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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.

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. 

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features director of UW-Madison's D2P initiative

March 28, 2014

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with John Biondi about the new "Discovery to Product" initiative at UW-Madison; Tom Still discusses numerous ways to draw a younger population to Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for late March 2014 includes the Manitowoc Co. and aircraft manufacturing.

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.

Journal Sentinel: ZoomShift aims to build simple products that solve problems

March 28, 2014

Making things easy — building simple products that solve people's problems — is the starting point for ZoomShift Inc.'s founders, neither of whom had much software code-writing experience before starting the company.

Journal Sentinel: FDA panel recommends Exact Sciences' cancer screening test

March 28, 2014

Exact Sciences Corp. said March 27 that a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has unanimously approved its DNA-based, noninvasive colon cancer screening test, paving the way for potential market approval.

Inside Wis: Angels in the cornfields: Investing not just a big-city game

March 28, 2014

Inside the Nohr Art Gallery on the UW-Platteville campus, 15 or so people gathered last week to talk about a lot more than the paintings and photographs on the walls. The topic was angel investing, a subject usually discussed on the nation’s coasts and larger cities, but increasingly part of the conversation in states such as Wisconsin.

Journal Sentinel: Michael Lovell's move is a net gain for Milwaukee, biz leaders say

March 27, 2014

While a shock to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the departure of highly regarded Chancellor Michael Lovell for the top post at Marquette University will prove to be a net gain for the area, business leaders said March 26.

Lineup of emerging companies, major firms set for Wisconsin Tech Summit

March 27, 2014

Sixteen major companies will take part in about 200 “speed dating” meetings with 54 emerging companies during the inaugural Wisconsin Tech Summit, to be held April 7 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha.

Journal Sentinel: The Art Commission raises $200,000 from investors

March 26, 2014

The Art Commission LLC, which operates an online community of artwork collaborators, has raised $200,000 from existing investors.

Wis. Rapids Tribune: Renaissance Learning CEO confident about company's future

March 26, 2014

Renaissance Learning’s recent price tag might have surprised some people, but not the company’s chief executive officer.

State Journal: Six finalists named for Pressure Chamber competition

March 26, 2014

Six young Madison companies have been chosen to face off in the Pressure Chamber for a chance to meet with West Coast investors.

WisBusiness: 'New kids’ on the UW tech transfer block discuss their mission

March 26, 2014

The University of Wisconsin System’s technology transfer efforts have gotten a major boost in recent weeks, thanks to the addition of four leaders who are heading programs aimed – in large part – at turning ideas into companies and jobs. 

Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, calls the four – all of whom come from outside the UW System – “talented new kids on the block who will help lead economic development efforts to a new level of sophistication.

Still in JSOnline: Graying of Wisconsin shows challenge in filling tomorrow's jobs

March 24, 2014

The demographic challenge for Wisconsin is best summarized by a few statistics that help to explain why it's also a workforce challenge.

Inside Wis: Wisconsin, Midwest slowly finding way on to investors’ radar screens

March 21, 2014

Inside the sparkling new offices of Nordic Consulting, a firm that has grown from a handful of health information technology experts to 400 employees and more than 90 customers, three venture capitalists from Boston sat down recently to talk about what they’re seeing in Wisconsin.

TechCrunch.com: For tech investors, the Midwest is flyover country no more

March 20, 2014

These days, Midwestern entrepreneurs and investors are seeding more than just fields. A resurgent U.S. technology industry, propelled by strong initial public offerings and a healthy M&A market, as well as the launch of technology infrastructure services from companies like Amazon and Microsoft, has meant that entrepreneurs across the Rust Belt and Farm Belt are starting new technology companies in addition to more traditional manufacturing.

Xconomy: Boston VCs see Madison healthtech play following Nashville’s path

March 20, 2014

On Tuesday, Madison got an endorsement from Boston venture capitalists who are starting to take notice of the entrepreneurial activity happening here, including in health information technology.

Journal Sentinel: National Business Furniture virtual showroom offers live demos

March 20, 2014

Welcome to National Business Furniture Inc.'s virtual showroom. The Milwaukee-based company recently added a feature to its website, connecting prospective customers with sales representatives who use video cameras to display furniture. It amounts to live product demonstrations conducted through the Internet, said Kent Anderson, company president.

State Journal: Executive Q&A, Mark Sherry sees renewed surge of projects in 2014

March 17, 2014

Mark Sherry, 50, started with Mortenson Construction in 1987 and initially worked as a junior estimator in Minneapolis. He moved to the Milwaukee office in 1993 and has remained there for 21 years, leading that branch starting in 2000 and adding the Madison office when it opened.

Journal Sentinel: Renaissance Learning is sold to San Francisco firm for $1.1B

March 14, 2014

Wisconsin Rapids education technology company Renaissance Learning Inc. is being sold for $1.1 billion, less than three years after the company was sold for less than half that amount.

Inside Wis: Principle of ‘creative destruction’ means churn and learn for economy

March 13, 2014

As American TV & Appliance prepares to shut its doors, lessons about competing on quality, service, product and price can be found in recent company expansions in Wisconsin.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features new 4490 Venture Fund director

March 13, 2014

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,”  Liz Schrum interviews Greg Robinson of the 4490 Venture Fund; Tom Still comments on science, technology, engineering and math education (or "STEM" education) in Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report features the city of Green Bay and the status of mass layoffs in Wisconsin.

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.

Biz Plan Contest boot camp puts 70 entrepreneurs through startup paces

March 12, 2014

More than 70 entrepreneurs from communities across the state took part in the annual “boot camp” sponsored as a part of the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest

State Journal: Robert Schumann, Madison high-tech pioneer, dies at 93

March 11, 2014

Robert W. Schumann, widely regarded as the father of Madison’s high-tech industry, died Thursday at the age of 93. He helped start a number of high-tech companies in the Madison area, including Nicolet Instrument Corp. and what would become Tracor Northern in Middleton.

Journal Sentinel: Veteran entrepreneur to direct D2P initiative at UW-Madison

March 11, 2014

The former chief executive of several early stage technology companies has been named to head the Discovery to Product project at the UW-Madison. John Biondi, who has led Xolve and C-56 Technologies among other companies, will lead an initiative to accelerate formation of businesses based on discoveries at UW-Madison.

Middle and high school students can enter Wisconsin YES by March 17

March 10, 2014

The statewide Wisconsin YES! youth business plan contest will close to entries 5 p.m. Monday, March 17.

Gov. Scott Walker proclaimed the week leading up to the March 17 deadline as the “Celebration of STEM Education Week” statewide. STEM components, which include science, technology, engineering and mathematics, are considered vital to the intellectual and economic future of Wisconsin.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Sometimes even state government gets in way of business

March 10, 2014

Several issues making the rounds in or around the state Capitol illustrate how the federal-state balancing act can affect the business community, for better or worse.

Healthcare Informatics: Can Propeller Health propel us into the future?

March 10, 2014

I have seen the future of healthcare information technology and it is in Madison, WI.  No, I’m not talking about Epic, the behemoth that bestrides the world of EMRs, although clearly they are part of that future. I am talking about a small, startup, Propeller Health.

Techcrunch.com: Madison software startup, Drifty, raises $1M

March 10, 2014

Drifty, a participant in the TechStars Cloud 2013 incubator, and makers of a suite of tools for mobile developers building apps and websites, most notably, the Ionic framework, has closed on a million in seed funding, the company is announcing. The funding comes from Arthur Ventures, and will help the company grow its team and continue development on the Ionic framework.

Inside Wis: Amid debate over Common Core, STEM consensus offers lesson

March 7, 2014

Gov. Scott Walker and others may have their problems with Wisconsin’s Common Core standards, which have been in the works since 2009, but when it comes to STEM education, his office proclaimed next week as “STEM Week” in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently rolled out a modest grants program for schools that want to enhance STEM programs, and many statewide groups are working to make science, technology, engineering and math a bigger part of the curriculum.

Journal Sentinel: New venture capital fund names general partner

March 5, 2014

A new venture capital fund that will concentrate on Wisconsin-based information technology companies has named its general partner.

Greg Robinson, a veteran of the Silicon Valley venture scene, will oversee the $30 million fund created last year by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

State Journal: Proposed law would bring national security research to UW

March 5, 2014

Classified national security research could be done by University of Wisconsin System professors if a bill currently before the Legislature passes.

Journal Sentinel: New businesses tap into Global Water Center development

March 3, 2014

With last fall's opening of the Global Water Center, and the creation of a neighboring business park, more apartments, restaurants and other developments are coming to the Walker's Point area, south of downtown Milwaukee.

Journal Sentinel: Al Zeise plans angel investment group for Green Bay area

March 3, 2014

To Al Zeise, a Green Bay-area entrepreneur, there's a simple formula for starting a company: find a problem, solve it and commercialize it. It's a formula Zeise has successfully used in the last two decades. He's founded or co-founded at least 10 companies. And he's made other investments through his involvement in two existing angel/venture funds.

Now Zeise is aiming to establish something his home turf is short on: an angel investing group. Zeise will hold an invitation-only meeting in De Pere on March 12 to discuss the planned group with potential members.


Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Growth Capital Coalition's Steve Lyons

February 28, 2014

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum interviews Steve Lyons from the Wisconsin Growth Capital Coalition about the classified research bill being discussed in the Legislature; Tom Still explains what the recent Google Capital investment in Renaissance Learning could mean for the state's tech sector; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers Renaissance Learning and S.C. Johnson.

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: Tech-based innovation across America; Wisconsin is far from alone

February 28, 2014

As the Wisconsin Legislature rolls toward a spring wrap-up of its work, economic development items on its agenda range from protecting intellectual property from “patent trolls” to setting the stage for more classified research to rethinking the state’s sore-thumb tax on capital raised by many young companies.

State Journal: Celebrating Sonic Foundry's family tree at Feb. 25 WIN meeting

February 26, 2014

If Fitchburg life sciences products company Promega Corp. is one of the grandfathers of the Madison area’s biotech industry, and electronic health records developer Epic Systems Corp., Verona, is the trigger for a growing health information technology cluster, then Sonic Foundry deserves credit as a nexus of all sorts of entrepreneurship.

That was the idea behind a presentation of the Wisconsin Innovation Network (WIN) on Tuesday, featuring former Sonic employees who, among them, have started at least seven new companies.

Fifty-two of 292 entries advance to next round in 2014 Governor's Biz Plan Contest

February 26, 2014

Fifty-two entries from 26 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced Wednesday.

Isthmus: Epic is positioning Dane County for an economic breakthrough

February 25, 2014

This is the big question: How far can Dane County ride Epic's success?

Done right, we're talking about the foundation for Dane County's 21st-century economy being built on the medical software industry: lots of good-paying information technology jobs that fuel an expanding housing market, a glittering downtown with hip restaurants and music clubs, a rising tax base to fund new community services and a lot more resources to deal with the serious problems of poverty.

Journal Sentinel: Oil spill cleanup by sponge, scientists tout tidy technology

February 25, 2014

In a development arising from nanotechnology research, scientists in Madison have created a spongelike material that could provide a novel and sustainable way to clean up oil spills. It's known as an aerogel, but it could just as well be called a "smart sponge."

Sixty-eight applications received for Tech Summit; Intel added to list of major firms

February 25, 2014

Sixty-eight emerging companies in sectors as varied as data analytics, medical devices and software have applied to meet with major companies that will take part in the inaugural Wisconsin Tech Summit. The April 7 event at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha will feature a “speed dating” format through which selected companies will meet with representatives of 14 major companies: American Family Insurance, Aurora Healthcare, AT&T, Faith Technologies, GE Healthcare, HP Enterprise Services, IBM, Intel, Johnson Controls, Kraft Foods, Plexus, Runzheimer International, Rockwell Automation and TASC (Total Administrative Services Corp). The latest addition to the major company list is Intel, which has investments in a number of emerging companies.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Tech Summit aims to align state's business orbits

February 24, 2014

Produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and partners that include some well-known Milwaukee-area companies, the Tech Summit will provide an organized way for young companies and corporate giants to meet and explore likely business relationships around technology needs and innovation.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Jim Morgan of WMC Foundation

February 24, 2014

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum interviews Jim Morgan of the WMC Foundation about the Future Wisconsin initiative; Tom Still explains why Assembly Bill 729 could help Wisconsin's research sector; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report discusses startup businesses and the paper industry.

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.

Johnson Controls' Wright, UWM's Lovell to speak on partnership at Tech Summit

February 21, 2014

MaryAnn Wright, vice president of engineering and product development for Johnson Controls Inc., and UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell are scheduled to speak at the Wisconsin Tech Summit, to be held April 7 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha, Wis.

Journal Sentinel: Google Capital takes $40 million stake in Renaissance Learning

February 20, 2014

Google Capital has invested $40million to take a minority stake in Renaissance Learning Inc., a Wisconsin Rapids education technology company, the firms said Wednesday.

WEDC, Milwaukee Institute announce grant winners

February 19, 2014

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and Milwaukee Institute today announced the winners of its 2014 Computational Science Challenge Grants designed to accelerate product development and research utilizing Wisconsin’s very own high-performance computing (HPC) and storage resources.

Inside Wis: In small ways, Wisconsin still makes it hard on emerging companies

February 19, 2014

With angel and venture capital investment dollars scarce for many young companies, the question arises: Why is Wisconsin virtually alone in taxing capital raised by those companies?

