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 91 early stage startups and look forward to working with 5-6 of nascent entrepreneurs starting in February 2020.  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 mid February that will run 10 weeks to early April. 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.

Tentative Schedule for Spring 2020 (Subject to Change)


-Participate in all group and individual meetings. (LOOK AT THE CALENDAR!)
-Participating teams to meet on the second floor at StartingBlock Madison..
-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
-Develop good governance procedures
-Develop financial statements and financial control procedures
-Part-time program; participating teams are expected to spend 20 hours per week