About Slingshot


A Social Impact Hub for Madison’s Social Entrepreneurs

StartingBlock’s Social Impact Initiative is back and better than ever with a new name to match: Slingshot, a social impact program. 

In partnership with Associated Bank, we’re looking for the best and brightest social impact entrepreneurs to join us as part of our second cohort. These changemakers will sit at the nexus of enterprise and solving significant social and environmental challenges, focusing on how a business-driven approach can make a difference. Slingshot companies and organizations will demonstrate how social entrepreneurship can serve as a model for creating sustainable impact in Wisconsin and beyond.

Participants will receive access to mentorship and tailored programming, as well as membership to StartingBlock for eight months, from January to August 2020!

What does it cost?  Slingshot is a FREE program.

The heart in the machine: Madison startups combine free enterprise and public service by ERIK LORENZSONN Jan 30, 2019


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Participants receive

Free membership to StartingBlock for eight months (January to August) with dedicated workspace in StartingBlock’s Slingshot Hub.

Free programming focused on building strong, viable social impact enterprises.  Topics include: design thinking, lean start up, sales and marketing, measuring social impact, telling your story, finding investors, and more.

1:1 mentorship by social entrepreneur experts.

1:1 financial mentorship provided by Associated Bank.

Legal assistance provided by UW Law & Entrepreneur Clinic.

Access to all of StartingBlock’s resources, amenities and support services.

Criteria for Application

Companies must be a functioning enterprise (either a non-profit entity or for-profit company) with a viable revenue-generating product or service.

Companies must be working to drive social impact in the areas of:
– Healthy youth development
– Learning and academic achievement
– Resilient communities
– Closing equity gaps in America

Applicants are working to address an important social and/or environmental challenge that exists in Wisconsin (that may also exist elsewhere) through their products, services or operations.

Companies must be based in Madison, Wisconsi.

Companies must have a demonstrated need and desire for work space at StartingBlock for at least one team member for 20+ hours per week.


Slingshot Sponsor

Program Partner


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