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery's Krakauer to speak at April 7 Tech Summit

February 18, 2014

David Krakauer, the first permanent director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, will speak at the Wisconsin Tech Summit, to be held April 7 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha, Wis.

Higher education committee sends classified research bill to Assembly floor

February 18, 2014
The Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities voted unanimously Feb. 18 to approve Assembly Bill 729, which establishes a system that would allow the UW System to pursue classified research contracts and grants.

Journal Sentinel: ZBB loss shrinks on new project

February 14, 2014

ZBB Energy Corp. reported a smaller quarterly loss Thursday even as sales fell to $961,000 from $2.75 million.

Journal Sentinel: UW, state launch fund to help commercialize ideas, technology

February 14, 2014

A $2 million fund to help faculty and students on University of Wisconsin campuses commercialize ideas and potentially create new businesses and jobs was launched Thursday by the UW System and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

Journal Sentinel: AquaMost strives to capitalize on fracking boom

February 14, 2014

In drilling for gas and oil, one of the biggest problems is water. Companies using fracking methods to extract gas and oil from previously unreachable rock formations must have the right quality of water to inject at high pressures into their wells, and they need to figure out what to do with the contaminated water that results. Among companies working to address these issues is Madison-based AquaMost LLC.

Inside Wis: Behind the Obamacare numbers; the (re)rise of the creative class

February 14, 2014

Just when you thought you had the politics of the pro- and anti-Obamacare debate figured out, along come some pesky numbers to upset your thinking.

Xconomy: Former Wisconsin Gov. Thompson wants to form angel fund

February 14, 2014

Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson has aspirations for starting an early-stage investment fund—that’s if he can achieve a few exits this year with his current personal investments. Thompson made the comments Thursday afternoon at a luncheon in Wauwatosa, WI, hosted by the Wisconsin Innovation Network, an arm of the Madison-based Wisconsin Technology Council.

Xconomy: Wisconsin restaurant ordering platform EatStreet raises $3.7M

February 14, 2014

EatStreet, the online restaurant ordering platform based in Madison, WI, has raised $3.7 million in a financing round, according to a document filed this month with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

WisBusiness: Thompson ponders personal investment in state health start-ups

February 14, 2014

Former GOP Gov. and national health secretary Tommy Thompson said he hopes to sell off four of his businesses within the next year and start an angel fund to help Wisconsin start-ups focusing on health care technology. Thompson made the comments in a presentation Thursday to about 50 entrepreneurial hopefuls at a Wisconsin Innovation Network meeting in Wauwatosa. Some attendees raised their hands and asked him point-blank for money.

Experienced executive LaBelle to lead Office of Corporate Relations

February 13, 2014

Susan LaBelle, a veteran private sector executive and economic development leader who has taught in the UW-Madison master's in biotechnology program, has been selected to head the university's Office of Corporate Relations.

Journal Sentinel: Fund Milwaukee investment network reaches $1 million mark

February 12, 2014

Fund Milwaukee, a grass-roots investment network providing an alternative to traditional business financing, has hit a milestone — more than a million dollars advanced to small local firms.

WKOW: Policy may be lifted to allow classified research at UW

February 12, 2014

State lawmakers are looking to change a University of Wisconsin System research policy that dates back to the Sterling Hall Bombing of August 24th, 1970.

Journal Sentinel: Cancer drug company Novelos changes name to Cellectar

February 11, 2014

Novelos Therapuetics Inc., a publicly traded developer of drugs for the treatment and diagnosis of cancer, has changed its name to Cellectar Biosciences Inc. Cellectar is in the process of moving its headquarters back to Madison from Newton, Mass. The company was founded in Madison in 2003 by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Jamey Weichert.

Journal Sentinel: Baird Venture Partners to raise $150 million for fourth fund

February 11, 2014

Baird Venture Partners, a division of Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co., plans to raise $150 million for a fourth fund, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Cap Times: Environmental business center eyed for East Wash

February 11, 2014

Imagine a showcase building in downtown Madison featuring entrepreneurs, nonprofits, technology companies and financiers all interested in environmental sustainability. The concept has been floating around for a couple of years but is moving forward with the recent hiring of the group involved with development of Chicago’s "Green Exchange," the country's largest sustainable business community.

CDI, Novelos to present in New York City at investor conferences

February 10, 2014

Two Madison-based biotechnology companies will present at separate investor conferences in New York City this week.

Bill helps UW researchers meet national, economy needs with cybersecurity work

February 10, 2014

Enhancing cybersecurity to protect against threats from abroad, as well as close to home, is a national priority that touches just about everyone in our digital age. The risks can range from breaches of department store credit card data to attacks on America’s lifelines – including its energy grid, its water supply, its health-care institutions and its financial institutions. Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel version of Tom Still's column here.

Inside Wis: Patent lawsuits, jet fuel from plants, angel investing and more

February 7, 2014

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation isn’t the only organization accusing Apple Inc. of infringing on a high-tech patent.

Nearly 300 entries received for this year’s Governor’s Business Plan Contest

February 6, 2014

Entrepreneurs from 87 communities across Wisconsin submitted 292 entries in the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest organizers announced Thursday.

Journal Sentinel: MobCraft Beer lets fans dream up, vote on brews' flavors

February 6, 2014

Madison's MobCraft Beer LLC bills itself as the world's first completely "crowdsourced" brewery. It brews small batches of craft beer based on recipes or ideas submitted by beer drinkers.

Journal Sentinel: Microsoft names UWM grad as CEO to replace Steve Ballmer

February 5, 2014

Microsoft named University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee grad Satya Nadella as its next CEO, only the third leader in the company's 38-year history. The announcement lifts to the top of one of the world's best known companies a relatively young man — Nadella is 46 — who 25 years ago studied graduate-level computer science at UWM.

Journal Sentinel: Lawsuit accuses Apple of infringing on UW patent

February 5, 2014

A thin piece of silicon that serves as the brain of the latest high-end iPhones and iPads is at the heart of a lawsuit the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation has filed against Apple Inc.

At issue is whether Apple's A7 processor — used in the iPhone 5S, theiPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display — incorporates technology patented by Gurindar Sohi and three other University of Wisconsin-Madison professors in 1998.

Journal Sentinel: Somna Therapeutics raises $700,000 from angel investors

February 4, 2014

Somna Therapeutics has raised $700,000 from individual angel investors, an amount the company says will allow it to market its adjustable neck band that keeps stomach acid from rising into the throat.

"This is an encouraging sign for others of how a company that started just a few years ago in Wisconsin is continuing to attract angel investment," said Dan Blake, director of the Wisconsin Angel Network.

Journal Sentinel: Ousted funeral trust investment managers form venture fund

February 4, 2014

Michael and Patrick Hull, two Madison stockbrokers whose aggressive money management strategies led to a shortfall of as much as $24.5 million in the Wisconsin Funeral Trust, aim to raise a $30 million venture capital fund with Teresa Esser, managing director of the Silicon Pastures angel investing group.

"Access to larger pools of capital, especially international pools, can be an important part of the game today when it comes to building a fund," said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. "It will be interesting to watch the development of Greenpoint, given the varied experience of the players and their connections to the Asian markets."

Inside Wis: Connecting emerging companies, major firms is goal of Tech Summit

February 3, 2014

Produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and partners that include the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the Wisconsin Tech Summit will provide an organized way for young companies and corporate giants to meet and explore likely business relationships around technology needs and innovation.

Emerging companies can apply to meet with major firms at April 7 Tech Summit

February 3, 2014

Emerging companies can apply through Feb. 24 to meet with major firms and explore likely business relationships around technology needs and innovation as part of the first annual Wisconsin Tech Summit.

Top 10 reasons to enter the 2014 BPC; Deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 31

January 30, 2014

The entry deadline for the 11th 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.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features BrightStar fund vice president

January 29, 2014

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum interviews Lorrie Keating Heinemann of the BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, the non-profit organization that is jump-starting the early stage investment field; Tom Still discusses advancements and opportunities in farm science and technology; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for late January 2014 covers biotechnology and the bitter cold weather.

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.

Milwaukee Institute Computational Science Challenge Grant deadline is Jan. 31

January 28, 2014

Small- and medium-size Wisconsin businesses have until Jan. 31 to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to receive access to specialized high-performance computing systems and services under a program sponsored by the Milwaukee Institute, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and Mason Wells. The program is geared toward businesses that can benefit from financial support for projects requiring modeling, simulation, visualization, analytics on high-performance computing systems. 

2014 Governor’s Export Achievement Awards application deadline is Jan. 31

January 28, 2014

State businesses that would like to be acknowledged for their efforts in exporting have until Jan. 31 to apply for the 2014 Governor’s Export Achievement Awards.

Prize list grows for Gov's Business Plan Contest; Jan. 31 is deadline to enter

January 28, 2014

Entrants in the 2014 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest will once again compete for more than cash this year. The entry deadline for the 11th annual contest is 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at www.govsbizplancontest.com.

'Wisconsin YES' youth biz plan contest open for entries online through March 17

January 27, 2014

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. March 17, 2014.

Inside Wis: Science, information can help farming survive tough regulatory climate

January 24, 2014

In a society where fewer and fewer people have any ties to farming, even a generation or two removed, how will agriculture meet its many challenges? Managing information better and using science and technology to solve problems will be part of the answer.

Area Development Online: State's bioscience industry achieves global recognition

January 23, 2014

Wisconsin’s bioscience industry continues to expand, often led by spinoff companies that are established to commercialize groundbreaking university research.

Record number of judges to screen entries in 2014 Wis. Governor's Biz Plan Contest

January 20, 2014

More than 85 judges have volunteered to judge entries in the 2014 Governor’s Business Plan Contest, a record number that includes judges from a cross-section of disciplines that help define Wisconsin’s startup culture.

Journal Sentinel: State-sponsored venture capital effort shaping up

January 20, 2014

Sun Mountain Kegonsa, selected to oversee the state-sponsored venture capital effort, envisions creating a handful of funds across Wisconsin that seeds as many as 100 early-stage, job-creating companies and breeds a new generation of young venture capitalists.

Inside Wis: Striking an energy generation balance

January 17, 2014

One speaker after another at the Renew Wisconsin Policy Summit cited examples of how other states, often Midwest neighbors but also politically “red” states around the country, are forging ahead with strategies that involve solar, wind, biomass and other renewable generation sources.

Milwaukee Biz Journal: Promentis Pharmaceuticals raises $2.9M

January 16, 2014

Promentis Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Milwaukee, which is developing compounds for treating schizophrenia and other central nervous system disorders, has attracted $2.9 million in a second round of capital-raising.

Watch Lt. Gov. Kleefisch video on why 'treps should enter the Biz Plan Contest

January 15, 2014

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch encourages Wisconsin entrepreneurs to enter the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest in a two-minute video describing the contest and its results over time.

Journal Sentinel: Animal researcher leads effort to help UW-Madison entrepreneurs

January 15, 2014

Mark Cook is interim director of Discovery to Product, or D2P, a new UW-Madison effort created to coordinate all of the entrepreneurial support programs across campus and develop university research with the most commercial promise.

"It's going to create a whole change in the entrepreneurial spirit on campus," Cook said.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Rose Oswald Poels of WBA

January 15, 2014

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum talks with Rose Oswald Poels of the Wisconsin Bankers Association about how new lending laws will affect mortgage borrowers and lenders; Tom Still discusses exciting new prospects for Wisconsin's early stage investors in 2014; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for mid-January 2014 includes the port of Green Bay and alternative energy. 

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 and UW-Milwaukee.

Madison Vaccines closes $8 Million Series A financing

January 14, 2014

Madison Vaccines Incorporated (MVI), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on advancing innovative therapies for prostate cancer, announced an initial close of an $8 million Series A financing. 

Journal Sentinel: Visteon buying Johnson Controls unit for $265 million

January 14, 2014

Johnson Controls Inc. has agreed to sell its automotive electronics business for $265 million to Visteon Corp., bringing to nearly $1 billion the proceeds from the company's recent divestitures.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin poised for ‘Year of the Investor’

January 12, 2014

Will 2014 be the “Year of the Early Stage Investor?” While mid-January is a bit early to make predictions for the next 50 weeks, there are some encouraging signs that angel, venture and other private equity investors are warming to Wisconsin’s startup and emerging companies.

Journal Sentinel: Shorewood company advances in water startup contest

January 10, 2014

Wellintel Inc., a Shorewood start-up  developing an inexpensive system to give homeowners with wells more information than ever before about their water supply, has been chosen as a finalist in  Imagine H2O's  Global Water Start-up Competition.

Journal Sentinel: New leader named for UW technology transfer organization

January 10, 2014

WiSys Technology Foundation Inc., the technology transfer agent for the University of Wisconsin System, has a new executive director and a new chairman.

Journal Sentinel: Ray Cross chosen as University of Wisconsin System president

January 10, 2014

Statement from Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council:

“Chancellor Ray Cross is an educator who understands business and the necessary linkages between the two. His background in New York as well as the UW System speaks to his ability to work across private and public lines to get things done. He appreciates entrepreneurship and knows the value of emerging companies, beyond the startup level, in moving regional economies ahead. He will provide excellent leadership for the UW System and serve as a trusted partner in the communities those campuses serve.”

