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Join us on May 10, 2024, for Founder Day, an inspiring gathering designed to connect new and upcoming founders with seasoned entrepreneurs. Hosted by Capital Entrepreneurs at The Spark in Madison, WI, this event promises a day filled with learning, networking, and growth opportunities. From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, you'll have the chance to share experiences, gain insights, and forge valuable connections that can help propel your venture forward.


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11:00 AM - ☕ Networking, Coffee & Registration

12:00 PM - 🥗 Lunch

1:00 PM - 👩‍💻 Sessions Round 1

  • Networking Mastery: Strategies for Building Meaningful Connections
    Speaker: Jazmynn Appleton
    Room: Open Innovation (3rd Floor)

  • Navigating Financing & Capital Table Deal Structures
    Speaker: Jeff Glazer
    Room: DreamBank A (1st Floor)

  • Smart Product Development: Avoiding Costly Mistakes
    Speaker: Will Robus
    Room: DramBank B (1st Floor)

2:00 PM - 🏙️ Shared Service Expo

3:00 PM - 👨‍💻 Sessions Round 2

  • The Funding Dilemma: VC vs Bootstrapping Considerations
    Speakers: Olivia Wisden and Michael Szewczyk
    Room: Open Innovation (3rd Floor)

  • Developing Basic Contracts: Insights from UW Law Clinic
    Speaker: Harriet Maona and Mark Fernandez
    Room: DramBank A (1st Floor)

  • Unlocking Funding Opportunities: Applying for SBIR Grants
    Speaker: Tyler Waite
    Room: DreamBank B (1st Floor)

4:00 PM - 🥂 Happy Hour

​Shared Service Expo

​Whether you’re looking to streamline operations, expand your professional network, or drive business growth, this expo is your gateway to strategic partnerships that make a real impact. Don't miss this chance to transform your startup's future!

Startups & Service Companies

0x21 Consulting – 96% of cyber insurance claims come from small and medium sized businesses at a median cost of $48k.

Content Marketing & Strategy by Dan Fogarty – Content that attracts investors and generates leads.

Golden Innovation Group – We’re your personalized solution for streamlining business operations.  We pinpoint improvements and help you execute them. Say goodbye to the overwhelm of managing day-to-day tasks.

Ten Forward Consulting – We help organizations build custom software; we are flexible, transparent, and honest. We meet people where they are and empower them to grow and succeed.

TwoLips Creative – A design and branding agency that works with startups. We specialize in creative direction, website design, & illustration.

Petphoria – A lifestyle brand celebrating the bond between pets and their owners with luxury treats, sassy human apparel and stylish accessories for both!

Dlove Studios – Makeup Artist, Portrait/Branding photographer & social media specialist.

Nommli – Elevating meal subscriptions to cultural journeys

Communities, Coalitions & University Programs

Wisconsin Startup Coalition – The Wisconsin Startup Coalition is a non-partisan advocacy organization advancing policy solutions to improve Wisconsin’s startup ecosystem.

UW-Madison – Technology Entrepreneurship Office – Supports campus innovators in deep tech, helping them transform their research into successful businesses.

Discovery to Product (D2P) at UW-Madison – Provides UW-Madison faculty, staff and students with entrepreneurship and technology commercialization training, mentoring and funding.

MERLIN Mentors – A program of University Research Park, connects entrepreneurs with experienced business mentors.

Capital Entrepreneurs – VC Fundraising Advice from entrepreneurs who have raised $1M+

StartingBlock Affiliates

StartingBlock – a community of entrepreneurs and startups, where you’ll have access to resources, mentorship, and a collaborative coworking workspace. With 50,000 sq ft of space in Madison’s Capitol East neighborhood, StartingBlock is the perfect place to launch your business. 

Madworks Accelerator by StartingBlock – A governance-focused education & mentorship program for scalable Wisconsin startups in any industry.

Her Network – A values-led event series for business women, hosted and sponsored by StartingBlock Madison. All who identify as women are welcome.

Find this info on our event page here:

The Spark
821 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703, USA
StartingBlock & Dreambank
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