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Need spring break project? ‘Wisconsin YES!’ invites entries through April 6

March 27, 2015

Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 6, 2015

American Family helping set standard for ‘big company’ role in emerging economy

March 27, 2015

Long known for its attention to customers and community involvement, American Family has emerged as a prominent example of a company that values innovation – not only within its own walls, but inside companies in which it may invest or otherwise take an interest.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group's Stuart

March 26, 2015

This episode features an interview with the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group's Todd Stuart, who discusses Wisconsin Energy Corp.'s possible acquisition of the Integrys Energy Group. Tom Still reflects on the March 23 Wisconsin Tech Summit, which brought together established and emerging companies to explore possible business relationships; and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report, which covers tech investment rounds and job growth.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by UW-Milwaukee.

State Journal: UW-Madison vaccine protects monkeys from Ebola

March 26, 2015
An Ebola vaccine developed at UW-Madison is effective in monkeys and could join four other Ebola vaccines now in human trials, the university said Thursday. The vaccine was created in the lab of campus virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka.

JSOnline: Marshfield medical technology company raises $750,000 from investors

March 24, 2015

Microscopy Innovations LLC, a Marshfield company that makes a system for preparing microscope specimens, has raised $750,000 from 10 investors, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

BizTimes: Wisconsin Tech Summit to host more than 50 emerging companies

March 24, 2015

The Wisconsin Technology Council will host the second annual Wisconsin Tech Summit today at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha.

WisBusiness: American Family official 'bullish' on Wisconsin startup scene

March 24, 2015

Peter Gunder, whose keynote speech concluded the daylong Wisconsin Tech Summit, described why American Family, a Fortune 400 company with $7.4 billion in revenue and a $20 billion investment portfolio, has become keen on investing in innovative startups.

Milwaukee's culture for emerging companies is stronger than ever

March 22, 2015

Working with more than 100 businesses in southeast Wisconsin, BizStarts is an example of a growing array of services for emerging companies in the region. Some are focused on start-ups and some work with more mature companies seeking to scale their operations. Others are tied to specific industry clusters such as water or energy, and some work mainly with campus-based entrepreneurs.

Keeping the pipeline filled with engineers essential for Wisconsin business

March 20, 2015

If you want to know why engineering appears once again on the rise as a career choice, just check out Education News and its “Career Path” database for average salaries for engineers.

Lineup of emerging companies, major firms set for March 23 Tech Summit

March 19, 2015

Sixteen major companies will take part in about 175 “speed dating” meetings with more than 50 emerging companies during the second annual Wisconsin Tech Summit, to be held March 23 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha.

State Journal: Nine board members join Wisconsin Technology Council

March 19, 2015

Nine new members have been elected to the Wisconsin Technology Council, an independent, nonprofit organization that acts as advisor to the governor and the Legislature on tech-oriented business in Wisconsin.

JSOnline: Three Madison-area life sciences companies raise $6 million in funding

March 18, 2015

Three Madison-area life sciences companies reported they had raised a total of more than $6 million of funding from investors, according to filings with federal securities regulators.

Wisconsin Technology Council adds nine to board of directors

March 18, 2015

Nine leaders from Wisconsin’s technology and engineering industries, private equity and research sectors have been approved to serve on the Wisconsin Technology Council board of directors.

Fetch Rewards Receives $500,000 State Loan

March 18, 2015

Fetch Rewards Inc., a Madison startup company that has developed an app that streamlines and simplifies grocery shopping, has received a $500,000 loan from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to help support the growing business.

‘Office hours’ to highlight company resources during March 23 Tech Summit

March 17, 2015

Representatives from more than 50 emerging companies will hear about resources available through a variety of programs, initiatives and partnerships as part of the second annual Wisconsin Tech Summit in Waukesha.

From “Steadfast” to “Intrepid,” founder Notman highlights company goals in name change

March 17, 2015

Steadfast Capital Solutions, led by financial advisor and founder Derek Notman, has become Intrepid Wealth Partners. Notman and Intrepid are members of the Wisconsin Innovation Network.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Marshfield Clinic's Marsha Barwick

March 13, 2015

This episode features an interview with Marsha Barwick, director of Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences, about the clinic's research and tech transfer. Tom Still talks about the sharing economy and what it means for Wisconsin, and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report, which covers bank lending and right-to-work.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

Portals for doing business abroad are wide open for Wisconsin companies

March 13, 2015

TLX, which makes electromechanical solenoids, adjusters and control valves for the automotive industry and other industrial sectors, is a prime example of a Wisconsin-based company that has cracked into emerging foreign markets in recent years.

State Journal: Madison health IT start-up, HealthMyne, draws investors

March 11, 2015

HealthMyne, a young Madison company with technology to better analyze images of cancerous tumors, has finalized its first outside funding round with $4.5 million from investors.

JSOnline: HealthMyne, Phoenix Nuclear Labs raise funds

March 11, 2015

HealthMyne Inc., a Madison maker of medical imaging display systems, raised $4.5 million of equity funding from 14 investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In a separate SEC filing, Phoenix Nuclear Labs LLC, a Monona maker of neutron generator technology, said it has pulled in $3.2 million of debt financing from 10 investors.

Five Wisconsin companies present at Chicago showcase for emerging companies

March 11, 2015

Echometrix, Co-D Therapeutics, Thiogen Pharma, Isomark and a new company related to prostate cancer detection were among 45 emerging firms selected to present March 9-10 at the MATTER Midwest University HealthTech Showcase in Chicago.

True freedom, dedicated funding key to UW System Authority proposal

March 9, 2015

Much criticism of Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal for the University of Wisconsin System has focused on the $300 million in cuts envisioned for the coming two years. Much less attention has been centered on the likely benefits of creating a UW System Authority as well as a long-term mechanism for providing state tax support.

StarTribune: Minnesota and Wisconsin - How did two peas in a pod grow apart?

March 9, 2015

Gubernatorial ideologies get all the attention, but the economic divergence of Minnesota and Wisconsin — which once were quite a lot alike — is long-running. Here are four main factors.

Cities that try to block ‘shared economy’ risk missing an innovation trend

March 6, 2015

Whether the phenomenon is called the “shared economy” or the “on-demand economy,” companies that capitalize on making more efficient use of people and their possessions are changing some traditional business models.

BTN LiveBIG: Wisconsin grads bring color to 3-D printing

March 4, 2015

The 3-D printing industry has a great deal of financial, scientific and technological potential. And a group of former University of Wisconsin students are trying to tap some of that by adding a little color to the finished products. Spectrom won second place in the advanced manufacturing category of the 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

JSOnline: Water Council CEO Dean Amhaus awash in activity

March 3, 2015

Dean Amhaus, president and chief executive officer of the Water Council, a Milwaukee-based trade group that promotes investment, research and jobs in water technology, has been in demand as water tech has emerged as a green industry.

JSOnline: Madison social media marketing firm Shoutlet raises $5 million

March 3, 2015

Shoutlet Inc., a Madison company that provides customers with a social marketing platform, has raised $5 million in a financing that includes debt and stock options, according to a filing with federal securities regulators.

BPC semi-finalist featured in Fond du Lac Area Business News & Notes

March 3, 2015

George Koonce, vice president for advancement at Marian University, is a finalist in the 2015 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. He was named as one of 54 entrants that advance to the semifinal round from an original field of 238 entries.

JSOnline: Scott Walker wants to end funding for renewable energy program

March 2, 2015

In an about-face from his first term, Gov. Scott Walker wants to eliminate funding for a University of Wisconsin-Madison renewable energy research center that has played a key role in helping land one of its biggest government grants ever.

American Family’s Gunder to deliver keynote at March 23 Wisconsin Tech Summit

March 2, 2015

Peter Gunder, the chief business development officer for American Family Insurance and one of the architects of the company’s involvement in Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial scene, will speak March 23 at the close of the 2015 Wisconsin Tech Summit in Waukesha.

JSOnline: Badger Fund of Funds will launch first venture capital funds

March 2, 2015

The Badger Fund of Funds, which was seeded with $25 million of state dollars, will launch its first venture capital funds in Madison, Oshkosh, Green Bay and Vilas County, according to the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

WIN partners with Wisconsin Film Festival

February 27, 2015

Highlighting the connection between the arts, technology and the “creative economy,” the Wisconsin Innovation Network will partner with the 17th annual Wisconsin Film Festival.

A select number of tickets to the 2015 Film Festival will be given away at the March 12th and March 24th WIN meetings, which are produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council. The film festival will be held April 9 through April 16 at several UW-Madison campus venues.

Inside Wis: Internet access battle far from over in Congress

February 27, 2015

“Net neutrality” is one of those buzzwords that inspires populist support, but it’s not as simple as the big guys conspiring to shove mom-and-pop websites into the Internet’s slow lane.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Waisman Biomanufacturing's Derek Hei

February 26, 2015

This episode features an interview with Derek Hei, director of UW-Madison's Waisman Biomanufacturing, about the center’s work with early stage clinical trials. Also, Tom Still talks about the state budget's UW System changes and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report, which covers Exact Sciences and right-to-work.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.  

CapTimes: With a new hub for venture funds downtown, investors look to cash in

February 25, 2015

Four Wisconsin-based venture capital groups, each with a different focus but potentially working together, have set up shop at 111 N. Fairchild St. in a sparkling new office building that offers views of the Capitol on one side and the Overture Center on the other.

Fifty-four entries advance to next round in 2015 Governor’s Biz Plan Contest

February 24, 2015

Fifty-four entries from 26 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 12th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced Tuesday.

US-Israel Binational Industrial R&D Foundation funding seminar set for March 4

February 24, 2015

The Madison Region Economic Partnership -- the US-Israel Binational Industrial R&D (BIRD) Foundation's Wisconsin partner -- invites you to participate in an informative session featuring a case study by recent BIRD funding recipient Virent, as well as an opportunity to meet with a BIRD representative.

Exact Sciences could receive $9 million in state tax credits

February 24, 2015

Exact Sciences Corp., a Madison cancer diagnostics company, could receive tax credits of as much as $9 million from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. if it meets certain milestones over the next five years.

JSOnline: UW Extension seed fund supports tech innovators in Milwaukee

February 23, 2015

Leaders at educational institutions in southeastern Wisconsin are working on building a collaborative environment that would compete with the long-standing research hub in Madison and support tech innovators taking their products to market.

State Journal: Rowheels - Reinventing the wheel (chair)

February 23, 2015

After three years of refining the design, sourcing parts and testing prototypes, Rowheels is now manufacturing and shipping its first products. They are not wheelchairs, but rather, a set of wheels to retrofit a variety of chair designs and sizes.

Xconomy: Renaissance Learning’s UClass purchase spells Golden Angels windfall

February 23, 2015

Renaissance Learning today acquired UClass in a deal that expands the Wisconsin education software company’s capabilities and means a windfall for UClass’s Milwaukee-area investors.

Inside Wis: When does ‘right to choose’ on vaccinations hurt others?

February 20, 2015

I asked a top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health the other day for his take on why some parents are choosing not to get vaccinations for their kids. His answer was simple enough: Those parents have no memory of why such vaccinations became a public health standard in the first place. They lack any first-hand knowledge of the serious, sometimes fatal, nature of the diseases in question. 

WisBusiness: Madison a national hub for medical IT software development

February 18, 2015

Madison is in a sweet spot when it comes to creating health care IT software, programs and applications, thanks in large part to the success of Epic Systems, the electronic medical records giant located in nearby Verona. So said Mark Bakken, founder of HealthX Ventures and the former head of Nordic Consulting Partners, at the Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon this week.

JSOnline: Epic Systems said to be prepared to launch app store

February 18, 2015

Epic Systems Corp., the fast-growing Verona maker of electronic health records software, is poised to launch an app store, a Madison venture capitalist said during the Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon Tuesday.

WAICU: State’s technology leaders advocate for Brainworkers

February 17, 2015

The Wisconsin Technology Council, composed of high technology entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, researchers, and higher education, has been charged by the Governor and the Legislature to recommend a strategy to advance Wisconsin’s technology future. Every year, the Council publishes a series of “white papers” advocating policy initiatives which will make Wisconsin competitive in the Knowledge Economy.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features SHINE Medical Technologies' Greg Piefer

February 16, 2015

This episode features an interview with Greg Piefer, CEO and founder of SHINE Medical Technologies, discussing his company's work with nuclear medicine supplies. Also, Tom Still talks transportation funding and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report, which covers the Milwaukee Institute and historic tax credits.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

JSOnline: Neenah company raises additional funds

February 16, 2015
WeMontage Inc., a Neenah company whose website allows customers to make large, removable wallpaper panels from their own photos, said Monday it has raised $100,000.

Evolution and religion can coexist – although détente may depend on which religion

February 16, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker’s dust-up over Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution began with what was essentially a non-answer.

Emerging company application deadline extended for March 23 Tech Summit

February 13, 2015

Emerging companies can apply through Feb. 18 to meet with major firms and explore likely business relationships around technology needs and innovation as part of the second annual Wisconsin Tech Summit.

JSOnline: Wisconsin Tech Summit taking applications

February 13, 2015

Emerging companies will have the chance to explore business relationships with major corporations at the Wisconsin Tech Summit.

In the 114th Congress, tech issues could unite Republicans, Democrats on growth

February 12, 2015

Even in a city where partisanship is a way of life, there are glimmers of hope that 2015 will be a year in which Congress gets down to work on issues that drive the nation’s $1 trillion information technology economy.

JSOnline: Wausau, Madison companies raise money from investors

February 10, 2015

Two companies — a Wausau patient discharge planning service provider and a Madison biotech company — have raised money from outside investors, according to filings with federal securities regulators.

Still in Journal-Sentinel: Walker's wake-up call to a Wisconsin institution

February 9, 2015

There's more to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to slash the University of Wisconsin budget than dollars and cents. It's about sending a message, Draconian or otherwise, to an institution he wants to change. Read Still's Journal Sentinel column.

‘Wisconsin YES!’ student biz plan contest open for entries through April 6

February 9, 2015

Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 6, 2015.  

Madison Startups: Next gener8tor class begins

February 9, 2015

Five startups were selected from more than 400 applications to participate in gener8tor’s 2015 Spring Program, the organization announced.

TURBO program growing the food industry through research, tech transfer

February 9, 2015

In less than a year, the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research’s TURBO program – short for Tech Transfer, University Research and Business Opportunity – has connected nearly 25 companies with economic development assistance.

Inside Wis: Options for state transportation financing range from novel to complex

February 6, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal calls for about $1.3 billion in borrowing over the next two years to meet the state’s transportation needs, from building or repairing roads and bridges to supporting mass transit to improving ports, airports and more.

2013 research expenditure data show UW-Madison ranks 4th

February 5, 2015

According to figures released yesterday by the National Science Foundation (NSF), research expenditures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison took a slight dip in 2013, landing Wisconsin’s flagship university in the number four spot among universities nationwide.

Madison ranked top metropolitan area in U.S. for STEM graduates

February 5, 2015

The Brookings Institution on Tuesday recognized Madison, Wisconsin, as the number one metropolitan area in the U.S. for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college graduates — the workers most likely to support the advanced industries that are driving the U.S. economy.

BizTimes: Tech experts list cyber security, Internet of Things among top 2015 trends

February 5, 2015

Topping the minds of the region's technology leaders this year is the talk of cyber security and the need for businesses to arm themselves against an ever-growing arsenal of threats.