Xconomy: Milwaukee, Chicago VCs bullish on Wisconsin startups

January 10, 2014

The amount of startup activity in Wisconsin over the past few years, particularly forming new funding sources and supporting tech startups, has venture capitalists from Milwaukee and Chicago cautiously bullish about the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. That was the consensus from a Thursday panel discussion between VCs hosted by the Wisconsin Technology Council ’s Wisconsin Innovation Network in Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee.

Tech Council praises state's selection of Sun Mountain Kegonsa for venture program

January 10, 2014

The Wisconsin Technology Council applauded the state's selection Friday of Sun Mountain Kegonsa as the manager of the early stage capital program that will invest in Wisconsin's most promising startup companies.

Inside Wis: Book captures comical interface between health care codes and art

January 10, 2014

The build-up to I.C.D.-10, a new set of computerized medical codes, is why a group of Madison-based health IT experts and artists combined to produce “Struck by Orca,” an illustrated guide to some of the more obscure and often hilarious situations that have found their way into the federal code.

WisBusiness: Abele pushes for focus on startup culture

January 10, 2014

At a startup-themed Wisconsin Innovation Network meeting, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said he would like to see state startup investment become a conversation point in the governor's race.

Journal Sentinel: Stemina lands $10M contract with EPA for toxicology testing

January 9, 2014

Stemina Biomarker Discovery Inc. said Thursday is has received a contract from the Environmental Protection Agency that will generate more than $10 million of revenue over the next five years.

Journal Sentinel: Gener8tor accepts five startups to business accelerator program

January 6, 2014

Gener8tor has accepted five young companies, including a water measurement start-up from Mexico, into its 12-week-long winter program.

Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin startups attracting investors

January 4, 2014

From an entrepreneurial perspective, it was as if Wisconsin awoke from a long slumber in 2013. Support for a vibrant start-up community, which many say is needed to boost the state's mediocre business growth trends, finally appears to be gaining steam.

Journal Sentinel: Rockwell leading way in next industrial revolution

January 4, 2014

The Internet of tomorrow has arrived, and it's about much more than Facebook, Netflix, Twitter and email, the services we use to connect with one another. This new Internet already has its own acronym, IoT, for "Internet of Things." And while many of its architects are well-known Silicon Valley companies, longtime Milwaukee industrial stalwart Rockwell Automation Inc. has positioned itself at the heart of the phenomenon, which some consider the next industrial revolution.

Inside Wis: It all starts with an idea: Business plan contest offers ‘treps a way to build

December 31, 2013

It all starts with an idea and a plan to take it from cocktail napkin notes to reality. That’s what the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest has done for hundreds of entrepreneurs since its inception in 2004.

A New Year's look back - and forward

December 31, 2013

As the Wisconsin Technology Council looks forward to 2014, we want to close out the year with the many accomplishments of our sponsors, members, volunteers, board of directors and staff in 2013.

Inside Wis: Why Boeing should select Wisconsin – and why it’s OK even if it doesn’t

December 30, 2013

Can you name more than one or two major companies that have ever picked up and moved to Wisconsin, especially from farther away than Illinois or Minnesota? It rarely happens.

State Journal: Tech reigns in 2013

December 29, 2013

Whether it was adding space, encouraging young entrepreneurs or even taking one noteworthy company public, the Madison area tech sector dominated much of the business news in 2013.

Still in Journal Sentinel: State must find right mix of job creation, taxation

December 28, 2013
Although largely dismissed by the two major-party candidates for governor at the time, Republican Scott McCallum and Democrat Jim Doyle, the tax-reform plan remains an example of bold thinking about taxes, spending and economic growth. It was Camelot for policy wonks, even if the politics were wrong for the times.

Chinese company acquires Waunakee's Scientific Protein Labs for $337 million

December 26, 2013
A Chinese pharmaeceutical company has agreed to acquire Scientific Protein Labs, based in Waunakee, for more than $337 million. Read more here.

Nominations sought for Governor's Export Achievement Awards

December 19, 2013

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Governor’s Export Achievement Awards. Deadline is January 31 for companies that have had exporting success. 

Deadline is Dec. 20 to apply for WEDC's Middle East Trade Venture

December 19, 2013

Wisconsin businesses that want to learn more about exporting to the Middle East and establishing contacts there have until Friday, Dec. 20, to apply for a Global Trade Venture to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in January.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Mark Gehring of Propeller Health

December 19, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum  talks with Mark Gehring of Propeller Health about his experience with building startup companies; Tom Still discusses the evolving bioenergy field in Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers advanced manufacturing and jobs.

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 and UW-Milwaukee.

Wall Street Journal: Venture Investors’ Neis on improving returns in Life Sciences

December 19, 2013

Venture Investors' John Neis speaks about the challenge of putting together syndicates for life-sciences investment, how returns are improving and the need for biotech companies to perform after going public.

Inside Wis: Holiday perks includes naughty and nice in Wisconsin politics

December 18, 2013

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.

Wisconsin Governor’s Biz Plan Contest open for 2014 entries through Jan. 31, 2014

December 16, 2013

The 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2014 competition until 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the seed, startup and early growth stages of high-tech businesses in Wisconsin.

State Journal: Progress and pitfalls for our 2013 agenda

December 15, 2013

The State Journal editorial board championed six big goals during the last year. Some of our priorities fared well, including a state investment fund for emerging businesses. Other causes drew strong public support — especially redistricting reform — but stalled because of stubborn lawmakers.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Madison Bioenergy Research Center tackles energy initiatives

December 15, 2013

The nation's three Bioenergy Research Centers — including one in Madison — are cranking out transformative research that is beginning to find its way into companies and the broader economy, said Patricia Dehmer, chief science officer for DOE.

Grow: Communicating Science in the Digital Age

December 13, 2013

Web-based science news has placed a higher burden on scientists to more effectively share their discoveries with the public— a challenge that CALS life sciences communicators are ready to help them meet.

Inside Wis: For small businesses and ‘treps, some year-end advice on health care

December 12, 2013

As 2013 rolls to a close, many wonder: What’s our next step if we want health care coverage in the year ahead? The answer depends a great deal on the size and current coverage plan of your company – and whether you’re a one-person shop.

Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin start-ups put twist on online retail

December 11, 2013

In an increasingly digital world, three Wisconsin start-ups are looking to claim a share of the growing amount of retail dollars flowing online.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Bob Okabe of the Angel Resource Institute

December 11, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com:The Show,” Liz Schrum talks with Bob Okabe of the Angel Resource Institute about investmentsin Wisconsin and across the country; Tom Still explains why small businessesmight prefer to wait before taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act; andthe WisBusiness.com Stock Report for mid-December features banks andforeclosures. 

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 and UW-Milwaukee.

Program gives Wisconsin businesses access to high-performance computing

December 9, 2013

Wisconsin small- and medium-sized businesses will have the opportunity to gain access to specialized high-performance computing systems and services under a new program unveiled Monday by the Milwaukee Institute, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Mason Wells. 

Journal Sentinel: UW-Milwaukee proposes microgrid facility

December 9, 2013

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is proposing to create a microgrid combining wind, solar and battery power at a research building in Glendale.

Inside Wis: Ex-governor Thompson finds late second career in health care deals

December 6, 2013

Thompson is the chairman and chief executive officer of Thompson Holdings, a business umbrella under which one of the most familiar names and faces in Wisconsin politics is investing and advising about 30 companies, mostly in the health care space. 

Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee Institute to provide resources to Global Water Center

December 3, 2013

The Milwaukee Institute will provide high-performance computing and storage resources to tenants in the new Global Water Center under the terms of a partnership announced Monday morning.

SupraNet Communications to provide complimentary wireless at MSN for holidays

December 2, 2013

SupraNet Communications, Inc. is excited to offer passengers at the Dane County Regional Airport complimentary wireless Internet for the holiday season.

Journal Sentinel: Zywave sells insurance division

December 2, 2013

Zywave Inc., a software company that employs 366 people in Wauwatosa, has sold its insurance division and the Zywave brand name to Aurora Capital Group, a private equity firm in Los Angeles.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Higher education’s challenges aren’t confined to Wisconsin

December 1, 2013

The same problems and trends that are challenging the University of Wisconsin System these days are confronting other public universities across the country. That was evident at the annual conference of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, held recently in Washington, D.C.

WisBusiness: State insurance exec says small biz should wait out Obamacare tweaks

November 27, 2013

Al Wearing, an insurance executive for Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, spoke at the Nov. 26 Wisconsin Innovation Network meeting in Madison. Wearing said that a good deal of the original health reform law has been modified by changes to regulations and delays and it might be best for small employers to sign up for early health insurance renewals and wait out some of the changes.

Latest WisBusiness: The Show features Wendy White Eagle of Native Capital

November 27, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum talks with Wendy White Eagle of Native Capital about the investment opportunities in the upper Midwestern region; Tom Still explains how colleges and universities in other parts of the country are working to face the challenges in the higher education system; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for late November 2013 discusses the Brightstar Wisconsin Foundation and the holiday shopping outlook for this year.  

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 and UW-Milwaukee.

Journal Sentinel: Somna Therapeutics seeks approval for new device

November 26, 2013

Germantown-based Somna Therapeutics has asked federal regulators for approval to market an adjustable band that is worn around the neck at night to keep stomach acid from rising into the throat.

Inside Wis: A Thanksgiving appeal to the great CIO in the sky

November 26, 2013

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.

Journal Sentinel: Feds approve BrightStar's application to be a tax-exempt organization

November 25, 2013

BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc., a new group with an unusual plan for using charitable donations to make venture investments in young state companies, has received federal approval to operate as a tax-exempt organization.

State Journal: Wisconsin connecting businesses to more countries than ever before

November 24, 2013

Two years ago, Wisconsin could connect local businesses with trade partners in five countries. Today, the number of countries has grown to 36 — more than in any year since the state began offering such assistance in the 1970s. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. now contracts with 15 trade representatives, also a record, and at a lower cost than in previous years.


State Journal: Grandin has a grand plan for KayO Technology

November 24, 2013
Dave Grandin is CEO of KayO Technologies, which is developing a wireless, hand-held device that he hopes will give the Fitchburg company a handle on the physical and occupational therapy market.

State Journal: UW-Madison's IceCube discovery lands on cover of Science magazine

November 22, 2013

From deep below a sheet of Antarctic ice, UW-Madison researchers have identified invisible cosmic objects they think traveled there from black holes or other unexplored places literally galaxies away. One of the 28 extremely high-energy particles will be on the cover of this week’s Science magazine, fronting a story about the first major discovery announced since the $272 million IceCube project opened at the South Pole in 2010. The IceCube project was the topic of a Wisconsin Innovation Network meeting in February 2011.

Inside Wis: Fifty years after his death, JFK’s science and technology legacy endures

November 22, 2013

The wave of remembrances tied to the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination have necessarily stressed his role in pushing the frontiers of space exploration, but his contributions to innovation in other realms of science and technology reach well beyond. 

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Mark Bakken of Nordic Consulting

November 21, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with Mark Bakken, CEO of the Epic consulting firm Nordic Consulting, about the growth potential for health information technology in the state; Tom Still congratulates George Mosher on his recent induction into the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for mid-November 2013 features Talgo Inc. and the Oshkosh Corp.

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.

Journal Sentinel: Sonic Foundry grows globally with two acquisitions

November 21, 2013

Sonic Foundry Inc., a Madison provider of video communication services, said Thursday it plans to acquire two companies — one in Japan and the other in the Netherlands — and increase its presence in the global market.

Middle East trade venture provides new opportunities for Wisconsin companies

November 20, 2013

Wisconsin businesses wanting direct market access to two of the world’s wealthiest economies will have a unique opportunity to meet leading customers, importers and other market intermediaries in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as part of a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Trade Venture in January.

Journal Sentinel: Cracked cellphone screens are entrepreneur's business

November 19, 2013

The cracking sound and spider web of shattered glass that comes from dropping your cellphone or tablet is something nobody wants to hear or see — not to mention the expense and mess that follow. But if there's a glimmer of hope that the damaged device can be repaired, that's where Natalya Schilling with Fix Phone Land steps in.

Journal Sentinel: Computer tech support scams targeting Wisconsin residents, BBB says

November 19, 2013

Scammers who claim to be from Microsoft or Windows tech support continue to call Wisconsin consumers, saying the consumer has a virus on their computer. The caller offers to "fix" the alleged problem in an attempt to gain remote access to the computer. Several consumers have fallen for the scam and lost hundreds of dollars, according to the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin.

Wisconsin awards HP $221 million Medicaid contract extension

November 19, 2013

PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP Enterprise Services has announced the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has signed a $221 million agreement for HP to continue its 36-year relationship as the state’s Medicaid fiscal agent.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Ten trends that define tech sector growth in Wisconsin

November 17, 2013

While Wisconsin continues to lag in the creation of net new companies, directions in sectors that are sources of young, high-growth companies promise to help over time. Here are 10 trends shaping the future of Wisconsin’s tech-based economy.

State Journal: The Art Commission changes its name to CODAworx

November 15, 2013

The Art Commission, a Madison online business that connects artists with design professionals, is now called CODAworx (Collaboration of Design + Art).

