Tag Entrepreneurship

D2P project becomes career for graduating UW–Madison undergraduate

A UW–Madison student with diabetes invented an injection aid called “Steady Shot,” because it holds the needle steady during injection. D2P is helping him commercialize it.

New imager identifies tissue types during surgery

UW-Madison spinoff company OnLume is continuing to develop its system for identifying tissue types during surgery. The company’s technology causes chemical labels to glow in the operating room.

Madison startup completing 100 solar setups in rural Africa

If you take electric lighting for granted, you have not lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where lighting options often come down to kerosene, candles or flashlights. The company's solar lights are a new choice.

Line-skipping business takes top honors at UW–Madison innovation competition

Selected from among 35 student teams and student-led start-up companies, LineLeap received the $15,000 Qualcomm grand prize in the 2018 Transcend Madison Innovation Competition.

EatStreet prospers eight years after idea was cooked up by UW–Madison students

Offering delivery has changed the business. “Before, our only job was to get more orders for our restaurants. Now it’s not just marketing; we handle all the logistics for restaurant partners,” the CEO says.

Four computer-science business ideas win, and one already has customers

Competitions that encourage entrepreneurship are fundamental to economic and social progress in Wisconsin, the contest organizer says.

Seeking grocery shopper loyalty, Fetch Rewards is “obsessed with simple”

A company started by a UW–Madison undergrad five years ago is finding success with an app that rewards grocery buyers who scan in their receipts.

UW startup’s invention featured at Paris fashion-tech show

The wearable system developed by Torq Labs is designed to help runners avoid injury by tracking leg movement with wireless sensors that transmit data to a smartphone app.

Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic director selected for new business law fellowship

Anne Smith hopes to use the fellowship to advance a new strategic initiative that would allow the clinic to automate some of its processes so it can serve more clients.

100-hour challenge winners blend creativity, utility

The challenge was to build useful or creative products based on objects donated by the University’s recycling system, called SWAP, and to do the whole shebang in 100 hours.

WARF program leader: Sale marks success for UW–Madison research prowess, creativity

The Accelerator Program represents a broadening of WARF’s original role, as it as recognized the need to guide and encourage start-up companies, and invest in them.

Center for Dairy Research helps entrepreneur create snack bar for young women

A new line of dairy-based snack bars developed to promote healthy eating and a healthy self-image among young women were created by a UW–Madison alumnus with help from UW–Madison’s Center for Dairy Research (CDR).

UW–Madison’s D2P Igniter program seeks next round of entrepreneurs

Igniter has helped in the creation of 17 startup companies based on UW–Madison discoveries over the past three years.

UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative seeking Round 4 proposals

Early recipients of UW2020 funding, from the School of Music to the School of Medicine and Public Health and beyond, have assembled interdisciplinary teams to address their research questions and have attracted outside funding with initial support from the program.

Noted educator, scientist and entrepreneur Mark Cook dies at 61

“His work embodied the Wisconsin Idea, seeking advances and solutions in the areas of health and agriculture," says a colleague. "He was also a man of integrity, who felt a deep sense of service and commitment."

Director leaving after helping UW innovators bring ideas to market

“I spent three years getting D2P going, and we did some good things in commercializing innovation from campus,” John Biondi says. “Now it’s time to turn it over to someone else who can take it to the next level.”

Biondi departs D2P to grow his cider venture

Discovery to Product (D2P) staff have mentored UW–Madison students, staff and faculty towards successful technology commercialization, including patenting, partnership with industry, and new company formation.

Five finalists in Governor’s Business Plan Contest have UW–Madison ties

Five of the 13 finalists in the 2017 Governor’s Business Plan Contest have roots at UW–Madison. A business that makes an assist device to orient firefighters in smoky fire scenes won.