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MadREP: Video Game Industry Meet-UP fuels momentum around Madison's gaming cluser

August 28, 2015

A capacity crowd of more than 75 people attended last night’s Video Game Industry & Higher Ed Meet-Up to discuss growing the Madison Region’s gaming industry and creating an innovation ecosystem for video games. The event was held at Filament Games as part of the 2015 Forward Fest and was planned and co-sponsored by Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), and the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA).

State Journal: Saliva-based fertility test wins Madison pitch contest

August 28, 2015

Katie Brenner is on a roll. The Madison biochemist and bioengineer who helped develop the first saliva-based fertility test for women won the 5X5X5 pitch competition held Thursday by the Doyenne Group, a Madison organization that advises and encourages women entrepreneurs.

Inside Wis: Higher education in Wisconsin deserves comprehensive look, not piecemeal ideas.

August 28, 2015

Rethinking higher education in Wisconsin – its many “flavors,” its competitive pressures, its costs, its economic value and its role in meeting the state’s needs for skilled workers – is best done comprehensively. That’s why the Wisconsin Technology Council issued a set of recommendations to help policymakers go about the critical process of assessing the role of higher education – the UW System, the tech colleges and the valuable role of private colleges – in our modern Innovation and Knowledge Economy.

JSOnline: Exact Science shares rise 6.8% after Medicare reimbursement ruling

August 27, 2015

Shares of Exact Sciences Corp. rose 6.8% Wednesday after the Madison maker of molecular diagnostic tests said an advisory panel voted to maintain Medicare's current reimbursement price for the company's non-invasive colon cancer screening test.

Channel3000.com: American Family pledges $40M to UW over 10 years

August 27, 2015

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and American Family Insurance announced an expansion of their partnership Thursday with AmFam pledging $40 million to the school over 10 years.

State Journal: Alliant to study solar-energy generation with a multi-year project

August 26, 2015

Solar-energy generation is a natural fit for warm-weather locations, but can it work in Wisconsin? Alliant Energy believes it can. To verify that, the company will study solar energy generation in Madison in a multi-year project.

JSOnline: FluGen raises $12 million in new investments for flu vaccines

August 26, 2015

FluGen Inc., a Madison biotechnology company that is developing flu vaccines, said Tuesday it has raised $12 million in a funding round led by some of the state's largest investors. FluGen will use the money to continue development and complete clinical trials for its Redee Flu vaccine that the company says provides better coverage for the elderly and for flu strains that have mutated from those contained in the yearly vaccine.

State Journal: Madison startup BluDiagnostics wins trip to woo Silicon Valley investors

August 26, 2015

BluDiagnostics co-founder Katie Brenner will be on her way to Silicon Valley in October to see if West Coast investors are as enamored with her young company’s Fertility Finder as Midwesterners seem to be.

Tech Council resolution addresses continuing debate of future over higher ed

August 26, 2015

The past year witnessed a highly charged debate about our public university system. The Wisconsin Technology Council believes it is time for a post-partisan discussion about the future of our state’s higher education system and its role in providing Wisconsin with a competitive economic edge. Read our resolution suggesting some principles for policymakers to follow. 

Tech Council outlines principles to guide constructive debate on future of higher ed

August 26, 2015

The Wisconsin Technology Council has offered five broad principles to help guide a continued public debate over the future of higher education in Wisconsin. Contained in a resolution passed by the Tech Council’s executive committee, and based on a discussion by its full board of directors, the principles are founded on a belief that Wisconsin’s economic future will be driven by its innovation economy.

State Journal: UW-Madison second best in Big Ten, academic ranking says

August 25, 2015

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the second best college in the Big Ten and the 24th best in the world, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


Tech Council congratulates Reed Hall on his service to WEDC, state

August 25, 2015

The Wisconsin Technology Council congratulated Reed Hall on his Tuesday announcement that he will retire Sept. 25 as secretary and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

Madison Startups: Panel: Madison's Ecosystem Has Grown

August 25, 2015

The resources in Madison, including its growing startup ecosystem, give entrepreneurs a competitive advantage, according to a panel discussion in the opening session of the annual Forward Technology Conference held Tuesday at the Monona Terrace.

The resources in Madison, including its growing startup ecosystem, give entrepreneurs a competitive advantage, according to a panel discussion in the opening session of the annual Forward Technology Conference held Tuesday at the Monona Terrace. - See more at: http://www.madisonstartups.com/panel-madisons-ecosystem-has-grown/#sthash.jIuYUTPu.dpuf
The resources in Madison, including its growing startup ecosystem, give entrepreneurs a competitive advantage, according to a panel discussion in the opening session of the annual Forward Technology Conference held Tuesday at the Monona Terrace. - See more at: http://www.madisonstartups.com/panel-madisons-ecosystem-has-grown/#sthash.jIuYUTPu.dpuThe resources in Madison, including its growing startup ecosystem, give entrepreneurs a competitive advantage, according to a panel discussion in the opening session of the annual Forward Technology Conference held Tuesday at the Monona Terrace.

BizTimes: Scale Up Milwaukee plans move to Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship

August 24, 2015

The organization, which helps small businesses grow, currently operates out of the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s offices in the Global Water Center in Milwaukee. It will eventually spin off into its own space at the Lubar Center.

JSOnline: Wisconsin gave financial boost to firm using fetal tissue

August 24, 2015

The State of Wisconsin has provided $750,000 in loans — and nearly $2 million more in tax credits for investors — to benefit a Madison biotech firm using tissue derived from aborted fetuses, practices that are being closely scrutinized by conservative lawmakers and GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

JSOnline: Wisconsin giving millions to beef up rural Internet service

August 23, 2015

When she moved to Eagle River, Lori Collins said, she couldn't get fast, reliable Internet service — so she started a company to offer it. Now, SonicNet has several thousand customers. It's also one of more than a dozen broadband providers, including three in Vilas County, that have received state grants to expand service in rural areas.

JSOnline: Susan Healy enjoys role as start-up CFO for hire

August 22, 2015

As big names in business go, Susan Healy's LinkedIn profile is full of them. But after leaving her job as chief financial officer at Lands' End, Healy discovered a passion for smaller names — much smaller, in fact. Healy — Harvard University law degree, CFO for Goldman Sachs' power asset business, investment banker whose clients included Boston Beer, Coach, Nike and Rubbermaid — works with hot Madison-based start-ups the likes of EatStreet, Propeller Health and WebRacing Inc.