Milwaukee Institute partners with NSCA, a leading national supercomputer center

February 5, 2015

The Milwaukee Institute announced today its partnership with NCSA, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications through the NCSA Private Sector Program located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Journal Sentinel news: Academic research seen as vital to economy

February 5, 2015
Experts say UW-Madison has been a major driver of the state's job growth in the past decade, and they question Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut the UW System budget. Read more here.

State Journal: State budget calls for expanded tax credits for investing

February 4, 2015

“I think it would have a significant impact for a number of companies that, right now, might be at the limit,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “These are companies that are a little farther along (but are) still raising capital and probably still need to get over the hump.”

State Journal: Exact Sciences' hiring soars

February 2, 2015

With its home test kit for colorectal cancer now available for use in the U.S. and Europe, Exact Sciences Corp. has become one of the fastest-growing businesses in the Madison area.

State Journal: Tech leaders say Madison shouldn't be Silicon Valley, but it can grow

February 2, 2015

How can Madison become another Austin, Texas, or Silicon Valley, California? Local technology company leaders say they’re not sure that it can — or that it should. The comments came at a recent roundtable discussion at Wisconsin State Journal offices, organized by the State Journal and Wisconsin Technology Council president Tom Still.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features WEDC's Tricia Braun

February 2, 2015

This episode features Tricia Braun, vice president of economic and community development at WEDC, discussing the agency's recruitment and attraction strategies for 2015. Also, Tom Still previews the March 23 Wisconsin Tech Summit and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report, which covers residential real estate and the Kenosha casino.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

Nordic recognized as KLAS Category Leader in 2014 Best in KLAS Report

January 31, 2015

Nordic has been named the KLAS Category Leader for the “Other Implementation” category in the 2014 Best in KLAS Report, KLAS announced this week. This latest accolade strengthens Nordic’s reputation as the industry leader in Epic services. In addition to being named No. 1 in Epic Implementation Support and Staffing in the recent KLAS Epic Consulting 2014 report, Nordic is now recognized as a KLAS Category Leader for Other Implementation, a category which includes all non-clinical work. This includes services and methodology in revenue cycle, integration and reporting.

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation near the top of the patent charts for 2013

January 30, 2015

In 2013, with 160 patents, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) was near the pinnacle of the university patent heap.

Xconomy: MobCraft sold on virtues of equity crowdfunding despite missed goal

January 30, 2015

The results are in for one of the first equity crowdfunding campaigns in Wisconsin—and likely the nation—and the entrepreneurs behind it are pretty happy with the results, despite coming up shy of their goal.

Company ‘speed dating’ aimed at producing business opportunity matches

January 30, 2015

If you have ever gone on a “speed date,” and even if you haven’t, you probably get the concept: A short meeting in which both parties exchange a bit of information about one another and break the ice, with the goal of moving to the next level… or simply moving on with no regrets. That’s the concept behind the second Wisconsin Tech Summit, which will be held March 23 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha.

9 UW 'treps to receive up to $325,000 in grants from Ideadvance Seed Fund

January 30, 2015

Nine University of Wisconsin System faculty and student teams are receiving up to $325,000 in the latest round of Ideadvance Seed Fund grants from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC).

Xconomy: Capital Midwest eyes $150 million for third WI VC fund

January 30, 2015

Capital Midwest Fund is courting investors as it tries to raise between $100 million and $150 million for its third fund, the Wisconsin venture capital firm told Xconomy.

JSOnline: Milwaukee start-up Okanjo Partners raises $1.7 million from investors

January 29, 2015

In a likely prelude to a venture capital round, Okanjo Partners Inc. has raised $1.7 million in new funding from local angel investors.

JSOnline: Heath care technology company Mpirik raises $1.75 million

January 29, 2015

Mpirik, a Milwaukee health care technology company founded by an orthopedic surgeon and led by Susan Ela, the former chief operating officer of Aurora Health Care, said it has raised $1.75 million from investors.

Tech Council ‘white papers’ recommend investing in next-generation jobs, economy

January 29, 2015

Improving access to capital for Wisconsin entrepreneurs, building the supply of human capital, enhancing the startup and business climate, and improving tech development, delivery and transfer are four major themes of the Wisconsin Technology Council’s 2015 “white papers” report.

Top 10 reasons to enter the Biz Plan Contest; Jan. 31 is deadline to enter online

January 29, 2015

The entry deadline for the 12th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is 5 p.m. Jan. 31. Don’t miss an opportunity to share in more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Get started at www.govsbizplancontest.com! Here are 10 reasons you should enter your business idea...

CapTimes: Start-up incubator StartingBlock Madison moving closer

January 28, 2015

The concept certainly is attractive: an entrepreneurial hub where people can share offices, ideas and talent to boost their start-up business to the next level. And judging by the full house listening to a pitch for StartingBlock Madison at the Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon on Tuesday, there is no shortage of interest.

WisBusiness: StartingBlock could turn Madison into ‘world-class entrepreneurial city’

January 28, 2015

The Madison area has all the pieces to become a world-class high-tech entrepreneurial city, a panel of experts said Tuesday at a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon. What’s missing, however, is a site where they can all come together, they said.

JSOnline: Vilas County group taps brain power, wealth for growth

January 26, 2015

About six years ago, Vilas County decided to get serious about economic development. Area leaders formed a committee, made plans to start a new organization, then took what seemed like the next logical step: they advertised in the local newspaper for board members.

Still in JSOnline: Governor's Business Plan Contest helps turn ideas into reality

January 26, 2015

What do these three companies have in common - Vector Surgical, RevolutionEHR and Fishidy? They’re all past finalists in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, a multi-stage competition that has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs since its inception in 2004. The 12th annual contest is open for entries through 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at http://www.govsbizplancontest.com/.

Wisconsin firm named to “Innovation AveNEW”

January 23, 2015

Microscopy Innovations, LLC of Marshfield, WI, is one of eight winning companies from four countries named to Innovation AveNEW at SLAS2015, the annual conference & exhibition of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening. This select group of early-stage companies are awarded complimentary exhibit space and in-kind support for the event, which will be held Feb. 7-11, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

State Journal: Wisconsin companies invited to join WEDC trade trip to East Africa

January 22, 2015

Wisconsin companies looking to do business with the two largest economies in East Africa can get market information and meet potential partners on a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. trade venture to Kenya and Tanzania planned for early to mid-May.

JSOnline: Walker to lead state trade mission to London

January 22, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker will lead a trade mission to London next month to convince overseas investors to put money into Wisconsin.

Supreme Court Justice Bradley and Candidate Daley address Tech Council board

January 21, 2015

State Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley faces a challenge in April from Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley. The two spoke Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus after addressing the board of the Wisconsin Technology Council. See the coverage here.

Madison Development Corporation receives $2 million for technology businesses

January 21, 2015

Madison Development Corporation (MDC) announced receipt of an additional $2 million to add to its Venture Debt loan program for technology businesses in Dane County.  The additional capital comes from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)--$1.5 million, and MG&E--$500,000. 

Healthcare IT News: Mayo Clinic moves to Epic

January 21, 2015

In the latest example of a world-class health system yanking its established electronic health record in favor of a blue chip vendor, Mayo Clinic is migrating to Epic.

Midwest healthcare companies raise $1.8 billion in 2014

January 21, 2015

Midwest healthcare companies attracted $1.8 billion in new investments across 243 companies in 2014 according to the BioEnterprise Midwest Healthcare Growth Capital Report. The totals are the highest recorded in both dollars and number of companies funded since BioEnterprise began compiling the report in 2005, surpassing the banner 2007 by 46 percent and 2013 by 135 percent.

Chancellor Blank addresses Wisconsin Technology Council board of directors

January 21, 2015

UW-Madison Chancellor Becky Blank spoke Tuesday to the board of directors of the Wisconsin Technology Council. Read her prepared remarks:

CapTimes: Madison ranks 30th in latest Milken 'Best-Performing Cities' index

January 21, 2015

Boosted by the continued growth of medical records giant Epic Systems, Madison has jumped 19 places to No. 30 in the 2014 "Best-Performing Cities" index from the Milken Institute, the only Wisconsin city to crack the top 100.

WISC-TV3's 'For the Record' looks at 2015 Biz Plan Contest; reasons to enter

January 19, 2015

Neil Heinen, of WISC-TV3's "For the Record," talks with Tech Council President Tom Still and MobCraft Beer CEO Henry Schwartz about the upcoming 2015 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest. Schwartz was last year's Advanced Manufacturing category winner. 

JSOnline: Madison biotechnology company raises $2 million from investors

January 19, 2015

Lucigen Corp., a Madison biotech company, has raised nearly $2 million of funding from outside investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Diverse mix of judges to screen entries for 2015 Governor’s Biz Plan Contest

January 19, 2015

About 80 judges have volunteered to judge entries in the 2015 Governor’s Business Plan Contest, a field that includes judges from a cross-section of disciplines that help define Wisconsin’s startup culture.

Travel & Industry Development: Wisconsin stays at the forefront of R&D

January 19, 2015

Janesville, in southern Wisconsin on the Illinois border, is on the forefront of nuclear medicine. Two companies, SHINE Medical Technologies and NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, have both announced plans to build facilities in the area.

Low gasoline prices ideal for consumers; major challenge for alternative fuels

January 16, 2015

With gasoline prices hovering around $2 per gallon or less for regular grade across Wisconsin, drivers are saving money every time they fill up their tanks. The story for producers of alternative fuels and researchers seeking to unlock next-generation biofuels is very different. Their tanks are running on vapors.

JSOnline: Number of firms drawing venture capital investments rises in Wisconsin

January 16, 2015

In 2014, when venture capital investments in the U.S. reached their highest level in more than a decade, Wisconsin companies had a respectable but not spectacular showing.

JSOnline: Three groups chosen to manage $4 million in venture capital

January 16, 2015

Three state-based groups have been chosen by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to invest a total of $4 million in venture capital.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features WEDC's Katy Sinnott

January 15, 2015

This episode features Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.'s Katy Sinnott discussing the international ties Wisconsin is working to create. Also, Tom Still talks about the Wisconsin Super Angel Fund and other investment funds in Wisconsin, and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report, which covers utility rates and the gasoline tax.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee

Tech Council board meeting speakers: Chancellor Blank, candidates Bradley, Daley

January 14, 2015

The Jan. 20 meeting of the Wisconsin Technology Council's board of directors will feature remarks by UW-Madison Chancellor Becky Blank, who will discuss tech-based development efforts on campus and beyond, and separate remarks by Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates Ann Walsh Bradley and James Daley.Press may contact the Tech Council's offices for event details.

Xconomy: Ebullient Heats Up With $1M For Computer Cooling Tech

January 14, 2015

Ebullient, a finalist in the 2013 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest, has raised nearly $1 million in seed funds meant to jolt commercialization of the Madison, WI-based startup’s liquid cooling technology for computer equipment.

High-tech companies get commercialization boost via $75,000 grants

January 14, 2015

A novel treatment to heal chronic wounds is among the innovations being funded through the second round of grants from the SBIR Advance Program, a $1 million initiative that provides capital to entrepreneurs to help commercialize high-tech innovation.

BizTimes: BrightStar expands investment portfolio with five companies

January 14, 2015

Milwaukee-based BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc., a nonprofit that practices venture philanthropy, has announced an investment of $1 million in five companies new to its portfolio.

JSOnline: Madison health data company raises $5.7 million

January 13, 2015

Forward Health Group Inc., a Madison health data and analytics software provider, has raised $5.7 million in a funding round. Forward Health Group presented in the WAN Investors' Track of the 2013 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Still in JSOnline: Risk-averse Milwaukee makes raising money difficult

January 12, 2015

Tom Schuster, a seasoned corporate executive and turnaround expert who is now the managing general partner for the Wisconsin Super Angel Fund, spoke Thursday at a meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network in Wauwatosa. He outlined the investment goals for the $9 million fund while pointing out just how hard it is to raise such a fund in a financial risk environment that may be too cautious for its own good.

Inside Wis: Cybersecurity talent shortage matter of economic and national security

January 12, 2015

Consider Wisconsin’s major business sectors: They include financial services, insurance, health care and retail chains, all of which can be prime for cyber-attacks. And yet, most C-level leaders in those sectors would admit there aren’t enough trained hackers of the honest variety to go around.

That problem deserves attention in Wisconsin, which is behind the curve in producing, attracting and retaining the kind of cybersecurity talent needed by companies and institutions of all sizes.

Xconomy: Schuster: Milwaukee has good startup ideas, still lacks capital

January 9, 2015

While most Wisconsin startup observers would agree that the state’s biggest city trails the state capital, Madison, when it comes to startup activity, that doesn’t mean Milwaukee lacks good ideas. That was one of the takeaways from a presentation Thursday by Tom Schuster, managing general partner of the Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Super Angel Fund (WSAF).

WisBusiness: Entrepreneurs cautioned on prepping for angel investors

January 9, 2015

Milwaukee-area entrepreneurs hoping to apply for funds to get their start-up companies off the ground got a dose of hard reality on Thursday at a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon in Wauwatosa from representatives of Wisconsin’s 2-year-old Super Angel Fund.

Science: Shh! Wisconsin seeking to get in on secret cybersecurity research

January 9, 2015

The Wisconsin Information Security Center in Madison brings UW into a select club of U.S. universities affiliated with labs specifically built to shield secret research from spying eyes. It also highlights the tricky act universities face in balancing the openness that is the bedrock of academic science with the secrecy demanded by agencies funding classified projects.

Contestants have access to veteran mentors during 2015 Biz Plan Contest

January 8, 2015

Experienced mentors from across Wisconsin will be available to offer advice to contestants during the 12th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Madison Startups: 100state to host ‘Shark Tank’ event

January 7, 2015

You won’t see Mark Cuban or Barbara Corcoran, but Madison is getting its own “Shark Tank” competition, courtesy of 100state. The organization announced that its members will pitch in front of judges, including Wisconsin Technology Council President Tom Still, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Madison Club.

JSOnline: Bioscience company raises additional money from investors

January 7, 2015

Semba Biosciences Inc., a Madison supplier of scientific instruments and chemical substances for researchers, has raised $511,175 from investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

WisBusiness: Noise-monitoring Quietyme tiptoes onto stage of startups

January 7, 2015

Quietyme, a recent WAN Investors' Track presenter at the 2014 Early Stage Symposium, offers residential buildings, hospitals and hotels the opportunity to monitor noise levels, building temperatures, humidity levels and water-leaks. In short, it allows property managers and hospital workers a chance to give residents a comfortable environment in which to live.

WisBusiness: MobCraft Beer changing the recipe for beer - and for startups

January 7, 2015

Founded in 2012 by Andrew Gierczak, Henry Schwartz and Giotto Troia, MobCraft has carved out a niche for itself in the Wisconsin microbrew scene by crowdsourcing zany recipes. The brewery is taking this community-grounded philosophy to the next level by becoming the first company in the state to raise money under a new crowdfunding law. MobCraft recently presented during the WAN Investors' Track at the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Tech Council's Still to speak Jan. 29 at Northern Trust Economic Trends breakfast

January 5, 2015
Wisconsin Technology Council President Tom Still is among five panelists who will talk about the year ahead at the Northern Trust 2015 Economic Trends Breakfast, to be held Jan. 29 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. Register at www.biztimes.com/trends

Biz Plan Contest offers ‘treps pathway to grow – even if plan changes over time

January 2, 2015

RevolutionEHR. Vector Surgical. BioSystem Development. What do these three companies have in common? They’re all past finalists in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, a multi-stage competition that has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs since its inception in 2004. The 12th annual contest is open for entries through 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at www.govsbizplancontest.com.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Isomark's Joe Kremer

January 2, 2015

This episode features Isomark CEO Joe Kremer speaking from the Early Stage Symposium about his company's work on non-invasive detection of infections. Also, Tom Still talks about Wisconsin's jobs future and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report, which covers legislation and retail.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee

Gaming industry in Wisconsin topic of UW-Madison News Service report

January 2, 2015
Read a UW-Madison News Service story on the gaming industry in Wisconsin, highlighting two companies that spoke at a recent Wisconsin Innovation Network event.  