Forbes: University Research Park one of 12 business incubators changing world

November 14, 2013

University Research Park in Madison, and its MGE Innovation Center that houses many emerging companies when they first arrive at the park, has been listed in a Forbes magazine ranking on "12 business incubators changing the world." Others listed are located in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Read more: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/feki45hekd/mge-innovation-center/

Journal Sentinel: UW-Madison launches $3.2M program to encourage entrepreneurship

November 13, 2013

Seeking to push more of the results of its vast research efforts into the marketplace, the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Tuesday announced a $3.2 million program to encourage both dorm-room and faculty-driven entrepreneurship.

Journal Sentinel: Madison startup EatStreet gobbles up more online restaurant orders

November 13, 2013

Three years back, Matt Howard, Eric Martell and Alex Wyler were UW-Madison students with a bright idea and not much money. But they had a solid corps of friends, and sometimes that can get you by. The three are co-founders of EatStreet Inc., a promising young Madison tech firm that supplies restaurants with software for handling online orders. They weren't the first in the field. Other companies — GrubHub, Seamless, Eat24 — were quicker to start plowing this digital-convenience ground, but the Wisconsin crew figured there was still plenty of acreage to cover.

It's a wrap! Read coverage of 2013 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium here

November 13, 2013

The 2013 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium attracted more than 550 attendees over two days. Thanks to all who participated! See the full attendee list and read all the coverage of the conference here.

Inside Wis: Philippines typhoon shows need for better storm prediction science

November 12, 2013

Two days after Typhoon Haiyan left a trail of death and destruction in the Philippines, some of the nation’s leading climate scientists gathered at a higher education conference to talk about how to better predict the next mega-storm. Their conclusion: Whether or not people and policymakers buy into the notion of man-made climate change, the science of forecasting the strength, target and frequency of such storms must qualitatively improve. 

Journal Sentinel: MEDC to consider $300,000 investment in HarQen

November 11, 2013

The Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. will meet this week to discuss a potential $300,000 investment in HarQen Inc., a Milwaukee digital voice technology firm. HarQen presented during the Wisconsin Angel Network Investors' Track at last week's Early Stage Symposium.

Inside Wis: Investor George Mosher is example of ups and downs of angel investing

November 8, 2013

Angel and venture capital investing in Wisconsin has many faces. They range from sophisticated fund managers, inside the state and out, who handle multi-million-dollar deals to the casual investor who may join a hometown angel network and take part in one five-digit deal a year. One of the most familiar and humble faces belongs to George Mosher.

State Journal: Would SXSW work in Wisconsin?

November 8, 2013

Out-of-state investors shared advice and offered encouragement to Wisconsin entrepreneurs at a session of the Early Stage Symposium at Monona Terrace on Nov. 5.

State Journal: Pitching for investors at the Elevator Pitch Olympics

November 7, 2013

From companies with back pain solutions to live golf scores to crowdsourced beer, entrepreneurs gave it their best shot Wednesday at the Elevator Pitch Olympics in Madison. The event capped the two-day Early Stage Symposium at Monona Terrace and featured 16 young companies. Each had 90 seconds — about the time it can take to ride up an elevator in a tall, Wall Street-type building — to sum up their mission and lure investors into taking a longer look.

Journal Sentinel: American Family Insurance touted for involvement in startup scene

November 7, 2013

American Family Insurance is leading the way among state companies in terms of its involvement in Wisconsin's entrepreneurial scene, a State of Wisconsin Investment Board portfolio manager said Wednesday.

State Journal: Elevator Pitch Olympics photo gallery

November 7, 2013

See pictures of the ninth annual Elevator Pitch Olympics, held Nov. 6 at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison.

WisBusiness: Improving economy boosts attendance at state startup event

November 6, 2013

More than 525 people took part in the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium at the Monona Terrace Conference Center on Tuesday, up from 488 last year, organizers said. Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, attributed the increased number of attendees at the annual matchmaking event for investors and nascent companies to a slowly improving economy and a broader range of technologies.

WisBusiness: Companies seeking investors find stage at Early Stage Symposium

November 6, 2013

More than 45 early stage companies spanning products as diverse as medical devices, dairy products, a portable jet ski and a diesel aircraft engine presented to potential investors and others during the 2013 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

State Journal: Investors get the hot seat at the Early Stage Symposium

November 5, 2013

Entrepreneurs grilled investors and judged their performances in a lively role-reversal session at the Early Stage Symposium on Tuesday at Monona Terrace. The two-day conference, highlighting some of the area’s promising young companies and letting them make a pitch to an audience of investors, turned the tables at one of the breakout sessions.

Journal Sentinel: Super Angel Fund invests in two Wisconsin startups

November 5, 2013

Wisconsin Super Angel Fund LP, which launched in March with more than $5million to put into early-stage companies, said Tuesday it has invested in two Wisconsin-based startups.

Journal Sentinel: George Mosher to be inducted into Investor Hall of Fame

November 4, 2013

George Mosher, who has invested $20 million in about 150 young companies since selling National Business Furniture, will be inducted Monday night into the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame. Mosher will be honored during a dinner with about 50 angel and venture capital investors. The dinner kicks off the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, which takes place in Madison on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Program aims to better link UW System, state economy

November 2, 2013

It's a common question, often voiced inside the Capitol and within Wisconsin's business community: How can the University of Wisconsin System better align itself with the state's economic future?

Journal Sentinel: Chris Abele's money at work in venture fund

November 2, 2013

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has committed at least $10 million of his own money to a venture capital fund that will invest in early-stage companies here and around the Midwest.

Top 10 reasons to attend the Nov. 5-6 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

November 1, 2013

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

Inside Wis: Cities, states and regions must ultimately map own routes to success

November 1, 2013

It’s rarely a bad idea to compare-and-contrast when it comes to business development, whether it’s city to city, state to state or region to region. It can be a really bad idea, however, to get hung up on it. Unfortunately, the latter seems to be the case these days in Wisconsin, where a slow recovery from the Great Recession has sent business, government and economic development leaders scrambling for answers wherever the grass looks greener. 

State Journal: Early Stage Symposium to showcase startups, from milk to jet skis

November 1, 2013

Twenty-eight up-and-coming companies — about half from the Madison area — will have a chance to bend the ears of investors Nov. 5-6 at the Early Stage Symposium at Monona Terrace.

Investors among panelists, 'pitch' judges, more at Nov. 5-6 Early Stage Symposium

October 31, 2013

Investors from Wisconsin, the Midwest and beyond will share their expertise with entrepreneurs and others at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, to be held Nov. 5-6 at Madison’s Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

Journal Sentinel: Startup Alithias Inc. gets a boost from big business

October 30, 2013

In the struggle for sales that is at the heart of every start-up, Alithias Inc. has been helped by a surprising number of much bigger companies. At least seven established companies in Wisconsin have funded beta testing or become early customers of the Milwaukee maker of health care price and quality information software programs. As a result, Alithias has been able to develop its software more quickly, said Ross Bjella, the company's co-founder and chief executive officer.

‘First Look Forum’ to unveil campus discoveries at Nov. 5-6 Early Stage Symposium

October 29, 2013

Four examples of academic innovation that could become tomorrow’s commercial successes will be unveiled Nov. 6 during the annual “First Look Forum” at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

State Journal: 28 businesses selected to make presentations to investors

October 29, 2013

Twenty-eight companies in industries including medical devices, health care information technology and dairy products have been chosen to make presentations at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison Nov. 5-6.

From jet skis to aircraft engines and software, startups to pitch at Early Stage event

October 28, 2013

More than 45 early stage companies spanning products as diverse as medical devices, dairy products, a portable jet ski and a diesel aircraft engine will present to potential investors and others at the 2013 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, to be held Nov. 5-6 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.

Journal Sentinel: Dane County ranks 9th on list of counties with strong IT job growth

October 25, 2013

In a world that is rapidly digitizing, Dane County ranked 9th on a list compiled by the Progressive Policy Institute of counties that have had strong job growth in information technology and related sectors during the last five years.

Inside Wis: Crowdfunding trend gets green light in Wisconsin, there are still caution flags

October 25, 2013

The concept of equity crowdfunding was embraced by the JOBS Act, within certain investment limits, but it ran head-long into the SEC’s historic concern about society inventing new ways to swindle grandmothers and other unsuspecting investors. So, while most of the nation waited for the SEC rules, several states moved ahead with crowdfunding on their own – including Wisconsin, where the Legislature has passed legislation to rewrite state securities law.

‘Reverse’ investor pitch, ‘Office Hours’ join lineup for Nov. 5-6 Early Stage Symposium

October 24, 2013

Entrepreneurs often pitch their business plans to investors – but what happens when the shoe is on the other foot? That’s the concept behind the “Reverse Elevator Pitch,” new this year at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium. Also new this year is “Office Hours,” a series of five small-group discussions at which entrepreneurs can discuss specific issues with experts and their peers.

South Korea opens its doors to Wisconsin businesses

October 23, 2013

Wisconsin businesses interested in learning more about opportunities in South Korea are invited to attend a Boardroom Brief event on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Madison. The session, hosted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and Wisconsin Manufactures & Commerce, will provide updates on exporting and other business opportunities in South Korea.

State Journal: Wellbe will be growing after landing $1.4M from investors

October 23, 2013

Madison health IT company Wellbe has finished its first fundraising round, receiving $1.1 million from angel investors in Wisconsin and beyond, as well as a $300,000 loan from the Madison Development Corp.

Journal Sentinel: Chinese investment a growing trend in Wisconsin, nationally

October 21, 2013

The Global Water Center, which houses laboratories, university faculty and more than a dozen water tech companies, wouldn't likely have happened without the infusion of $12million from Chinese investors, who provided more than half the cost of acquiring and renovating the 107-year-old warehouse in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood.

Journal Sentinel: Gauthier Biomedical partners, not just supplies customers

October 21, 2013

In July 2012, Gauthier Biomedical moved its offices and factory to a $10 million, 80,000-square-foot building in Grafton. The company has invested $8 million in equipment, including more than $4 million in the past two years. It now employs more than 80 people, with plans to hire an additional 25 this year. That growth came by reinvesting profits and without money from outside investors.

Journal Sentinel: Software firm PKWare takes radical path with new development

October 19, 2013

PKWare is a case study in the ideas of influential business thinker Clayton Christensen, whose theories on why successful companies find it difficult to embrace radical innovation have been hailed by such tech luminaries as Steve Jobs and former Intel Corp. CEO Andy Grove.

Inside Wis: Why making connections abroad matters for emerging companies

October 18, 2013

Louis Ho, the director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s seven offices in North and South America, freely admits he didn’t know that much about Wisconsin until a recent visit to Minnesota’s Twin Cities persuaded him to look across the border.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Al Wearing of Group Health Coop

October 17, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum interviews Al Wearing of Group Health Cooperative about the nation's initial response to and interactions with the Affordable Care Act; Tom Still previews the Nov. 5-6 Early Stage Symposium; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for mid-October 2013 includes biotech firm Promega and Wisconsin's corn prices.


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.

Tech Council's Still interview for Visionary Talk Radio show

October 16, 2013

Click here to listen to an Oct. 15 interview with Tech Council President Tom Still on Visionary Talk Radio, in which he discusses the role of the Tech Council, the role of higher education in innovation, and attributes of successful entrepreneurs.


Tech space designer Schmitz is luncheon speaker at Nov. 5-6 Early Stage Symposium

October 15, 2013

Mark Schmitz, whose design work for research institutions and tech-based businesses currently spans four continents and eight countries, will speak on global opportunities for emerging Wisconsin companies Nov. 5 at the annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Journal Sentinel: Looking for fish? Check the algorithms

October 15, 2013

A technology-focused startup company in Madison traces its roots to a really bad fishing trip. Strategic Fishing Systems LLC was formed in 2007 by three guys who describe themselves as "avid outdoorsmen who are passionate about technology." Strategic Fishing Systems won the 2012 Governor's Business Plan Contest in the information technology category.

Journal Sentinel: U.P. power line proposed

October 15, 2013

American Transmission Co. on Monday asked Michigan state regulators to approve a more than $100 million project designed to shore up the reliability of the power grid in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Journal Sentinel: Virent in running for national energy innovation prize

October 15, 2013

Virent Inc. of Madison was selected as a finalist for an energy innovation award that will be presented this week in Washington, D.C. The Madison bioenergy technology developer was one of three firms chosen from a pool of six to be considered for the $125,000 prize being awarded by Securing America’s Future Energy, an advocacy organization.

AquaMost appoints Mark Hendrickson as chief operating officer

October 15, 2013

AquaMost, Inc. today announced the appointment of Mark Henrickson as Chief Operating Officer. Henrickson, who has served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer since March 2012, will continue to head up the company’s financial management strategy in addition to now also leading the organization’s day-to-day manufacturing operations.

Daily Cardinal: Howard Bremer, WARF instrumental patent attorney, dies Friday

October 14, 2013

Howard Bremer, a patent attorney who helped develop the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s influence in the worlds of research and innovation, died Friday, according to a news release.

Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin seeks to export more products to Middle East

October 11, 2013

Wisconsin companies exported more than $1 billion worth of products to the Middle East last year, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is taking steps to increase that amount. The state commerce agency is organizing a trade venture in January to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. As part of the planning for the venture, WEDC hosted meetings this week with Anne Jafery, a Dubai-based business owner and the Wisconsin trade representative for the Middle East.