WisBusiness: Venture capitalist Goff shares secrets of success

August 21, 2015

Charlie Goff knows a thing or two about being a venture capitalist. The general partner of the NEW Capital Fund, he has overseen two funds, including its active current fund that has more than $45 million under management.

Inside Wis: Cool cities are hot cities: Smaller communities can compete for talent

August 21, 2015

How Wisconsin responds to one of the most serious demographic challenges in its history is vital to the state’s economy, which must add or replace 1 million workers in the next 10 years as the current workforce ages and businesses of all types seek to grow or, in some cases, simply survive.

‘WisBiz: The Show’ covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Bram Daelemans of Wis. Angel Network

August 20, 2015

This episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show” features an interview with Bram Daelemans, director of the Wisconsin Angel Network, on the state of early stage investing in Wisconsin. Tom Still discusses threats to Wisconsin’s research community and Liz Schrum presents this week's Tech Metrics, a look at key indicators in the Wisconsin economy.

BizJournal: New funding, expanded programming for Global Water Center

August 20, 2015

An expanded pilot program and several hundred thousand dollars in funding are on tap at Milwaukee's Global Water Center, both unveiled Thursday. The Water Council partnered with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and We Energies-backed Fund for Lake Michigan in a $600,000, two-year joint funding venture designed to advance new clean water technologies. The pilot program started earlier this year with a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo.

State Journal: Fitchburg officials push option for Exact Sciences if talks with Madison fail

August 19, 2015

As negotiations between Madison and JDS Development proceed on a deal to bring booming Exact Sciences Corp. to the proposed Judge Doyle Square project Downtown, Fitchburg is touting an alternative if talks collapse.


BizJournal: GE Healthcare wins FDA approval for lung cancer screening software

August 19, 2015

The Waukesha-based GE Healthcare computed tomography (CT) business unit said it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for what the company says is the first low-dose CT lung cancer screening protocol.

WisBusiness: Panel: Wisconsin could be health-tech app hotbed

August 19, 2015

Wisconsin residents – from avid triathletes to occasional weekend warriors – and institutions ranging from the University of Wisconsin to the Green Bay Packers, are potential customers for data-rich sports tech applications. But if the young Badger State health-tech companies that make these apps want to grow, they need better financing, a panel of executives from several Madison and Milwaukee startups said Tuesday at a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon – appropriately named “Abs and Apps.”

JSOnline: Online wine retailer raises $2 million in new investments

August 18, 2015

Bright Cellars Inc., a personalized online subscription wine retailer that moved to Milwaukee in June after participating in the gener8tortraining program, has raised $2 million in an investment round led by CSA Partners, the venture capital fund backed by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.

CapTimes: Six local startups to compete in 'Pressure Chamber' during Forward Festival

August 17, 2015

Pressure Chamber, which will be held on Aug. 25 at Monona Terrace, is part of Madison’s entrepreneurship-focused Forward Festival, which kicks off on Thursday and runs through Aug. 27. The event, sponsored by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, pits six local startups against each other for a chance to travel, all expenses paid, to Palo Alto, California, to meet with potential investors.

BizTimes: Milwaukee ranks highest in manufacturing job growth

August 17, 2015

Milwaukee ranks highest in the nation in manufacturing job growth, according to a new report by the New York City-based statistics firm Wanted Analytics.

State Journal: Raven has helped create a video game cluster here

August 16, 2015

At age 25 with nearly 200 employees, Raven Software is the Madison area’s Big Kahuna in the digital game development business and is credited with a good share of its growth.

Green Bay Gazette: Green Bay one of top 10 places to start a business

August 15, 2015

The Green Bay area is on a development hot streak that business and community leaders don’t expect will dissipate for the next few years.

Ashland Daily Press: 2015 Business and Technology Conference aims to shape success

August 15, 2015

Those who attended the 2015 Lake Superior Business and Technology Conference held Friday at the Ashland Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College were told that they should take stock in their successes, to collaborate regionally for continued growth and success.

State Journal: Raven Software: Still alive and thriving, at 25

August 15, 2015

In a place like the Madison area, where people supported home-grown businesses way before the phrase “Buy local” became a battle cry, it’s not all that unusual to find companies that have been a mainstay for decades.


Inside Wis: Fetal tissue bill can be amended to satisfy science and ethics

August 14, 2015

The political reflex to the creepy possibility that people are illegally selling organs and tissue from aborted fetuses is understandable. The rush to pass overly broad legislation that would outlaw and even criminalize legitimate, longstanding medical research is not.

BizJournal: Tricast raises $3.3 million for marketing software, will double employment to 70

August 14, 2015

Tricast Holdings LLC of Wauwatosa has raised $3.3 million in private equity to boost marketing of its pharmacy-data analytics software and plans to double employment to about 70 in the next 18 months.

State Journal: Local companies make Inc. 5000 list

August 14, 2015

Fourteen Madison area companies are on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately owned companies in the U.S.

State Journal: Tech and Biotech: New investments, accelerator attendees, and Epic's Judy Faulkner gets Forbes' attention

August 14, 2015

Madison startups are finding investors and getting chosen for accelerator programs; and Epic’s Judy Faulkner makes another Forbes list.


WisBusiness: A bill that would prohibit transferring or experimenting on fetal tissue from abortions is getting a robust debate at the Capitol

August 12, 2015

AB 305 author Rep. Andre Jacque at a Capitol hearing yesterday said the law should change because he is appalled by the idea of aborted fetuses being treated as commodities. Under AB 305, those found in violation of the law would be guilty of a class H felony, which carries the potential for prison time. The bill also would set a maximum $50,000 fine. 

