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Driftless Start Up Open 


Live the thrilling, early days of a startup founder at the Startup Open. You'll join dozens of other incredible founders in taking a business idea from zero to launch while meeting with mentors and pitching to a panel of experienced business leaders and investors.

You don't need a great idea or a business plan. Just bring an open mind and a laptop.  Apply now for this highly competitive event. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Marcia J. Harr Bailey, Associate Professor of
Entrepreurship and Innovation, at or 608.342.1701.

Event Details

Date & Time: TBD

Location: 125 W Main St, Platteville, WI 53818


I have no experience in entrepreneurship. I don't even have an idea. Can I still attend?

Yes! Many of our best participants aren't even sure they want to be entrepreneurs. Anyone with an open mind and rolled up sleeves is welcome.

What do I get out participating in the Driftless Startup Open?

That depends! Best case scenario is you turn a your idea into a wildly successful startup. Worst case scenario is you get a bunch of free food and make some new friends.

Do I have to attend the entire event? Or can I just pop in?

The Startup Open is a fully immersive experience, and all participants will join for the entire event.

What does the schedule look like?

We'll share the entire schedule once we get closer. Email us if you have any specific questions.

Event Hosts


Maia Donohue

Director of IDEA HUB

Relationship builder skilled in startups, fundraising, management and leadership

Marcia Bailey

Professor at UW Platteville

Expert in entrepreneurship and startup business management




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