UpStart program recruiting for fall session

Special to The Freeman

June 30, 2014

MADISON The UpStart Program for Women and Minority Entrepreneurship, a free 13-week course covering topics ranging from law and finance to market research, accounting and business plan basics, is recruiting applicants for its fall session.

The program is led by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Small Business Development Center, according to a statement. Classes, which are held in the evening at the UW-Madison campus, will begin mid-September.

The deadline to apply is July 31, according to the statement.

"Participants have gone on to place their products on the shelves of major vendors, start small businesses and turn a profit," said Zach Ellis, a WARF licensing associate and UpStart program manager. "We have people coming from diverse backgrounds but sharing a common goal turning their business vision into reality."

UpStart is taught by campus instructors and other local business leaders. Up to 25 applicants will be admitted to the program, according to the statement.