Madison Region

Apply to Join Start In Madison Region

Start In Madison Region invites entrepreneur support organizations (“ESOs”) serving entrepreneurs in the eight-county Madison Region to join this free, statewide platform.  

Eligible ESOs are primarily nonprofit, educational and government organizations that principally support entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses through education, training, networking, technical assistance, financial or physical services.  Coworking spaces, accelerators and capital sources may also be included.

By completing the application and upon acceptance to Start In Madison Region, you agree:

  • to provide an authorized contact person who will follow up on referrals to your organization in a timely manner,
  • to provide accurate and annual updates on your organization and services,
  • to post events to the events calendar, and

What’s next?

Start In Madison Region will work with you to build an accurate profile. Once submitted and approved, you will have the ability to edit and update it.  Please note that it is important to select only the services and groups that your organization provides and serves.  Most rejections occur from applicants over selecting options in their profile.

You may submit multiple profiles for independent organizations,offices or major programs as needed.

Start In Madison Region is limited to organizations that share our mission of strengthening the Wisconsin small business and entrepreneurship community. Acceptance into the network does not reflect an endorsement by Start In Madison Region. All other questions may be directed to info@startinwi.com.

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Overview

Some organizations Support all types of entrepreneurs and business owners, others Specialize in serving only specific sub-groups. In each category below, please check the types of clients which you provide direct technical services for. Please mark all that apply, see below for an example.

Example
Support Specialize  
Your organization provides this option
Your organization specializes in providing this option
Your organization does not provide this option
Select the stages of business your organization serves.
SupportSpecialize 
Pre-Inception / Interest / LearningThinking about starting a business.
Inception / IdeaPre-venture- business model has not been finalized, often no sales generated yet.
Proof of Concept / Prototype / Market IntroEarly stage venture- some sales generated and/or prototype may be developed. Early market traction.
RolloutInnovation based company seeking to scale. May be evaluating angel or venture capital, and/or considering technology transfer.
Growth / ExpansionBusiness seeking growth through debt financing and capital equipment acquisition.
What is your primary stage of business served? Useful for publication purposes (example).
In which geographic region(s) does your organization serve entrepreneurs? If your organization serves everyone, please select Statewide AND every region option below.
SupportSpecialize 
Statewide
Central Wisconsin Region (Centergy)
West Central Wisconsin Region (Momentum West)
Western Wisconsin Region (7 Rivers Alliance)
Madison Region (Madison Region Economic Partnership)
Southeast Wisconsin Region (Milwaukee 7)
North Central Wisconsin Region (Grow North)
Northeast Wisconsin Region (New North)
Northwest Wisconsin Region (Visions Northwest)
Southwest Wisconsin Region (Prosperity Southwest)
What is your primary geographic region that you serve? To see a map of the available regions, click here.
Does your organization specialize in serving one or more of the following audiences?
Specialize 
African American
Asian
Hispanic
Hmong
Immigrant
LGBTQIA
Middle Eastern North African
Native American
Refugee
Returning Citizens
Rural
Veteran
Woman
Youth
Select the types of business your organization serves. Here is a short video that provides an overview of the business types.
SupportSpecialize 
Innovation-ledTech or high-growth company. These companies form around a new technology or breakthrough process that sometimes needs assistance with proof of concept, pitching for equity investments and building leadership teams.
Main StreetTypically brick-and-mortar store: restaurants, coffee shops, dry cleaners, retailers, etc. These companies have employees, need operations support and are typically focused on sales, cashflow and funding.
MicroenterpriseCompanies in this category require little capital to launch. Most are focused around the owner’s personal expertise—consulting, design, lawn care—and they may not require a physical location.
Growth / ExpansionCompanies that want to expand and typically seek growth through debt financing and capital equipment acquisition. Second stage can be in any industry and have enough employees to benefit from adding professional managers.
What is your primary type of business served? Useful for publication purposes (example).
Select the industries your organization serves.
SupportSpecialize 
Agriculture
Arts
Bioscience & Manufacturing
Construction
Education
Energy & Utilities
Finance & Insurance
Food & Beverage
Health & Childcare
High Tech Services and Manufacturing
Information Technology
Management
Manufacturing
Mining
Not for Profit
Other Services
Personal Services
Professional Services
Real Estate
Retail
Tourism
Transportation & Warehousing
Wholesale
If you are a University-affiliated program or organization, please select any of the following populations you serve.
SupportSpecialize 
Faculty
Staff
Post-docs
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students
Alumni