BizTimes: BrightStar announces five new investment commitments

August 11, 2015

Milwaukee-based BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc. today announced that it has made $50,000 seed round investments in two new Madison- based companies, AltusMedical Group Inc., and GrocerKey Inc.

gener8tor: Five Startups Begin gener8tor’s Milwaukee 2015 Program

August 10, 2015

gener8tor, a “Top 15” startup accelerator in the US, kicks off its Milwaukee 2015 program this week at their downtown Milwaukee office in the new co-working space, Ward4. This is the seventh gener8tor program since its inception. gener8tor recruits, mentors and trains entrepreneurs leading high-­‐growth business ventures from around the world. Since June 2012, the 33 startup graduates from gener8tor’s previous six accelerator programs have gone on to raise nearly $50 million in financing and created over 300 jobs.

Still in JSOnline: Rush to pass legislation banning fetal tissue use unwise

August 8, 2015

Legislation that would ban the sale and use of fetal tissue is on a fast track in the Wisconsin Legislature, where a public hearing will be held Tuesday in Madison and some Republican leaders are pledging swift passage in September.

Latest ‘WisBiz: The Show’ covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Brian Schupper of Scale Up Milwaukee

August 7, 2015

This episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show” features an interview with Brian Schupper of Scale Up Milwaukee on how the Greater Milwaukee Committee is committing to hands-on assistance for emerging companies. Tom Still discusses Wisconsin’s needs for broadband cooperation and Liz Schrum presents this week's Tech Metrics, a look at key indicators in the Wisconsin economy.

Inside Wis: Technology helps private landowners become better stewards of land – and make money

August 7, 2015

Of course, technology is nothing new in farming in Wisconsin or elsewhere. The harvesting machine, the twine binder, malted milk, the milk butterfat test, the round silo, safe canning methods for peas and tuberculin tests for cattle were all Wisconsin inventions in the 1800s alone. The pace of innovation hasn’t slowed in the last century-plus.

JSOnline: Start-ups receive Madworks Seed Accelerator grants

August 6, 2015

Eight very young start-ups ranging from a maker of wearable technology to a cricket meal producer graduated from the Madworks Seed Accelerator this week.

JSOnline: Madison start-ups compete for Silicon Valley trip

August 5, 2015

Six start-ups have been chosen by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce to compete for an all-expenses-paid trip to Silicon Valley to pitch their story to top investors.

State Journal: Madison start-up to present at the White House

August 3, 2015

Export Abroad, a software company that helps other firms with market research and sales leads in foreign countries, will be part of the first-ever White House Demo Day on Tuesday. Export Abroad won a "Shark Tank"-style pitch event early this year hosted by The Madison Club and coordinated and judged with the help of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

August 17 deadline approaching for SBIR Advance grant

July 31, 2015

UW-Extension’s Center for Technology Commercialization is offering a match grant of up to $75,000 to provide additional assistance to companies in the process of completing a Small Business Innovation Research project. This the fourth round of funding awarded to the program by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Inside Wis: With surging need for bandwidth, top public CIOs see urgent need for cooperation

July 31, 2015

Finding and lighting dark fiber will help Wisconsin prepare for the predicted bandwidth crunch brought on by the “Internet of Things” and the explosion in mobile devices, Cagigal and UW-Madison Chief Information Officer Bruce Maas told a July 28 meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network.

BizTimes: UWM to develop Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship with $10M gift

July 30, 2015

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will create the Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship with a $10 million gift from Sheldon and Marianne Lubar, university chancellor Mark Mone announced on Thursday.

WisBusiness: Broadband need could triple by decade's end, experts say

July 29, 2015

Speaking at a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon, UW-Madison CIO Bruce Maas and the state’s Department of Administration CIO David Cagigal said the need for increased connectivity will only skyrocket in coming years due to pressure from the “Internet of Things.” 

Bills to impose new limits on employee mobility opposed by Tech Council board of directors

July 29, 2015

The board of directors for the Wisconsin Technology Council has voted to oppose two bills that would place new limits on the ability of employees to take new jobs or start their own businesses.

BizTimes: Hatching a business: Startups learn to fly in challenging environment

July 27, 2015

The path to starting a business can be long and winding, and the journey grueling, but several local organizations are trying to make it easier for entrepreneurs to start companies and create more jobs. A growing number of incubators, accelerators and startup communities have popped up in the Milwaukee area over the past five years, in an effort to pool resources to send startups on their way to success.

Still in JSOnline: New state labor laws should help, not hinder, workforce

July 25, 2015

Ah, for a return to the good old days of the Great Recession ... when the unemployment rate soared into double digits and everyone who still had a job was perfectly happy to keep it.

JSOnline: Medical College researchers start medical-test company, Tai, in Wisconsin

July 25, 2015

Tai is developing a blood test for determining whether a heart-transplant recipient is in danger of rejecting the new heart. The test would replace invasive biopsies, where a wire is threaded through an incision in the neck and down a vein to retrieve several small pieces of the heart.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show’ covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Shelley Jurewicz of FaB Wisconsin

July 23, 2015

This episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show” features an interview with Shelley Jurewicz of Food and Beverage Wisconsin on how the cluster approach will enhance one of the state’s oldest brands. Tom Still discusses Lac Du Flambeau’s efforts to diversify its economic base and Liz Schrum presents this week's Tech Metrics, a look at key indicators in the Wisconsin economy.

Xconomy: Gener8tor Launches Free Accelerator for WI College Startups

July 23, 2015

Wisconsin startup accelerator Gener8tor has launched a free business training program to nurture young companies with ties to Badger State universities—and perhaps build a more direct pipeline of local companies for its main for-profit program.

Inside Wis: Health-care delivery, cost and access is piece of growth puzzle in rural Wisconsin

July 23, 2015

With 55 clinical sites and more than 700 physicians, the Marshfield Clinic is a dominant source of health care in northern, central and much of western Wisconsin. From dental clinics to food safety testing to research in about 400 active studies, the clinic offers a surprising array of services to its 400,000 or so patients.

State Journal: Propeller Health's asthma monitor is approved for more devices

July 22, 2015

Propeller Health, the Madison company with a device to help people with respiratory diseases, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for two more versions of its system that will make it available to millions more patients.

UW-Madison: With UW-Madison engineers' expertise, German fusion experiment achieves major milestone

July 17, 2015

In June 2015, one of the world's most innovative fusion experiments marked a major technological achievement that likely will make it a viable candidate for producing energy from fusion.

