Startup Meetups, Networking Groups and Events

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Independent Business Association – Provides advocacy, education and networking opportunities for small business leaders.

Startup America Partnership – A national network of startup communities.


Illinois Technology Assoc. – An association that offers support for startup and medium-sized businesses in Illinois through leadership and collaboration within the technology industry.


Accelerate Madison  – Seeks to advance the strategic role of digital technology in business growth, economic expansion and job creation.

American Family Business Accelerator Program – Delivers business coaching ina largely online, community environment.

BioForward – Trade association of the Wisconsin biotechnology industry.

Biotech Happy Hour – Monthly networking event in Madison for biotechnology professionals.

BizStarts Milwaukee – A networking and educational resource group for startups in southeastern Wisconsin.

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Bjorksten – bit 7 – Offers scientific, engineering and design resources to help any organization, young or old, to deliver feature-rich products to the marketplace.

Capital Entrepreneurs Fosters entrepreneurship in Madison through creating a supportive environment for start-ups including non-profits, retail, innovative websites and high tech innovations.

The Development Association – An association that works to support Wisconsin entrepreneurs in Superior and Douglas County by providing educational programs, counseling and financing.

Forward Technology Festival A 10 day celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship in Madison, Wisconsin.

High-Tech Happy Hour – Monthly networking event for Madison’s high-tech community.

Magnet Entrepreneur Committee – Brings together young entrepreneurs in Madison, Wisconsin.

NEWaukee – Social and networking group for young professionalss that seeks to promote and improve Milwaukee as a place to live.

One Million Cups – Milwaukee – Sponsored by The Kauffman Foundation, each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.

Propel Wisconsin Innovation – An advocacy group for entrepreneurs throughout Wisconsin.

Startup Milwaukee – Nonprofit offering networking, support and workshops for entrepreneurs

Startup Wisconsin – A regional initiative to build a more vibrant entrepreneurial community in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Business Incubation Association –  An association of business incubation professionals who work to support the success of Wisconsin small business startups.

Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Network – A network that provides Wisconsin entrepreneurs with access to resources and expertise.

The Wisconsin Innovation Service Center at UW-Whitewater – Specializes in new product and invention assessments and market expansion opportunities for innovative manufacturers, technology businesses, and independent inventors.

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Network – A network that supports the establishment and growth of small businesses in Wisconsin through educational and counseling programs.

The Wisconsin Innovation Network – The Wisconsin Technology Council’s membership subsidiary.

The Wisconsin Technology Council – A council that advises the governor and legislature of the State of Wisconsin on science and technology issues.