Services You Offer

This section will match prospective clients with the services you offer. The services indicated will determine the type assistance clients are contacting your organization for. Please indicate ONLY those services you directly provide, as opposed to services you refer to other organizations. This will save entrepreneurs time and your organizations frustration.
Specialize in Service means you are an expert in that particular area.
**PLEASE LIMIT YOUR SELECTIONS FOR "SPECIALIZE IN SERVICE" TO NO MORE THAN FIVE (5).**

Accelerators, Incubators, and Hubs

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Accelerator
Entrepreneurial Hub
Incubator

Business Planning

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Business Plan Consulting
Business Succession Planning
Demographic and Census Data
Diversification
Feasibility Studies
Forming a Business
Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
Market Plan Development
Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Buying or Selling a Franchise
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
Tax Services
Valuation

Economic and Site Development

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Economic Development
Economic Forecast
Environmental Compliance
Lease Review
Revitalization
Site Location Assistance
Tax Credits
Watershed Planning

Events and Community Building

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Competitions and Awards
Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
Pitch Events
Startup Drinks

Financial Resources and Assistance

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Accounting and Bookkeeping
Angel Investment
Bonding
Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
Crowdfunding
Debt Funding
Equity Funding
Government Funding
Grant Funding
Insurance Requirements
Loans
Matching Funds
Microloans
Real Estate Finance
Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring)
Tax Credits
Technology Grants
Trade Show Financial Assistance
Venture Capital

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Apprenticeship
Employee Development
Hiring and Firing
Insurance
Leadership/Professional Development
Policies and Templates
Recruiting
Retention
Workforce Incentives
Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Certification and Licensing
Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
Locating Foreign Distributors
Networking/Exploring Exporting
Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Internship Program
Student Marketing Projects
Student Placement
Student Research Projects
Student Training
Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal and Intellectual Property Services

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Contract Review
Employee Relations
Environmental Compliance
Forming a Business
Labor Relations
Lease Review
Patent Seminars
Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Business Research Resources
Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Human Resources
Insurance Requirements
Leadership/Professional Development
Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Augmented / Virtual Reality and Holographics
Commercialization
Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
Health and Safety Training
High Tech Development
Industrial Technology Research
Life Sciences Development
Manufacturing Development
Pollution Prevention
Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)
Science/Bioscience Seminars
Technology Transfer
Wet Lab Incubator

Marketing and Sales

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Advertising/Brochure Design
Award Recognition
Call Center Services
Competitive Analysis
Demographics/Census Data
E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
Feasibility Studies
Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
Market Plan Development and Training
Market Research
Student Marketing Projects
Website Development

Mentoring

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Formal Mentoring Programs
One-on-One Counseling
Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Demographically Based
Geographically Based
Home Based
Industry Specific
International Trade
Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Accounting
Board Development
Funds Development
Human Resources
Organizational Audits
Strategic Planning
Technical Services

Operations and Logistics

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Freight and Distribution
Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
Health and Safety Training
Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers
Pollution Prevention
Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Product Development

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Patent Information
Product Assembly and Packaging
Product Design and Development
Prototype Development
R&D Support

Public Policy and Government Relations

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
African-American Business
City Business Issues
Hispanic Business
LGBTQIA Business Issues
Native-American Business
Small Business Policy
State Business Issues
Women's Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Bonding
Certification
Codes
Environmental Compliance
Government Requirements
Insurance Requirements
International Regulatory Compliance
Patent Information
Registration, Licenses and Permits
Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Bid Matching and Preparation
Government and Military Specifications
HUBZone Certification
Obtaining Certification
Obtaining Corporate Contracts
Obtaining Government Contracts
Price History
Registration Assistance
Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses
Subcontracting Opportunities

Space and Equipment

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Commercial Kitchen Facilities
Conference/Meeting and Event Space
Coworking
Equipment / Prototyping
Lab Space
Lease Review Assistance
Makerspace / Hackerspace
Office Space
Retail Space
Site Location Assistance
Wet Lab

Starting a Business

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Business Research Resources
Feasibility Studies
Forming a Business
Home-Based Business Training
Registration, Licenses and Permits
Site Location
Startup Business Counseling
Startup Classes

Tax Services

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
State and Federal Tax Training
State Tax Credit Information
Tax Credits
Tax Preparation Assistance
Tax Registration

Technical Assistance

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
Commercialization
Design Services
Industrial Technology Research
Pollution Prevention
Technology Transfer
Virtual Consulting and Online Services
Website Development

Training and Education

Provide ServiceSpecialize in ServiceService
Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
Business Management Training
Business Plan Training and Assistance
E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
Health and Safety Training
Health Care Training
Home-Based Business Training
Human Resources Training
International Trade Education and Training
Marketing Plan Training
Online Courses and Videos
Startup Classes
Trade Education and Training
Do you provide services ONLY to clients who currently live in a specific city, county or state? If so, please list.