JSOnline: Hackers test, teach computer pros at Cyber Range

December 29, 2014

State of Wisconsin officials have taken classes through the Michigan Cyber Range, which teaches computer network professionals to detect, prevent and mitigate cyber attacks in real-world settings. This spring, they will engage in exercises where one team launches an attack on a system while another team defends it.

"It's like a war game. You have to think like the enemy to predict where the enemy is going," said Jack Heinemann, director of the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium, a nonprofit organization that seeks science and technology solutions for national Homeland Security requirements.

Still in JSOnline: Time to crack the state's shortage of cybersecurity talent

December 29, 2014

Today's weapons of choice for those who would attack U.S. interests are Trojan horse programs, denial-of-service attacks and password-cracking tools used to steal or corrupt digital data.

State Journal: State's economy looks 'healthy' and 'promising' for 2015

December 29, 2014

Leaders of several key Wisconsin industries say 2015 should be a good year, according to forecasts prepared for the Wisconsin Bankers Association, but the state’s farmers will likely see their profits shrink.

Skating to the puck: Policymakers should keep eye on emerging sources of jobs

December 23, 2014

As members of the Wisconsin Legislature suit up for the start of their 2015 session and a budget debate that is likely to last until summer, they should skate toward the “puck” of predicted economic growth rather than chasing prosperity where it was years ago.

JSOnline: Wisconsin still missing an ingredient in the start-up stew

December 19, 2014

Journal Sentinel column by Wisconsin Technology Council board member John Neis:
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the first two investments by Venture Investors LLC, the oldest and largest venture capital firm headquartered in Wisconsin. Those investments in Office Solutions and Promega were successes, and our firm has now invested in its fifth fund and has $200 million under management. That makes it a good time to reflect on what has been accomplished — and how far we still have to go to create a truly competitive entrepreneurial economy in Wisconsin.

WisBusiness: Organic Research Corp. uses 'digital pathology' to pinpoint liver disease

December 19, 2014

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease affects 90 million Americans. It can lead to permanent liver dysfunction and even death. Although there are a number of clinical trials related to the disease, there are no pharmaceuticals approved for treatment. Organic Research Corp. is developing pathology software that will impact the efficiency of detecting NAFLD, called the Digital Liver Pathology Aid. The company presented to potential investors and others Nov. 12 during the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison.

Angel investors help start-ups get off the ground

December 19, 2014

Hopeful entrepreneurs are familiar with the concept of the “Three Fs”: Family, Friends and Fools. Small investments from this alliterative triad often constitute the start-up capital for early stage businesses. Recently an organization of experienced investors formed in Vilas County, adding a new investment option for entrepreneurs in northern Wisconsin. Northwoods Angels, a part of the larger Wisconsin Angel Network, is looking for high growth opportunities that will bring business and jobs to Vilas County and surrounding areas.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Ophir Ben-Yitschak of Scopia Technologies

December 19, 2014

This episode features Scopia Technologies' Ophir Ben-Yitschak speaking from the Early Stage Symposium about his travel-related startup. Also, Tom Still talks about efforts to pass right-to-work in Wisconsin and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report, which covers unemployment claims and economic forecasts.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee

WisBusiness: CardioPoietis strives to stop damage to heart before it's too late

December 19, 2014

CardioPoietis LLC is a company commercializing a drug expected to reduce the damage to the heart during a heart attack by 30 to 35 percent compared to the current standard treatment. There is also promising evidence that it may provide similar protective effects for the brain during a stroke. Currently, two U.S.-issued patents for the idea and usage of this drug are owned by the company. CardioPoietis presented during the WAN Investors' Track at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium on Nov. 12 in Madison.

WisBusiness: National Academy of Inventors and UWM announce NAI Fellow

December 18, 2014

Pradeep Rohatgi, Distinguished Professor of Materials Engineering at the UW-Milwaukee, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation by creating inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Rohatgi (and Intelligent Composites) won third place in the 2013 and 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest advanced manufacturing categories.

Holidays perks list includes naughty and nice in Wisconsin politics

December 18, 2014

A source close to the toy industry has once again leaked a copy of Santa’s perks list for Wisconsin politicians and newsmakers. Here’s what the good boys and girls in Madison and Washington will reportedly find in their stockings this Christmas. But they better not pout and they better not cry if an alert district attorney asks why gifts were delivered down chimneys after midnight.

Trade trip to Mexico can help Wisconsin companies boost exports

December 18, 2014

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is seeking companies to take part in a Global Trade Venture in Mexico in March.

WisBusiness: Concinnity developing healthcare software to unlock funds for physicians

December 18, 2014

Medical practices across the country are missing a chance to earn up to $4 billion that could be unlocked easily with the help of software. That’s according to Ben West, CEO and creator of Concinnity, a Madison-based company that is seeking to capitalize on better use of electronic health records.Concinnity won second place at the 2014 Elevator Pitch Olympics during the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium this November.

WisBusiness: Eau Claire company seeks to provide more natural ingredient options

December 18, 2014

Consumer food awareness is on the rise, leading to an increased market demand for sustainable and eco-friendly food products. The food industry is quickly responding to meet this new demand, and companies like Fiberstar Bio-Ingredient Technologies – or FiberStar BIO – are determined to provide more natural ingredient options. FiberStar BIO presented during the WAN Investors' Track of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium on Nov. 12 in Madison.

WisBusiness: Hydro-lite sheds a new light on water purification technology

December 18, 2014

What if there was a way to gain access to clean water wherever you stood on the planet? Inaccessibility to clean drinking water is one of the leading causes of mortality across the globe. The Milwaukee company Hydro-lite is introducing an innovative way to purify water without the use of filters, chemicals or batteries. Hydro-lite presented during the WAN Investors' Track at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium on Nov. 12 in Madison.

Xconomy: SmartUQ raises $1.8M For simulation analytics software

December 17, 2014

SmartUQ, a Madison, WI-based startup that has developed software to speed up the design of a variety of products, has raised nearly $1.8 million in seed funding, according to a new filing with the SEC.

JSOnline: Madison's Redox raises $350,000 in outside funding

December 17, 2014

Redox, a Madison software development tool maker, said that $350,000 of outside funding has helped the company sign up four clients, with five more likely to begin using the company's product this week.

Cambridge Major Laboratories announces expansion in Washington County

December 16, 2014

Cambridge Major Laboratories Inc. (CML), a world-class supplier of comprehensive pharmaceutical development and manufacturing services, is investing more than $20 million in its R&D and manufacturing facilities in Germantown. The project will include a new administrative headquarters, as well as an expansion of the company’s R&D and manufacturing capacity to service the global pharmaceutical industry.

JSOnline: UW-Milwaukee selects internal candidate Mark Mone as new chancellor

December 15, 2014

Interim Chancellor Mark Mone will become the next permanent chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Krakauer accepts Santa Fe Institute presidency after charting new territory at WID

December 15, 2014

When David Krakauer joined the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) in November of 2011 as its first permanent director, he recognized the potential to build one of the first, large-scale transdisciplinary research models embedded in a public university in the country.

Three years later, Krakauer has not only built a collaborative hub, he’s also forged a unique culture where boundaries across fields and disciplines blur—a place where a cartoonist, a stem cell biologist and a data expert can share insight and expertise; a place where businesses and researchers work on the same problems; a place that integrates laboratories and mathematical black boards, and where science can be both elegant and funky.

JSOnline: Madison's got game when it comes to electronic amusement

December 12, 2014

In the 20-plus years that Tim Gerritsen has been creating video games, working in the realm of imaginary battlefields and mythical kingdoms, the Wisconsin native has found himself in many of the real world's most innovative game development centers: Boston, Seattle, Tokyo, London. Recently he witnessed a transformation in his home state, where Madison has spawned a video-game industry of its own, putting it on the map in a booming sector of the global electronics economy. This was the topic of a recent Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon held in Madison.

Inside Wis: In the tech world, ‘right-to-work’ laws aren’t a factor in either direction

December 12, 2014

If you ask the typical technology company executive or worker what they think about “right-to-work” laws, which say workers cannot be forced to join a union shop and pay dues as a condition of employment, you may get a blank stare for an answer.

Nominate your company for Governor’s Export Achievement Awards

December 10, 2014

Wisconsin companies that have achieved success in exporting are being encouraged to apply for the 2015 Governor’s Export Achievement Award, which recognizes businesses and organizations that have achieved extraordinary results in international markets or have contributed to the state’s ability to compete in the global economy.

JSOnline: Startup StudyBlue raises $2.2 million in funding round

December 8, 2014

StudyBlue Inc., a Madison edtech start-up, has raised $2.2 million in a funding round that started earlier this year, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

State Journal: Playing games: It's all in a day's work

December 8, 2014

If it sometimes seems Madison’s tech community is all about fun and games — well, yes, it is. Digital games, that is, for fun, education and workplace training. This topic was explored at a recent Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon in Madison.

Madison Magazine: Q&A with Maurice Cheeks

December 8, 2014
This alderman and techie is helping Madison meet the demands of the twenty-first century. Read the full interview here.

JSOnline: Medical College professor researching astronauts' risks for heart disease

December 5, 2014

John Baker, a professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and  a biochemist, is the principal investigator for a five-year, $1.8 million grant from NASA to look into the long-term risk of astronauts developing heart disease from radiation in deep space. Baker recently presented at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, held Nov. 12-13 at the Monona Terrace in Madison.

Manitowoc energy technology company receives $250,000 state loan

December 4, 2014

Energy Bank Inc., a Manitowoc-based company specializing in the advancement of solid state lighting and controls, has received a $250,000 loan from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC).

High-tech on the gridiron: How Camp Randall went from dead zone to hot spot

December 4, 2014

At the close of the third quarter during the Wisconsin Badgers runaway football victory over Nebraska, a new entry went into the record books… and not just Melvin Gordon’s single-game rushing record of 408 yards. It marked the first time that Camp Randall Stadium experienced what telecommunications experts call an “inversion,” which means more data was leaving the stadium in the form of photographs, videos and other digital information than was being received inside by fans, press and staff.

Governor’s Business Plan Contest open for 2015 entries through Jan. 31, 2015

December 4, 2014

The 12th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2015 competition until 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. 

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Rock Mackie of TomoTherapy

December 3, 2014

This episode features TomoTherapy co-founder Rock Mackie speaking from the Early Stage Symposium about his latest startup projects. Tom Still talks about where Wisconsin falls among the states in science and technology ratings; and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for early December, which includes the state budget and economic forecasting.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee

Coverage of the Nov. 25 Wisconsin Innovation Network Madison luncheon

December 2, 2014

The Wisconsin Innovation Network held a luncheon panel Nov. 25 at the Sheraton in Madison to discuss the growing video game development cluster that is growing in the Madison area. See coverage of the event here.

JSOnline: Gener8tor raises $2.1 million for fund to invest in start-ups

November 26, 2014

Gener8tor, which runs start-up training classes in Milwaukee and Madison, said Wednesday it has raised more than $2.1 million for a second fund.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Praveen Sinha of HealthMyne

November 24, 2014

This episode, filmed at the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, features an interview with Praveen Sinha, CEO and founder of HealthMyne, about his company and the investment climate in Wisconsin. Also, Tom Still discusses Wisconsin's brand in the upper Midwest in light of the recent Early Stage Symposium and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers the Milwaukee Bucks' arena and jobs.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.   

JSOnline: Madison's Solomo Technology raises additional funding

November 24, 2014

Solomo Technology Inc., a Madison maker of software and sensor devices to connect businesses with customers, has raised $331,000 of a planned $1 million offering, according to a filing with federal securities regulators.

A Thanksgiving prayer to the Great Techie in the Sky

November 22, 2014
By Tom Still

MADISON -- A techie’s Thanksgiving prayer to the Great CIO in the Sky: As we gather this Thanksgiving to share time with family, friends and food, let us count the blessings of our digital age… using zeros and ones only, of course.

State Journal: UW students win national contest; Wisconsin ranks 25th in tech index

November 21, 2014

A team of UW-Madison students and recent graduates who devised a new way to add colors to 3-D printing won the $12,500 top prize in the Collegiate Inventors Competition.

State Journal: Madison: No. 2 of all U.S. cities for young 'treps, NerdWallet says

November 19, 2014

Madison is the second-best city in the nation -- behind only Arlington, Virginia -- for young entrepreneurs to make their mark, according to NerdWallet.

JSOnline: Gener8tor raises $2.2 million fund to invest in start-ups

November 19, 2014

Gener8tor, which runs a start-up training program that operates in Milwaukee and Madison, has raised a $2.2 million fund, according to a filing with federal securities regulators.

Stemina Biomarker to Receive $2.3M for clinical study of children with autism

November 19, 2014

Stemina Biomarker Discovery, Inc. has announced a $2.3 million investment from the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation to support its clinical study of biomarkers in the blood of children with autism spectrum disorders that can distinguish them from typically developing children.

Still in JSOnline: Collaboration among states key to jobs growth

November 17, 2014

It’s called the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, but the state’s oldest venture conference – launched in Madison 30 years ago – has taken on a decidedly Upper Midwest look.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Sorrell

November 17, 2014

This episode, filmed at the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, features an interview with Paula Sorrell from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Tom Still discussing the future of net neutrality and the free Internet. Also, the WisBusiness.com Stock Report features Epic Systems and frac sand mining.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee

WisBusiness: State research institutions want to collaborate more, panelists say

November 14, 2014

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank doesn’t have much patience for talk about any academic rivalries between UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.

“We have to get past this whole discussion about competition between these two cities,” she said during a panel discussion at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, held Wednesday and Thursday at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.

JSOnline: Nordic Consulting founder Bakken to start venture capital fund

November 14, 2014

Mark Bakken, co-founder and chief executive of Nordic Consulting, one of the state's fastest-growing start-ups, said Wednesday he is stepping aside to start an early-stage venture capital fund.

State Journal: Touting investment in technology startups at the ESS

November 14, 2014

Wisconsin could take a page from Michigan’s book if it wants to spur the state’s tech economy. That was the message to a room full of investors at the Early Stage Symposium at Monona Terrace on Wednesday.

State Journal: Chicago company that tracks student athlete injuries wins EPO

November 14, 2014

A Chicago company that creates a digital record of the injuries suffered by school-age athletes took first prize Thursday in the Elevator Pitch Olympics, while a Waukesha business looking to set up a stool bank won the People’s Choice award.

BizJournal: Hudson manufacturer Phillips-Medisize to add nearly 500 jobs

November 14, 2014

Medical technology company Phillips-Medisize Corp. announced plans Thursday to invest $30 million in five Wisconsin locations and hire 484 new workers in the region part of a major expansion.

Xconomy: Entrepreneurs in WI pitch athlete health, physician data, and poop

November 14, 2014

A Chicago-based entrepreneur and ex football player scored first place in this week’s Elevator Pitch Olympics in Madison, WI, with a plan to help track student athletes’ health. The competition was held as part of the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, which took place in Madison from November 12-13.

