Partnerships: The power of collaboration


The University of Wisconsin System Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship’s statewide network of consultants, economic developers and lenders is unparalleled. We help entrepreneurs, businesses and economic development professionals across the state to achieve their goals by offering technical assistance, counseling and leveraging data. The Institute performs outreach on behalf of the world-class University of Wisconsin System, connecting clients to the robust entrepreneurial ecosystem.

New Businesses Created since 2016
$420 Million
in Capital Investment since 2016
4,174 Jobs
Created and Retained since 2016

Our partners help strengthen Wisconsin

Economic Developers

Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) are charged with getting local and regional businesses on the path for growth — quite a tall order. The Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship shares that mission — to help build strong businesses.


The Institute’s programs coordinate with Wisconsin higher learning campuses for educational and professional development events. Additionally, UW System campuses are the homes to our Small Business Development Centers. We pair UW business faculty with companies to create experiential learning projects for students. Students and businesses find each other for mentorship and employment through our connections.

Lenders and Investors

Lenders and investors often find themselves with potential clients need who need more preparation to be eligible for that loan or capital investment. We assist with impartial guidance allowing entrepreneurs to return to lenders and investors with strong business plans that are more stable with lower risk.

Ideadvance has provided Northern Star Fire with both the funding and resources to successfully launch our company.
Jeff Dykes
Northern Star Fire
No one can do it all, so the SBDC is an amazing free resource.
Sophia Barry
Wisdom Wellness | Scentsory Bath and Body Boutique | Elevate Business Consulting, LLC


$600,000 in state matching grants advance 6 innovative small businesses

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Business Impact

See our impact through the eyes of our clients. Through an extensive statewide network, the Institute provides access to resources, funding and partners to help strengthen Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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