Inside Wis: Wisconsin tribe’s efforts to diversify offer example for Indian Country

July 16, 2015

Managed by an independent board of directors but wholly owned by the tribal nation, the LDF Business Development Corp. was launched to create profitable enterprises and jobs for tribal members. It was done with the knowledge that gaming revenues may rise or fall over time, and that reliance on the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino alone was not a sustainable business model for the tribe and its 3,600 enrolled members.

BizTimes: BloodCenter of Wisconsin launches gene deletion/duplication analysis

July 15, 2015

BloodCenter of Wisconsin's Diagnostic Laboratories earlier this week announced the availability of genetic deletion/duplication analysis. Using array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH), the test provides timely detection of deletions and/or duplications, which may escape detection with standard DNA sequencing tests.

JSOnline: ZBB Energy completes deal with China-based Solar Power, names new CEO

July 14, 2015

ZBB Energy Corp. named a new chief executive Tuesday as it announced that it has completed a stock sale and supply agreement with China-based Solar Power Inc.

MBJ: WEDC awards Rexnord $2 million in tax credits for Reed Street Yards move

July 14, 2015

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. will provide $2 million in tax credits to Rexnord Corp. as part of the deal to move one of its affiliates, Zurn Industries LLC, to the Reed Street Yards.

MBJ: Aurora St. Luke's first hospital in U.S. to use GE Healthcare's '4-D' diagnostic ultrasound

July 14, 2015

GE Healthcare, which has its United States headquarters in Waukesha, has begun marketing 4-D ultrasound software that lets cardiologists see the human heart in ways never seen before — and the first hospital using the technology with patients is Aurora St. Luke’s on Milwaukee’s south side.

WXPR: Lac du Flambeau featured at Wisconsin Technology Council

July 14, 2015

Wisconsin fell to last place in a national ranking of start-up businesses last month. Today one group aiming to change that met in Minocqua. The Wisconsin Technology Council draws people from medical, tech, and educational fields around the state to share ideas and promote innovation.

Still in JSOnline: State business survival strong

July 13, 2015

A project of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Scale Up Milwaukee is based on a model developed by Daniel Isenberg, founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project. An investor and entrepreneur as well as an academic, Isenberg has worked with entrepreneurship systems in Colombia, Brazil and Denmark. Milwaukee is the first U.S. community to develop an entrepreneurship program based on his model.

JSOnline: Wisconsin doctor's invention could benefit patients, investors

July 13, 2015

Stealth Therapeutics Inc. on Tuesday will begin a trial at two Wisconsin health care organizations to determine the best potential market for the company's Invisiport, a vascular access port that is implanted under the skin in a patient's arm.

Madison Startups: Fishidy Partners with Nukru

July 13, 2015

To broaden its platform and attract more stream fishers, Fishidy today announced a joint collaboration with Indiana-based Nukru and its Ryple web service for bug hatch prediction. 

Inside Wis: Angel, venture investments in Wisconsin took healthy jump in 2014

July 10, 2015

Wisconsin isn’t California or Massachusetts when it comes to angel and venture investment, nor will it ever be. However, it is building a stronger support system for young companies and investors who know how to find the most promising deals. That combination can help ensure a cycle with more booms than busts.

JSOnline: Report outlines role of tax credits in business investment during decade

July 10, 2015

The report, called "Talent, Technology and Determination Drive Innovation in Wisconsin," details the achievements of the Qualified New Business Venture, or QNBV, program. Under that program, started in 2004, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. makes available to investors in companies it has certified a 25% tax credit on the amount they invest.

MBJ: Meet The Water Council’s ‘BREWMaster’

July 10, 2015

Thelen’s formal title is director of entrepreneurship and talent. Her formal role is overseeing the “BREW” accelerator program, now entering its third year. Informally, Thelen is the “BREWMaster,” whose varied tasks include international outreach, accelerator architect and Global Water Center evangelist.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with attorney Gina Carter on cybersecurity

July 9, 2015

This episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show” features an interview with Gina Carter of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek on how companies can protect themselves against data breaches and the legal aftermath. Tom Still discusses angel and venture investing totals for 2014 and Liz Schrum presents this week's Tech Metrics, a look at key indicators in the Wisconsin economy.

Xconomy: Wisconsin Startups Cashed in on Venture Capital Bonanza in 2014

July 9, 2015

Last year was a great one for startups nationwide trying to raise money from investors, and the venture capital boom was felt even in the normally cash-starved state of Wisconsin.

WisBusiness: Medical College of Wisconsin looks for new Green Bay campus to help address doc shortage

July 9, 2015

Eight months after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2010, the Wisconsin Hospital Association released a report forecasting a physician shortage in coming years. The whitepaper said at least 100 new doctors would need to be trained annually to keep pace with demand. 

JSOnline: ZBB Energy to supply solar, battery power to university in Hawaii

July 8, 2015

ZBB Energy Corp. has signed a 20-year deal worth about $3 million to provide solar power and stored energy to the University of the Nations on the Island of Hawaii.

JSOnline: Johnson Controls wins $44.5 million federal contract

July 8, 2015

Johnson Controls Inc. has won a $44.5 million contract to replace and upgrade heating, cooling and power equipment at the U.S. Census Bureau's National Processing Center, an 80-acre campus that has 1 million square feet of data processing space — the size of 18 football fields — in southern Indiana.

JSOnline: Focus group platform Digsite raises $775,000

July 8, 2015

Digsite Inc., a Madison company that has a platform for online focus groups, has raised $775,000 from six investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Digsite was a 2014 finalist in the Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

WisBusiness: UW-Madison: Gift to Morgridge Institute 'Fab Lab' to boost medical device innovations

July 8, 2015

The BerbeeWalsh Foundation, created by James Berbee and Karen Walsh, has made a five-year, $300,000 commitment to create a prototype pathway for clinical devices between University of Wisconsin-Madison clinicians, students and the Morgridge Advanced Fabrication Laboratory, or "Fab Lab."

CapTimes: Madison moving into more detailed phase with JDS Development and Exact Sciences

July 8, 2015

The city has long been planning to develop the two blocks — one containing the Madison Municipal Building and one holding the Government East parking ramp — and has sped up the timeline for the project to accommodate JDS Development’s most recent proposal and Exact Sciences’ desire to occupy new headquarters by July 2017.

