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Wisconsin Hardtech Accelerator by StartingBlock Launches a Groundbreaking 16-Week Program for Ag, Food, Bev, and Manufacturing Startups

Wisconsin HardTech Accelerator by StartingBlock, a leader in driving innovation and supporting entrepreneurial success in the hard technology sector, is excited to announce the launch of its 16-week accelerator program, commencing in June 2024. This program is specifically designed for startup founders in the agriculture, food and beverage, and manufacturing sectors, offering an unparalleled opportunity to propel their innovations to new heights.

Transformative Experience for Wisconsin's AgTech, FoodTech, and Manufacturing Innovators

The Wisconsin HardTech Accelerator, located in the heart of Madison, is uniquely positioned to serve the vibrant startup ecosystem of Wisconsin. The program promises to offer an intensive, hands-on experience focusing on advanced product development, market readiness, and strategic growth. Startups from across Wisconsin are invited to apply to the program. Content will be delivered both in-person and remotely.

Program Highlights:

  • Expert Guidance and Mentorship: Access to a network of industry leaders, successful entrepreneurs, and technical experts.

  • Customized Training: Sessions tailored to meet the unique needs of hardtech startups, especially in the AgTech, FoodTech, and Manufacturing sectors.

  • Funding Opportunities: Guidance on securing investments, including specialized training on applying for SBIR grants.

  • Peer Learning and Collaboration: An environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, and shared learning among Wisconsin's brightest entrepreneurial minds.

A Commitment to Advancing Wisconsin's Hardtech Ecosystem

"We are thrilled to launch this accelerator program, specifically catering to the growing hardtech sectors in Wisconsin. Our aim is to bridge the gap between groundbreaking ideas and market success, providing a robust platform for startups in agriculture, food and beverage, and manufacturing to thrive," said Scott Mosley the CEO of StartingBlock.

The program is designed to support startups at various stages of development, particularly those at Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 3 to 5, focusing on taking lab-proven concepts to market readiness.

Application Process and Key Dates:

  • Applications Open: April 1, 2024

  • Application Deadline: June 5, 2024

  • Program Start Date: June 22, 2024

  • Demo Day and Graduation: Oct 3, 2024

Interested startups and founders in the AgTech, FoodTech, and Manufacturing industries are encouraged to apply. More details and application forms can be found on our website:

About Wisconsin HardTech Accelerator by StartingBlock

Wisconsin HardTech Accelerator by StartingBlock is a premier accelerator program based in Madison, Wisconsin, dedicated to fostering innovation and commercial success in the hard technology sector. With a focus on agriculture, food and beverage, and manufacturing technologies, the accelerator provides startups with the resources, expertise, and support needed to transform ideas into market-ready solutions. The Wisconsin Hardtech accelerator is made possible by the generous support of the US Small Business Administration's Global Accelerator Fund Competition (


Scott Mosley


Wisconsin HardTech Accelerator by StartingBlock


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