Elevator Pitch Olympics winners announced for 2014 Early Stage event

November 14, 2014

A Chicago company that creates a digital record of the injuries suffered by school-age athletes took first prize Nov. 13 in the Elevator Pitch Olympics, which is part of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

It's a wrap! Read press coverage of the 2014 Early Stage Symposium

November 14, 2014

The 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium attracted more than 550 attendees over two days. Thanks to all who participated!

Net neutrality debate can be resolved without return to 1930s regulation

November 11, 2014

By any standard, the Internet ranks as one of the leading innovations of our time. It has revolutionized everything from commerce to medicine to entertainment, all within the confines of a generation. Better yet, it has done so largely without government regulation. So, why would President Obama think now is the time to turn back the clock to Depression-era rules written when all telephones were black, hard-wired and hung on a wall?

Top 10 reasons to attend this week's Early Stage Symposium

November 10, 2014

Still on the fence about attending “30x10,” the annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison? Here are 10 reasons to drop in Wednesday and Thursday for one of the Midwest’s premier events for entrepreneurs.

Inside Wis: Investors captured voter imagination; What does it mean for state?

November 7, 2014

Romney, who lost the 2012 presidential election to President Obama, weathered no small amount of campaign heat over the alleged “vulture capitalist” practices of his private equity firm, Bain Capital. Romney was accused of building Bain’s portfolio on the backs of the working poor, a charge tied to the company’s merger and acquisition business far more than its venture capital investments. Roll forward to the 2014 mid-term elections and private equity investors such as Romney are political darlings versus objects of derision.

Xconomy: WIP, Wisconsin’s most active angel group, adds new investors

November 6, 2014

Wisconsin’s most active angel investor group could get even busier, thanks to an influx of new members. Madison-based Wisconsin Investment Partners (WIP) added 18 new members in the past few months, primarily via a recruitment dinner held in the summer, co-manager Andy Shrago says.

WisBusiness: M-WERC: Names Michael Corradini board chair

November 6, 2014

The Mid-west Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) board of directors appointed Corradini chairman during their October meeting. Corradini proceeds MaryAnn Wright of Johnson Controls as chair.

Michigan venture capital expert to address Investor Hall of Fame dinner in Madison

November 5, 2014

The head of the state of Michigan’s entrepreneurship, innovation and venture capital programs will speak Wednesday, Nov. 12, during the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame dinner, a part of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Inside Wis: On professional school tuition, UW needs freedom to compete on price

November 3, 2014

An emerging dilemma at the UW-Madison involves state government’s two-year ban on raising tuition, not only for in-state undergraduates, but for out-of-state students of all descriptions as well as professional school students in fields such as medicine, veterinary science, business and pharmacy.

Still in JSOnline: The answers from gubernatorial candidates that voters never got

November 3, 2014

With only two days to go to Election Day, here are a few questions that weren’t fully answered – or, in some cases, even asked – during Wisconsin’s campaign for governor.

Panel discussions will match ‘treps, investors at Early Stage Symposium

November 3, 2014

Twelve panel discussions on topics of interest to entrepreneurs and investors alike will be among the highlights of the annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, to be held Nov. 12-13 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.

TASCET named in 20 Most Promising Compliance Technology Solution Providers

November 3, 2014

CIO Review (www.cioreview) has chosen TASCET (www.tascet.com) for its 20 Most Promising Compliance Technology Solution Providers. The positioning is based on the evaluation of TASCET’s capabilities in governance, risk and compliance (GRC) services. The annual list of companies is selected by a panel of experts and members of CIO Review’s editorial board to recognize and promote technology entrepreneurship.

From biotech to baseball swings, more than 45 startups to pitch at ESS

October 30, 2014

More than 45 early stage companies focused on various industries, including Chinese e-commerce, rare disease tracking analytics and software to improve your baseball swing, will pitch to potential investors and others at the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, to be held Nov. 12-13 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.

State Journal: Ralph Kauten becomes CEO of Lucigen

October 30, 2014

Ralph Kauten is the new CEO of Lucigen, a Middleton company that provides cells, cloning kits and other technology for scientific researchers. The appointment took effect Oct. 20, the company said Wednesday.

Nordic ranked 52nd on Modern Healthcare’s “Best Places to Work in Healthcare”

October 29, 2014

Nordic has been ranked 52nd on Modern Healthcare’s 2014 list of the 100 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare.” The rankings were announced at a banquet last week in Chicago after the names of all the companies on the list were released in August. The complete ranked list is published in the Oct. 27 issue of Modern Healthcare.

Madison Startups: VC: More capital for more jobs

October 29, 2014

Both angel and venture capital funding are required to have a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem. That’s according to John Neis, managing director of Venture Investors, who spoke Tuesday at the monthly Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel.

Keane to receive ‘trep education award at Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

October 28, 2014

Tim Keane, an investor who was one of the first college-level educators in Wisconsin to design courses around entrepreneurial studies, will be the first recipient of the “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Susan Healy of Ascendancy Advisors

October 27, 2014

On the latest episode, Liz Schrum interviews Susan Healy of Ascendancy Advisors and the Early Stage Symposium; Tom Still discusses the growing number of venture capital investments in Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report features health care and property assessments.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee

Inside Wis: State’s economic development structure in place: How best to use it

October 24, 2014

Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke have staked out major differences in their approach to job creation and economic growth, but the candidates appear to agree on one significant item: Reinventing the state’s flagship economic development agency was the right thing to do.

SBIR Advance second round open for high-tech small businesses

October 23, 2014

The University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. encourage high-tech small businesses to apply for grants through the second round of the SBIR Advance state-matching fund. Grants are available to recipients of federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

Madison Startups: OpenHomes to present at Web Summit

October 22, 2014

Competing against thousands of startups from around the world, OpenHomes announced recently that it won a spot to present at technology conference Web Summit Nov. 4-6 in Dublin, Ireland. OpenHomes will also present during the WAN Investors' Track at the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Venture Investors founder Roger Ganser elected to state's Investor Hall of Fame

October 22, 2014

Roger Ganser, the nationally known founder of Venture Investors LLC, Wisconsin's oldest and largest venture capital firm, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame during a Nov. 12 dinner tied to the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

JSOnline: Isomark awarded grant to commercialize breath analyzer

October 22, 2014

Isomark LLC said it has received a $1.7 million federal grant to help bring to market a noninvasive device that detects infection using a breath sample.

WisBusiness: Rate change proposals could signal change in electric industry

October 22, 2014

Wisconsin’s electricity industry is in the hot seat as Madison Gas and Electric Co. awaits an imminent decision from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on MGE’s proposal to change the way residential customers are billed. On Tuesday, industry experts told a Cleantech Network forum at the Wisconsin Energy Institute that the decision, expected before the end of the year, could signal changes in the way Wisconsin utility companies use residential customers to cover more of the fixed costs of doing business.

JSOnline: Wisconsin's venture capital total nearly doubles

October 17, 2014

Wisconsin companies have raised almost twice as much venture capital so far this year than in all of 2013, according to a national report released Friday.

Inside Wis: Venture capital is a roller-coaster, and Wisconsin is along for the ride

October 17, 2014

The good news: Venture capital dollars invested in Wisconsin through the first three-quarters of 2014 is already double all venture investments last year, and the number of deals is approaching an all-time annual high for the state.

The sobering news: Wisconsin still lags 23 other states in deals reported during the third quarter of 2014, and falls behind 25 states in total dollars invested during those three months.

Merit-based R&D grant winners to be honored Nov. 12 at Early Stage Symposium

October 16, 2014

About three-dozen Wisconsin winners of $77 million in federal research grants in the most recent reporting period will be honored during an opening-day luncheon at the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Deltanoid's DP001 demonstrated safe, effective in kidney failure patients on dialysis

October 15, 2014

Deltanoid Pharmaceuticals announces the successful completion of a phase 2B clinical trial for its lead experimental drug DP001 for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic kidney disease receiving hemodialysis.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Jim Laudon of Google Madison

October 15, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," Jim Laudon, site director of Google Madison, talks with Liz Schrum about the interest Google has in the region; Tom Still explains why reduced federal investment in academic research is a worrisome trend; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers water technology and cyber-security.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

Shine Medical signs $125 million term sheet

October 10, 2014

SHINE Medical Technologies, Inc. (SHINE) announced today that it executed a term sheet providing for up to $125 million of debt and equity financing with Deerfield Management Company, L.P. (Deerfield), a New York headquartered healthcare investment firm. SHINE plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Wisconsin to produce more than a quarter of world supply of the most commonly-used isotope in nuclear medicine, molybdenum-99 (moly-99).

Inside Wis: Solving Wisconsin’s startup puzzle – one piece at a time

October 10, 2014

During his “Rise of the Rest” tour stop in Madison, venture capitalist and AOL.com founder Steve Case said Wisconsin’s capital city would rank among the top 20 communities for startups in the United States — “barely” — and if entrepreneurs continue to work hard, it could be among the top 10 within a decade.

State Journal: EatStreet funding reaches $10 million

October 8, 2014

EatStreet, a Madison company that lets consumers order food online or through mobile devices, has finalized an additional $4 million in funding. Added to the $6 million the company closed on in April, Eat Street has raised a total of $10 million from investors so far this year. New investors include the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) and 4490 Ventures, a new early-stage venture fund formed by SWIB and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

State Journal: SoLoMo Technology takes home $100,000 Rise of the Rest jackpot

October 8, 2014

SoLoMo Technology — a Madison company that describes itself as “Google analytics for the physical world” — won a pitch competition at the Majestic Theatre on Monday night and a $100,000 check from AOL cofounder Steve Case and his Rise of the Rest Road Tour.

State Journal: Phoenix Nuclear Labs receives $3 million Army contract

October 8, 2014

Phoenix Nuclear Labs will build an advanced neutron imaging system for the U.S. Army, to be used for inspecting ammunition and other defense tools.

State Journal: Madison startup activity bucking alleged decline? Let's hope so

October 8, 2014

It can appear from the local news that every week brings a new business plan contest, venture capital investment or “accelerator” organization aimed at helping startups succeed.

Maybe it all reflects an economy on the verge of explosive, tech-sector-fueled growth. Or maybe it reflects a prodigious capacity for wishful thinking.

Madison Startups: SOLOMO wins Madison’s Rise of the Rest

October 7, 2014

In a pitch battle between nine different area startups, Tech Council board member Liz Eversoll and SOLOMO Technology were victorious in the Rise of the Rest competition held Monday evening at the Majestic Theatre.

JSOnline: Beloit-based Comply365 raises $12 million in venture funding

October 7, 2014

Comply365 LLC, a Beloit maker of communications technology for airlines and other regulated industries, has raised $12 million in a funding round led by Drive Capital, an Ohio-based firm led by two Silicon Valley veterans.

Building the ‘I-Q Corridor’: Academic R&D assets theme of Nov. 13 ESS talk

October 7, 2014

Leaders of three of Wisconsin’s leading academic institutions will discuss how research partnerships are driving innovation and economic growth during a Nov. 13 opening panel discussion at the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Still in JSOnline: Building a workforce for the digital age includes cybersecurity

October 6, 2014

Wisconsin is behind the curve in producing, attracting and retaining the kind of cybersecurity talent needed by companies and institutions of all sizes.

Inside Wis: Stagnant federal spending on R&D could lead to big problems later

October 3, 2014

Yoshi Kawaoka is known worldwide for his work on avian influenza viruses, the likes of which wiped out 40 million people in 1918. This talented UW-Madison researcher has also spent time studying strains of the Ebola virus, which has now found its way to the United States from West Africa, where thousands have died from its devastating effects. Trouble is, Kawaoka’s Ebola research is largely in the past tense because federal funding for the project ran out just as some promising results were reported.

SBA announces four new Regional Innovation Cluster Awards

October 3, 2014

U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet has announced the SBA’s support of four new Regional Innovation Clusters, adding to its portfolio of high-performing regional innovation networks across the country.

Virent hires Edgar Steenwinkel to lead technology development efforts

October 2, 2014

Virent has announced the appointment of Edgar Steenwinkel as the company’s Vice President of Research and Development. Steenwinkel will lead technology development efforts of Virent’s BioForming® platform in preparation of commercialization of its biofuel and biobased chemicals.

Story of Exact Sciences move, rebirth to be told at Early Stage Symposium

September 30, 2014

Five years ago, Exact Sciences seemed on its way to becoming an expensive biotech failure in Boston. Today, it’s a Wisconsin success story and poised to change how patients and medical professionals everywhere go about detecting colorectal cancer.

Chief Executive Officer Kevin Conroy and Chief Operating Officer Maneesh Arora, who moved the company from Massachusetts to Wisconsin in 2009, will tell the story of the company’s rebound and growth Wednesday, Nov. 12, the opening day of the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.

UWM Research Foundation announces nine new Catalyst Grants

September 29, 2014

Nine new research projects, including developments for a new cancer therapy and a high-power density battery to continue medical operations during power outages, have received Catalyst Grant funding from the UWM Research Foundation.

State Journal: Sun Prairie product design firm tripling its space, expanding services

September 29, 2014

Betting in large part on the booming biotech sector, engineering design firm InForm Product Development will spend $2.8 million to dramatically expand its footprint in Sun Prairie and nearly double its workforce, enabling new services including niche manufacturing for customers in the bioscience and lab equipment fields.

JSOnline: Biggest job sectors, state by state

September 29, 2014

Wisconsin stands out as one of few states where manufacturing has remained the biggest employer. Although average wages among the state’s manufacturers are far higher than wages in the other three sectors, data analyzed by the Journal Sentinel show that Wisconsin retained at least a share of its manufacturing jobs by keeping wages under pressure.

Inside Wis: History of venture conference reflects growth of state’s tech sector

September 26, 2014

Along with 11 other companies, mostly in their early stages, Promega was one of the first presenters in a conference format that has endured in various forms since 1984. Known the past 10 years as the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, it was previously the Madison Venture Fair, the Wisconsin Venture Fair, the Wisconsin Venture Conference and the Wisconsin Life Sciences Venture Conference. By whatever name, the annual match-making event has introduced up-and-coming companies to prospective investors and contributed to Wisconsin’s high-growth economy.

Isthmus: You want jobs, Wisconsin? They're in tech, stupid!

September 25, 2014

At lunchtime on March 18, Rachel Keranen walked the two blocks from the Bendyworks office at 106 E. Doty St. to the Madison Club, the traditional gathering spot of Madison powerbrokers for 100-plus years.

SBIR Advance grant-matching program recipients announced

September 25, 2014

Seven Wisconsin small high-tech businesses each will receive a $75,000 grant to commercialize their innovations—the first recipients of the SBIR Advance program, a collaboration between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the UW-Extension Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC).

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Ralph Kauten of Quintessence Biosciences

September 25, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," Tom Still discusses breakthroughs and trends in the field of medical devices; Liz Schrum speaks with Quintessence Biosciences CEO Ralph Kauten about his varied entrepreneurial endeavors and the upcoming Early Stage Symposium; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers agriculture and real estate.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee

JSOnline: MobCraft Beer becomes first to use state's crowdfunding law

September 24, 2014

Equity crowdfunding got off the ground in Wisconsin Wednesday, as Madison's MobCraft Beer announced an agreement with a bank to help with the state's first deal using the new investment vehicle.

WIN-Madison looks at how women entrepreneurs are raising funds

September 24, 2014

Three women who have been successful entrepreneurs or investors agreed Tuesday that Wisconsin still has a long way to go before enough women are engaged in startup companies, especially high-growth, scalable companies.

Join history of success by pitching at Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

September 23, 2014

Leaders of emerging companies can apply through 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 to pitch their venture during the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, to be held Nov. 12-13 at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.