NewNorth: Redesigned website debuts for New North Inc.

July 8, 2015

An enhanced emphasis on what it’s like to live and work in the New North region is a major component of the redesigned website of New North Inc., www.thenewnorth.com, which debuted this month.Tools to assist prospective employees and trailing spouses in their relocation searches have been added, in part based on feedback from New North companies.

'Wisconsin Portfolio' shows sharp increase in 2014 angel, venture activity

July 8, 2015

The latest edition of “The Wisconsin Portfolio,” an annual publication of the Tech Council’s Wisconsin Angel Network, shows a sharp increase in angel and venture investment activity for the 2014 calendar year.

Tech Council board meeting in Minocqua to focus on Northwoods, statewide topics

July 7, 2015

The July 14 meeting of the Wisconsin Technology Council’s board of directors in Minocqua will includes presentations by the Northwoods Angels and the Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corp., as well as discussions on rural health, the outcome of state budget deliberations and Wisconsin’s “non-compete” employment laws.

Wis. State Journal: Potential Madison financial investments aimed at bringing Exact Sciences Corp. Downtown

July 7, 2015

As it shapes up, an agreement between the city and JDS Development and booming Exact Sciences for the massive Judge Doyle Square project Downtown is demanding hard scrutiny and leaps of faith.

Bram Daelemans to direct Wisconsin Angel Network

July 7, 2015

Bram Daelemans has joined the Wisconsin Technology Council as the director of its Wisconsin Angel Network.

JSOnline: The Kauffman Foundation's incomplete, misleading message

July 4, 2015

Those three leading states (Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota) in the Kauffman study are not exactly models relevant for Wisconsin's aspirations. Not only do they have a dearth of venture capital, they also lack growth companies; that is, the statistically strong relationship between start-ups and mid-market companies is consistently negative.

Inside Wis: Why stopping data breaches will become a bigger problem by the day

July 1, 2015

Shelhart was among the experts who spoke June 29 at the first Data Privacy and Security Summit in Waukesha, where more than 100 people heard about the risks of data breaches – and how to better protect themselves and their organizations.

WisBusiness: MaryBeth Matzek: Effort seeks to bring residency training program to Shawano

July 1, 2015

Studies show that Wisconsin is in desperate need of doctors – especially primary care physicians. A 2011 report by the Wisconsin Hospital Association estimates there will be a shortage of 2,000 doctors by 2030. That study led the Medical College of Wisconsin, in part, to open two new satellite campuses -- one in Green Bay that opens this fall and one in central Wisconsin, which opens in 2016. 

JSOnline: Light-emitting robots help keep VA hospital patient rooms germ-free

June 29, 2015

Paul Marifke maneuvered the Milwaukee VA Hospital's newest janitorial staff member into a room, pushed a button, walked outside and shut the door.

Inside Wis: Revisiting some recent topics: Startups, innovation, trade, cybersecurity and more

June 26, 2015

On Wisconsin’s startup climate: A prime example of why business rankings can depend on what’s being measured – and how – comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages noted that Wisconsin stood 35th among the 50 states in jobs created between 2010 and 2014, a relatively lackluster standing.

BizTimes: Water Council attracts international startups in third accelerator class

June 25, 2015

Startups in Batch 3 that have the potential to commercialize their technology will receive up to $50,000 in investments, subsidized space in the Global Water Center, training from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Institute for Water Business, and mentorship from area water technology experts.

Governor's Business Plan Contest winner targets women's fertility

June 25, 2015

Madison-based start-up, bluDiagnostics, is looking to change the way women check their fertility.  Their device, the Fertility Finder, is gaining momentum, having recently won the 12th annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest

WisBusiness: Exact Sciences CEO: Swiss model worth considering for economic development

June 24, 2015

Kevin Conroy, CEO of Madison’s fast-growing Exact Sciences cancer diagnostic company, said Tuesday that Wisconsin could use Switzerland as a role model to grow its biotech companies, increase innovation and fuel economic development.

State Journal: East Wash development including StartingBlock entrepreneurial hub grows in scale

June 24, 2015

The StartingBlock concept has been under discussion for about two and a half years. It will occupy about 50,000 square feet of space and serve as home to the Sector67 maker space, gener8tor business accelerator, Capital Entrepreneurs mentor group, and presumably, a flock of young businesses looking to take advantage of the array of resources.

Xconomy: The Water Council Raising $5M Fund, Names Next Accelerator Startups

June 24, 2015

The Water Council’s year-long accelerator—dubbed “Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. In Wisconsin,” or the BREW—offers participating companies up to $50,000, an office in the council’s Global Water Center near downtown, and access to mentors and business training.

WHN: Exact Sciences provides update on strong launch trajectory of Cologuard

June 24, 2015

“The launch of Cologuard remains very strong and we continue to invest in its growth,” said Kevin T. Conroy, chairman and chief executive officer of Exact Sciences. “We also are pleased with the level of patient compliance, as it confirms that Cologuard is expanding the pool of those who get screened.”

StartingBlock Madison gains momentum with two large donations and Scott Resnick named as executive director

June 23, 2015

StartingBlock Madison (SBM) the unique, entrepreneurial hub supporting emerging companies is gaining momentum with two more prominent foundations making significant donations and Scott Resnick taking the role as executive director.

JSOnline: Aurora invests in firm that advises digital health care start-ups

June 23, 2015

Aurora Health Care is investing in StartUp Health, a company that advises start-up digital health companies in exchange for small equity stakes.

BizTimes: Water Council awarded JPMorgan Chase grant

June 22, 2015

The Water Council has been awarded a $230,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Small Business Forward program.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Carl Ruedebusch of Northwoods Angels

June 22, 2015

This episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show” features an interview with Carl Ruedebusch of the Northwoods Angels on efforts to spur economic growth in Wisconsin's North Woods. Tom Still discusses state-by-state startup rankings and how Wisconsin measures up and Liz Schrum presents this week's Tech Metrics, a look at key indicators in the Wisconsin economy.

