Education and Technology Transfer

Business Education

  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    The 13 statewide campuses of the Wisconsin SBDC provide training, counseling, and workshops for small business owners and managers. For more information and to locate the center that serves your business, go to the SBDC web site or call 1–800-940-7232.
  • Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)
    WTCS has 16 campuses serving Wisconsin, providing employee training, professional certifications, and business development classes. Curriculum and outreach services vary per campus. For information on the technical college nearest to you, go to the WCTS web site above, and hotlink to the specific college.
  • Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU)
    WAICO represents 20 independent colleges and universities in Wisconsin. To find out about business and other curriculum offered by these institutions, visit the above web site and hotlink into the individual college web sites.

Executive Training and Continuing Education

  • UW-Madison Executive Education
    This executive education program, internationally ranked, provides a wide variety of short courses, certification series, and custom training for executives, managers, and supervisors.
  • UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education
    Whether it’s project management or telecommunications, engineering continuing education or social work certification, you’ll find it among the 1500 noncredit, select credit and certificate programs at the UWM School of Continuing Education.
  • UW-Madison College of Engineering
    The Department of Engineering Professional Development offers more than 400 short courses as continuing education for engineers, architects, contractors, consultants, managers, and other technical professionals.
  • University of Wisconsin System
    The UW System provides a variety of for-credit coursework leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees, and non-credit coursework for continuing education on specific topics. For general information on the UW-System and hotlinks to specific UW-campus web sites, visit For information on systemwide continuing education offerings, go to

Manufacturing Assistance

  • Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP)
    WMEP provides training, technical expertise and hands-on implementation assistance to small and midsize manufacturing firms on advanced manufacturing technologies and best business practices. WMEP, a non-profit corporation with linkages to technical colleges and private-sector providers, serves companies in southern and northeastern Wisconsin.
  • Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center (NWMOC)
    (NWMOC) is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and five technical colleges: Chippewa Valley, Western Wisconsin, Wisconsin Indianhead, Nicolet Area, and Northcentral Technical Colleges. NWMOC draws upon the expertise of its partner institutions to deliver an integrated manufacturing modernization service to small and medium sized firms in northwest Wisconsin.

Technology Transfer

  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
    WARF is the intellectual property licensing arm and tech-transfer agent of UW-Madison, the nation’s top public R&D university. WARF welcomes inquiries about university patents available for licensing or entrepreneurial start-up, and can take an equity position in companies spinning out of UW-Madison research.
  • WiCell Research Foundation
    Affiliated with WARF, WiCell provides the stem cell lines developed at UW-Madison to bioscience researchers worldwide.
  • WiSYS Technology Foundation, Inc.
    WiSys identifies innovative technologies developed throughout the University of Wisconsin System and brings them to the marketplace for the benefit of the inventors, their colleges, and Wisconsin's economy.
  • UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations
    The Office of Corporate Relations is the portal for the business community into the myriad of resources, faculty, laboratories, and consortiums at UW-Madison. The web site posts the publication, "A Guide for New Business Ventures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison”, a resource to help university faculty and staff interested in launching technology-based businesses.
  • University of Wisconsin Medical School
    The Medical School’s Technology Transfer and Business/Industry Liaison Office facilitates industry partnerships and clinical research trials. Visit the web site or contact Dr. Stephen Harsy at 608-262-7866.
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Research Foundation
    The MCW Research Foundation links business with the research capabilities, technology license opportunities, and clinical trial services of the Milwaukee-based Medical College of Wisconsin, which has an annual R&D budget of $120 million. The research foundation is also launching a technology-transfer fund. Visit the college or foundation web page or contact Dr. Joseph Hill, phone 414-456-4381 or
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
    The Department of Applied Research houses the Applied Technology Center™ (ATC), the professional education and research arm of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. It serves as a technology and knowledge transfer catalyst among the academia, business and governmental agencies. Visit the web site or contact Dr. Shajan John, phone 414-277-7217.
  • Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation
    The Research Foundation is the window into the medical specialties, research capabilities and centers of the regionally renowned Marshfield Clinic in central Wisconsin.
  • Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (CATI)
    CATI, located in Racine County, was formed to promote business development and technology innovation in southeast Wisconsin. CATI manages a portfolio of corporate patents available for licensing to entrepreneurs. CATI operates a technology-business incubator and provides a full array of business services for clients. Visit the web site or contact Matthew Wagner, Director, phone 262-898-7512 or
  • TechStar, Inc.
    TechStar is a tech-transfer, management services and investment organization formed to support early stage technology companies in Wisconsin. TechStar collaborates with the Medical College of Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, Marquette University, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Visit the web site or contact Lane Brostrom, Executive Director, phone 414-727-1726.
  • Telaric Alliance
    The Telaric Alliance, based in Mequon, Wisconsin, offers technology transfer assistance and business accelerator services for growth companies, with special emphasis on strategic planning, sales/market strategy, and financial guidance.
  • La Crosse Medical Health Science Center and Consortium
    The Health Science Center houses college-level academic programs, research, and complementary services. Research programs and laboratories focus on microbiology and biomechanics. For more information on the consortium, contact John Katrana, Ph.D., Interim Executive Director, phone 608-785-5151.
  • UW-Stout Center for Innovation and Development (CID)
    The CID, located on the UW-Stout campus in Menomonee, provides a broad range of interaction to manufacturers, inventors, and entrepreneurs, including product feasibility and prototype development services, and advanced manufacturing strategy. For more information, contact Jerry Johnson, Director, phone: 715-232-1475