Still in JSOnline: New UWM school foments 'revolution' in freshwater technologies

September 22, 2014

Opened in mid-September with tours, science demonstrations and a community celebration, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences represents the continued development of Milwaukee's water cluster. It also symbolizes the potential for economic growth, jobs and revitalization that can flow from partnerships that apply high-end research to solving real-world problems.

Inside Wis: As health care evolves, so does need for smarter, cost-effective tools

September 19, 2014

Envisioning, designing and manufacturing medical devices – which range from robots to sensors, and from surgical instruments to software that allows devices to communicate with one another – was the topic of a recent conference in Chicago.

Echometrix awarded key ultrasound patent

September 19, 2014

Echometrix, LLC announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) awarded the company Patent No. 8,840,555 on ultrasound technology for the dynamic functional analysis of injured and healing tissues.  The company’s Echosoft product line centers on the use of ultrasound to provide functional information about soft tissues as an alternative to other more expensive and less portable medical imaging modalities like MRI. 

JSOnline: Bioscience trade group BioForward names new CEO

September 18, 2014

BioForward, a trade organization for Wisconsin's bioscience industry, said Wednesday it has hired Laura Bray as its new chief executive officer.

BizJournal: Beloit toymaker Patch Products acquired by private equity firm

September 18, 2014

Patch Products LLC, a Beloit game manufacturer and distributor, has been acquired by New York City-area private equity firm Topspin Partners for an undisclosed amount.

Journal Sentinel: Madison organization providing grants for start-ups

September 15, 2014

Madworks at Campus, a Madison organization, will provide grants of as much as $4,000 to start-ups in its fall program.

Xconomy: UW’s Blank on tech transfer, bridging the Milwaukee-Madison divide

September 12, 2014

Head of the Wisconsin’s flagship university, University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank, spoke to a group of Milwaukee-area business leaders and investors about how she wants to find more ways for companies and educational institutions in Milwaukee and Madison to work together.

Inside Wis: Multiple centers for research will help state’s high-growth economy

September 12, 2014

The UW-Madison is one of the nation’s leading research universities by several measures – dollars invested, patents produced and ideas licensed or otherwise transferred to the market – but it was Wisconsin’s only academic R&D center for more than 100 years. However, the past decade or so has brought change.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Vicki Elkin of Fund for Lake Michigan

September 10, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," Liz Schrum speaks with Vicki Elkin, executive director of the Fund for Lake Michigan, about how the business of water benefits the state's economy; Tom Still looks at how Wisconsin's economy could benefit from following Colorado's business practices; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report showcases hiring and mining.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.  

Still in JSOnline: Colorado offers economic growth lessons for Wisconsin

September 9, 2014

While Wisconsin can't offer mountain vistas, the story of Colorado's economic performance offers some potential lessons for the Badger State — as well as affirmation of trends already underway.

Emerging companies may apply to present at Nov. 12-13 Early Stage Symposium

September 9, 2014

The planners of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, a two-day event that has been connecting innovation and investment for three decades, are looking for innovative early stage companies from Wisconsin and other Midwest states to present in November at Madison’s Monona Terrace.

JSOnline: Imbed Biosciences raises $683,000 in funding round

September 5, 2014

Imbed Biosciences Inc., a Madison company with a novel biomaterials platform for wound dressings and surgical implants, has raised $683,000 of a planned $1 million funding round, according to filings with federal securities regulators. Imbed Biosciences won second place in the 2012 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest's Life Sciences category.

Inside Wis: Foreign direct investment plays growing role in Wisconsin’s economy

September 5, 2014

Exports and foreign direct investments are flip sides of the same coin. They represent Wisconsin’s ability to build, produce and grow what the world needs – and to attract investment from other markets that understand Wisconsin’s strengths

Propeller Health raises $14.5M Series B financing led by Safeguard Scientifics

September 4, 2014

Propeller Health, the FDA-cleared digital health solution for chronic respiratory disease, announced that it raised $14.5 million in Series B financing, led by Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE) with participation from Series A investor The Social+Capital Partnership. Propeller Health will use the funding to accelerate product development, strategic alliances, client services, sales and marketing.

BrightStar Wisconsin announces formation of partnership with Gener8tor

September 4, 2014

BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc. has announced the formation of a partnership agreement with gener8tor, a Milwaukee- and Madison-based business accelerator that invests in technology-enabled, rapidly scalable, early stage companies. BrightStar has made a commitment to invest $50,000 in each company that comes out of the bi-annual gener8tor accelerator program that meets BrightStar’s mission and main investment criteria, creating high-quality jobs in Wisconsin. The most recent class had five participants that were picked from nearly 400 applicants.

Shine Medical secures $2.4M of investment

September 4, 2014

SHINE Medical Technologies , Inc. (SHINE), a Wisconsin - based company dedicated to being the world leader in the safe, clean, affordable production of medical isotopes, announced that it closed a $2.4 million financing.

Morgridge launches microfluidics foundry

September 2, 2014

The Morgridge Institute Medical Engineering team, responding to increased UW-Madison demand for microfluidics resources, has launched a new microfluidics foundry to build customized tools that bring biology down to the smallest possible scale. The Advanced Fabrication Laboratory has a suite of new machines that can mold, emboss and etch polymer micro-channels and create the precise surface properties required in microfluidics devices.

Madison Startups: 11 more recipients of Ideadvance Fund

September 2, 2014

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the Center for Technology Commercialization announced recently that 11 additional grantees from UW faculty, staff and student teams have been selected to receive up to $25,000 each through the Ideadvance Seed Fund, bringing the total to 23 teams receiving grants.

Emerging companies may apply to present at Nov. 12-13 Early Stage Symposium

August 29, 2014

Apply to pitch your company to the most active investors in the Midwest at the annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, being held Nov. 12-13 at Madison’s Monona Terrace. Many companies have cited their presentations at the conference as a key factor for getting funding and growing their business.

JSOnline: Doyenne Group plans to raise $500,000, start angel fund

August 29, 2014

The Doyenne Group, a Madison nonprofit that provides mentoring and networking for high growth potential, women-owned companies, plans to raise $500,000, part of which will be used to start an angel investment fund.

Inside Wis: Biotech back in favor? Not entirely, but funding drought may be ending

August 29, 2014
For much of the Great Recession and beyond, biotechnology was out of favor among angel and venture capitalists. Software and Internet deals became the shiny object for investors who wanted faster returns with fewer dollars risked.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Morna Foy of Wis. Tech College System

August 28, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," Liz Schrum speaks with Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy about the role of technical colleges in the Wisconsin economy; Tom Still discusses the ever-improving environment for startups in Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers cranberries and local businesses.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

JSOnline: Biotech companies land funding

August 28, 2014

Two Madison-area biotech companies — Intuitive Biosciences Inc. and Stealth Therapeutics Inc. — each have raised nearly $500,000 of funding, according to filings with federal securities regulators.

JSOnline: Unique provision in Wisconsin law puts brakes on crowdfunding

August 27, 2014

Equity crowdfunding is off to a slow start in Wisconsin, with few businesses moving to use the new investment vehicle, and banks seemingly cautious about getting involved. Other states have traveled a similar path, but Wisconsin's road contains a speed bump found nowhere else: The financial institution that holds investors' money during a crowdfunding campaign must be state chartered.

JSOnline: Gener8tor has notable success nurturing start-ups

August 27, 2014

Gener8tor, a for-profit group formed in 2012, has put 23 start-ups through its training program. Those companies have gone on to create 118 jobs and raise, often with gener8tor's help, more than $20 million of capital. Gener8tor ranks in the top 30 out of 220 accelerators in the world in terms of the average dollar amount that portfolio companies have raised, according to Seed-DB, a database of all known seed accelerators.

WisBusiness: UW flu researcher details global implications of his work

August 27, 2014

Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a UW-Madison researcher whose work with dangerous influenza strains made headlines this summer, says his work is not only extremely safe, but also has important implications for global health. Kawaoka’s research has led him to create versions of already-known avian influenza viruses that would have the potential to become global pandemics if released into the general population, he told his audience at the monthly Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon in Madison.

JSOnline: Wisconsin Innovation Awards honor 10 winners

August 27, 2014

Ten winners, ranging from a mobile law clinic to a device that detects infections using a breath sample, were named at the inaugural Wisconsin Innovation Awards ceremony Aug. 26.

Still in JSOnline: Wisconsin's 'gazelle' start-up population making gains

August 25, 2014

Wisconsin is often dinged for being a state with relatively low numbers of start-up companies, which is true given the mix of start-up flavors that are counted in such surveys — from mom-and-pop stores to lifestyle businesses to the "gazelles" that aspire to land angel and venture capital.

If the measure is focused on fast-growing gazelles, however, there are indications that Wisconsin is turning the corner on producing the kind of companies that attract investors and produce significant numbers of jobs.

JSOnline: Mayo Clinic to offer Exact Sciences colon cancer screening test

August 25, 2014

Exact Sciences Corp. said Aug. 25 that Mayo Clinic will be the first health system to offer the company's non-invasive, DNA-based colon cancer screening test.

JSOnline: Milwaukee's academic institutions explore creating nonprofit center

August 22, 2014

Leaders from 20 of the region's academic institutions met at Marquette University Thursday to explore the idea of a nonprofit center near downtown Milwaukee that could help their students build start-ups and partnerships with industry. The project will begin with a pilot program in November, with a goal of launching the entire program next summer, said Matt Cordio, co-founder of Startup Milwaukee, which is running the initiative with Innovation in Milwaukee, or MiKE, a project of the Greater Milwaukee Committee.

Marshfield Clinic Health System names Susan Turney as first CEO

August 22, 2014

The Marshfield Clinic Health System Board of Directors has named Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, as the Health System's first chief executive officer (CEO). Turney, who will assume the new role September 1, has resigned her position as President & CEO of the Englewood, Colo.-based Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

University spinoff aims to hit the mark precisely with brain-scanning tool

August 22, 2014
To bring the full promise of MR into the operating room, Walter Block, professor of biomedical engineering at UW-Madison, has formed a company called InseRT MRI to develop software that allows surgeons to observe the brain in real time on an MR machine during surgery.

Madison Startups: Techstars Patriot Boot Camp comes to Wisconsin

August 22, 2014

Techstars announced this week the next Patriot Boot Camp event will take place Sept. 26-28 in Madison, expanding from annual events in Washington, D.C., and New York City to regional events.

BizWire: Advanced Cooling Therapy closes $1.5M for esophageal cooling device

August 22, 2014

Chicago-based emerging medical device firm Advanced Cooling Therapy (ACT) has closed a $1.5 million Series A financing round to support the full commercial launch of its first product, the Esophageal Cooling Device (ECD) to control patient temperature. ACT was a presenter in the WAN Investors' Track at the 2013 Early Stage Symposium.

Inside Wis: Campaign for governor may hinge on new answers to old question

August 22, 2014

The race for governor in Wisconsin may come down to how voters answer similar “are you better off?” questions from Republican Scott Walker, who was elected in 2010 and who weathered a recall challenge less than two years later, or Democrat Mary Burke, his challenger in an apparently tight race.

Journal Sentinel: UWM's Student Startup Challenge selects 10 winners

August 21, 2014

Ten student teams have been chosen by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to receive a total of about $70,000 in cash and services, along with support for turning their ideas into products or businesses.

Journal Sentinel: UW Extension Ideadvance grants aim to make ideas into products

August 21, 2014

An infant sleep pod, aimed at reducing the number of infant deaths due to sleeping with an adult, is one of 11 projects being funded through new grants from University of Wisconsin Extension and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Intelligent Composites, third place winner in the Advanced Manufacturing category of the 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest, is also among the grant recipients.

Green Bay Gazette: Angels provide funding option for businesses

August 21, 2014

When faced with difficulties in obtaining funding, many entrepreneurs look to angel investment groups. Although only certain types of businesses will qualify, Wisconsin is trying to make it easier for businesses to submit requests through the Wisconsin Angel Network (WAN).

Nordic ranked 46th on Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in the nation

August 20, 2014

Nordic has been recognized as the 46th fastest-growing privately held company in the nation on the annual Inc. 500 list, America’s most prestigious ranking of fastest-growing private companies. In addition, Nordic has earned a spot on Modern Healthcare’s 2014 list of the 100 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare.”

Journal Sentinel: Gigabit broadband speed spreads throughout state

August 20, 2014

In the Village of Siren, a community of about 900 people surrounded by nearly 300 lakes in northwest Wisconsin, you can get Internet speeds up to 50 times faster than what most people have in their homes in Milwaukee or Madison.

BizTimes: Scale Up Milwaukee accepting applications for 'trep training program

August 19, 2014

Scale Up Milwaukee, a multi-stakeholder effort helping support entrepreneurs at all stages to grow their ventures by stimulating a strong regional entrepreneurship ecosystem, has announced it is accepting applications for the second class of its Scalerator program – training designed to teach ambitious, local companies how to maximize their growth potential.

Biz Journal: Venture capital firm invests in ZBB Energy's Chinese joint venture

August 19, 2014

An investment capital firm is investing $3.24 million in ZBB Energy Corp.’s Chinese joint venture company to build storage products for energy and power electronics platforms.

Journal Sentinel: Marshfield research start-up lands angel investor funding

August 19, 2014

Microscopy Innovations LLC, a Marshfield company that makes a system for preparing microscope specimens, has raised $410,000 of a proposed $750,000 funding round, according to documents filed with federal securities regulators.

Channel 3000: UW researcher studying noninfectious strain of Ebola

August 19, 2014

UW-Madison researcher Yoshihiro Kawaoka, who will speak Tuesday at the Tech Council’s Wisconsin Innovation Network meeting in Madison, is best known for his work surrounding potentially deadly strains of avian flu. His research in the past has also included studying a noninfectious strain of the Ebola virus with an eye toward developing drug therapies.

Startup Whole Trees LLC creates strength in lumber

August 18, 2014

Amelia Baxter and Roald Gundersen launched Whole Trees in 2007. The firm initially focused on providing products for home building, an area where Gundersen for years used round timber in his designs. After weathering the 2008 recession and obtaining additional funding, Whole Trees is now increasing production by entering the commercial building products industry.

Inside Wis: Diverse workforce challenges require a mix of strategies for Wisconsin

August 18, 2014

Workforce development means different things to different people – which is why the term carries emotional and political weight across Wisconsin, from its small towns to its major cities. It also explains why policymakers must aspire to devise a balanced approach to meeting Wisconsin’s diverse workforce needs.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features WIN director, Maurice Cheeks

August 18, 2014

On the 125th episode of the show, Liz Schrum speaks with Maurice Cheeks, director of the Wisconsin Innovation Network, about what's next for the organization. Tom Still argues that outsourcing is a part of doing business in the modern world, and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers startup companies and consumer spending.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

Local Companies Nominated for Wisconsin Innovation Awards

August 18, 2014

Forty-seven area companies were nominated for the inaugural Wisconsin Innovation Awards, with the winners announced Aug. 26 at a ceremony at the Memorial Union. In total, 118 businesses, products and services from around the state were nominated. The nominees are in the process of being evaluated by apanel of industry experts. Nominations spanned all parts of Wisconsin and represented large, medium and small companies, startups, established businesses, and nearly all industries.

State Journal: D2P program chooses UW inventions for fast track to market

August 14, 2014

Seventeen projects have been chosen for the launch of the new Discovery to Product, or D2P, program. The partnership between UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, announced last November, is aimed at taking some of the most promising campus inventions and helping to speed their entry into the marketplace, boosting the economy and creating jobs.

