Madison makes good entrepreneurial impression

By Joe Vanden Plas StartingBlock Madison wanted an outsider’s perspective of Madison’s entrepreneurial scene and got a double dose of it Aug. 24 during a special program that drew about 150 local entrepreneurs to theMajestic Theatre. Scott Resnick, executive director of StartingBlock Madison, invited entrepreneurial leaders from the southern U.S. to spend 24 hours in Madison … Continued

Record attendance for gener8tor’s Premiere Night

gener8tor, the nationally-ranked Madison/Milwaukee accelerator, proudly showed off its most recent crop of graduates at its May 11th Madison Premiere Night at the Edgewater Hotel. The four graduating companies — Allergy Amulet,, DATTUS, and Curate — exemplified the movement toward and interest in the Internet of Things (IoT), which combines technology with sensors, and … Continued

StartingBlock selling ‘virtual blocks’ to fund new startup hub

LAUREL WHITE – Donors can buy themselves a piece of the entrepreneurial hub StartingBlock — virtually, at least. StartingBlock, slated to open next year on Madison’s near east side, launched a crowdfunding campaign Wednesday to meet a $1.5 million fundraising goal. The campaign is selling $25 “virtual blocks” on the space’s 50,000-square-foot floor plan. Donors can upload … Continued

Wisconsin Roundup: NorthStar, StartingBlock Madison, 5Nines & More

Here are some of the past week’s major headlines from Wisconsin’s tech and innovation community: —Madison-based NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes has partnered with Westinghouse Electric to explore producing medical radioisotopes in commercial nuclear reactors, according to apress release issued by Westinghouse. The two companies aim to address the global shortage of molybdenum-99—which is used to make … Continued

New Madison Entrepreneurial Center Moves Past Starting Line

Madison continues to pave its way as a hub for startups and innovation, as plans take shape to create the StartingBlock Entrepreneurial Center, $69 million project, downtown. StartingBlock Madison, a nonprofit including some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, advisers and community members supporting entrepreneurship, led the charge for the new mixed-use space, which … Continued

Madison equipped to become a startup city

In case you haven’t noticed, a startup scene is surging all across Madison. Ideas are taking shape at coffee shops and on campuses, in coworking spaces and accelerators. Emerging new companies and academic spinoffs are launching products and services. They’re attracting consumers and clients and finding and growing resources to give their dreams a go. … Continued

StartingBlock Madison Project Moves Ahead, Releases New Renderings

The proposed $69 million revitalization project east of downtown Madison, WI, which will include the StartingBlock Madison entrepreneurial center, passed another hurdle this week. A city committee voted to allow city staff to negotiate the sale of the property where StartingBlock will be located to Gebhardt Development, the real estate project’s developer, the Wisconsin State … Continued

Madison moves toward deal with Gebhardt Development on East Washington Avenue project

The city and Gebhardt Development took a key step Tuesday toward another major redevelopment on booming East Washington Avenue. After seeing new details, a special city committee on a voice vote authorized staff to negotiate the sale of property to Gebhardt Development for a $69 million mixed-use project offering office and retail space, a 2,300-seat … Continued

Resnick takes over Madison’s StartingBlock entrepreneurial hub

If Scott Resnick had his druthers, he’d be mayor of Madison now. But the 28-year-old techie and former city council member was drubbed in April by longtime Mayor Paul Soglin. “The outcome was not necessarily one that I’d hoped for,” mused Resnick, who took a short time off after the election to ponder his future … Continued

Guest Column: Support Exact Sciences’ move Downtown

Troy Vosseller, Forrest Woolworth, and Matt Younkle “are helping to build StartingBlock Madison in the Capitol East District where entrepreneurs, investors and community members can work together to bring new ideas to life. Exact Sciences has always been a partner in this work. By planting its roots firmly in the heart of Madison, Exact Sciences reinforces its commitment to this city and demonstrates Madison’s strength in growing successful tech companies.”

