Mayor Soglin Welcomes Startup Weekend to Madison

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 10:39am

Madison, WI - Mayor Paul Soglin is pleased that Startup Weekend Madison, is coming to Madison April 27th-29th. The event is the first of its kind in Wisconsin. Organized by leaders from UW-Madison, Madison College, Edgewood College, Capital Entrepreneurs, and Sector67, the goal of Startup Weekend Madison is to bring together entrepreneurial minds from Wisconsin and beyond to collaborate on innovative projects and potentially form new startup companies. In this 54-hour event, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. It is one of the largest and most well known events of its type in the world.

"Madison is the perfect location for this event," said Mayor Soglin. "The combination of the UW, Madison College, and Edgewood in conjunction with startup entrepreneurs provides a great environment for this innovative event. The City of Madison IT Department has been working with organizers to prepare for this event. The city welcomes all of the attendees and I look forward to visiting with many participants."

Entrepreneurship is central to a growing Madison economy. Madison was rated as the most educated city in America, one of the top cities for young adults, and one of the top 10 cities to start a business. Younger start-ups are now growing to become a cornerstone of the Madison economy by innovating new ideas, raising capital, facilitating tech transfers from the University, and creating new jobs in the community.

Startup Weekend Madison is one of the signature bookend events of Capital Entrepreneurs Week, which will feature a series of educational and social opportunities for entrepreneurs. The events kick off on Wednesday, April 25th. For details, visit

Startup Weekend Madison is sponsored by Google, Earth Information Technologies, Gener8tor, and Neider and Boucher. For more information and the online application, visit Watch a video about Startup Weekends here:


  • Alder Scott Resnick608-807-7962