Madison College Center for Entrepreneurship

The Madison College Center for Entrepreneurship's mission is to strengthen communities through education, innovation and collaboration.

We strive to plant the seeds of entrepreneurial thinking and to foster a culture of entrepreneurial action across all of Madison College.

Center for Entrepreneurship Goals

  • Assist in the creation of new businesses within our district
  • Assist in the retention of businesses within our district
  • Provide tools for startups to launch and for early stage businesses to improve planning and to achieve growth
  • Focus on providing resources to underserved populations within our district such as women and minority entrepreneurs


Workshops on a variety of topics from sales and marketing to intellectual property to freelancing are available through the Center. FREE workshops open to students and to the general public.

View Upcoming Workshops

Consult with our Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs)

Have a business idea? Need help scaling your business? Schedule a free consultation with our team of Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) to discuss your needs and receive 1:1 coaching services.

Email to set up an appointment

Angie Rojas Agudelo
Angie Rojas Agudelo
Entrepreneur in Residence

Angie Rojas Agudelo, CHI-TM, is a freelance Spanish interpreter and translator who works with a variety of clients throughout Dane county. She is also an instructor in Madison College’s Healthcare Interpreter and Mental Health First Aid programs. She owns a couple of businesses helping bridge the gap between Spanish speaking employees and employers.

Angie is very passionate about helping others succeed and do what they love in life. She is very active in the community and likes to have a positive impact on everyone around her.

Zach Nigh
Zach Nigh
Entrepreneur in Residence

Zach Nigh is the owner of Green Clock Agency and also serves as a business consultant and advisor for a number of businesses and companies. He is passionate about inspiring entrepreneurs and dreamers to achieve their mission and goals. In life, as well as business, Zach believes in the power of humility, transparency and a servant mindset to become the best leader you can be. He strives to improve the lives of everyone around him by facing challenges and finding solutions to any problem.

Brian Lee
Brian Lee
Entrepreneur in Residence

Brian Lee is the president of Revelation PR, Advertising & Social Media and Revelation Events. He also serves as a digital marketing specialist for the National Center for Economic Gardening.

In addition to teaching social media in the Department of Continuing Education at Madison College, Brian is an instructor in the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s UpStart program for female and minority entrepreneurs.

Brian graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in journalism and major in strategic communications. He also holds an MBA from Sam Houston State.

Entrepreneur Launch Deck logo

Looking for an easy business plan path to follow?

The Center for Entrepreneurship has gamified the entrepreneurial journey!

Access our Launch Deck website or request a set of the playing cards to follow our step-by-step process through seven stages of entrepreneurship including Idea, Validation, Building, Pre-Launch, Launch, Tuning Up and Forward. Use our instructions and resources on our website to build your business from the ground up.

Learn More!

Two-Minute Trep-Tips Video Series

Need Some Quick Advice? Access our video library of Two-Minute Trep-Tips on the Center for Entrepreneurship's YouTube Channel. These short, informational videos cover many topics of the entrepreneurial journey.

View More Tips on YouTube

How to Create a Marketing Strategy for Launch
iframe added here via JS.
Business Plan Competitions

Madison College Challenge

Our business plan competition is open to all current Madison College students. The competition consists of 3 rounds – executive summary submission, first round pitch, coaching from Entrepreneurs in Residence, and the final pitch for cash prize.

Madison College Pitch

The Pitch is a business planning competition for area high school students. High School students create and submit a video to explain their business idea, which can earn them a chance to “pitch” at the event before a panel of judges for a cash prize.

Learn more about the Pitch

Additional Resources for Entrepreneurs

Madison College Library

The Madison College library has almost limitless resources for entrepreneurs, including the Creator Studio.

Faces of Founders

#FacesofFounders fosters diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship, supporting business creators from all places, races and genders.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women online course is a free-to-access, practical business education program, available to all women around the world. It includes ten essential business courses providing critical tools across all aspects of business, from leadership to negotiations, marketing and sales.

WiSYS Technology Foundation

Have a great idea? The WiSYS Technology Foundation helps Madison College students, faculty and staff commercialize products and protect intellectual property.