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The Wisconsin Idea inspiring entrepreneurs beyond the University of Wisconsin

June 1, 2018View for printing

As the "people's university" the UW is strengthening economies statewide, says new essay published by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Approximately 300 companies have spun off the UW-Madison campus and most have taken root within a 30-mile radius. The same "innovation mindset" flourishes across the state, say Chancellor Dean Van Galen of UW-River Falls and Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

In their essay "The Wisconsin Idea and Regional Economies: Apples Falling from Many Trees," Van Galen and Still cite new companies emerging from the 11 UW regional comprehensive campuses. They call on public-private commitment to mentor and incubate "early ideas into actionable enterprises."

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