Ideadvance Seed Fund Applications Open
Would your business like to explore a new technology, solution or market without the fear of risk? Ideadvance Seed Fund might be a fit for pursuing your innovation.

This 12th round of money and mentorship for Wisconsin-based businesses now includes expanded eligibility and tracks for established small businesses with innovative approaches.

The Ideadvance program fosters teams across a variety of industries that want to advance a scalable, profitable business model. Grants ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 are earned after demonstrating key learnings toward commercialization goals. The deadline to apply is July 9.
Client News & Success Stories
Blue Line Battery of Beloit Raises $1.5 million, Announces Patent-Pending Technology
Blue Line Battery has closed a $1.5 million fundraising round led by Grey Collar Ventures. The company also has a patent-pending modular design that makes it easier to manufacture and distribute its battery systems to customers that are accustomed to using lead-acid batteries.
UW-Whitewater Makes History with Enactus National Championship
Cheers broke the silence at Hyland Hall on the Friday before Spring Break as seven University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students won the Enactus United States National Exposition with their business model for combating blindness and empowering young women in India. Their business model, called “Shakti,” already has served thousands of people.
WI Farm to Table Dinner Event
City and farm folks are invited to gather at Roden Echo Valley farm as part of Wisconsin's Farm to Table’s 7th annual event. The evening's creations will be prepared and presented by local chef and self-proclaimed farm kid, Tyler Sailsbery, the head chef and owner of The Black Sheep.
CESA #2 Educator's Certification in New Teacher Center Mentor Training
Four School District of Beloit District educators has received certification in New Teacher Center Mentor Training. According to CESA 2, “Research on the program has shown the students of new teachers, whose mentors are trained by the New Teacher Center, have an additional two to six months of growth in Reading and Math per year, as compared to other mentor programs. The research also shows a retention rate of more than 30% higher than in districts that use other mentor programs.
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Startup Success Q&A
Entrepreneurial Coaching Programs
Are you looking to take your business to the next level? Do you want your business to thrive and be successful? As an entrepreneur, it can be lonely and difficult. A business coach can be a beneficial sounding board and provide a helpful outside perspective on your business.
What Programs are Available for Student Entrepreneurs
When it comes to working virtually, there are both pros and cons of virtual work environments. Many of the challenges of working from home can be overcome with the right tools.
GrowthWheel Business Advice
Selling Through Our Network
Networking is a critical aspect of entrepreneurship. Through networks, entrepreneurs not only get inspiration and support to start and develop their companies, but also meet their first customers. The best networks increase your bottom line.
100 Ways to Market Your Company
Instead of seeing marketing as an expense, it should be seen as a way to generate more revenue. When marketing is effective, your business attracts new customers and receives more orders. Ask yourself, “How can I market my business while getting the most for my money?”
Upcoming Events
Building a Better Web Presence
June 29th, 9:30 - 11:00 am
In this “101” course, we will discuss elements to consider to creating a strong business website. Whether you are looking to create your website from scratch or want a “checklist” of recommendations to evaluate what you currently have, this event is a great place to start.
Let's Talk Social
June 29th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Is your small business struggling with Instagram or Facebook social strategies? The Digital Marketing Clinic at UW Oshkosh can help you achieve your social goals and implement a strategy. Join the Digital Marketing Interns and Director for a presentation and collaborative discussion regarding best practices, optimization of profiles, and features of both platforms to increase engagement.
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