Madison Design, Web, Tech and Startup Resources

Posted in Featured, Madison, WI

Madison, Wisconsin has a booming tech startup and entrepreneur community. Here are some great resources.

Fast Company magazine says

"The university town of Madison, Wisconsin, regularly shows up on those vaunted 'best places to live' lists: there's an educated and talented workforce; exceptional public amenities like parks, schools, and transportation; and a well-known, if perhaps not universally shared, commitment to quality of life. Even its suburbs shine--Money Magazine recently named Middleton, Wisconsin, one of the top 10 small towns in the U.S. But progressive legislation that targets investors and innovators is helping Madison make its mark in another way: as a vibrant tech hub."

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Meetups

Javascript (MadJS)
Madison professionals, enthusiasts, and hobbyists who share a passion for great JavaScript, and making JavaScript work for them and their users through terrific, engaging, and intuitive apps.

Mobile Monday
All things mobile: web, app development, market analysis, industry.

Madison Web Design & Development 
Run by the principal of Versa Studio, this group features presentation a range of web topics including design, development, Content Management Systems (CMS), Adobe Creative Suite, video and more.

PHP
Learn about all things PHP.

Software Developers
Discuss various programming languages and techniques, software architecture, cross-platform development, iPhone development, etc.  Members cover a huge cross-section of the programming industry, from web to embedded, desktop to iPhone, from Java to C++ to Haskell.

Talking Tech
Brining together Madison technology professionals to discuss a wide range of topics.

Madison Iterators
Informal, weekly meetup of product creators. At each meeting, groups share the progress they’ve made since the last meeting, along with challenges they’ve faced and what they plan to accomplish by the next meeting.

Professional and community organizations

100State
A nonprofit spaces supporting coworking, startups and community ventures. Unleashing talent and passion to solve problems and make the world a better place.

Wisconsin Business Alliance
A nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that works to improve Wisconsin’s business climate while protecting our quality of life. Versa Studio is a member. Not billed as such, but WBA may also be considered a more thoughtful, inclusive alternative to Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the 800 lb. gorilla.

Capitol Entrepreneurs
Resource for the burgeoning entrepreneur community in Madison, Wisconsin. Our 150+ members are dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in Madison by bringing entrepreneurs together to create new connections and a community around the startups in Madison.

Design Madison
Amplify the impact that design plays in the structure of society and business.

Madisonium
Dedicated to improving Madison's tech ecosystem. Also manages the Getting Started Guide.

Madison MAGNET
Attracting and retaining young professional talent to Madison, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin AIGA
Connect designers to one another, to business and to the broader world; inspire designers, helping them to realize their talents and to advocate the value of design; engage designers by stimulating thinking, promoting design excellence, and producing events that educate and inspire.

Other resouces

Gener8tor Business Incubator
Focused on on development of successful, scalable technology startups, gener8tor offers business incubators in Milwaukee and Madison.

Entrepreneurs' Resource Clinic at University of Wisconsin-Madison
"One-stop shop" where entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs can find assistance in a single space.

American Family Insurance Dream Bank
The Dream Bank is a sort of business salon, offering scheduled events, meeting space, and the possibility of serendipituous encounters with like-minded entrepreneurs.

Madison Startups
News and press releases on local startup activity.