Inside Wis: How the federal shutdown affects Wisconsin depends on perspective

October 11, 2013

Uncertainty in the markets is one of the most obvious indicators of the federal shutdown, but it’s not confined to companies that are publically traded. The story is similar for other emerging companies in the life sciences, including medical devices, and extends to firms in other sectors that may be subject federal review or a grant approval process.

Panel discussions will match ‘treps, investors for Nov. 5-6 Wis. Early Stage Symposium

October 9, 2013

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. 5-6 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.

UW Regents’ economic growth chair addresses Tech Council board

October 9, 2013

UW Regent Tim Higgins, chair of the board's Research, Economic Development and Innovation Committee, addressed the Wisconsin Technology Council board of directors on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Neenah. The meeting was hosted by Plexus Corp.. View Higgins' remarks, as well as the UW System's strategic plan surrounding economic development, here.

TDS acquires Colorado company for $40 million; will build data center in Denver

October 9, 2013
Telephone and Data Systems, the Chicago parent firm of Madison-based TDS Telecom, has acquired MSN Communications of Englewood, Colo., for $40 million. TDS Hosted & Managed Services, the subsidiary that will manage MSN, said it will build a secure data center near the Denver metro area, with construction beginning in early 2014.

Tom Still featured in Appleton Post Crescent's 'Newsmakers' interview

October 8, 2013

Watch Tom Still's interview on "Newsmakers," the Appleton Post Crescent's online issues program.

Inside Wis: Tools for fighting wildfires include incentives to manage neglected forests

October 7, 2013

The United States is home to about 297,000 or so square miles (190 million acres) of federal forest and rangeland. This incredible resource has always been – and forever will be – susceptible to fire, natural as well as manmade. But the fire patterns of the last decade or more represent a worrying change: There have been more fires that are more devastating, harder to fight, and more costly to people and the environment. 

Still in Journal Sentinel: Federal JOBS Act falling short of aim to aid startups

October 7, 2013

The Jumpstarting Our Business Startups Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama about 18 months ago. The goal was to make things easier for entrepreneurs who are raising money for privately held business start-ups, as well as broaden the pool of investors for such start-ups. The reality has fallen far short of that goal.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features head of Alliance of Health Insurers

October 4, 2013

MADISON – On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum interviews Rebecca Larson of the Alliance of Health Insurers about the health care industry in Wisconsin and the impact of the new health care laws; Tom Still points out some tips for improving the state's job creation efforts; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for early October 2013 covers workforce training and coal. 


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.

Journal Sentinel: Portable watercraft inventor hopes to ride youth wave

October 3, 2013

A former executive from the computer technology field has developed a personal watercraft small enough to fit in a car but powerful enough to satisfy the cravings of adrenaline junkies. Named the Bomboard Urban Jet Ski, it comes in four snap-together pods that weigh a combined 140 pounds.

Journal Sentinel: Golden Angels investing network opens to new members

October 3, 2013

Due to a rapidly growing number of potential deals, the Golden Angels investing network is restructuring and opening to new members, the group's director said Thursday.

Journal Sentinel: Cellular Dynamics International awarded stem cell patent

October 2, 2013

Cellular Dynamics International said it has received a patent for a new method of creating stem cells that could open the door to therapeutic research and clinical use. The patent involves using circular pieces of DNA called episomal vectors to reprogram adult tissue cells, such as blood or skin back to a stem cell state.

Journal Sentinel: Virent named semifinalist for national energy innovation award

October 2, 2013

Madison-based Virent Inc. has been named a semifinalist for a national energy technology award. Securing America’s Future Energy selected Virent and five other companies, saying they “represent the next generation of technologies that are poised to advance American energy security by helping bring an end to U.S. oil dependence.”

Journal Sentinel: Voxel Metric aims to be leader in the world of 3-D products

October 2, 2013

Matt Halenka and Jesse DePinto, co-founders of Voxel Metric Inc., a Milwaukee 3-D scanning software company, were at the school earlier this week to discuss the emerging area of 3-D printing.

WEDC publishes interactive map to display its economic investments

October 1, 2013

Economic development investments made by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation are now open for public view through an interactive online map launched Oct. 1 by the organization. The economic impact map was developed through a partnership with the UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison. The impact map located on WEDC’s website (http://inwisconsin.com/inside-wedc/impact/) shows all of the individual investments WEDC has made since July 2011.

State Journal: Executive Q&A - Retiring URP director hopes to mentor business startups

September 29, 2013

After 31 years of public service — most recently as director of University Research Park for the past 14 years — Mark Bugher, 64, will retire Nov. 1.

Madison Development Corp. provides venture debt funding for four tech companies

September 27, 2013

Madison Development Corp., a local non-profit development company helping hard-to-finance small businesses with loans, started a Venture Debt Fund to help technology businesses stretch scarce local venture capital dollars.  Since inception, the MDC Venture Debt Fund has made about 40 loans totaling $11.5 million to local tech businesses. Four loans were just closed to Intuitive Biosciences Inc., SOLOMO Technology Inc., Veridt , Inc., and Wellbe Inc.

Inside Wis: Creating more jobs in Wisconsin is more than a political flap; it’s hard work

September 27, 2013

Assuming national issues such as interest rates, the advent of health-care reform and uncertainty in Washington and abroad affect all states more or less evenly, what are the factors holding Wisconsin back? Here are some possibilities.

WisBusiness: Blank pledges UW-Madison help for businesses, especially entrepreneurs

September 25, 2013

UW-Madison produces cutting-edge science and skilled researchers. But like other institutions in the upper Midwest, it doesn’t do enough to promote itself, the university’s new chancellor said Tuesday at a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon.

TechStars co-founder Feld to speak via live link to open Early Stage Symposium

September 25, 2013

Brad Feld, an entrepreneur, investor and co-founder of the successful TechStars accelerators, will speak live via telepresence to open the Nov. 5 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison.

Journal Sentinel: Sensors put well water data on tap

September 25, 2013

Wellintel Inc., a Shorewood company formed less than a year ago, plans to begin selling in spring an inexpensive system that will give homeowners with wells more information than ever before about their water supply.

BizJournal: New startup advertising rule muddies water for angel investors

September 23, 2013

One of the key changes enacted by last year’s federal “Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups Act” went into effect on Monday, allowing startups to advertise that they’re seeking equity investments. But the effect of lifting the 1933 ban on general solicitation of private securities offerings is still unclear, local experts said Monday.

Chemical & Engineering News: Moving With The Times

September 23, 2013

The life sciences hub around Madison and Milwaukee, anchored by biotech firm Promega and the University of Wisconsin system, has diverse capabilities in research instrumentation, reagents, medical devices, and agricultural biotech applications, in addition to drug discovery and stem cells, says Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, a nonprofit economic development group.

Still in Journal Sentinel: “Big data” isn’t a big snore if you care about security

September 22, 2013

Making sense of how to collect, store, use and protect your own byte of “big data” was a theme of the Sept. 18 Resource Rendezvous at UW-Milwaukee, where about 80 people gathered to hear from cybersecurity experts and others from the worlds of research, business and defense. 

Wall Street Journal: Getting startup capital without strings

September 21, 2013

Are you looking to raise startup capital that has no financial strings attached? Winning a business contest is one way to gather funds you don't need to pay back or forfeit equity to get. The same goes for small-business grants.

Journal Sentinel: Epic Systems spawns huge growth in lucrative consulting jobs

September 20, 2013

The remarkable growth of Wisconsin's Epic Systems Corp. over the last decade has spawned a whole new industry: Hundreds of consulting firms, paying average salaries well into six figures, have sprung up across the nation to help hospitals and other health care providers install and operate the Verona company's electronic medical records systems. Nordic Consulting Partners Inc., the biggest Wisconsin-based Epic consulting firm, illustrates the phenomenon.

Inside Wis: Water technology becoming a part of Wisconsin’s global innovation brand

September 20, 2013

When first lady Michelle Obama dropped by the southern Wisconsin city of Watertown to urge Americans to drink more water, the original healthy alternative to sugary drinks, it seemed like a good gimmick. She “dropped” into Watertown… get it? 

The first lady’s visit was welcome, of course, but there’s a lot more happening under the surface of Wisconsin’s water technology economy than even the White House might know. 

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Piiku founder and CEO Jim Rice

September 20, 2013

MADISON –On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum interviews Jim Rice of Piiku, an advertising company with an innovative approach to ad presentation; Tom Still explores the rising field of water technology in Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for mid-September covers the Kenosha economy and mining industry jobs.


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. 

State Journal: Epic Systems shows off its new Deep Space auditorium at annual meeting

September 18, 2013

Epic Systems Corp.’s enormous new auditorium — known as Deep Space — made its debut this week as more than 15,000 employees and customers gathered Monday for the Verona electronic health records company’s annual users’ group meeting, one of the area’s biggest tourism engines.

Tech companies will present during Sept. 19 'Resource Rendezvous' at UW-Milwaukee

September 16, 2013

Seventeen companies from the Upper Midwest have been selected to present science and technology-based products and research Sept. 19 in Milwaukee, Wis., during the seventh annual “Resource Rendezvous.”

State Journal: Venture Investors raises $80 million fund

September 15, 2013

Venture Investors has raised $80 million — money that the Madison venture capital firm will funnel into promising, young companies in Madison and beyond, over the next decade.

State Journal: Building specialized devices for medicine, a budding local business field

September 15, 2013

A different version of the medical device industry is starting to take shape in Madison, with companies working on compact, specialized products aimed at updating and improving on past medical equipment and procedures.

Inside Wis: There’s much more to science institute than stem-cell research

September 13, 2013

The history of friction between science and theology resurfaced in Wisconsin recently with the announcement that the 7,400 children who attend schools in the Madison Catholic Diocese will no longer be taking field trips to the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery. That’s because the facility on the UW-Madison campus conducts research using human embryonic stem cells.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Wisconsin Angel Network director

September 10, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum talks to Dan Blake, director of the Wisconsin Angel Network, about the latest news and upcoming events for Wisconsin's investment community; Tom Still points out a few booming economic states to keep an eye on; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for early September covers health care costs and unemployment claims.


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.

Journal Sentinel: Asthmapolis changes name to Propeller Health

September 10, 2013

Asthmapolis, a Madison company with a mobile app for chronic respiratory disease, said Tuesday it has changed its name to Propeller Health. The company also said it is offering expanded mobile apps for asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases, along with new sensors to snap onto inhaled medications that are pending regulatory approval.

Journal Sentinel: Medical technology firm, Eso-Technologies, raises $600,000

September 10, 2013

Eso-Technologies Inc., a Middleton company that is developing a patented esophageal probe, said Tuesday it has raised $600,000 from Wisconsin-based angel investors in an oversubscribed offering. Eso-Technologies was the Grand Prize winner of the 2009 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Still in Journal Sentinel: UW regents, Legislature must resolve quarrels

September 9, 2013

It was dubbed "Finding Common Ground," a Sept. 5 summit to bring together state legislators, University of Wisconsin regents and other university leaders to talk about ways to mend fences after a series of trust-eroding episodes

'Request for Qualifications' released for state early stage capital investment fund

September 9, 2013

The state Department of Administration has released a "Request for Qualifications" to select a qualifed fund manager for the recently enacted state early stage capital program. The program, passed as Assembly Bill 181 and signed into law as Act 41, will create a matching program for $25 million in state investment into a "fund of funds." Read the RFQ here.

Journal Sentinel: Efforts to brand Milwaukee as water technology hub reach milestone

September 7, 2013

Milwaukee's ambition to become a hub of water research and technology — aiming to lure new jobs and investment to the metro region by harnessing its stable of existing water-tech industries — reaches a milestone Thursday: Cutting the ribbon for a seven-story, $22 million, 100,000-square-foot technology and business incubator.

Emerging companies may apply now to present at Nov. 5-6 Early Stage Symposium

September 6, 2013

The planners of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium are looking for innovative early stage companies from Wisconsin and other Midwest states to present in November at Madison’s Monona Terrace. 


The annual conference on Nov. 5-6 gives selected companies the opportunity to make presentations and meet with investors, along with other entrepreneurs and business leaders. Many firms have cited participation in the conference as a key factor for significant business growth.  Company applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.

State Journal: Health IT startup, Healthfinch, wins national app contest

September 6, 2013

In a community where privately owned Epic Systems Corp. reigns supreme for its dominance in electronic medical records, a small Madison startup has won a nationwide contest held by an Epic competitor. Healthfinch, a young health information technology company, won the grand prize in the Open App Challenge held by Allscripts, a Chicago-based, publicly traded firm that’s also a major force in electronic health records.

Major firms will anchor speaker line-up for Sept. 19 'Resource Rendezvous'

September 5, 2013

Speakers from General Dynamics, DRS Technologies, Altamira Technologies and Johnson Controls will discuss science and technology needs within the federal government and their own companies during the seventh annual “Resource Rendezvous” in Milwaukee. 

Isthmus: Bill Linton and Promega featured in cover story

September 5, 2013

Bill Linton, founder of Promega and a member of the Wisconsin Technology Council board, is featured in a Sept. 5 Isthmus article on the company’s “unconventional vision. The story was written by contributing editor Marc Eisen.

Inside Wis: Health-care reform is ‘jump ball,’ but state’s Medicaid computers ready

September 4, 2013

The advent of the Affordable Care Act means many states are scrambling to set up insurance exchanges, which are online marketplaces to shop for private insurance, while other states will rely on a federal exchange. This shuffle is taking place just as rules covering Medicaid eligibility are changing for millions of families, including about 92,000 in Wisconsin.


