowship in Enterprise Development is the program for you.

The Wisconsin Fellowship in Enterprise Development is an applied training program that integrates foundational business knowledge, award winning academic research, and cutting edge techniques from practice in a rigorous single year program. The fellowship trains motivated individuals to be:

  1. Founders and leaders of startup companies
  2. Leaders in rapidly growing firms

This program is for you if you aspire to be:

  • A career entrepreneur
  • A manager within an innovative or entrepreneurial organization
  • A founder of a company
  • A consultant or financier of nascent or small firms
  • A leader in a family business


The program is comprised of the following:

  1. Mentorship based on your career goals
  2. Rigorous applied coursework that includes projects with local companies and entrepreneurially minded graduate students from across the campus
  3. Co-curricular learning activities such as various competitions, student organizations, and the business & entrepreneurship clinic
  4. Excellent outside speakers


  • Students who are admitted to the program may be eligible for some or limited employment opportunities
  • Students can apply for up to $50,000 in funding for a startup from the James Weinert Applied Ventures Fund and the Daniel H. Neviaser Entrepreneurship Fund


Only students who have been admitted to the full time MBA program at the Wisconsin School of Business may apply to participate in the program

Application Process

  • The application window is open during spring semester from January 1 through February 26
  • Students must complete the application that can be found HERE and mail a copy of their resume to WeinertCenter@bus.wisc.edu during the application window.
  • Students are informed if they are admitted to the program in early April

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible for the fellowship?

    Current first-year MBA students (open to all specializations).

  2. What is the deadline to apply?

    Spring semester. Please check the website for the exact date.

  3. How many fellow positions are available?

    The final number of fellows is flexible with twelve in 2015-2016.

  4. Is there financial aid available through the fellowship?

    Financial aid is not offered at this time through the fellowship. Work opportunities that arise will be passed on to the fellowship students.

  5. How is the fellowship different than the Entrepreneurship Certificate?

    The fellowship is a more intensive immersion program that is only offered to MBA students which includes a more in-depth focus on entrepreneurship and enterprise development through additional coursework and support through Weinert Center events and resources.

  6. When will I be notified of whether I am accepted into the program?

    Admission decisions are made by early April.

Tentative Schedule

Sept. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May


MHR 722 & MHR 734 & Fellows Career Seminar
FIN 757 or WAVE Startup Seminar


MHR 722 & MHR 734 & Fellows Career Seminar
FIN 757 or MHR 715 or MHR 741


Fall Kickoff Field Trip Graduation Event


Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch
Various Competitions


Assigned external mentor(s) throughout program based on interests & needs


Develop idea in MHR 734 Develop idea in WAVE

Get feedback on venture idea from WAVE board


Develop Growth Strategy for Existing Co. in MHR 722 Get feedback on technology assessment project in 715