About

Advances in science and technology have the greatest impact when they move out of the lab and into real-life applications. But the gap between basic research and widespread implementation is often lengthy, delaying opportunities to transfer technologies or launch new businesses.

That’s where the Technology Entrepreneurship Office (TEO) comes in. With a highly knowledgeable and experienced team, TEO can help bridge the gap: from emerging technology to marketable product.

MEET THE TEAM

Goals

  • Expand research activities with high commercial potential
  • Accelerate transfer of innovations to newly created startups and established companies
  • Increase number of faculty, students, and staff considering highly scalable technology startups
  • Leverage existing efforts across campus and serve all interested parties on campus
  • Expand access to technology commercialization resources, including investment capital, external mentors, and proven entrepreneurial talent

Meet TEO Director, Bonnie Bachman

Bonnie Bachman

Bonnie Bachman is an experienced leader, researcher, and entrepreneur developing and leading the Technology Entrepreneurship Office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Bachman comes to UW from Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) where she served as a professor in the Department of Economics as well as a director of S&T’s NSF I-Corps Site Program which enhanced existing innovation and entrepreneurship programs and expanded participation in tech transfer programs.  

Bachman has also led research and development (R&D) departments for several Fortune 100 and 500 firms, providing her with critical management skills that aided her in building a successful career in both R&D and corporate entrepreneurship.  

Bachman holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Benedictine University. She also earned a master’s degree in mechanics and materials science and a doctoral degree in materials science and engineering from Rutgers University.  

Founding Partners and Leadership Council

TOM ERICKSON, FOUNDING DIRECTOR, SCHOOL OF COMPUTER, DATA & INFORMATION SCIENCES

“Technology is highly scalable, and large enterprises can come from a single technology. We need to develop tech-transfer concepts that go beyond patenting to improve lives, stimulate economic growth, and realize the Wisconsin Idea.”

 

IAN ROBERTSON, GRAINGER DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING.

“The new TEO director Dr. Bonnie Bachman is a leader in leveraging translational research, and her experience spearheading programs for faculty, students and staff is an exceptional foundation as she begins to build and grow the TEO at UW–Madison”

 

ERIC WILCOTS, DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE

“Our leading scientists are demanding more support to commercialize their innovations. The lifecycle support through TEO will be transformational in its impact on society.”

Operational Startup Team

  • Justin Hines, Director of Corporate Relations, School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences
  • Breeana Hubbard, Contracts and COI Compliance Manager, College of Letters & Science
  • Russ Johnson, Director of Corporate Relations, College of Engineering
  • Oliver Schmitz, Associate Dean for Research Innovation, College of Engineering
  • Alan Yeung, Professor of Practice, College of Engineering
  • Gloria Mari Beffa , Associate Dean for Research, College of Letters and Science