The Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin (IFWW) provides a variety of services to entrepreneurs, innovators, and businesses. These services focus on creating growth through innovation.
Services for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners
The IFWW matches clients with advisors who will help find an efficient and effective path to innovation and growth. Our advisors are CEOs, business owners, and seasoned professionals with extensive experience in specific business sectors. Our advisors provide assistance with:
- Finding real world solutions
- Finding the right people for the job that needs to be done
- Operational and strategic planning
- Accessing funding
- Maneuvering through product ideation and business growth
Pursuing innovation requires a broad spectrum of skills. To connect you with innovative success, the IFWW 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, management, operations and planning.
Business leadership is a challenging, and often lonely struggle. Support, advice and insight from experienced leaders who have been where you are can be the difference between a struggle for survival and a straight line to success. IFWW can help you gain from the experience of some of the best executives our region has to offer.
IFWW advisors have designed and managed complex manufacturing and operating systems. They can work with key employees to evaluate or create operating systems, develop a customized approach, identify innovative solutions, make recommendations and assist with implementation of a successful systems management model.
The best idea can die on your shelf if it is not effectively marketed, making the development of branding and marketing for a product or service vital to ensuring profitability. IFWW advisors have the ability to review your product or service and provide you with a marketing road map to successfully launch your product.
Our network of experts expands well beyond our space to list here. From technical specialties, to general management, from scientific processes to creative brainstorming, we have access to experts in almost any area of focus. Our specialty is helping our clients find the talent they need to accelerate their growth. Even if you don't see your specific need listed above, there's a good chance we have that expertise in our talent network.Funding Resources
While the IFWW promotes innovation by providing access to talent, our support doesn't stop there. We can also help you pay for that talent. Grant funds are provided to selected projects to cover up to 50% of the project costs. We want clients to have funds invested in the project to reflect their commitment to outcomes and execution, but we also support the cost of making the project happen.
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.