The Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin (IFWW) provides a variety of services to entrepreneurs, innovators, and businesses. These services are focused on providing the guidance and resources in Western Wisconsin needed to take new product, innovation, and company ideas to the market.
Services for Entrepreneurs
The Innovation Foundation pairs clients with advisors who will provide guidance through critical points in the product development process. Our advisors are CEOs and professionals with extensive experience in specific business sectors. Advisors provide assistance with:
- Operational and strategic planning
- Accessing funding
- Sourcing human capital
- Maneuvering through product ideation and business growth
Taking an idea to market requires a broad spectrum of skills. To connect you with the expertise to be successful, the Innovation Foundation has talent resources in the following areas:
The creation of an excellent financial strategy is vital for a successful business. The IFWW can help with all aspects of financial analysis or provide you a comprehensive business plan. The IFWW can also help access key financial resources from seed capital to finding accredited investors right here in Western Wisconsin.
The IFWW has advisors that can work with key employees to evaluate the existing operating systems or create an operating system from start to finish. The IFWW advisors will work to develop a customized approach, identify innovative solutions, make recommendations and assist with implementation of a successful management model.
The development of branding and marketing for a new product is vital to ensuring profitability. The IFWW advisors have the ability to review your product or service and provide you with a road map to successfully launch your product.Funding Resources
IFWW grant funds can be used to verify proof of market relevance for a product or service. These funds can also cover a portion of hiring an independent third party to assist in the implementation of a plan for licensing, joint venture, formation or expansion of a Western Wisconsin based company
IFWW can help with providing guidance and assistance with strategic planning, launching products, and access to area resources. The IFWW has an excellent track record in developing funding strategies as well as producing our clients with access to seed capital, angel investors and financing.
Valuable, Convenient Resources
Western Wisconsin has a set of valuable resources designed specifically to fuel innovation. After developing a strategy with an Innovation Foundation Advisor, you may take advantage of these resources. These resources are affordable and have convenient locations and hours of operation.Facilities
- Discovery Center
Using cross disciplinary teams of faculty, staff and other specialists, the Discovery Center fosters innovation in applied research efforts with the private sector.
A 40,000 square foot incubation facility that features fully equipped wet labs, a class 100 cleanroom and advanced micro-machining equipment. NanoRite is an ideal location for prototyping and low-volume production.
- Material Science Center
The Material Science Center is equipped in the fields of microscopy and elemental analysis. Instrumentation is available to determine elemental composition for a variety of materials including glass, water, steel, rock, body fluids, polymers, and many more.