StartingBlock Madison receives $50,000 from Evjue Foundation

Cap Times’ Evjue Foundation awards $1.45 million to UW, area nonprofits

The Capital Times’ charitable arm, The Evjue Foundation, announced Wednesday that its directors have approved more than $1.4 million in grants to 86 area nonprofits plus funding for 27 programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including $50,000 to StartingBlock Madison’s work to build a 50,000-square-foot hub for entrepreneurs on the 800 block of East Washington … Continued

Start-ups, established companies urged to work together

American Family is a sponsor of gener8tor and started a venture capital arm, called American Family Ventures. It also partnered with Microsoft Corp. to launch an accelerator for start-ups focused on home automation, and made what organizers called a “major investment” in StartingBlock Madison, a planned 50,000-square-foot entrepreneurial hub.

American Family’s Gunder to deliver keynote at March 23 Wisconsin Tech Summit

American Family Insurance is a leader among major state companies in terms of its role in Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial scene. Long an investor in state venture funds, its efforts have grown to include its corporate venture fund and its investment in projects such as the 50,000-square-foot “StartingBlock Madison” project. StartingBlock is envisioned as a hub for … Continued

AmFam CEO Highlights gener8tor Premiere

American Family has taken interest in Madison’s booming entrepreneurial community under Salzwedel’s leadership. For example, the company launched American Family Ventures and announced it will be a significant supporter of StartingBlock Madison.

The Social Fabric of Madison’s I&E Scene

Q&A with Forrest Woolworth, Co-founder & Director of Capital Entrepreneurs

StartingBlock Madison: What’s Next in Madison’s New Economy

StartingBlock’s George Austin and Scott Resnick introduce the exciting project to DMI membership.

Madison Noteworthy profiles StartingBlock Madison

Madison Noteworthy’s youtube video profiling StartingBlock Madison.

Next in Madison: StartingBlock Madison

George Austin, Madison’s former Planning and Development director and President of AVA Civic Enterprises Inc., provides the introduction about what StartingBlock Madison is planning to do to encourage, develop and grow entrepreneurs by bringing them into an entrepreneur hub that will place them in contact with peers, mentors, investors and consultants.

Starting Block aims to build more robust entrepreneurial community

Madison Noteworthy’s Christi Andringa interviews Troy Vosseller of Starting Block Madison, a proposed “entrepreneurial hub and ecosystem” designed to help local businesspeople succeed.

StartingBlock to draw, keep talent in Dane County

Madison’s growing community of entrepreneurs will soon have a new place to potentially call home, StartingBlock. The project has garnered big investors, including American Family Insurance, and the city has put aside $1.5 million for the effort in its Capital Budget.

StartingBlock Madison will bolster startups

“StartingBlock Madison will help (local) companies take their ideas to the next level,” Austin said. “They will have commercial applications and the resources to take advantage of that and ultimately create businesses and jobs for our economy. It will be an affordable work space where entrepreneurs can pivot when necessary and grow when it’s right.”

Start-up incubator StartingBlock Madison moving closer

The concept certainly is attractive: an entrepreneurial hub where people can share offices, ideas and talent to boost their start-up business to the next level. And judging by the full house listening to a pitch for StartingBlock Madison on Jan. 27, there is no shortage of interest. “The idea is to bring together all the … Continued

Capital Entrepreneurs reports best year ever for Madison startups

“Okay, we’re not Silicon Valley – yet. But the Madison technology startup scene enjoyed its best year of growth ever in 2014. Capital Entrepreneurs, a local networking and mentoring group, is reporting its 350 members created 175 new full-time jobs last year and now employ over 500 people.”

StartingBlock project signs on American Family for support

“We have a champion that believes that the objectives embodied by this entrepreneurial hub … are worthy of investment,” Austin said. “We’re able now to move to the next stage with a good sense that this project will be able to become a reality.”