Meanwhile, most private health providers are falling into one of two categories – predator or prey – and the entire U.S. system is figuring out how to absorb tens of millions of uninsured people just as legions of doctors are retiring.

AquaMost Unveils SX Reactor for Chemical-Free Oil & Gas Industry Water Treatment

September 3, 2013

AquaMost, Inc. officially unveiled its new SX PECO Reactor, enabling chemical-free water treatment. The system has already been deployed at multiple sites in Texas, Colorado and Utah and was well received by operators and service providers.

Eau Claire Leader Telegram: Computer chip developer opens office in Eau Claire

September 3, 2013

 Intel Corp., the international computer chip developer, opened a new office in Eau Claire Tuesday, a good sign for the local economy, said Gov. Scott Walker. Intel will develop new products at the office located at 1825 N. Clairemont Ave., which had previously housed Sitepro.

Inside Wisconsin: States and metros from which Wisconsin can learn

September 1, 2013

If there’s a flaw in Wisconsin’s cultural DNA that should be targeted for knock-out genetic treatments in one of our leading laboratories, it would be our reluctance to occasionally learn from others.

Executive Q&A: An electrifying new way to clean contaminated water

September 1, 2013

Todd Asmuth is chief executive officer of AquaMost, a Madison company that purifies water without the addition of chemicals. Founded in 2006, AquaMost’s technology grew out of research in the laboratory of UW-Madison engineering professor Marc Anderson.

Tech Council's Still to moderate UW Regents conference with legislators

August 29, 2013

Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, will moderate portions of a Sept. 5 University of Wisconsin Regents conference on “Finding Common Ground: Governance, Funding and Partnerships for Wisconsin’s Public University System.” Still was invited by the Regents to help lead the discussion, which will involve key Regents, UW System chancellors and administrators and leading state legislators. Guest speakers will include Charles B. Reed, former chancellor of the California State University System, and P.J. Hogan, vice chancellor for government relations in the University of Maryland System.

Military contract experts to discuss funding hurdles at Sept. 19 'Resource Rendezvous'

August 28, 2013

Industry experts will offer insights on the future of military contracting opportunities at the seventh annual “Resource Rendezvous” in Milwaukee. The one-day conference is aimed at helping companies learn how to increase their chance of receiving federal grant dollars or research agreements. Produced by the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium and the Wisconsin Technology Council, the event will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Union Ballroom on the UW-Milwaukee campus.

State Journal: Allscripts Announces Winners of the Open App Challenge .

August 26, 2013

Allscripts announced the winners of the Open App Challenge as part of the kickoff of the 2013 Allscripts Client Experience. Winning the grand prize of the Allscripts Open App Challenge, is Healthfinch, a Madison-based company whose mission is to help increase quality and productivity by reducing non-reimbursable physician time and wasted staff time to zero. The winning Healthfinch Refillwizard application is on its way to achieving this mission by providing a solution that automates prescription renewal requests.

Journal Sentinel: Madison start-up Abodo.com raises $325,000 in angel funding

August 26, 2013

Abodo.com, a Madison start-up that offers online apartment listings, said Monday it has raised $325,000 from angel investors.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Tread carefully on equity crowdfunding

August 25, 2013

While most of the nation waits for the SEC rules for the JOBS Act, two states have moved ahead with crowdfunding on their own. Georgia and Kansas have taken the plunge; North Carolina and Washington state are considering similar state-based platforms. Joining the march, three Wisconsin legislators said this month they will introduce a bill to rewrite Wisconsin’s securities law to allow equity crowdfunding.

Inside Wis: Crossing the chasm: How UW-Madison can be more open for business

August 24, 2013

Crossing the chasm that often separates academia from the business world was the topic of an Aug. 22 panel discussion featuring DeLuca, Mackie and Davidson at the second annual “Corporate Open House” held on campus. The conversation highlighted the need for the university to make its value better known to industry – and for industry to not be shy about seeking academic partners.

'WisBusiness: The Show' celebrates 100th episode with URP's Mark Bugher

August 22, 2013

On the 100th episode of the show, Liz Schrum catches up with Mark Bugher, the show's very first guest, to discuss his tenure as director of University Research Park and his upcoming retirement. Also on the show, Tom Still explains why new SEC regulations could adversely affect angel investments in Wisconsin and across the country; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for late August covers home sales and Anchor Bank.


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.

WisBusiness.com: New chancellor looks for UW to be engine for state's economy

August 19, 2013

Rebecca Blank, UW-Madison’s new chancellor and the former U.S. commerce secretary, says one of her top priorities is ensuring UW remains central to the state’s economic growth.

“We are working hard to do a better job of encouraging entrepreneurship [among students and faculty], helping them bring ideas from the lab to the marketplace, and working in collaboration with places like UW-Milwaukee and with the private sector and public sector to create ... an attractive environment for businesses to come in and to grow,” Blank said on "UpFront with Mike Gousha," produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.

Journal Sentinel: MCT receives $500,000 boost from Wisconsin Super Angel Fund

August 19, 2013

An angel group that formed in March has invested $500,000 into MCT Inc., a Milwaukee start-up with a sophisticatedtechnology for cutting printed materials. Wisconsin Super Angel Fund was impressed with the company's technology expertise and the rapid growth of its market, said Tom Schuster, managing general partner for the fund.

Cap Times: Is Sector67 ready for the big time? Founder Chris Meyer thinks so

August 18, 2013

The buzz around Sector67, a collaborative "makerspace" on the east side, reached a new pitch last month when a group of entrepreneurs unveiled plans for StartingBlock Madison, a $13.5 million start-up hub proposed for a warehouse on East Washington Avenue. Sector67 — a hands-on haven in a digital age — would be an anchor enterprise.

NYTimes: Public Funds Take Control of Assets, Dodging Wall Street

August 18, 2013

The efforts to change the way public money is managed are motivated, in no small part, by the big fees and lackluster performance that many hedge funds and private equity firms have delivered to their biggest clients in recent years. In Wisconsin, the state’s $91 billion public pension fund, the nation’s ninth-largest, is looking for an employee to run a new program that will make private equity investments directly rather than through a fund. The fund has estimated it will save $19.3 million in fees over the next five years on the $500 million that will be put to work.

Journal Sentinel: Orion switch back 'On'

August 17, 2013

Investor interest in Orion Energy Systems Inc. had dimmed in recent years. Under new leadership since September, however, Orion has rebounded with higher sales, a new focus on profitability and an acquisition that positions the company for growth. That has reignited interest in Orion's stock, which hit a two-year high earlier this month.

Inside Wis: Immigration reform debate reaches into cities, farms of central Wisconsin

August 15, 2013

Located in largely rural Marathon County, Wausau is a city of about 40,000 that absorbed several thousand Hmong immigrants beginning in the 1970s. Wausau was nonetheless the site of an Aug. 14 forum that demonstrated how the issue of immigration reform has become a district-by-district struggle for votes in the U.S. House of Representatives, where a Senate-passed reform bill faces an uncertain future.

Business Journal: Wisconsin legislators to introduce investment crowdfunding bill

August 12, 2013

Three Republican state legislators plan to introduce a bill to amend Wisconsin’s securities laws to allow online crowdfunding.

WisBusiness: New gene repair technique promises advances in regenerative medicine

August 12, 2013

Using human pluripotent stem cells and DNA-cutting protein from meningitis bacteria, researchers from the Morgridge Institute for Research and Northwestern University have created an efficient way to target and repair defective genes.

Still in Journal Sentinel: SEC's angel rules could hurt, not help, start-up firms

August 10, 2013

Welcome to the SEC's tortured rule-making process for the federal "Jumpstart Our Business Startups" act. Dubbed the JOBS Act, the legislation was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama more than a year ago.

Intern help available through UW-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication

August 9, 2013

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.

CNNMoney: Bringing Silicon Valley VC to the Midwest

August 9, 2013

Why two top venture capitalists left Silicon Valley for flyover country.

Inside Wis: Baldwin’s visit illustrates value of R&D to human health, economy

August 9, 2013

Tammy Baldwin readily admits she has a soft spot for academic researchers and the federal dollars that often help to support them. Her grandfather was a UW-Madison biochemist who worked at the Institute for Enzyme Research for decades. So it’s no surprise that Wisconsin’s first-term U.S. senator would spend time thinking about how her work on Senate committees dealing with health, education, energy and homeland security might intersect with academic researchers – and the ideas they often bring to the marketplace. 

'Investors' Edge' will feature Chicago angel expert Okabe in Madison forum

August 8, 2013

A forum for early stage investors will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at American Family Insurance Co. in Madison. Chicago investor Robert Okabe, president of the Angel Resource Institute, will speak on trends in raising early stage capital. Other speakers will address best practices and policy isses at the state and federal level. Attendance will be limited to investors; more information is available through Dan Blake, director, Wisconsin Angel Network, at dblake@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com.

Forum on federal immigration reform set for Aug. 14 in Wausau

August 8, 2013

A forum on federal immigration reform will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the UW Center for Civic Engagement, 518 S. 7th Ave., Wausau, on the UW-Marathon campus. Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, will be among the panelists. To attend, respond to wisconsinbbb2013@gmail.com The forum is hosted by FWD.us, a coalition of tech-based companies, and Bibles, Badges and Business.

Journal Sentinel: AT&T buys 32 cell towers in northeast Wisconsin to boost coverage

August 8, 2013

AT&T Corp. says it has acquired 32 cellular towers in its efforts to improve wireless service in northeast Wisconsin, including towers in Brown, Door, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Potawatomi CEO Pepi Randolph

August 8, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with Pepi Randolph of the Potawatomi Business Development Corp. about a new high-end data center being built in Milwaukee; Tom Still explains Wisconsin's continuing journey out of the recession; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for early August 2013 looks at the Madison-based company Stratatech.


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.

Isthmus: The Art Commission raises nearly $1 million in venture capital

August 8, 2013

The always-upbeat entrepreneur Toni Sikes was even more buoyant than usual when I caught up with her driving back to Madison from a Minneapolis board meeting. The cause of her good cheer wasn't just that her latest startup, the Art Commission, has raised $950,000 in venture capital; it was that the business model had already morphed into something bigger.

Isthmus: Cresa Madison and 100 State coworking spaces launch downtown

August 8, 2013

The rise of coworking spaces downtown is solid evidence of Madison's growing tech scene. Now, two more downtown spots are offering the low-cost shared space for techies who want to leave their coffee-shop offices - Cresa Madison and 100 State Street.

NCD Technologies recognized on R&D Magazine’s 100 Awards List for 2013

August 7, 2013

NCD Technologies announced that their Nanocrystalline Diamond Pretreatment (NDP) an innovative and unprecedented process for applying diamond coatings to extremely small tooling, has been selected by R&D Magazine’s 100 list for technological excellence

Journal Sentinel: Tammy Baldwin touts venture capital bill

August 7, 2013

Baldwin’s bill, the Small Business Innovation Act of 2013, would authorize the federal Small Business Administration to set up a fund for private investors seeking to support early stage business in biotech, clean energy and advanced manufacturing.

InBusiness magazine: Venture capital comes to the Capitol

August 5, 2013

At long last, the Wisconsin Legislature has enacted a state-leveraged venture capital fund of funds. The $25 million program, which could be up and running by Jan. 1, 2014, and make its first investment sometime next year, will provide venture capital to qualified startup companies in the advanced manufacturing, engineering, agriculture, information technology, and medical-device industries. All of the funds must be invested in Wisconsin-based businesses.

Journal Sentinel: New Richmond firm aims to bring aircraft engines into modern era

August 2, 2013

After years of development, Engineered Propulsion Systems Inc. of New Richmond will put its upgrade on display when it test flies its new engine in the Mojave Desert this fall, the company said at the EAA AirVenture this week.

New Skyward headquarters to pump millions into local economy

August 1, 2013

Educational software company Skyward will build a new headquarters valued at as much as $30 million and create 700 new jobs over the next decade in a project that could pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy. Skyward is a member of the Wisconsin Innovation Network.

Wisconsin Technology Council launches jobs board!

August 1, 2013

We have built a secure resume database on the new Wisconsin Technology Council job board. Take advantage of this free resource and get connected to many of the key players in Wisconsin’s business community.

State Journal: Stratatech lands major government contract worth up to $47M

August 1, 2013

Stratatech, a Madison company working for more than a decade on skin tissue products to treat severe burns, has signed a contract with a federal agency that could bring the company $47.2 million over the next five years.

‘Resource Rendezvous’ line-up will cover research gaps in science and technology

July 31, 2013

Speakers with hands-on knowledge will discuss the science and technology research gaps within the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Energy during the seventh annual “Resource Rendezvous” to be held Sept. 19 in Milwaukee.

The Business Journal: Find My Spot easing MPS teacher relocation

July 30, 2013

Milwaukee tech startup, Find My Spot, is a service being provided to hundreds of new educators moving to Milwaukee through the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s new Teachtown MKE initiative.

Toni Sikes to become Wisconsin Technology Council chairwoman

July 29, 2013

Entrepreneur and investor Toni Sikes has been elected chairwoman of the Wisconsin Technology Council, a post she will assume at the Tech Council’s October board of directors meeting at Plexus in Neenah.