WEDC's website ranked in #3 in new study

August 13, 2014

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) website is the third best in the country when it comes to providing economic development site selection information, according to a new independent report.

Still in JSOnline: Spate of deals could provide fresh start for Wis. newspapers

August 10, 2014

For reasons that include the Great Recession, the rise of the Internet and the changing reading habits of Americans, general-circulation newspapers have been in survival mode for a decade or more. However, the spate of just-announced deals that feature media companies spinning off their publishing arms may yet produce a promising future for newspapers – in Wisconsin and nationally.

Journal Sentinel: 'Shark Tank' investor wants entrepreneurs to trust their instincts

August 10, 2014

Barbara Corcoran expects entrepreneurs to listen to what she says, and then do what they want. Even when they're using her money to build their companies.

Tech Council's WIN-Lake Superior chapter holds Ashland conference

August 9, 2014
Read about the seventh annual Lake Superior Business & Technology Conference here in the Ashland Press. More than 100 people attended. The Business Idea Contest was won by Ellie Bresette of Bayfield with his "BuzzBoard" device. 

Inc.: The Great Lakes are home to the most active angel investors in the country

August 7, 2014

Together, the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illionis, Indiana, and Ohio accounted for 17 percent of angel deals. That compares to about 18 percent in California but just 13 percent in New England and 12 percent in New York.

Inside Wis: Two research engines helping state’s manufacturing base remain strong

August 7, 2014

Innovation in manufacturing across a mix of sectors is essential for Wisconsin to retain its manufacturing “market share.” Two recent announcements demonstrate that commitment.

Xconomy: Stealthy device startup Invisible Connect gets $2.5M from WI investor

August 7, 2014

Invisible Connect, a stealthy hardware startup based in Eau Claire, WI, has raised $2.5 million in seed money from an unnamed Wisconsin investor, according to the founder and an SEC document.

BizJournal: Aero-Stream among those in next round of ABC's 'Shark Tank'

August 6, 2014

While Karl Holt's idea may not be the sexiest of inventions, he pitched his Hartland-based business to ABC's television show "Shark Tank" and received a phone call to go the next round, which includes sending in an application and a video for the show. Aero-Stream was the first place advanced manufacturing winner in the 2010 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Free company intern help available through UW-Madison course

August 6, 2014

Students skilled in marketing, writing, graphic design and social media will be available during the UW-Madison fall semester through a course taught by Tom Still, president of the Tech Council.

WHEFA celebrates 35th anniversary; $20.6 billion in financing over time

August 4, 2014

The Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority recently closed the books on its 2013-14 fiscal year, completing 24 financings for $794 million. That brings to $20.6 billion the total dollar amount of 753 financing projects handled by WHEFA since its founding in 1979. WHEFA is a member of the Wisconsin Innovation Network, the Tech Council's membership arm.

Xconomy: Startups still abandon Wis., but growing cluster keeping more here

August 4, 2014

There’s no doubt losing those companies hurts Wisconsin’s efforts to wean its economy off a dependence on agriculture and old-school manufacturing by building a high-tech cluster. Although the state continues to rank poorly in entrepreneurship rates and venture capital investments, it’s starting to build some momentum with new micro-VC funds, groups striving to nurture the nascent startup community, and a small-but-promising crop of growing young companies.

WEDC to provide funding to build upon success of federal SBIR grants

August 4, 2014
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will provide $1 million in funding to entrepreneurs through a new program aimed at commercializing high-tech innovation. The program, called SBIR Advance, will be administered by the UW-Extension’s Center for Technology Commercialization and will be accessible to young companies throughout the state. Applications opened Aug 1.

Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin grants $900K to help build Energy Innovation Center

August 1, 2014

Construction of an Energy Innovation Center is expected to start in September on Milwaukee's north side, a project that aims to create a laboratory for innovation in energy and power technologies that could help some of the state's largest businesses grow. The project received a financial boost when the WEDC and WHEDA announced $900,000 in funding for the center.

Biz Journal: Milwaukee fashion startup Wantable lands $1.5M Series A financing

July 31, 2014

Fast-growing Milwaukee fashion startup Wantable Inc. has secured $1.5 million in Series A funding, the company announced. The e-commerce startup, from Buyseasons Inc. founder Jalem Getz, closed the round with support from unnamed Wisconsin and California-based investors.

Innovation, expansion are topics of Aug. 8 Biz & Tech Conference in Ashland

July 31, 2014

The 2014 Lake Superior Business & Technology Conference, to be held Friday, Aug. 8 at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Ashland, will focus on regional economic development through innovation, retention and expansion.

ABODO raises $1.25M in Series A funding to deliver hyperlocal apartment search

July 30, 2014

The hyperlocal online rental marketplace ABODO announced it has closed $1.25 million in Series A financing, led by American Family Ventures. Also joining the round are 4490 Ventures and Lakewest Venture Partners.

Inside Wis: Technology becoming fifth “T” in North Woods economic portfolio

July 30, 2014

The Lake Superior region’s economy will likely always rest on some traditional pillars – timber, transportation, tourism and taconite ore – but technology is becoming a fifth “T” in the jobs creation lineup. At the Aug. 8 Lake Superior Business and Technology Conference, a collection of communities, educational institutions and business leaders will drill down into the economic bedrock of Ashland, a city of about 10,000 people on the shores of Lake Superior.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Arjun Sanga of WiSys

July 30, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," Liz Schrum speaks with Arjun Sanga of WiSys Technology Foundation about innovation on UW System campuses; Tom Still outlines scientific breakthroughs happening in Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers hiring optimism and the state jobs picture.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

Stil in Journal Sentinel: 'Inversion,' outsourcing worth studying

July 29, 2014

While President Obama and others are right to worry about the long-term implications of American companies effectively renouncing their citizenship, the larger issue facing the White House and Congress is American competitiveness in a global economy. Tax reform that lowers rates and closes loopholes such as inversion should be the answer.

Xconomy: Ability Network exit a win for WI investors outside metro hubs

July 28, 2014

The Ability Network exit, which was among the largest healthtech transactions nationwide in the first half of 2014, brought a big payoff for a group of Wisconsin investors. One of Ability’s early investors was the Chippewa Valley Angel Investors Network (CVAIN), based in Eau Claire, WI, 93 miles east of Minneapolis.

NIH awards Imbed Bio a $1.5M grant to develop advanced wound healing nanofilm

July 28, 2014

Imbed Biosciences Inc. announced July 28 that it has been awarded a $1.5 million competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a division of National Institutes of Health. Imbed is a past finalist in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Journal Sentinel: Protein Foundry first startup in MCW's incubator program

July 28, 2014

Protein Foundry LLC, a start-up formed by four Medical College of Wisconsin scientists, may be the first in a string of spinoffs to be incubated at the school under a new program aimed at helping move more companies out the door.

PostCrescent: Aviation firm moving to Oshkosh

July 28, 2014

Minneapolis-based D’Shannon Aviation plans to relocate its aircraft engine overhauling business to Wittman Regional Airport following AirVenture.

Inside Wis: Why ‘outsourcing’ is a permanent (and necessary) part of the modern economy

July 23, 2014

The increasingly curious exchange between incumbent Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke over the “outsourcing” of jobs illustrates how political campaigns and economic realities seldom mesh.

Xconomy: Badger Fund of Funds to pump $90M-plus into WI startup scene

July 23, 2014

The plan for Wisconsin’s new fund-of-funds program is starting to come into focus. The headline: The Badger Fund of Funds could ultimately result in at least five new funds investing a minimum of $90 million in more than 100 Wisconsin startups over the next several years. That’s the biggest takeaway from a presentation Tuesday by two of the three managers of the fund-of-funds at an event hosted by the Wisconsin Technology Council’s Wisconsin Innovation Network in Madison.

Journal Sentinel: Badger Fund of Funds to invest across state

July 21, 2014

Along with making money and creating jobs, Ken Johnson wants to develop a new generation of venture fund managers, and he believes that the strategy of making modest investments in many small companies can succeed.

Third Wisconsin Wireless Forum to be held Thursday in Pewaukee

July 21, 2014
Industry experts will highlight why mobile broadband coverage is essential to business growth and society Thursday during the third Wisconsin Wireless Forum, to be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center, 892 Main St., Pewaukee, on the southeast corner of the Waukesha County Technical College campus in Pewaukee. 

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Mark Reinstra of Silicon Valley's WSGR

July 17, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," Liz Schrum speaks with Mark Reinstra, a partner at the Silicon Valley law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Tom Still discusses information technology in Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for mid-July 2014 covers new business survival and ride share services.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee

WisBusiness: NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes breaks ground for Beloit facility

July 17, 2014

NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC broke ground today for a new 50,000-square-foot facility at 1800 Gateway Blvd. in Beloit, Wis. When completed in late 2014, the facility will house the company’s headquarters and activities related to the production of the medical radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). The facility is being constructed by Corporate Contractors Inc. of Beloit.

Olver to lead University Research Park

July 17, 2014

Aaron Olver, a former secretary of the state Department of Commerce and head of Madison’s economic development division, has been hired as managing director of University Research Park.

Journal Sentinel: Chicago investors flock to Madison start-ups

July 16, 2014

Riding high on big paydays from companies such as Braintree, Groupon and GrubHub, Chicago investors are looking outside the Midwest's biggest city for some of their next investments. One increasingly popular option: Madison's digital start-ups.

Continued growth of Epic Systems has attracted the attention of the news media

July 16, 2014

The continued growth of Epic Systems in Verona, a national leader in electronic health records, has attracted the attention of the news media. Here are stories from the Wisconsin State Journal and WKOW-TV in Madison.

URP: Morgridge Institute launches new focus area on metabolism

July 16, 2014

The Board of Trustees of the Morgridge Institute for Research has approved a new focus area in metabolism, a growing research field with enormous potential to treat or reverse a broad spectrum of human diseases.

WisBusiness: Best-ever efficiency points to clean, green gas-diesel engine

July 16, 2014

New engine technologies are frequently developed in one-cylinder engines like this one in the basement of a University of Wisconsin-Madison lab. And after being doctored by a group led by Rolf Reitz, a professor of mechanical engineering at UW-Madison, this is the most efficient diesel in the engine-research world.

WisBusiness: Professor’s science kit among top 100 technology products

July 16, 2014

A science kit to help students learn about nanotechnology has been selected as one of the top 100 technology products added to the market place for 2013. NanoFab Lab…in a Box!™ was developed by Mike Zach, associate professor of chemistry at UW-Stevens Point, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

State Journal: Aaron Olver to head University Research Park

July 16, 2014

Aaron Olver has been named managing director of University Research Park. Olver, economic development director for the city of Madison and former state Department of Commerce secretary, succeeds Mark Bugher, who retired last November.

Journal Sentinel: Dedicated Computing continues to grow, expand

July 16, 2014

Wisconsin native Don Schlidt, 46, came back to the state in 2008 to run Waukesha-based Dedicated Computing Inc. Schlidt had previously run four other businesses, most recently in Denver, where he led the electronic component design and distribution business of Arrow Electronics. Schlidt will join the Wisconsin Technology Council board of directors this fall.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin sees influx of tech jobs and start-ups

July 14, 2014

The City of Milwaukee's latest economic development plan identifies five industry clusters primed for growth: water technology and research; food and beverage processing; headquarters and business services; finance and insurance; and industrial controls, automation, power and energy. If the city wants to embrace one more candidate for growth, however, it should consider adding information technology and software to the short list. The Milwaukee area arguably has precisely what the IT and software sector needs.

Inside Wis: With talent and vision, tech companies can grow in mid-size cities

July 14, 2014

Speaking recently to the board of directors for the Wisconsin Technology Council in Eau Claire, Zach Halmstad of JAMF Software described a company that has grown sharply since 2010 by focusing on customer service and employee retention through pay and benefit packages that attract and grow talent.

State Journal: Madison-based Idle Free Systems purchased by Minn. manufacturer

July 14, 2014

Madison's Idle Free Systems, a ?maker of auxiliary power units for over-the-road and work trucks, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by Phillips & Temro Industries in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

BizJournal: Runzheimer buys Chicago travel technology firm ProcureApp

July 14, 2014

Runzheimer International, a Waterford provider of workforce travel programs, services and technology, said Thursday that it purchased Chicago travel technology firm ProcureApp Inc. Runzheimer International is a Wisconsin Angel Network member and was a participant in the 2014 Wisconsin Tech Summit.

Cray Inc. wins $174 million contract with National Nuclear Safety Administration

July 11, 2014
Cray Inc., which has its manufacturing plant in Chippewa Falls, has been awarded one of its largest contracts ever. The supercomputer manufacturer -- founded by Seymour Cray in Chippewa Falls -- has won a contract with the National Nuclear Security Administration for the next-generation Cray XC supercomputer and a related storage system. Read more in the Chippewa Daily Herald.

Promega continues its expansion with $30 million assembly plant

July 11, 2014

Promega, the granddaddy of Wisconsin's biotechnology industry, is still growing. Read about its latest expansion in the Wisconsin State Journal.


Journal Sentinel: ABC to hold 'Shark Tank' auditions in Milwaukee

July 8, 2014

ABC's "Shark Tank," on which entrepreneurs seek funding for their projects from a panel of successful businesspeople, will be holding open auditions in Milwaukee on July 21. The open casting call for the show, whose motto is "Only the Strong Survive," will be held at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive.

U.S.-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund promotes joint innovation

July 8, 2014
The governments of the United States of America (through the Department of State) and India
(through the Department of Science & Technology) have established the United States - India
Science & Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) for the promotion of joint activities that would
lead to innovation and technopreneurship through the application of science and technology. The
Endowment Fund activities are implemented and administered through the bi-national Indo-US
Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF).

Dairyvative Technologies, Top 25 BPC finalists, awarded Dairy 30x20 grant

July 7, 2014

Dairyvative Technologies, a Top 25 finalist in the Governor's Business Plan Contest this year, was awarded a Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Grant for dairy processors, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel has announced.

Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin leads Midwest in new businesses' 10-year survival rate

July 7, 2014

In steady-as-she-goes Wisconsin, new businesses are notoriously few. That's the bad news. But the ones that do get launched tend to stay launched — more so than in all but a handful of states. Recently released state profiles from the U.S. Small Business Administration show the pattern.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Yumin Choi of HLM Venture Partners

July 7, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," Liz Schrum speaks with Yumin Choi from HLM Venture Partners; Tom Still discusses the pivotal role of technical colleges in Wisconsin's work force; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers the tech industry and tax collections.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

Read Q&A with new WIN director Maurice Cheeks in Capital Times

July 6, 2014

The Tech Council's new Wisconsin Innovation Network director is a techie, a city of Madison alderman and someone who believes in Wisconsin's economic future. But, no, Maurice "Mo" Cheeks is not the former NBA star. Read about "our" Maurice Cheeks here

Inside Wis: Supreme Court’s cellphone decision keeping with ‘digital privacy’ trends

July 3, 2014

One such example of consensus among the jurists who make up the nation’s highest court was the 9-0 ruling that police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. It’s a decision that is likely to apply to searches of tablets, laptops and other connected devices, as well.

Tech Council board member Sussman uncovers shocking truth about electric fish

July 3, 2014

Scientists have found how the electric fish evolved its jolt. Writing in the journal Science, a team of researchers led by Michael Sussman of UW-Madison, Harold Zakon of the University of Texas and Manoj Samanta of the Systemix Institute in Redmond, Wash., identifies the regulatory molecules involved in the genetic and developmental pathways that electric fish have used to convert a simple muscle into an organ capable of generating a potent electrical field. Also, read this USA Today story on the research being named as one of the "five most incredible discoveries of the week."

