STAGE 1: IDEA GENERATION

If you are in this stage, you are working on generating and refining your idea(s), screening your idea(s) to identify the “most likely to succeed”, and exploring the value proposition of your idea(s). The following resources may be of value to you:

Whitewater University Technology Park/Innovation Center, UW-Whitewater
http://www.whitewatertechpark.org/

Racine Economic Development Corp (RCEDC), UW-Parkside
http://www.racinecountyedc.org/
The mission of the RCEDC is to foster the economic vitality of Racine County by working with our partners to support innovation and creativity that leads to business investment.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC), UW-Milwaukee
http://www4.uwm.edu/sce/dci.cfm?id=15

Small Business Development Center (SBDC), UW-Parkside
http://www.uwp.edu/departments/business.technology/sbdc/index.html

Small Business Development Center (SBDC), UW-Whitewater
http://www.uww.edu/sbdc/

Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, Marquette University
http://business.marquette.edu/centers-and-programs/kohler-center-for-entrepreneurship
Provides experiences for all University students to learn about entrepreneurship and its potential impact for them, both in the classroom and the community.

STAGE 2: IDEA DEVELOPMENT

If you are in stage two, it is likely that you have identified from among your ideas those that are worthy of further screening. In addition, you are ready to explore feasibility from a technical perspective as well as full commercial viability.

Global Business Resource Center (GBRC), UW-Whitewater
http://gbrc.uww.edu/
GBRC does market research for bringing a product from the US abroad or vice versa.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC), UW-Milwaukee
http://www4.uwm.edu/sce/dci.cfm?id=15

Small Business Development Center (SBDC), UW-Parkside
http://www.uwp.edu/departments/business.technology/sbdc/index.html

Small Business Development Center (SBDC), UW-Whitewater
http://www.uww.edu/sbdc/

Surveys, Marketing Research, and Business Analytics, Milwaukee School of Engineering – Rader School of Business
http://www.msoe.edu/cso
Provided as a consulting service through the Continuing Studies and Outreach department.

STAGE 3: IDEA TESTING and GROWTH

In this stage, you have likely moved beyond feasibility. With a business plan drafted, you are ready for validation and proof of concept, and possibly in developing a prototype. In addition, you may be looking for ways to grow your idea or business beyond its current stage. The following resources can help:

Golden Angels Network, Marquette University
http://www.goldenangelsnetwork.org/
The Golden Angels Network is a group of Marquette University alumni and friends with a passion for entrepreneurship who promote and advance entrepreneurship in Wisconsin, Illinois and beyond.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC), UW-Milwaukee
http://www4.uwm.edu/sce/dci.cfm?id=15

Small Business Development Center (SBDC), UW-Parkside
http://www.uwp.edu/departments/business.technology/sbdc/index.html

Small Business Development Center (SBDC), UW-Whitewater
http://www.uww.edu/sbdc/

Wisconsin Innovation Services Center (WISC), UW-Whitewater
http://wisc.uww.edu
WISC does market analysis, branding, and logo creation.

Supply Chain Management, UW- Milwaukee
http://www4.uwm.edu/business/programs/bba/major/bbascom.cfm

Applied Technology Center, Milwaukee School of Engineering
http://www.msoe.edu/academics/research_centers/applied_technology_center.shtml
Provides research support to develop real solutions for industry problems.

Fluid Power Institute, Milwaukee School of Engineering
http://www.msoe.edu/academics/research_centers/fpi/
Leader in motion control and fluid power education, research, and evaluation.

Rapid Prototyping Center, Milwaukee School of Engineering
http://www.msoe.edu/academics/research_centers/rpc/
Laboratory with all five commercially-available rapid prototyping systems – SLA, LOM, SLS, FDM, Z-corp.

Center for BioMolecular Modeling, Milwaukee School of Engineering
http://cbm.msoe.edu/
Executive leadership, operational, individual, and business networking support via consulting services, workshops/seminars, certification programs.

Surveys, Marketing Research, and Business Analytics, Milwaukee School of Engineering – Rader School of Business
http://www.msoe.edu/cso
Provided as a consulting service through the Continuing Studies and Outreach department.