New UW-Madison venture studio turns ideas into funded software businesses

Varsity Venture Studio is a new campus initiative that is open to everyone in the UW-Madison ecosystem. UW-Madison, WARF and High Alpha Innovation are collaborating to bring the venture studio model to our campus in order to turn ideas into funded software businesses.

  • Ideas can come from anywhere on campus
  • Ideas don’t need to be “fully baked” – just throw your idea in the mix
  • Ideas should address a big problem that can be solved by software or an app
  • You don’t have to be a software developer or know how to code
  • No patents or invention disclosure required

Submission Round Deadlines:
Round 1 – November 1
Round 2 – November 11
Final – November 25

Submit your idea on the Varsity Venture Studio website. Ideas are evaluated as they are received.The Varsity Venture Studio team is holding office hours on October 28, 1-3pm, for questions, discussion and brainstorming. Reach out to Katie Rice at with any questions.