Journal Sentinel: Providing Wi-Fi proves tricky for businesses

July 2, 2014

As ubiquitous as free Wi-Fi has become, though, many business owners still don't offer it, for a variety of reasons, including worries that it encourages some people to hang out at their location for the Internet access while not spending much money.

Xconomy: Zurex Pharma raises $4 million to battle hospital-acquired infections

July 2, 2014

Zurex Pharma, a Middleton, WI-based startup developing antimicrobial products to prevent hospital-acquired infections, has raised $4.1 million from investors in a round that could top out at $5.1 million, according to a new SEC filing.

State Journal: Real projects showcase local virtual reality companies

June 30, 2014

Two local tech companies are getting some high-profile placement for their virtual reality products. WebRacing, the second place winner in the Business Services category of the 2014 Governor's Business Plan Contest, will be part of the July 5-6 opening weekend for the Tour de France, with a 30-bike virtual reality cycling installation at the Yorkshire, England, starting point.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin's other industries peek out of the woodwork

June 30, 2014

Most people outside the Wisconsin borders have been trained to think of the state as a place defined by cows, cheese, beer, lakes and the Lambeau Leap. There's not much room in their collective subconscious — yet — to think Wisconsin may also lay claim to a well-rounded, 21st century economy. But here are some examples of excellence beyond our historic brands.

Xconomy: Wisconsin edtech startup StudyBlue raises $1.7M

June 27, 2014

StudyBlue, a Madison, WI-based edtech startup, has raised $1.7 million from investors, a new SEC filing shows.

Inside Wis: Can’t find skilled workers? Businesses can often shop close to home

June 26, 2014

The push-pull between tech colleges and four-year colleges is nothing new, but many Wisconsin employers say the shortage of skilled workers is becoming more intense. Still, some of those employers seem unaware that training programs that can meet their needs are often just a short drive from their plants and offices.

State Journal: Madison ripe for tech jobs from the coasts, venture capitalist says

June 25, 2014

Bringing investment money to Madison-area startup companies from the East and West coasts has long been a tough sell. But convincing coastal tech companies to bring some of their jobs here is a real possibility, a partner in a New York venture capital firm told the Madison chapter of the Wisconsin Innovation Network this week.

WisBusiness: New York venture capitalist says Madison could be tech startup hub

June 25, 2014

Madison will never be Silicon Valley, but a New York City venture capitalist speaking at the Madison chapter of the Wisconsin Innovation Network this week says he believes the city has the potential to become a hotbed for startup tech companies.

Xconomy: Thalchemy raises seed funds to develop always-on sensor technology

June 25, 2014

Thalchemy, a Madison, WI-based startup developing technology to facilitate continuous sensory processing in smartphones and other devices, has raised $650,000 from local and out-of-state investors, Xconomy has learned.

The Trustbelt: High-tech industries drive innovation In Wisconsin

June 25, 2014

Throughout Wisconsin, businesses and supporting organizations are working together to provide an intellectual network that advances industry innovation. The state has invested to become a global leader in several high-tech industries, including information technology, health care and water technology. Our statewide network offers entrepreneurial support services within these industries, and more and more entrepreneurs are taking advantage of these resources to help their companies launch and thrive. In fact, areas in the state are drawing attention for high-tech job growth. Forbes Magazine recently ranked Madison, Wis., fifth on the 2014 list of “Cities Creating the Most Information Technology Jobs.”

WSRC signs pact to work with Altamira on data research goals

June 24, 2014

The Wisconsin Security Research Consortium has signed a subcontract with Altamira Technologies Corp., a technology company working to solve problems of national importance, to support the Washington-based company’s “Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity” contracts. 

State Journal: Crowdfunding, Wisconsin style, begins

June 23, 2014

It’s only logical that MobCraft Beer, a Madison craft brewery that makes its ales based on a majority vote by customers, would be the first company to sign up to use Wisconsin’s new crowdfunding law. MobCraft was the winner of the Advanced Manufacturing category in the 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Software industry veteran Maurice Cheeks to direct Innovation Network

June 23, 2014

Maurice “Mo” Cheeks has joined the Wisconsin Technology Council as the director of its Wisconsin Innovation Network, it was announced Monday.

Inside Wis: What makes a successful 'trep? Advice from those who’ve been there

June 23, 2014

Two corporate leaders who made their marks in very different industries offered their views on what it takes to start and grow a business at the recent Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, an annual gathering that offers hands-on ways for young businesses to learn more. Featured speakers included Craig Culver, who co-founded the Sauk City-based Culver’s restaurant franchising system that includes about 510 stores in 23 states, and Jack Lynch, CEO of globally recognized Renaissance Learning in Wisconsin Rapids and a veteran of several high-growth software companies.

State Journal: Exact Sciences CEO Kevin Conroy wins entrepreneurship award

June 20, 2014

Kevin Conroy, chief executive officer of Exact Sciences Corp. and Wisconsin Technology Council board member, is one of eight executives named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Midwest. Exact Sciences, Madison, has developed a stool-based, DNA test for colorectal cancer.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Chris Olsen of Drive Capital

June 19, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," Liz Schrum speaks with Chris Olsen from Drive Capital, Tom Still speaks about the potential benefits from the proposed Badger-Coulee power line, and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers Elucent Medical and bank profits.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

Still in Milwaukee JS: Flu flap shows perils of science communication in digital age

June 18, 2014

As news about scientific breakthroughs has migrated to online formats, public discussion about research and innovation has been simultaneously democratized and distorted. Read more in Tom Still's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column here.

Journal Sentinel: American Family sends catastrophe team to Dane, Grant counties

June 18, 2014

American Family Insurance has dispatched a catastrophe team to Dane and Grant counties, where strong overnight storms blew out windows, tore off roofs and toppled trees and power lines.

Rowheels wins life sciences pitch event at New York Venture Summit

June 18, 2014
Rowheels, the winner of the 2012 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest, won a pitch competition at the New York Venture Summit held Tuesday in New York City. Rowheels was one of 30 competitors in the life sciences track and won for best innovation.

Journal Sentinel: Madison company halfway to funding goal

June 12, 2014

Kiio Inc., a Madison company with a small computing device that it says could modernize the practice of physical therapy, has raised about half of a $1.3 million offering, according to a filing with federal securities regulators.

New Glarus Middle School student wins ‘Wisconsin YES!’ youth biz plan contest

June 11, 2014

Jonah Thompson, an 8th grader at New Glarus Middle School developing a beekeeping-related company, is the grand prize winner in Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle and high school.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Craig Culver, Culver Franchising System

June 11, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," on location at the Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Conference, Liz Schrum speaks with Culver's CEO and co-founder Craig Culver about his approach to the restaurant business. Also, Tom Still speaks about the future for startup companies and venture capitalists, and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for early June 2014 provides insight on coal use and job training.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

Inside Wis: In a post-coal era, energy options include wind from the west

June 11, 2014

As the state Public Service Commission weighs the pros and cons of the Badger-Coulee line, another factor may rule over both clans: The need to wean Wisconsin from its coal habit.

Journal Sentinel: MobCraft is first to tap Wisconsin's 'crowdfunding' experiment

June 10, 2014

There's a good chance the first company to use Wisconsin's newly implemented rules allowing investment "crowdfunding" will be, fittingly, a brewer. MobCraft Beer, a Madison firm that cooks up such sudsy exotica as Mayan Chocolate Chili Ale and Blood Orange Tea Weizen, is poised to open the spigot and tap into what it hopes will be a free flow of investment from ordinary Wisconsinites into Wisconsin business. MobCraft was the Advanced Manufacturing category winner in the 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Forbes: Behind Epic Systems' alliance With Apple

June 10, 2014

At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, the company revealed tantalizing bits about a partnership with Epic Systems, the dominant vendor of electronic health records. The announcement which highlighted Apple’s new HealthKit platform for health apps and tracking devices took many by surprise.

Journal Sentinel: Kenosha company develops a better wheelchair

June 10, 2014

A Kenosha engineering firm says it has developed a new wheelchair aimed at reducing shoulder and wrist injuries that come from using a regular wheelchair, and that's also faster and better at climbing. Procubed LLC hopes to begin selling the new wheelchair late this year starting with Veterans Affairs facilities.

Xconomy: 3 takeaways from Wisconsin’s recent burst of VC deals

June 10, 2014

Wisconsin entrepreneurs often lament the state’s relative lack of venture capital, but lately they’ve had plenty to smile about.The recent flurry of VC activity coincided with the release of this year’s Wisconsin Portfolio, an annual publication from the Wisconsin Technology Council and its Wisconsin Angel Network, which tracks all of the deals statewide. Wisconsin saw 16 percent more deals in 2013 than 2012, but the total dollars invested dropped 21 percent to $128.3 million.

Inside Wis: Wisconsin’s business startup figures - which companies matter most?

June 9, 2014

With a fresh crop of winners in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest, some enthusiastic out-of-state investors and more than 500 people buzzing about the latest trends, you would never have guessed from last week’s Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference that the state lags in company startups. The anecdotal evidence of Wisconsin’s progress as a place to start a company, especially high-growth companies, is persuasive

It's a wrap! Read press coverage of the 2014 Wis. Entrepreneurs' Conference

June 9, 2014

The 2014 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference attracted more than 500 attendees over two days. Thanks to all who participated!

In a first, test of DNA in Wisconsin child finds roots of illness

June 9, 2014
A case involving a 14-year-old boy from Cottage Grove, Wis., who was treated at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, is believed to be the first example of a test of DNA being used to pinpoint potentially deadly pathogens. Read more in this New York Times story.

Kenosha's Procubed, former BPC finalist, moving ahead with wheelchair design

June 6, 2014

Read a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on Procubed, a Kenosha company that is developing a wheelchair the company says is physically easier on users and able to better climb inclines. Procubed is a past finalist in the Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Breast cancer surgical detection system wins 2014 Gov's Biz Plan Contest

June 5, 2014

A medical device company developing a new detection system for locating and showing surgeons breast cancer won the grand prize in the 2014 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, organizers announced on Wednesday. 

State Journal: Entrepreneurs share their tales at the Wis. 'Treps Conference

June 5, 2014

When to start your own company. Where to find potential customers. How to approach investors for money. Those were among the topics tackled at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison on Tuesday.

WisBusiness: Microbe Detectives offers comprehensive testing for drinking water

June 5, 2014

Microbe Detectives, a company founded by Trevor Ghylin, uses DNA-based microbial analysis to ensure drinking water safety -- a technique he believes would prevent such a widespread outbreak from happening again.

WisBusiness: Up-and-coming companies profiled ahead of 'Treps Conference

June 5, 2014

Students in the UW-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communications recently profiled more than a dozen state companies that are working on advancements the companies hope will net them sustained business success.

WisBusiness: Venture capitalists say Midwest ripe for tech boom

June 5, 2014
Chris Olsen, an Ohio native and venture capitalist who worked for several firms in California, says he and his partners are bullish on the Midwest.

WKOW: Coverage of the BPC at the Entrepreneurs' Conference

June 5, 2014

From breast cancer treatment to beer making, Wisconsin entrepreneurs with novel ideas, and research to back them up, vie to win the annual Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Wisconsin Portfolio report: Investment dollars down, deals up in 2013

June 1, 2014
Click here to read a Wisconsin State Journal news story on the Wisconsin Portfolio report, produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and its Wisconsin Angel Network. The report notes that while dollars invested by angel and venture capitalists in Wisconsin last year were down, the number of individual deals rose.

State Journal Opinion page: State leaders should talk up the 'treps

June 1, 2014
In its Sunday editorial, the Wisconsin State Journal noted the importance of Wisconsin's high-growth economy on the eve of the 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference. "Our state needs to think big about boosting small business innovators," the editorial concluded.

Tom Still in Journal Sentinel commentary: More out-of-state investors seen here

June 1, 2014

In his Sunday Business section column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Tech Council's Tom Still writes about trends uncovered in the annual Wisconsin Portfolio report -- including a trend toward more out-of-state investors taking an interest in Wisconsin companies.  

Inside Wis: Higher education still has economic value, although debt tests credibility

May 30, 2014

Americans once believed in commanding numbers – 80 percent or more – that a college degree was a good investment. Recent public surveys suggest confidence has plummeted, in part because the average debt for graduates is growing ($28,102 for Wisconsin college graduates, according to CNN Money) at a time when the economy is still struggling to produce enough high-wage jobs.

Count 'em! Top 10 reasons to attend next week's Entrepreneurs' Conference

May 30, 2014

With registration numbers running high, hundreds of people are set to attend the 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. Here are 10 reasons to join them Tuesday and Wednesday at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center for one of the Midwest’s premier events for entrepreneurs.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Tricia Braun of WEDC

May 29, 2014

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with Tricia Braun, a new vice president at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., about her goals for the organization; Tom Still discusses the upcoming Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for late May covers data centers and "zombie" houses.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee

Forbes: The cities winning the battle for information jobs 2014

May 29, 2014

In the town of Verona on the rural fringes of Madison, Wisc., there’s a Google-like campus that houses one of the country’s most rapidly growing tech companies, and one of the least well known. Founded in 1979, the medical software maker Epic has grown to employ 6,800 people, most of whom work at its 5.5 million-square-foot headquarters complex, which sprawls over 800 acres of what was farmland until the early 1990s.

Veteran entrepreneurs to share stage June 4 at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

May 28, 2014

Four entrepreneurs who have built successful companies in Wisconsin will talk about their ups and downs Wednesday, June 4, during a morning session at the 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center.

Journal Sentinel: Aver Informatics raises $8.5 million in venture capital

May 27, 2014

Aver Informatics Inc., a De Pere health information technology start-up, has raised $8.5 million of funding in a round led by two large, out-of-state venture capital firms.

WisBusiness: MagneTag takes ‘tag’ games to a more precise level

May 27, 2014

Adam Cohen of Milwaukee was playing with some spherical desk magnets at his desk one day when an idea struck him. Tiny magnets just millimeters in size could be inserted into foam weapons. They would then produce electrical signals that could be recorded. This created an unambiguous, reliable scoring system -- an improvement over the honor system used in games such as paintball. With that, MagneTag was born. MagneTag was in the Top 52 entries of the 2014 Governor's Business Plan Contest.

WisBusiness: 'Menu Builder' helps restaurants put best choices forward

May 27, 2014

A restaurant's menu is a visual "first impression" for customers. It can be appealing to people in search of something tasty, different or familiar, or a slightly frustrating ordeal that can keep diners from coming back. Understanding that many restaurants need help in how to design their menus – and to track results over time – is the idea behind HotOperator, a business based in Oshkosh and a Top 52 entry in the 2014 Governor's Business Plan Contest. 

Inside Wis: Biz Plan Contest finalists reflect market trends, startup teamwork

May 22, 2014

By the time the annual Governor’s Business Plan Contest boils down to its “Diligent Dozen” live presenters, a result of five months of judging and mentoring, a series of tough cuts throughout the competition has yielded the best of the best. 

Journal Sentinel: Madison firm develops medical device to detect infections earlier

May 21, 2014

The path from scientific discovery to commercial enterprise is often long, usually challenging and, occasionally, strewn with doughnut crumbs. Or so it has been for the Madison team behind Isomark LLC, a nearly 9-year-old venture built on an intriguing idea — that the very breath we exhale can signal early warning of life-threatening infections.