WiRover wins 'best app in show' at US Ignite Application Summit in Chicago

July 28, 2013
UW-Madison computer science professor Suman Banerjee won "Best App in Show" and "Best Use of Software Defined Networks" at the recent US Ignite Application Summit in Chicago for WiRover. WiRover was also the winner of the 2011 Governor's Business Plan Contest in Wisconsin. WiRover provides high-bandwidth connectivity to moving vehicles, such as ambulances. To learn more, click here. Also, see our Newsroom link for a story about WiRover when it won the BPC in 2011.

State Journal: Biofuels company Virent cuts staff by a third

July 25, 2013

Virent, Madison’s pioneering biofuels company, is shrinking its staff by about one-third. The company, founded in 2002 based on UW-Madison research, ended the jobs of 35 employees on Wednesday; 76 employees remain at Virent’s North Side operations center, 3571 Anderson St.

Journal Sentinel: Asthmapolis links with San Diego medical centers

July 25, 2013

Asthmapolis, a Madison start-up that recently raised more than $5 million, said it has reached an agreement with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers in San Diego to use the company's mobile technology to help manage patients with asthma.

Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin continues to lag behind in venture capital investments

July 22, 2013

Wisconsin companies raised $10.5 million of venture capital in the second quarter, well below the same quarter a year ago, underlining the state's inability to attract healthy amounts of investment funding.

Journal Sentinel: Boulder becomes incubator hot spot with help of TechStars program

July 20, 2013

SnowShoe, which makes hardware for authenticating mobile transactions, is one of five Madison companies that has participated in a TechStar program.

Internationally recognized computer scientist earns distributed computing award

July 19, 2013

Miron Livny, director of core computational technology at the Morgridge Institute for Research and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and a University of Wisconsin–Madison computer sciences professor, has been honored for his groundbreaking contributions to the field with the 2013 High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC) Achievement Award. 

AquaMost adds board member, close debt round; part of July 23 WIN-Madison

July 19, 2013

AquaMost Inc. has named Robert Gaudin to its board of directors. This strategic addition adds to the company’s positioning in the oil and gas industry. Gaudin is the founder and CEO of Holland Services, a complete energy land services company, serving the oil and gas industry for more than 30 years. AquaMost will be a part of a July 23 WIN-Madison meeting at which innovation surrounding the hydraulic fracturing industry will be discussed. Register at www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com/events

Tech Council applauds early stage investment bill signing

July 19, 2013

Wisconsin Technology Council President Tom Still issued the following statement after Gov. Scott Walker signed the early stage capital bill into law.   

Journal Sentinel: Angels invest $950,000 in The Art Commission

July 18, 2013

The Art Commission LLC, an online platform that connects artists with design professionals seeking art for their clients, said it has raised $950,000 from angel investors.

Global Freshwater Seed Accelerator to bring water technology startups to Wisconsin

July 18, 2013

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with The Water Council, announced that four freshwater technology startups have been selected to participate in a first-of-its-kind Global Freshwater Seed Accelerator Program.

Journal Sentinel: New vacuum-insulated window glass aims to cut heat lost

July 16, 2013

The vacuum-insulated window glass designed by the founder and chief executive officer of V-Glass LLC won the advanced manufacturing category in the 2013 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest last month.

Journal Sentinel: Immelt cites growth, innovation as keys to boosting U.S. economy

July 12, 2013

Growth and innovation are keys to solving unemployment and keeping the U.S. in the global mix, the top executive of one of the world's biggest companies told the UW System Board of Regents Friday morning.

"Job creation and competitiveness in the end have to be the answer," said Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric Co. "If we accept potential GDP growth in the U.S. to be 2%, this never gets better. We need more growth, more innovation, more engineers."

CNBC: Wisconsin ranks 22nd in CNBC's "America's Best States for Business" list

July 11, 2013

Wisconsin ranked 22nd overall in CNBC’s annual list of “America’s Best States for Business.” Click here to read how Wisconsin fared in a number of categories that comprised the 2013 ranking.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin introduces Small Business Innovation Act

July 11, 2013

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the Small Business Innovation Act of 2013 to help fuel small business job creation and economic growth that is so desperately needed in Wisconsin. The legislation, Baldwin’s first bill in the U.S. Senate, will help provide startup businesses the capital they need to grow their companies and create jobs.

Wall Street Journal: CDI announces launch of initial public offering

July 10, 2013

Cellular Dynamics International, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of fully functioning human cells in industrial quantities to precise specifications, announced that it has commenced an initial public offering of 3,846,000 shares of common stock pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

State Journal: New nonprofit fund will invest in startups

July 10, 2013

Eight investors are forming a new nonprofit foundation aimed at helping startup businesses across Wisconsin. BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation will invest donors' money in high-growth, technology-based startup companies.

Apply to present to science and technology directors at 2013 Resource Rendezvous

July 10, 2013

The producers of ‘Resource Rendezvous’ are looking for early stage companies from Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest to present at the seventh annual conference to be held Sept. 19 in Milwaukee.

Journal Sentinel: C5-6, UW-Stevens Point get grant for biofuel initiative

July 9, 2013

Researchers at C5-6 Technologies and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are collaborating on technologies that they think can help develop next-generation biofuels and help move beyond the food vs. fuel debate that surrounds corn-based ethanol.

Wall Street Journal: Math, science popular until students realize they’re hard

July 8, 2013

Math and science majors are popular until students realize what they’re getting themselves into, according to new research.

Leader-Telegram: Bugher stepping down from post

July 7, 2013

Bugher has helped UW-Madison Research Park, which was established in 1984, expand to 126 companies and more than 3,500 employees. He spent the past few years developing University Research Park 2, which is on the far west side of Madison. The new park has 371 acres and, when fully developed, will have 200 companies and 6,000 to 8,000 employees, he said. Preliminary tasks included land acquisition, working with the city on annexation, land use, roads and legislative approval.

Madison ranks 20th among metro areas in per capita venture capital investments

July 5, 2013

In a report for The Atlantic Cities, researcher Richard Florida ranks Madison 20th among U.S. metropolitan areas for venture capital investments.

Virent secures Department of Energy award for next generation biofuel conversion

July 2, 2013

Virent announced it has received a federal award of up to $4 million, subject to final contract negotiations with the U.S. Department of Energy, to develop carbon conversion efficiency of biomass to distillate products ideal for blending into existing diesel and jet fuel infrastructures.

InBusiness: Madison’s Idle Free Systems sees rapid growth

July 2, 2013

Madison-based Idle Free, whose APUs lower the energy consumption and operating costs of commercial trucks and school buses, recently announced that it saw remarkable year-over-year growth in 2012 of 250%, in the process doubling the size of its manufacturing facility and increasing its workforce by 30%.

Wisconsin startup companies approved for investment tax credits, loans

July 2, 2013

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation today announced approval of early stage tax credits and loans for seven emerging Wisconsin companies. 

WisBusiness: UW-Madison: New catalyst could cut cost of making hydrogen fuel

July 2, 2013

A discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may represent a significant advance in the quest to create a "hydrogen economy" that would use this abundant element to store and transfer energy.

Angel tax credit cap lifted as part of Wisconsin state budget

July 1, 2013

A lifetime cap on state angel investment tax credits was eliminated in the $70-billion, two-year budget Gov. Scott Walker signed into law Sunday.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features U-Group's Sanjeev Chitre

June 27, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with Sanjeev Chitre of Silicon Valley’s U Group about an outsider’s perspective on Wisconsin’s startup economy; Tom Still discusses the next steps for Wisconsin’s early-stage capital bill; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for late June 2013 covers private sector jobs and the farm bill.


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.

Illinois investors encourage startups to explore opportunities across border

June 26, 2013

Badger State entrepreneurs -- especially those with ideas for creating health-care or agriculture-related software companies -- shouldn't be shy about looking south to Chicago for funding and networking, a pair of Windy City investment pros said Tuesday.

"Madison is connected to Chicago and Chicago connects Madison to the rest of the Midwest," Jeff Carter, a co-founder of Chicago's Hyde Park Angels to a Wisconsin Innovation Network gathering.

Cap Times: Madison goes 3-D, city a potential hotbed for 3-D printing

June 26, 2013

Madisonians, from scientists to businesses to hobbyists, are right up there in the eye-opening world of 3-D printer creations.

Journal Sentinel: Drug research firm to open clinical trial unit at Aurora Sinai

June 25, 2013

Spaulding Clinical Research said Monday it plans to partner with Aurora Health Care to open a research unit at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. The 18-bed unit will conduct Phase I clinical trials that test the safety of potential drugs.

State Journal: Exact Sciences completes secondary stock offering

June 25, 2013

The Madison company is working to get its colorectal cancer test, Cologuard, on the market.

Journal Sentinel: Businessman turns software company into national success

June 24, 2013

Dan Maynard twice had a chance to walk away from the company he founded. Instead, he stuck around, once buying it back for $1. Partly because he chose to stick with it, Connecture Inc. today employs more than 400 people, including 186 in Brookfield. Revenue last year totaled about $50 million, up from $30 million in 2011. This year, including a recent acquisition, revenue is projected to top $90 million.

State Journal: Iristocracy to preview its artistic eyewear

June 24, 2013

Natasha Vora, of Madison, is hoping to transform eyeglasses into an artistic fashion statement with her new online eyewear and accessory company, Iristocracy.

Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee - Diverse, generous, not so entrepreneurial

June 24, 2013

"Vital Signs," is a new effort by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to assess the area's social and economic well-being, spark discussion and monitor change. It's an ambitious project, stacking Milwaukee against 15 other metropolitan areas on more than 80 different criteria.

New DeForest angel group adds to robust investor network in Wisconsin

June 24, 2013

A new angel investment network with a target fund size of $1 million has formed in DeForest and will hold its first formal meeting in early August, a co-manager has announced.

State Journal: State tax credits attracted nearly $50M in private funding for startups

June 20, 2013

Sixty-three early-stage Wisconsin companies raised $48.4 million in private funding in 2012 through a state program that offers a 25 percent income tax credit to investors in qualified businesses, according to a report released Wednesday.

State Journal: 'Trep lands $700,000 in seed funding for new social networking site

June 20, 2013

On the Internet, people can communicate with thousands of friends at once, but when it comes to planning an actual get-together with a few friends, the Internet is not very effective, said Madison entrepreneur Mark McGuire.

So McGuire co-founded Nextt, “a private social network for friends to connect online so they can do more together offline,” the website http://www.getnextt.com/, says. The company announced Wednesday that it had attracted $700,000 in seed funding from investors.

Journal Sentinel: Angel investor tax credits help raise $164M for start-ups in 2012

June 19, 2013

Investors in 63 early-stage companies received $12.1 million of tax credits from the state in 2012 under a program designed to spur funding for young, high-tech companies, according to a new report.

Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin ranked in top 5 states for medical imaging jobs

June 19, 2013

Wisconsin is one of the top five states for direct jobs in the medical imaging industry, with an estimated 6,920 people employed in the manufacturing, selling and servicing of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and other equipment, according to a new study from the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance.

Journal Sentinel: UWM student lab buzzing with app developers

June 19, 2013

The AppBrewery is among a growing number of university-led initiatives crafting apps that might not otherwise get made. The group — technically known by the little-used name of UWM Mobile Innovation Lab — is planning to launch its first project in late summer. The Milwaukee County mobile app will feature bus schedules, with real-time GPS tracking of bus locations; county park maps and information; and events at the zoo.

SSTI Weekly: AZ, NJ, WI Increase Capital for Entrepreneurship

June 19, 2013

Over the last week, several states have announced/passed new programs focused on increasing the capital available to spur small business growth and innovation. Officials from New Jersey announced the state's new angel tax credit will take effect July 1. In Arizona and Wisconsin two bills await gubernatorial approval that would rework the Arizona R&D tax credit program and establish a $75 million venture capital fund in Wisconsin. Meanwhile, the Minnesota state legislature did not approve an additional $5 million for its popular Small Business Investment Tax Credit.

Journal Sentinel: Exact Sciences files to sell 5.5 million shares

June 18, 2013

Exact Sciences Corp., a Madison company developing a DNA-based, non-invasive test for colon cancer, said Tuesday it is trying to raise nearly $64 million in a stock offering.

Tech Council applauds Senate for bipartisan vote on venture bill

June 18, 2013

Two leaders of the Wisconsin Technology Council issued the following statement on the Senate’s 29-3 vote in support of Assembly Bill 181, the early stage capital bill: 


“On behalf of the Wisconsin Technology Council’s board of directors, we applaud the Wisconsin Senate for voting, 29-3, Tuesday to approve Assembly Bill 181,”  said chairman Mark Bugher and president Tom Still. 


See complete coverage of the bill here.

Partnership first in nation to help Wisconsin companies in Foreign-Trade Zone

June 17, 2013

A new partnership between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Port of Milwaukee will make it easier for state businesses to take full advantage of the regional Foreign-Trade Zone. This unique effort is designed to increase the participation in the Port’s Foreign-Trade Zone and boost international trade by managing tariffs and in some cases reducing or eliminating those fees.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Sun Mountain Capital's Brian Birk

June 13, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with Brian Birk, managing director of Sun Mountain Capital in New Mexico, who attended the recent Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Middleton; Tom Still discusses Wisconsin’s expertise in health information technology; and the Wisbusiness.com Stock Report for early June 2013.


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.

Journal Sentinel: Pro golfer Andy North among new investors in Kayo Technology Inc.

