StartingBlock Madison announces plans for an entrepreneurial hub


WISC-TV News 3 aired a segment on StartingBlock Madison.  You can view the segment at

On September 2, Mayor Paul Soglin released the City of Madison’s 2015 Executive Capital Budget. The City’s proposed budget includes a commitment of $1.5 million for a new initiative planned by StartingBlock Madison, Inc. to create an entrepreneurial hub and ecosystem to help Madison’s entrepreneurs succeed.With additional support from American Family Insurance, who have pledged a major investment,  StartingBlock Madison Inc. plans to build a 50,000 square foot entrepreneurial hub in the heart of Madison’s Capitol East District where entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, and community members can connect, share innovative ideas, and create next-generation businesses.

Pending additional funding from the private sector, construction of the  building would begin in the fall  of  2015.


About  StartingBlock  Madison: Starting Block Madison (SBM) is dedicated to supporting  entrepreneurism, education and economic growth in the Madison region. SBM’s origins date back to 2012 when a group of entrepreneurs and technology and civic leaders began to pursue the idea of a single location that offered the critical components needed by entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses, create jobs and stimulate the regional economy. In late 2013, the  group officially formed StartingBlock  Madison,  Inc. as  a Wisconsin non-­stock corporation.

The entrepreneurial hub will provide the space and resources needed to get started, literally finding the “starting  blocks”  needed  for success:

  • Affordable, flexible office and co-working space
  • Peer networking and mentoring
  • Access to peers, mentors, investment and professional  advisers  (sponsors)
  • Accelerator programs (i.e.  gener8tor)
  • Collaboration, meeting and conference space
  • Educational programming, workshops and community building  events
  • Sector67  community  maker/hackerspace
  • Home for Capitol Entrepreneurs, a 300 member organization of founders/leaders of Madison area start-ups.
By growing a vibrant, interconnected ecosystem from our existing entrepreneurial community, StartingBlock will be a place where entrepreneurs can:
• Turn innovative ideas into profitable businesses and accelerate job creation
• Grow our innovation culture into a start-up hub
• Propel our technology,  healthcare and creative digital sectors
• Spark our next generation of dreamers and inventors

We need your support to raise the remaining funds to begin construction by the end of 2015. Please contact us using the “contact us” link at the top right if you’re interested in supporting this project and we’ll get you in touch with ways to help.

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