StartingBlock Madison

Creating the meaningful intersections that cultivate entrepreneurs, accelerate growth, drive innovation and build an entrepreneurial community that gives back


StartingBlock represents a massive community effort — from Madison’s young entrepreneurs, city and business leaders, and our educational and government institutions — focused on creating a home base with the critical components that local innovation entrepreneurs need to start and grow businesses, create jobs and stimulate the regional economy.


StartingBlock’s 50,000+ square foot entrepreneurial hub is a place for entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and community members to connect, share innovative ideas, and create next-generation businesses.


In collaboration with our community partners, StartingBlock provides affordable and flexible workspace, access to investors, a centralized network of existing and emerging industry players, professional advisors and mentors, accelerator programs, and education and community programming.

Located within walking distance of the Capitol Square.

Latest News from our Blog

Calling all Social Entrepreneurs!

Calling all Social Entrepreneurs!

Do you believe in business as a force for good? There's so much interest in social entrepreneurship but do you know that means and how social entrepreneurs can distinguish their social mission using new certification and legal structures? Do you know the difference...

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Now Hiring: StartingBlock Community Manager

Now Hiring: StartingBlock Community Manager

Join us! We are looking for an awesome leader to be StartingBlock's Community Manager StartingBlock’s mission is to create meaningful intersections.  We focus on building and supporting Madison’s entrepreneurs, innovators, and the doers.   We want someone who gets and...

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An Intern’s View of StartingBlock Madison

An Intern’s View of StartingBlock Madison

Eduardo Castillo interned at StartingBlock in Summer of 2019 as part of the CEOs of Tomorrow program. Recently, Eduardo came back and spent a few days of his spring break volunteering at StartingBlock. He sat down with Executive Director, Chandra Miller Fienen, to...

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Cultivating early stage companies & entrepreneurs

  • Community Pitch Nights
  • Pitch Competition 
  • Brown Bag Speaker Series
  • Intro to startup scene


Growing mid-stage startups & leadership teams

  • One-on-one mentoring and advising
  • Talent Maximizer Series
  • SNAP! Matching Student Talent with Hiring Startups
  • Financing 101 workshops
  • Founders’ Series


Showcasing new ideas & problem solving collaborations

  • Big Ideas from Badgers Forums
  • Reverse Pitch
  • How Would You…? Series

Give Back

Helping the next generation of entrepreneurs give back

  • CSR programming
  • B-Corp & Social E programming
  • Volunteer Activities

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