June 13, 2013

Two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North is among several new investors in Kayo Technology Inc., a Madison company that aims to modernize the practice of physical therapy.

Journal Sentinel: Growth stalls in Wisconsin, but there are signs of hope

June 12, 2013

What we know is this: Over the next decade, innovation and entrepreneurism are the keys to producing a more robust economy in Wisconsin. And that's why, despite the scary news coming out of the statistic mills, there are still reasons to be optimistic if you're a dyed-in-the-wool Badger.

Waukesha County student wins 2nd annual 'Wisconsin YES' youth biz plan contest

June 12, 2013

Sara Linderman, an 8th grader at Pilgrim Park Middle School and a resident of Brookfield, is the grand prize winner in Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle and high school.  

State Journal: Senate's turn to support startups

June 11, 2013

The state Assembly just approved a smart plan to help young companies in Wisconsin expand and hire. Now the Senate should act.

Bugher to retire after guiding University Research Park growth, success

June 11, 2013

Mark Bugher, who helped to mold UW-Madison's University Research Park into an economic and technology transfer force admired nationally, plans to retire in October.

BizTimes: Cudahy donates $2 million for UWM Innovation Campus

June 10, 2013

Just as construction kicked off on the first building at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Innovation Campus this week, Chancellor Michael Lovell announced that the project will receive a $2 million gift from philanthropist Michael Cudahy.

Journal Sentinel: Exact Sciences applies to FDA to sell colon cancer test to public

June 10, 2013

Four years after Kevin T. Conroy took the top job at a struggling biotech company, Exact Sciences Corp. said Monday it has submitted an application to federal regulators for approval to market a DNA-based, non-invasive colon cancer test.

Journal Sentinel: Week's high-tech developments could give venture capital a boost

June 8, 2013

The state's still-emerging high-tech economy saw developments on several fronts last week, creating optimism that years of talk might finally yield significant action.

State Journal: Fish-finding app, made in Madison, lures Wal-Mart's interest

June 7, 2013

Before Brian Jensen’s mobile app, Fishidy, showed up in the sporting goods sections of hundreds of Wal-Mart stores, the Sun Prairie native got all but skunked on a fishing trip to northern Minnesota.

Assembly passes venture bill, 91-2; Tech Council applauds vote, urges Senate action

June 7, 2013

The Wisconsin Assembly voted, 91-2, June 6 to approve Assembly Bill 181, the early stage capital bill, and send it to the Senate for further action. Read a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story here. Read a statement from the Wisconsin Growth Capital Coalition here.

Journal Sentinel: Odyne Systems awarded plug-in hybrid system contract

June 6, 2013

Odyne Systems of Waukesha has received a contract to supply its plug-in hybrid system technology to about 120 large plug-in hybrid trucks to utilities under a $45 million contract with the research arm of the utility industry.

It's a wrap! Check out all the coverage from the 2013 Wis. "Treps Conference

June 6, 2013

The 2013 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference was held June 4-5 at the Marriott West in Middleton. View coverage of the event here.

Device to speed healing of diabetic foot ulcers wins Gov's Biz Plan Contest

June 5, 2013

A company that has developed a portable device for treating diabetic foot ulcers won the grand prize in the 2013 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, organizers announced Wednesday.

NitricGen Inc., a Madison-based firm, designed and patented a shoe box-sized device that produces nitric oxide from room air to treat chronic foot ulcers, a serious complication of diabetes. The device electrically creates a flow of nitric oxide gas to be applied by the patient.

UW-Whitewater: Student entrepreneur launches quadcopter

June 4, 2013

Mitchell Fiene, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater sophomore, has taken his business idea to the skies after finding a solution to an arduous farming practice - crop scouting.

State Journal: Madison stem cell company CDI files for IPO

June 4, 2013

Cellular Dynamics International, created by UW-Madison stem cell pioneer James Thomson in 2004, plans to sell its stock on the public market, the first Madison company to go public in six years.

At least $163 million invested in state firms, angel report shows

June 3, 2013

Wisconsin companies raised more than $163 million in early stage funding in 2012, a 7 percent jump from 2011, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Angel Network.

Wisconsin entrepreneurs see bright future ahead

June 3, 2013

The numbers remain gloomy, but many believe that after more than a decade of serious effort, Wisconsin finally may be re-invigorating its entrepreneurial climate.

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

May 31, 2013

Still on the fence about attending the 11th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Milwaukee? Here are 10 reasons to drop in Tuesday and Wednesday for one of the Midwest’s premier events for entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs' Conference featured on 'For the Record'

May 31, 2013

Watch "For the Record" with Neil Heinen this Sunday at 10 a.m. on WISC-TV Channel 3. Heinen talks about the growing spirit of entrepreneurship and previews the upcoming Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference. Guests include Tom Still, Wisconsin Technology Council; Melissa Turczyn, Michael Best & Friedrich and 2013 conference co-chair; and Mark Gehring, Asthmapolis and conference panelist.

SOLOMO Technology raises $1.7M

May 30, 2013
A Madison-based provider of mobile technology solutions closed a $1.7 million funding round to help accelerate product development and increase sales and marketing, the company announced today.

Latest 'WisBusiness.com: The Show' features WMC president Kurt Bauer

May 30, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with Kurt Bauer, president of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, about current and upcoming state legislation, including the state budget; Tom Still discusses why Michigan is a potential role model for our economic development; and the Wisbusiness.com Stock Report for early June 2013.

Leading investors, entrepreneurs on tap for Wis. Entrepreneurs' Conference

May 29, 2013

More than 40 investors and entrepreneurs will talk about best practices, success stories – and even how they learned from failure – during panel discussions at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Middleton. Tracks within the two-day conference are built around three distinct stages that matter to all startup companies: launch, grow and succeed. Seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and others who work with emerging companies will take part in each discussion. To register, visit http://www.witrepsconference.com/.

Federal patent reform coordinator to speak June 5 at 'Treps Conference

May 28, 2013

Janet Gongola, the patent reform coordinator at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., will take part in a panel discussion during the second day of the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Middleton.

‘Diligent Dozen’ selected to present live June 4 at the Wis. 'Treps Conference

May 23, 2013

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 11th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Middleton.

'Start Me Up' to bring healthcare CIOs, entrepreneurs and investors together

May 22, 2013

Healthcare industry leaders, local health information technology startups, investors and other industry leaders will converge at the first “Start Me Up” Meet-up Day June 10 at the Fluno Center on the UW-Madison campus.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features WellIntel CEO Marian Singer

May 17, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with Marian Singer, CEO of Shorewood-based WellIntel, about groundwater monitoring from above ground; Tom Still discusses the impact of new energy reserves being found in America and around the world; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for mid-May covers Wisconsin's business climate rankings and business tax rankings.


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.

ETC's Fred Foster to receive 2013 'Seize the Day' award at 'Treps Conference

May 16, 2013

Fred Foster, a Madison native who founded ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls Inc.) will receive the 10th annual Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.

Journal Sentinel: Snowshoe Food selected for TechStar start-up accelerator program

May 13, 2013

A Madison company with a unique, inexpensive technology for authenticating mobile transactions, has been accepted into the highly selective TechStars Boulder start-up accelerator program. Claus Moberg, chief executive officer of Snowshoe Food Inc., and the company's four other employees will spend the summer in Boulder, Co. working with mentors and further developing their company.

Journal Sentinel: Revolution Labs receives $100K in state grants to boost inner city businesses

May 13, 2013

Two state agencies will provide a total of $100,000 to Revolution Labs, a Milwaukee program aimed at providing best practices training and funding for five inner-city start-ups, Gov. Scott Walker said Monday.

State Journal: Executive Q&A - Dan Blake of the Wisconsin Angel Network

May 13, 2013

Dan Blake, 31, took over in March as director of the Wisconsin Angel Network, part of the Wisconsin Technology Council. Read his interview with the Wisconsin State Journal’s Judy Newman here.

Journal Sentinel: ZBB Energy continues international focus with S. Korea order

May 10, 2013

ZBB Energy Corp.. said it has received more orders from Lotte Chemical Co. of South Korea for its batteries and energy storage system technology. The Menomonee Falls firm has been working with Lotte for several years under a partnership, working together on the next generation of the company’s zinc bromide flow battery.

‘Silicon Badgers’ will discuss Wisconsin, California parallels at 'Treps Conference

May 9, 2013

Successful investors and entrepreneurs from California’s Silicon Valley will offer perspectives on opportunities and challenges in Wisconsin’s tech sectors during a 90-minute presentation at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, to be held June 4-5 at the Marriott West in Middleton. To register, go t http://www.witrepsconference.com/.

Journal Sentinel: Biopharmaceutical company Inviragen to be acquired by Takeda

May 8, 2013

Inviragen Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company with facilities in Madison, has agreed to be bought by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. for an upfront payment of $35 million, and future payments of up to $215 million tied to meeting future clinical milestones.

State Journal: Tech businesses are up in the Madison area, new listing shows

May 6, 2013

More than 600 businesses in the Madison area are considered high-tech, according to a survey by Madison Gas & Electric. The 2013 Greater Madison Area High-Tech Directory is out, and based on statistics compiled by MGE, there are 625 companies that fall into categories that include computer software development, bioscience and medical devices. That's up from 580 listed a year ago.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features WAN director Dan Blake

May 6, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with Dan Blake, the new director of the Wisconsin Angel Network, about Wisconsin's early stage investment opportunities for businesses and investors; Tom Still explains how bipartisan cooperation is the best way to grow Wisconsin's economy; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for early May covers early stage capital and foreign land buying. 


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.

BizTimes: SHINE Medical Technology reaches key milestone

May 3, 2013

A company that plans to build a production plant in Janesville says it has reached a milestone that further demonstrates its ability to produce a medical isotope used in more than 40 million medical imaging tests each year.

State Journal: ETC buys former Sunny Industries building

May 2, 2013

Middleton-based ETC, Electronic Theatre Controls, is expanding to Mazomanie. ETC, which designs and manufactures lighting systems and rigging equipment for entertainment and architectural uses, has purchased the vacant building that formerly housed commercial printer Sunny Industries, later known as Synergy Web Graphics.

Testimony wrap-up from public hearing on state-leveraged fund-of-funds

May 1, 2013

The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy and Mining held a public hearing Wednesday in Madison on Assembly Bill 181, which would create a state-leveraged fund-of-funds. Read on for testimony on the bill from Wisconsin Technology Council President Tom Still, Steve Lyons and Trevor D’Souza of the Wisconsin Growth Capital Coalition, and Delora Newton of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Also, read blog items from Wisconsin Angel Network Director Dan Blake, including comments from entrepreneurs who join Still during his testimony.

Bipartisan bill will create state-backed fund to spur job creation

April 29, 2013

A bill that would create a state-leveraged “fund of funds” to invest in some of Wisconsin’s most promising early stage companies was introduced today by a bipartisan group of state legislators.

Journal Sentinel: 3-D printing company Digifii wins BizStarts college contest

April 29, 2013

As the first place winner of the 2013 BizStarts Milwaukee Collegiate Business Plan Competition, Digifii will be entered into Phase 3 of the Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Breakouts at 'Treps Conference will help emerging firms lauch, grow and succeed

April 29, 2013

Tracks within the two-day conference are built around three distinct stages that matter to all startup companies: launch, grow and succeed. Seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and others who work with emerging companies will take part in each discussion.

Journal Sentinel: Moving Milwaukee forward

April 24, 2013

Ideas, risk-taking and industrial muscle built Milwaukee. To move forward, the region needs brain power and an economy fueled by entrepreneurs and start-ups.

WisBusiness.com: Ward reflects on higher ed's changing landscape

April 24, 2013

“Higher education -- whether we like it or not -- is in big, irreversible change,” said Ward, speaking to a Wisconsin Innovation Network event on Tuesday in Madison.

State Journal: Biz Expo highlights ways startups are using digital technology

April 24, 2013

Innovation Way was home, for a few hours, to a group of startup companies that are plowing into the world of digital technology and social media. The startups, which set up shop at the 19th annual Biz Expo sponsored by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, are trying to help traditional businesses in an increasingly digital environment dominated by smartphones and apps.

Shark Tank's Lucash to speak at Wis. Entrepreneurs' Conference

April 22, 2013

Jason Lucash, co-founder of OrigAudio and a nationally known entrepreneur whose credentials include landing an investment during an episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” will speak at the 11th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.

WisBusiness.com: State rolls out new pavilion to make connections at BIO in Chicago

April 22, 2013

More than 50 Wisconsin biotech companies and research facilities, plus 150 people from the Badger State, are expected to attend BIO International 2013 in Chicago this week.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features PSC member Ellen Nowak

April 19, 2013

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum talks with Ellen Nowak of the state Public Service Commission about regulatory issues affecting the business community; Tom Still explains how the finalists in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest reflect state market trends; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for mid-April 2013 covers the China trade mission and Oshkosh Corp.

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.

Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin companies raise millions in venture capital

April 18, 2013

Wisconsin companies raised $18.42 million of venture capital in the first quarter, the best showing to start the year since 2010.

BizTimes: Badger Meter acquires California technology company

April 17, 2013

Milwaukee-based Badger Meter Inc. has acquired Los Gatos, Calif.-based software technology company Aquacue Inc. for $14 million. The addition will help advance Badger Meter’s water usage management technology.

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