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EntrepreNews Winter 2024

By Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship

February 28, 2024

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Winter 2024

Greetings Alumni and Friends of the Weinert Center,

Welcome to our latest newsletter, where we are excited to showcase the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit of our community. This edition includes articles introducing Jamie Shah, our newest advisory board member, and featuring the journeys of remarkable student and alumni entrepreneurs. You will also find the latest updates on our campus entrepreneurial initiatives.

In this issue, we are proud to announce the establishment of the Jon Udell and Keith Streckenbach Scholarship. This new endowed scholarship is a significant opportunity for Wisconsin students pursuing entrepreneurship studies. I had the pleasure of meeting Keith, an alumnus of our entrepreneurship program, shortly after I began my tenure as Director of the Weinert Center. During a trip with graduate students to Seattle, Keith shared his invaluable insights and even introduced us to his favorite local bakery, known for its trendsetting cupcakes.

My acquaintance with Jon Udell goes back even further, to my undergraduate days at UW, where he was a renowned marketing professor. Together, Jon and Keith, who collectively hold five UW degrees, have forged a lasting connection since Keith’s student days. Over the years, as their families grew close and their professional achievements soared, they decided to give back to the university that played a pivotal role in their lives.

The Jon Udell and Keith Streckenbach Scholarship is more than financial support; it’s a testament to the power of community and the enduring bond of our UW alumni. Their initiative is set to make a lasting impact on the next generation of Badgers, fostering innovation and success in entrepreneurship. Join us in celebrating this remarkable contribution to our university.

On Wisconsin!


Dan Olszewski

Dan Olszewski
Director, Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
Wisconsin School of Business

Highlights from our blog

Jon Udell & Keith Streckenbach

The Jon Udell and Keith Streckenbach Scholarship

Two devoted and loyal Badgers endow a scholarship that supports undergraduate students

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Maya Galpern

Student Entrepreneur Profile: Maya Galpern

Entrepreneurship student Maya Galpern is having her cake and selling it too while donating profits to important causes

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch Program Speakers for Fall 2023 Semester

Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch Program

Our signature program provided students the opportunity to network with a wide variety of distinguished entrepreneurs

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Portia Adney

Winning Ways/PartnerUp!

Entrepreneurial-minded students connect over ideas for startups hoping to compete in campus contests

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Barry Shepherd

Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic

Barry Shepherd, student consultant, plays a pivotal role in mentoring and supporting clients

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Students from the StartUp Learning Community

StartUp Learning Community

StartUp students learn how innovative thinking and entrepreneurial action contribute to societal change

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Jamie Shah and Her Father at the Memorial Union

Board Member News

Jamie Shah, our newest WAVE advisory Board member, is proud to follow in her father’s footsteps in the family business

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Dan Benjamin and Faraz Choudhury

Alumni Spotlight

Dan Benjamin and Faraz Choudhury of ImmutoScientific are revolutionizing drug discovery through technology

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Center Support

Thank you for supporting Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Board Member News

Learn more about our distinguished board members.

Faculty/Staff News

Thought leaders in entrepreneurship making a difference.

Student News

Be inspired by our entrepreneurial students.

Alumni News

Stay connected with former classmates.


Attend or revisit Weinert Center events.

Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic News

Students fuse academics and practice by assisting faculty entrepreneurs and area businesses.


Initiative for Studies in Transformational entrepreneurship fosters research and programs on campus and in the community.