State Journal: Tech and Biotech: Madworks accelerator kicks off its new class

June 19, 2015

Madworks, founded by Anne Smith and Eric Englund, also co-founders of the UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, and serial entrepreneur Terry Sivesind, takes in very young companies and teaches them “lean startup” techniques. It also hooks them up with guidance from local mentors.

Inside Wis: Helping startups ‘scale up’ is a vital strategy for Wisconsin

June 19, 2015

What often matters more than the sheer number of startups is the survivability and “scale up” stages for young companies, a time when emerging firms produce increasing numbers of jobs that pay solid salaries.

WisBusiness: UW-Madison spinoff receives $1.45 million federal grant

June 19, 2015

inseRT MRI, a company founded by Biomedical Engineering Professor Walter Block, Medical Physics Professor Andrew Alexander, Radiology Associate Scientist Ethan Brodsky, and UW Neurosurgeon Karl Sillay, has been awarded a $1.45 million federal Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant.

BizJournal: Skin in the game: A nontraditional investment team leads Ward 4

June 19, 2015

In a state recently rated dead last for startup activity, here’s why the high-profile politician and business leaders think it’s worth it.

State Journal: UW-Madison biochemistry fellow seeks solutions to problems of infertility, preterm babies

June 18, 2015

Brenner, 36, won a L’Oreal Women in Science fellowship last year. The company bluDiagnostics, founded by Brenner and Weibel, won the life sciences category in this year’s Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan contest.

WISC-TV3's 'For the Record' discusses Wisconsin's startup ranking

June 17, 2015

Neil Heinen, of WISC-TV3's "For the Record," talks with Tech Council President Tom Still and UW-Madison Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship Executive Director Jon Eckhardt about Wisconsin’s startup ranking. 

Wide variety of cash, in-kind prizes for finalists in 2015 Governor’s Business Plan Contest

June 15, 2015

From basketball tickets to office space and from legal help to cash, the Top 25 finalists in the 2015 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest will share in prizes valued at more than $150,000.

Still in JSOnline: Innovation cluster aims to help seniors

June 15, 2015

With plans to accommodate about 250 employees and entrepreneurs within six years, the Direct Supply innovation center is the latest effort to build upon a natural cluster in Milwaukee: expertise in serving the needs of seniors and the providers who care for them once they move into assisted living centers or skilled-care facilities.

BizTimes: 'Making Deals:' Einhorns target technology startups in Midwest

June 15, 2015

Einhorn and his team at Capital Midwest are among a small group offering venture capital investments in Wisconsin.

State Journal: Start-ups not the best measure of Wisconsin's throwback economy

June 14, 2015

If one reason Wisconsinites aren’t starting a lot of new businesses is because the old ones are doing pretty well, the chairman of the board of a Madison entrepreneurs co-working space suggested another reason might be that Wisconsinites are a little too tight-fisted with their investment dollars.

State Journal: Tech and Biotech: Shark Tank-type event crowns Kiince, with a device to help stroke patients

June 13, 2015

Patterned after the TV show that lets entrepreneurs pitch to a panel of seasoned, pull-no-punches entrepreneur/investors, Madison’s version of “Shark Tank” was, perhaps, more kind ... and no money was involved. Plus, the victor was chosen by the audience of about 30 people, rather than the judges.

JSOnline: Wisconsin comes in last in Kauffman's entrepreneur rankings

June 13, 2015

In a year when new company formation rose nationally, Wisconsin dropped from 45th place to the bottom, according to the Kauffman Foundation's annual Index on Start-up Activity released in early June.

Petri dish tumor test could personalize drug therapy for cancer patients

June 12, 2015

In a highly successful, first-of-its-kind endeavor, a multidisciplinary team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has created a "tumor in a dish:" an ex vivo microenvironment that can accurately anticipate a multiple myeloma patient's response to a drug. The company, Lynx Biosciences, was recently a finalist in the 2015 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Inside Wis: Why Wisconsin doesn’t fare well in most business startup rankings – and how to improve

June 12, 2015

There’s something counter-intuitive about Wisconsin dropping to dead last among the 50 states in the latest business startup index published by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

JSOnline: Wisconsin Pharmacal launches water purification device

June 11, 2015

A 119-year-old Wisconsin company has introduced a water purification device that's roughly the size of a cellphone and can disinfect up to 20 liters of water at a time to make it safe for drinking.

JSOnline: Seiva Technologies, Argo Bus Share receive Launch Milwaukee honors

June 11, 2015

A group creating clothing with built-in technology that can help improve pediatric physical therapy received one of the top honors at the first-ever Launch Milwaukee event held over the weekend.

Kiince emerges as winner of Madison Club's "Shark Tank"-style pitch event

June 11, 2015

Kiince, a Madison-based company with technologies that help stroke victims recover their ability to more properly walk, took first-place in a pitch event held June 9 at the Madison Club. The company won a year's membership in the club, which is located just off Madison's Capitol Square. Winners of complimentary room space at the club were 65 Incorporated of Mequon, Eleve Technical Innerwear of Verona and ConfPlus of Madison. All four companies were "Diligent Dozen" finalists in the 2015 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Tech Council partners with 1 Million Cups Madison; startup presenters welcome

June 11, 2015

The Wisconsin Technology Council is pleased to support 1 Million Cups Madison, which is a free, weekly program to help startups pitch their businesses to an audience over coffee.

June 25 "Investors' Edge" program to focus on Mount Horeb Equity Partners

June 11, 2015

The latest in the "Investors' Edge" series by the Wisconsin Angel Network, a program of the Wisconsin Technology Council, will be held June 25 to focus on the organization of Mount Horeb Equity Partners. Accredited investors are invited to attend the informational session, which begins 4:30 p.m. at the GrandStay Hotel and Suites, 175 Lillehammer Lane, Mount Horeb.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Jim Berbee, 2015 'Seize the Day' recipient

June 11, 2015

This episode features an interview with Jim Berbee, co-founder of Berbee Information Networks Corp. and the 2015 recipient of the Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award. Tom Still talks about Wisconsin's startup and scale-up climate, and Liz Schrum presents Tech Metrics, a look at key indicators in the Wisconsin economy.>

WERCBench Labs announces first class of start-ups

June 10, 2015

Ten start-up companies with technologies ranging from underwater drones to devices that can monitor the production, storage and transportation of goods and services moving across the globe, were selected to participate in WERCBench Labs, a project of the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC). 