WisBusiness: ‘Sproutr’ aims to grow volunteerism by engaging youth in service

May 21, 2014

Matching enthusiastic young people with volunteer opportunities that both interest them and maximize their skills is the aim of Kathleen End’s website, Sproutr. Sproutr was among the Top 52 entries in the 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

WisBusiness: DWD official touts state's collaborative job training program

May 21, 2014

The lead administrator for Wisconsin’s “Fast Forward” program said Tuesday at a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon that using state funding to collaborate with businesses in training skilled workers helps to focus job-training efforts.

Madison Startups: Forkforce Raises $250K in Seed Funding

May 21, 2014

Forkforce can enhance its job platform for the service industry thanks to raising $250,000 in seed funding, the company announced.

Tech Council joins in national efforts regarding tech-based federal initiatives

May 21, 2014

The Wisconsin Technology Council has been a part of two timely information efforts in Washington, D.C., this month, where Congress is considering important revisions to programs that affect the tech-based economy.

'Diligent Dozen' selected to present live June 3 at Entrepreneurs' Conference

May 20, 2014

Finalists representing diverse tech-based sectors in Wisconsin’s startup economy will present live to judges in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest during the 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison.

WisBusiness: Kaliber Imaging's system assesses mobility of people who fall

May 20, 2014
Kaliber Imaging has developed a three-dimensional system to analyze patient mobility and work to prevent falls. Kaliber Imaging is a "Diligent Dozen" finalist in the 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Angel investor, economist David Ward named to academic post in UW System

May 16, 2014
University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has named David J. Ward as interim senior vice president for academic and student affairs for the UW System.

WisBusiness: Tasso looks to offer easy, painless blood collection sampling

May 16, 2014
Tasso Inc. is working on a method to allow patients to draw blood and send samples to a lab in the convenience of their own home. Tasso was among the Top 25 entries in the 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Joe Kremer of Isomark

May 15, 2014

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with Joe Kremer of Isomark about Canary, a breath-based early detection system for infections. Also, Tom Still explains how the co-investing trend helps bring out-of-state dollars into Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers coal use and health rankings.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

Lt. Gov. Kleefisch: Protecting the knowledge that powers Wisconsin

May 14, 2014

From ag tourism to the Global Water Center to the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, we are attracting scientific interest from around the world for our innovation and invention across industries. These advances make protection of intellectual property an important policy priority for Wisconsin jobs.

WisBusiness: Virtual fitness software turns physical activity into a 3-D competition

May 14, 2014
A Wisconsin business is breathing new life into old cardio equipment, turning that neglected treadmill collecting dust and hangers into a revitalized workout system. WebRacing, a Top 25 entry in the 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest, uses digital 3-D visual environments connecting new and used indoor cardio equipment wirelessly, transforming exercisers into avatars on screens in real time.

Leading investors, entrepreneurs on tap for Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference

May 14, 2014

Nearly 50 investors and entrepreneurs will talk about best practices, success stories – and even how they learned from failure – during panel discussions at the 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, June 3-4 at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center.

WisBusiness: Mackie to receive highest honor in medical physics

May 13, 2014

Thomas "Rock" Mackie, director of medical engineering at the Morgridge Institute for Research, will receive the highest honor in the field of medical physics for his far-reaching contributions to medical imaging.

WisBusiness: Little Green Pencil aims to bring new dimension to golf

May 13, 2014

Little Green Pencil, a company founded in 2013 by Will Robus, Stuart McIntosh and Steve Ramig, aims to use text messaging and publicly available website to make golf outings as simple and as social as possible for everyone involved -- event participants, spectators, event planners and even the golf course itself. Little Green Pencil is in the Top 25 of the 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

WSJ: Michigan’s Governor says state’s venture capital, tech sector is on the rise

May 13, 2014

Detroit’s financial problems have gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, but there is another economic story unfolding in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder said. The state has become the high-tech hotbed of the Midwest, and has climbed from being 41st in the nation in terms of entrepreneurial activity and investing to the sixth-place spot in under a decade, the governor said.

Inside Wis: Pat Lucey used bully pulpit of governor’s office to make tough choices

May 13, 2014

He was a governor who angered many in the education establishment, who sought to exercise more control over the state bureaucracy, and a politician who redefined his party yet seemingly didn’t care if he won by one vote or thousands. Gov. Scott Walker? Perhaps so, depending on your point of view, but the description also fits former Wisconsin Gov. Patrick J. Lucey.

State Journal: Robinson holds the key to a new pot of money for young companies

May 12, 2014

Greg Robinson left a cushy post with a venture capital firm in the mecca of IT magic, Silicon Valley, to steer a new fund aimed at giving a jump-start to promising young software companies in Wisconsin.

Inside Wis: Co-investing trend in Wisconsin can help startups in search for money

May 9, 2014

The Wisconsin Technology Council and its Wisconsin Angel Network annually chart the state’s angel and venture deals. In 2012 and 2013, 160 such deals involved startups that raised a few thousand dollars to companies that attracted tens of millions of dollars. Nearly 70 of those 160 deals involved at least one investor from outside Wisconsin, and sometimes outside the country.

WisBusiness: Micro-machines could mean big business for UWM startup

May 8, 2014
A UW-Milwaukee startup is looking to make its mark with a product to boost research in a field known as microfluidics, which crosses disciplines ranging from engineering to biochemistry. Microfluidics involves operating with and manipulating systems involving minute volumes of fluids. E-Trap was a Top 52 entry in the 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Journal Sentinel: JCI, UW open energy storage systems test lab in Madison

May 6, 2014

A new partnership between Johnson Controls and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will explore how the next generation of car batteries will fit into the nation's overall energy picture.

Craig and Lea Culver to receive 2014 'Seize the Day' award at 'Treps Conference

May 6, 2014

Craig and Lea Culver, co-founders of the Culvers restaurant chain, will receive the 11th annual Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award at the 2014 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.

State Journal: Colorized 3D printing device wins Burrill biz plan contest

May 5, 2014

A student team that’s figured out how to inject color into plastic items made by 3-D printers took the top prize at the UW-Madison’s annual G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition.

BrightStar to discuss new investments, deal flow at May 8 WIN event

May 5, 2014

Hear the latest roundup of BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation’s investments, and its plans to do make as many as 20 this year at the May 8 luncheon meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network in Wauwatosa.

WisBusiness: Disposable timer could be a nurse's best friend

May 5, 2014

The advance of technology translates into heavier, more complex workloads for nurses on the frontlines of medical care. To ease the burden, biomedical engineer Sarah Sandock has invented a simple, inexpensive, single-use timer that could be worn like a wristwatch to tell a nurse when to administer a drug or unhook a medical device.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin schools add programs on entrepreneurship

May 4, 2014

Tim Keane, Golden Angels Investors, has now joined with six other entrepreneurs to create The Entrepreneurial Journey, a 200-hour, four-month short course sponsored by Carroll University. The first class of 24 students — now being recruited through an application process that will remain open for a few more weeks — will begin study in September and earn a 15-credit graduate certificate from Carroll.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Don Stanley of 3Rhino Media

May 1, 2014

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with Don Stanley of 3Rhino Media about the role that social media plays in modern business; Tom Still discusses the Wisconsin dairy industry, past and present; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers the Miron Co. and the state's jobs picture.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric, UW-Milwaukee and BMO Harris Bank.

Xconomy: Speed Dating - Wisconsin’s experiment to connect startups, big boys

May 1, 2014

Entrepreneurs can raise all the venture capital they want, but they know that in the long run, they don’t have a business without dollars flowing in from customers. That’s why the Tech Council organized its first “Tech Summit” April 7 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha, WI.

Inside Wis: Better broadband can create economic ‘highways’ in rural Wisconsin

May 1, 2014

Carl Ruedebusch is a veteran businessman who understands how high-speed Internet connections can make or break economic opportunity – depending on where you live in Wisconsin.

25 entries advance to second phase in ‘Wisconsin YES!’ youth biz plan contest

May 1, 2014

A statewide panel of judges have selected 25 entries to advance to Phase 2 of Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school. 

Aver Informatics and Wellbe announce collaboration on episodic care analytics

April 29, 2014

Aver Informatics, Inc. and Wellbe, Inc. announced a collaboration at the Medical Informatics World conference to pair their two healthcare solutions to tackle the complexities of value-based episodes of care.

Wall Street Journal: Stratasys strengthens materials development capabilities

April 29, 2014

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of additive manufacturing solutions, announced that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire certain assets of Wisconsin-based Interfacial Solutions.

WARF invests $150K in Isomark; money will support patient study of ‘Canary’

April 29, 2014

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation has invested $150,000 in Isomark LLC, funding that will be used by the Madison-based firm to help support a 110-patient study of the company’s non-invasive “Canary” breath analyzer. The device is intended to provide early warnings of potentially deadly patient infections.

Internet2 CEO Lambert to speak June 4 at Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference

April 28, 2014

David Lambert, the president and CEO of the 500-member Internet2 networking consortium, will speak June 4 at the 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. He will speak during the awards luncheon for the Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Inside Wis: Dairy innovation alive and well as industry adapts to change

April 25, 2014

Fostering innovation is the goal of a new project within the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, one of the world’s leading centers for discovery within an industry that has become international in every way.

WisBusiness: Expert pushes clean technology connections

April 25, 2014

Wisconsin entrepreneurs interested in “cleantech” projects may feel a bit isolated from investors and support, but regional competitions and networking can help.

WisBusiness: PNL awarded $1M grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy

April 25, 2014

Phoenix Nuclear Labs (PNL) announced that it was awarded a $1M grant from the Department of Energy (DoE) to design and build a high current negative hydrogen ion source.

CapTimes: Uber and Lyft sting is 'going to put fear into some people'

April 23, 2014

Whenever something like that is in the news I do think it has an impact on people,” said Candice Taylor, a representative from San Francisco-based Lyft. “I wouldn’t say that there hasn’t been any impact. And I think because of that there will be less Lyft vehicles if you open the app because right now that is going to put fear into some people.”

Taylor was speaking Tuesday on a panel with Nick Anderson, a representative from rideshare competitor Uber, Phil Anderson from Green Cab of Madison and downtown Madison Ald. Scott Resnick, who’s trying to hammer out an ordinance that will allow the rideshare services to operate legally. The event was sponsored by the Wisconsin Technology Council.

WKOW: Cab companies, rideshare apps and city discuss ongoing dispute

April 23, 2014

The controversial topic was discussed during an open forum Tuesday afternoon organized by the Wisconsin Innovation Network. Local business leaders and entrepreneurs wanted to know more about the two companies coming to town and the companies hoped to clear the air about the recent controversy.

Inside Wis: Why ride-sharing apps frustrate government reach

April 22, 2014

In a city that prides itself on being among the nation’s most “techie,” there has been a decidedly un-techie reaction to the arrival of two ride-sharing companies that have challenged the status quo of traditional taxi services.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Wis. Center for Dairy Research aims to foster innovation

April 22, 2014

Fostering innovation is the goal of a new project within the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, one of the world's leading centers for discovery within an industry that has become international in every way.

State Journal: Finalists in the Biz Plan Contest include some familiar names

April 22, 2014

Tech start-ups may be drawing heaps of attention lately but the top two dozen companies still in the running in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition represent a wide variety of industries, from Pan Genome Systems’ vaccines for dairy cows to Little Green Pencil’s system for scoring golf outings.

State Journal: Fourteen Madison area companies advance in BPC

April 18, 2014

Twenty-four companies — including 14 from the Madison area — have made the second cut and are moving forward as finalists in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

UW-Milwaukee student entrepreneurs win Wisconsin Big Idea

April 17, 2014

UW-Milwaukee student entrepreneurs placed first in UW-Extension’s inaugural Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament and will represent the state at the International Business Model Competition.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Robert Hopton of Idle Free Systems

April 17, 2014

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with Idle Free Systems chief executive officer Robert Hopton about his company's work to eliminate extended idling by trucks and buses; Tom Still discusses start-ups and scale-ups in Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers Exact Sciences and the state's jobs picture.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

State Journal: Sniffing out infections with Isomark's Canary breath analyzer

April 16, 2014

What if a doctor could tell you have an infection even before any symptoms appear? That’s the idea behind Isomark’s Canary breath analyzer. The technology, based on UW-Madison research and licensed from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, has just come through its proof of concept test, conducted at UW Hospital, said Joe Kremer, CEO of the Madison company.

Nordic Consulting to sponsor complimentary wi-fi at the Dane County Airport

April 16, 2014

Beginning April 15, 2014, Nordic Consulting will begin a three-year sponsorship of the complimentary wireless Internet access at the Dane County Regional Airport.

From software to medical devices, BPC finalists show state’s technology range

April 16, 2014

Twenty-four entries representing sectors as broad as software, agriculture, water technology, medical devices and innovations in manufacturing are competing in the finalist round of the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Daily Cardinal: Gov. Walker signs bill allowing classified research in UW System

April 16, 2014

Among the 55 bills Gov. Scott Walker signed into law April 16 was Assembly Bill 729, which will alter the rules currently in place across the University of Wisconsin System prohibiting classified research.

Renaissance Learning CEO Lynch to speak June 3 at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

April 15, 2014

John “Jack” Lynch Jr., chief executive officer of Renaissance Learning, a Wisconsin-based online education company recently purchased for $1.1 billion, will speak June 3 at the 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison.

Stratasys strengthens materials development capabilities with acquisition

April 11, 2014

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of additive manufacturing solutions, announced that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire certain assets of Wisconsin-based Interfacial Solutions.

Inside Wis: With company life spans growing shorter, young companies help fill gap

April 11, 2014

The increasingly dynamic nature of the economy means that while workers themselves may be living longer, companies are not.

JSOnline: State among worst-performing for entrepreneurship, report finds

April 11, 2014

Wisconsin continues to rank among the worst-performing states as measured by its rate of entrepreneurial activity and the size of its decline in entrepreneurial activity over the last decade, according to a report by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

It's a wrap! Read press coverage of the April 7 Wisconsin Tech Summit

April 10, 2014

Read coverage of the April 7 Wisconsin Tech Summit, held at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha.

Inside Wis: Getting behind the numbers on why new company creation is important

April 4, 2014

Small businesses account for 65 percent of net, new private-sector jobs, according to federal figures, and businesses between one and 10 years old create 40 percent of all jobs. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo., which follows entrepreneurship nationally, has also attributed most net new jobs to young companies. It’s why the debate over company creation in Wisconsin will command attention as the election year gathers steam.

Journal Sentinel: Israeli maker of 3D printers acquires Interfacial Solutions

April 4, 2014

Stratasys Ltd., a Rehovot, Israel, maker of 3D printers with a large presence in Minneapolis, said Friday it has agreed to buy certain assets of Interfacial Solutions LLC, a privately held company near River Falls that provides research and development and production services to the plastics industry.

Journal Sentinel: BizStarts unveils new offices at Schlitz Park

April 3, 2014

BizStarts Milwaukee, a nonprofit that helps companies grow, unveiled a new headquarters and an expansion of its services Wednesday at a reception for business and political leaders.

The new offices are in Schlitz Park in downtown Milwaukee. The expanded services, called BizForge, are organized around three areas: academic; money, management and operations; and deals. They are being offered to a wider range of entrepreneurs and companies beyond those with the potential for the most rapid growth, said Dan Steininger, BizStarts' president.

State Senate passes classified research bill, 33-0; on to governor for signing

April 1, 2014
In the closing day of its spring session, the Wisconsin Senate voted, 33-0, to approve a bill which establishes a system that would allow the UW System to pursue classified research contracts and grants. The bill was passed, 99-0, last month by the Wisconsin Assembly and now goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his approval. 

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