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.
Only students who are in the full-time MBA program at the Wisconsin School of Business may apply to participate in the program. Applications take place during the spring of your first year.
*Some students take MHR 722 in the spring if it is a better fit with other courses
Fellowship students are given the opportunity to participate in the following events:
An evening of fun and friendly conversation and networking with MHR faculty and staff, Weinert Center board members and alumni to kickoff the new school year. Typically held in early September.
Mentors are typically assigned in late September/early October. Mentors are assigned based on interest and can be reassigned for changing interests.
Partner Up! allows students to find members or become a new member of a future startup team. Partner Up! is held twice a year, in early October and early February.
The Fellowship students participate in two field trips, one each semester, to visit successful startup entrepreneurs to hear their stories and learn from them.
Listed below are some of the competitions that graduate students have participated in previously.
WSB Business Plan Competition helps students to develop their venture ideas in a supportive learning environment. Students registering for the event receive targeted entrepreneurship resources to more fully develop their business models and to pitch more effectively. Area entrepreneurs, investors, and nonprofit leaders evaluate students plans and presentations to determine whether teams present a credible plan of action to build an organization capable of providing innovative products or services in the marketplace. Cash prizes and professional contacts can help students act upon their most promising ideas.
New Arts Venture Challenge is a competition where students propose a new arts effort.
MadHacks is an intercollegiate national hackathon in one of the Midwest’s greatest collaborative events.
Hult Prize Foundation is a startup accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities.
Startup Weekend Madison is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.
NEST Software Competition encourages creative software development and a project of one’s choosing (e.g. develop desktop, web, mobile software, or software for a robot) and enters it into the contest. On the Contest day participants present their projects to a panel and everyone walks away with an amazing experience in building something from scratch and seeing it all the way through.
Perkins Coie LLP launched an Innovative Minds competition, offering a $11,000 prize to a University of Wisconsin-Madison student team that produces the year’s most market-ready innovation. The result is a year-end award designed to recognize a student team that has gone to the next level and developed the most viable plan for launching a successful commercial venture:
Transcend Madison Innovation Competition powered by Qualcomm is a campus-wide contest for students to demonstrate their novel ideas and creations.
Most of the Fellowship students enroll in the Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship (WAVE) course in their spring semester where they work on a startup business idea. On the last Friday of the semester, students present their idea to the Weinert Center’s Advisory Board, which consists of local leaders and entrepreneurs from a variety of industries, for an opportunity to acquire a startup investment from the WAVE fund. Immediately following is a luncheon to celebrate the accomplishments of the WAVE and Fellowship students.