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Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Showcase and Reception

Thursday September 28, 2023 | 5:30pm 7:30pm

Hear from UW–Madison founders and CEOs and connect with UW’s innovation ecosystem at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Showcase. Three exceptional Badger alumni will share their entrepreneurial journeys, leadership insights, and how their UW experience set them on the road to success.

Free and open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and community. Speaker program: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.; networking reception with appetizers and soft drinks to follow. Pre-registration requested. The event is held in Room 1310 Grainger Hall. If you need an accommodation to attend, please contact Lisa Collins by September 14.

The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Showcase event is part of Innovate Week taking place from September 26-September 29, 2023. To view all of the events, please visit

Presented by the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship, Startup Learning Community, and Discovery to Product (D2P).

Featured speakers include:

Steve Jacobson ’82, Founder & CEO, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.
Since founding Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation in 1996, Steve Jacobson has been one of the industry’s most innovative leaders. Fairway has grown to be one of the largest mortgage providers in the US with more than 6,000 employees and 680 locations nationwide. Fairway is privately held, and its unique culture stresses employee development, volunteering and philanthropy. This culture has resulted in Fairway winning numerous top workplace awards along with market and financial success. A Wisconsin native with a UW degree in business administration, Jacobson is the former co-captain of the Badger basketball team, where he joined as a walk-on and played for four years.

Additional speakers coming soon!