Assistance is available for part-time or full-time staff, faculty and students who are part of the UW System. Applicants and young companies who have licensed technology from WiSys Technology Foundation or the UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation are also eligible. Those affiliated with UW-Madison are not eligible to be primary clients, but may contribute to projects with eligible applicants from other UW Campuses. We want to hear from you! Reach out and we can discuss your team’s eligibility for the Ideadvance program.
No! Although we welcome high tech ideas, you do not need to present a biotech or IT technology in order to get assistance. The types of eligible businesses are very broad, including ideas in agriculture, manufacturing, music production, textiles, art or business. The only restrictions are that your business cannot be real estate, direct consumer retail or a hospitality business, including restaurants. If your idea creates jobs, is an eligible business, and contributes to Wisconsin’s “knowledge economy,” we’re here to help.
To get started, contact the New Idea Concierge by email or at 608.263.3315. Together, we can explore if Ideadvance Funding is right for you. The New Idea Concierge will work with you to identify first-step resources and help you prepare a competitive proposal. To learn more about our Concierge and staff, check out our team.