Our Program


Since 2014, Madworks has offered early-stage startups a 10-week program, comprising tailored mentorship on commercializing the entrepreneur’s product and/or service and building governance acumen.  To date, we have helped 78 early stage startups and look forward to working with 5-7 of nascent entrepreneurs starting in October 2018.  In addition to receiving a small grant and connecting them to entrepreneurial leaders in the community, we ensure that these teams obtain a foundation in legal compliance, quality board management skills, and financial acumen.


Madworks will offer a program starting in early October that will run 10 weeks to early December. We will meet twice a week; once as a group, where we will discuss biggest challenges, hold pitch practices, and other group activities, and once individually, where we will spend 30 minutes discussing your exact needs and challenges.

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-Participate in all group and individual meetings.
-Participating teams to meet on the second floor at 1403 University Avenue in Madison, WI.
-Individual company weekly milestones set on mutual agreement between founding teams and Madworks staff in weekly half-hour meetings, which will be held at a mutually agreed upon time
-Ten-week commitment
-Up to $5,000 in grant and expense funding per participating team
-Using lean startup methods, participating teams will accelerate their understanding of marketplace needs and viability for their product
-Refine your pitch
-Identify next-round funding where appropriate
-Find additional mentors/advisers/resources
-Part-time program; participating teams are expected to spend 20 hours per week