Madison Economic Development plays a key role in developing and supporting area business incubators, which have a track record of helping start-ups and fast-growing firms succeed in the Greater Madison region.

Incubators help entrepreneurs develop homegrown businesses that add stability to the local economy. They also typically offer below-market lease rates plus shared equipment, on-site clerical and management assistance and easy access to other business services.

The Greater Madison region is home to eight business incubators. These facilities house more than 115 tenants, who occupy approximately 250,000 square feet of office, lab and light manufacturing space. 2012 Dane County Business Parks and Incubators:

  • The MGE Innovation Center is a 117,000-square-foot facility made up of 27 office and 34 laboratory suites located in University Research Park on the near west side of Madison. The Center facilitates technology transfer from the University of Wisconsin to the private sector. Since 1989, the Center has provided lab and office space, support equipment and personnel to more than 70 early stage companies. Forbes magazine listed University Research Park and the MG&E Innovation Center as one of 12 business incubators "changing the world." Read more.
  • Madison Enterprise Center is an office and light industrial business incubator that serves start-up and expanding small businesses just off of East Washington Avenue on Baldwin Street. Madison Enterprise offers an affordable rental rate and shared services including high-speed Internet and video-conferencing equipment. Businesses may stay at the Center from 3 to 5 years.
  • Main Street Industries, located between East Washington Avenue and Williamson Street on the near east side, serves established and expanding light industrial businesses.
  • Sector67 on Winnebago Avenue attracts individuals with common interests in computers, technology and engineering come in and use industrial tools and equipment to build their own projects—turning ideas into prototypes.
  • Gener8tor provides an environment for information technology start-ups. These teams/start-up companies receive $18,000 over a 12-week period and work to develop product applications, customers and ultimately sales/revenues.
  • The Metro Innovation Center is targeting high-tech entrepreneurs and can house up to 10 office suites, totaling 6,000 square feet of space, in the former Marquip Building near downtown Madison on East Washington Avenue.
  • Fitchburg Technology Campus (Phase 2) (Certified Site) is a 40-acre high-tech and mixed-use available property.
  • Fitchburg's New Venture Centers offer a mix of laboratory and Class A office space with underground parking options.
  • McAllen 120 Business Park (Femrite Drive and Meier Road) is a 76-acre park that offers a variety of lots, flex and high-tech space. Adjacent to the interstate highway and 15 minutes to the regional airport, the park is suitable for office, storage and light-assembly firms.
  • The Metro Innovation Center has a 1-GB pipeline to UW-Madison and provides tenants with access to University research and library resources. The 6,000-square-foot incubator facility serves a niche by providing space for students and other entrepreneurs in the information technology, gaming and web services fields.
  • Lab Associated Businesses, Ltd., serves new and expanding biotech firms in a 23,000-square-foot facility.

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