StartingBlock Madison Gets Key Investment From American Family

StartingBlock is part of a high-profile development in downtown Madison, WI, that would house startup accelerator Gener8tor, maker space Sector67, networking group Capital Entrepreneurs, a co-working space, a 1,500-seat performing arts venue, and commercial and retail space, among other features. StartingBlock would take up 50,000 square feet in the 113,000 to 140,000-square-foot building, according to … Continued

American Family to invest in StartingBlock

StartingBlock Madison, a planned 50,000-square-foot entrepreneurial hub, has received a pledge for a “major investment” from American Family Insurance, organizers said. American Family’s investment “continues our support of innovation and emerging companies that can benefit our customers and the community,” said Jack Salzwedel, the insurer’s president and chief executive officer.

StartingBlock Madison announces plan for an entrepreneurial hub, with significant support from American Family Insurance

Civic Leaders Declare StartingBlock Madison “An Opportunity to Leverage and Retain Our Region’s Greatest Growing Asset”

StartingBlock, Madison’s Answer to Chicago’s 1871, Hits Crucial Stage

StartingBlock, Madison’s Answer to Chicago’s 1871, Hits Crucial Stage

A vacant 1.75-acre piece of land in downtown Madison, WI—once the site of a car dealership—could become one of the most important hubs for tech entrepreneurship in the state’s capital, if the backers of a proposed project called StartingBlock Madison make their vision a reality.

Gebhardt Development proposes East Washington home for new performance venue and StartingBlock Madison

Gebhardt Development submitted plans to the city of Madison Monday for a 140,000-square-foot mixed use project that would include the 1,500-seat performance space. . . . Gebhardt’s project would also include a site for StartingBlock Madison — a collaborative space for start-up companies and tech initiatives. Sector 67, the makerspace, would relocate here.

Business incubator, concert venue eyed for south block of 800 East Wash

In the latest major project floated for the East Washington Avenue corridor, Gebhardt Development is proposing new space for the StartingBlock Madison work hub along with a 1,500 seat concert venue. . . . Gebhardt is teaming with Terry Sivesind, president of Starting Block, on the project. It would combine high-tech office space with the activity of … Continued

Gebhardt proposes another East Washington Avenue development

After winning city approvals to redevelop the former Don Miller auto dealership properties on the north side of East Washington Avenue, Gebhardt Development will try its hand at the final piece on the south side of the 800 block. . . . It would provide a large home for StartingBlock Madison, a proposed center for … Continued

Gebhardt proposes another East Washington Avenue development

After winning city approvals to `redevelop the former Don Miller auto dealership properties on the north side of East Washington Avenue, Gebhardt Development will try its hand at the final piece on the south side of the 800 block. . . . It would provide a large home for StartingBlock Madison, a proposed center for … Continued

Jack Salzwedel and Gary J. Wolter: New hub will boost Madison region

With StartingBlock Madison, we are poised to retain Wisconsin’s talented young adults, an outcome too critical to ignore. The impact to the city and the state — more startups, more successful companies, better products and a stronger community — could be the difference between being a leader versus a follower in the 21st century.

Collaboration will move Madison forward, keynote speaker Steven Johnson tells the Chamber of Commerce

Collaboration sparks innovation: It’s the concept that will keep Madison moving forward, speakers told attendees of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce‘s annual dinner Thursday night at Monona Terrace. . . . 100State, a start-up incubator, and the proposed StartingBlock Madison, expected to be a co-working space and new home for the Sector67 maker space, were … Continued

Gebhardt Development Submits Proposal to the City of Madison to develop 800 South Block of East Washington Avenue with StartingBlock Madison

American Family Insurance CEO, Jack Salzwedel and MGE CEO Gary J Wolter: New Hub Will Boost Madison Region

Jack Salzwedel (CEO, American Family Insurnce) and Gary J. Wolter (CEO, MGE): New Hub Will Boost Madison Region

The M List 1-2. Chris Meyer and Heather Wentler

A Peek at Sector 67


Gener8tor has notable success nurturing start-ups

BrightStar Wisconsin to invest $50,000 in gener8tor graduates

StartingBlock Madison Receives Major Commitment to Create an Entrepreneurial Hub

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. Forrest Woolworth, co-founder of Capital Entrepreneurs and a founding … Continued