JSOnline: Intuitive Biosciences raises $1.3 million from investors

June 8, 2015

Intuitive Biosciences Inc., which makes protein analysis tools for the life sciences industry, has raised $1.3 million of a proposed $2.9 million offering, according to a filing with federal securities regulators.

JSOnline: Wisconsin legislators propose strengthening 'noncompete' agreements

June 8, 2015

A bill proposing to strengthen "noncompete" agreements — which limit a departing employee's ability to work for his company's competitors — may force state legislators to choose between two powerful forces: big business and free markets.

Xconomy: BluDiagnostics’ Fertility Device Wins WI Business Plan Contest

June 5, 2015

For the third year in a row, a life sciences startup took home the top prize at the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

It's a wrap! Read news coverage of the 2015 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference

June 5, 2015

The 2015 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference attracted more than 540 attendees over two days. Thanks to all who participated!

Inside Wis: How to harness the power of UW System for economic growth

June 5, 2015

A core reason why lawmakers have so far softened budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin System is their realization it’s a statewide economic engine – with the potential to produce even more regional horsepower.

State Journal: Madison's bluDiagnostics wins Governor's Business Plan contest

June 4, 2015

A Madison startup whose device is aimed at helping women struggling with infertility took the grand prize in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan contest.

State Journal: Health tech boom is no bubble, speakers tell Madison conference

June 4, 2015

Physicians today are getting burned out on their jobs, and electronic health records — while useful — are part of the problem, Sanaz Cordes, a former physician, told attendees of the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference in Madison on Tuesday.

WisBusiness: IT is shaking up health care world

June 4, 2015

Frank Byrne, a former critical care pulmonary physician who was president of St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison from 2004 until this past January, jumped into health care administration 21 years ago. Part of a four-person group that spoke to an audience of several hundred Tuesday at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, he said he wanted to work for an “innovative system that was interested in creating the future.” The panel’s title was “Driving quality up and costs down: Health IT in the age of accountability.”

Madison Startups: bluDiagnostics Wins Gov Biz Plan Contest

June 4, 2015

A biomedical device that monitors fertility won the 2015 Governor’s Business Plan Contest, the Wisconsin Technology Council announced Wednesday at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference at the Alliant Energy Center.

Device to help women with infertility wins 2015 Governor’s Business Plan Contest

June 4, 2015

A Madison startup company whose device is aimed at helping women struggling with infertility took home the grand prize in the 12th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Other states offer economic development role models for Wisconsin

June 1, 2015

If not the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., what? That’s the question that must be asked – and properly answered – in order for Wisconsin to embrace and execute an economic development strategy consistent with the realities of a competitive world.

State Journal: Madison firm's breath analyzer can tell if you're about to gain weight

June 1, 2015

Isomark has been touting its Canary breath analyzer as a way to detect the early onset of infections. The company landed a $1.7 million federal “fast track” grant to advance the technology last fall, in the wake of the recent Ebola scare.

WisBiz: Device to restore balance for stroke victims is getting on its feet

May 29, 2015

KIINCE (pronounced KEAN-say) is a start-up company developing equipment specifically to rehabilitate a person’s sense of balance. The ideas and patented technology of KIINCE have advanced to the final round of the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, which will conclude June 2-3 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison.

WisBusiness features 2015 BPC semi-finalists

May 29, 2015

WisBusiness.com is featuring a number of stories written by students in the UW-Madison Dept. of Life Sciences Communications.

JSOnline: Madison software developer Cellara raises funds

May 29, 2015

Cellara LLC, a Madison company that is developing software for stem cell researchers, has raised $470,000 from 14 investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Inside Wis: Stories from Jendusa, Berbee can help inspire next generation ‘treps

May 29, 2015

Jerry Jendusa’s newest venture is called STUCK, but the veteran entrepreneur, business advisor and community leader seems anything but mired in the muck of under-achievement.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Mike Splinter of Applied Materials

May 29, 2015

This episode of “WisBusiness: The Show” features an interview with Mike Splinter, the chairman of semiconductor company Applied Materials, about Wisconsin's startup environment and the UW System's impact on the state economy. Also, Tom Still discusses the history of economic development agencies in Wisconsin, and Liz Schrum presents this week's Tech Metrics.

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

May 28, 2015

With registration numbers running high, hundreds of people are set to attend the 13th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. Here are 10 reasons to join them Tuesday and Wednesday at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center for one of the Midwest’s premier events for entrepreneurs.

La Crosse middle school student wins annual ‘Wisconsin YES!’ contest

May 27, 2015

Elizabeth Hlavacka, an 8th grader at Aquinas Middle School in La Crosse, is the grand prize winner in Wisconsin YES!, a statewide youth business plan contest for students in middle and high school.  

State Journal: Final presenters chosen for Governor's Business Plan Contest

May 27, 2015

Nearly three-fourths of the young companies chosen for the final round of the Governor's Business Plan contest are from the Madison area.

State Journal: Health tech leaders tout Madison

May 26, 2015

The Madison area has nearly everything it takes to become a national health technology hub, but there are still some missing pieces, speakers told the Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon in Madison last week.

‘Diligent Dozen’ selected to present live June 2 at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

May 26, 2015

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 13th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison.

State Journal: Two Madison companies land investments

May 22, 2015

Two Madison companies have brought in sizable investments. NeuWave Medical has raised $25.3 million, according to papers filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Fetch Rewards, meanwhile, has raised $6.5 million.

WisBusiness: Mother-daughter duo tackle Medicare together with 65 Incorporated

May 22, 2015

Melinda Caughill, an entrepreneur instructor at the UW-Madison Small Business Development Center and chief marketing officer of 65 Incorporated, founded her Medicare consulting firm with her mother, Diane Omdahl, in 2012. This year, they’ve decided to release their new software, i65, which aims to help employed seniors, 65 years and older, identify if they need to enroll in Medicare.

