Partnerships: The power of collaboration


The University of Wisconsin System Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship’s statewide network of consultants, economic developers and lenders is unparalleled. We help entrepreneurs, businesses and economic development professionals across the state to achieve their goals by offering technical assistance, counseling and leveraging data. The Institute performs outreach on behalf of the world-class University of Wisconsin System, connecting clients to the robust entrepreneurial ecosystem.

New Businesses Created since 2020
$557 Million
in Capital Investment since 2020
4,260 Jobs
Created and Retained since 2020

Our partners help strengthen Wisconsin

Economic Developers

Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) are charged with getting local and regional businesses on the path for growth — quite a tall order. The Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship shares that mission — to help build strong businesses.



The Institute’s programs coordinate with Wisconsin higher learning campuses for educational and professional development events. Additionally, UW System campuses are the homes to our Small Business Development Centers. Students and businesses find each other for mentorship, internships and employment through our connections.

Lenders and Investors

Lenders and investors often find themselves with potential clients need who need more preparation to be eligible for that loan or capital investment. We assist with impartial guidance allowing entrepreneurs to return to lenders and investors with strong business plans that are more stable with lower risk.

Curious how the Institute might be able to work with your organization? Learn more about our four program units by viewing our one page informational sheet.

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Mindy McCord and Layne Cozzolino
Siren Shrub Co.
Our SBDC Consultant helped make our dream come true and gave us fundamental advice.
Dr. Karthikeyan
Clarus Carbon LLC


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