Seasoned ‘treps, investors, advisors on tap for Entrepreneur’s Conference

May 22, 2015

More than 65 successful entrepreneurs, investors and other startup business experts will be featured throughout the June 2-3 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, to be held at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center.

Inside Wis: “Uncertain about mission of state economic agency? It’s called competition”

May 22, 2015

During a debate over what to do next about Wisconsin’s lead economic development agency, a Republican member of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee took an openly skeptical stance.

Digital health panel will launch June 2 agenda at Entrepreneur’s Conference

May 21, 2015

A panel of four experts from the worlds of venture capital, medicine and digital health will set the tone for a two-day discussion of Wisconsin’s innovation assets on June 2 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison.

WisBusiness: Élevé Technical Innerwear - Revolutionizing the yogi’s underwear

May 21, 2015

On the quest for fashionable comfort, sometimes the buck stops with what’s closest to your skin. This is especially true for athletes and those who are always on the go.

JSOnline: Madison medical device maker Neuwave raises $25 million

May 21, 2015

Neuwave Medical Inc., a Madison medical device company, has raised $25 million of equity funding from 38 investors, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

WisBusiness: Wisconsin a leader in health-tech innovation

May 20, 2015

Raising money in the Badger State for the growing number of local health-tech startups has become considerably easier in the past few years, several entrepreneurs said at a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon.

Tech Council report to Legislature: Virtually all states make business loans

May 20, 2015
Wisconsin is among at least 47 states that operate state business loan programs and it may fail to qualify for a matching federal small business initiative if such programs are eliminated, according to research by the Wisconsin Technology Council.

Midwest director for U.S. patent office to speak at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

May 19, 2015

Christal Sheppard, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Midwest Satellite Office in Detroit, Mich., will speak at the 13th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, to be held June 2-3 at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center.

Still in JSOnline: Wisconsin's economic growth agency has always faced scrutiny

May 18, 2015

Long before the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. was created as a quasi-public successor to the former state Department of Commerce, state efforts to attract and retain companies and jobs wound up in the cross hairs of controversy.

Inside Wis: Economic development in rural Wisconsin - What’s working?

May 15, 2015

If you want to understand just how misleading the unemployment rate can be as an economic indicator, take a look at rural Wisconsin.

JSOnline: Medical software firm TeraMedica bought by Fujifilm Medical Systems

May 14, 2015

TeraMedica Inc., a company that was at the forefront of developing software that provides access to diagnostic images stored across different types of computer systems, has been bought by Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc.

New features to mark close of BPC at June 2-3 Entrepreneurs’ Conference

May 13, 2015

Two new elements will mark the final phases of the 2015 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest at the 13th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, to be held June 2-3 at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center.

WisBusiness: Ex-Packer develops outlet for athletes beyond the game

May 13, 2015

As a doctoral student at Marquette University, George Koonce studied the barriers facing collegiate athletes in establishing careers off the sports field. Athlos 360 is a tool that will level the playing field and will help bridge the gap. Athlos 360 is a finalist in Phase 3 of the Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

BizJournal: What is Wisconsin’s I-Q corridor?

May 13, 2015

Maurice Cheeks, director of the Wisconsin Innovation Network, calls it the “I-Q Corridor,” connecting the “I” of ideas, intellectual property and investment with the “Q” of quality in life, workforce, education and more.

Hold June 29 for 'Data privacy and security: What every company needs to know'

May 13, 2015

Mark your calendars for a June 29 conference in the Waukesha area on "Data privacy: What every company needs to know." The day-long event will feature national and international experts in cyber and business security, law and best practices. A full agenda will be announced soon. The conference will be sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek with assistance from the Tech Council's Wisconsin Innovation Network and the Wisconsin Information Security Center.

BizTimes: Milwaukee companies among finalists in Business Plan Contest

May 13, 2015

Among the 24 finalists in the 12th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest are several Milwaukee-area companies representing a variety of industries.

WisBiz: NightOwl Sleeper aims to increase baby safety, decrease parents' worries

May 11, 2015

The NightOwl Sleeper, an oval-shaped pod from Sleep Environment Innovations, offers potential protection against co-sleeping dangers for parents who cannot resist a nap with their new bundles of joy. NightOwl Sleeper was a semi-finalist in Phase 2 of the Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Inside Wis: Software ‘developer day’ for disability apps puts UW-Stout in strong company

May 11, 2015

A day-long workshop, or “Developer Day,” will be held Saturday at UW-Stout to give students, faculty and others outside the campus a chance to learn more about the competition and to test their ideas. The deadline to enter the contest is still about six weeks out – 4 p.m. June 24 – but the UW-Stout workshop will give developers a head start. Teams will be formed, participants will hear from people with disabilities and strategize around possible solutions.

Inside Wis: Building Downtown Wisconsin: Exact Sciences plan right for times

May 8, 2015

Plans to redevelop what’s known as “Judge Doyle Square” south of Capitol Square, on land bounded roughly by Wilson and Doty streets, is the latest example of an opportunity that can’t linger.

TechVoice: Developing partnerships key to advancing policy efforts

May 8, 2015

This month, Tom Still discussed with TechAmerica the importance of developing partnerships within the community and media to advance Wisconsin’s advocacy efforts and assist in the development, growth and success of technology-based businesses in Wisconsin.

JSOnline: Bus ticketing service Tixora wins UW-Madison business plan contest

May 7, 2015

Tixora, a ticketing service for intercity buses started by four University of Wisconsin - Madison students, has won first place and $10,000 in the school's G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition.

Panels will help startups ‘Launch, Grow, Succeed’ at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

May 7, 2015

Fifteen panels will dive into best practices, success stories – and even how to learn from failure – at the 13th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, June 2-3 at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center.

Tech Council supports 12th annual 'Posters in the Rotunda'

May 6, 2015

The 12th annual Posters in the Rotunda event was held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Outstanding undergraduate student researchers from across the University of Wisconsin System, together with their faculty advisors, filled the Capitol Rotunda to share their research findings on a variety of important topics with legislators, state leaders, UW alumni, and other supporters.

Tom Still discusses outsourcing jobs from Wisconsin on Capitol City Sunday

May 5, 2015

A discussion of outsourcing and the UW Colleges and Extension were featured on Capitol City Sunday this week. Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, joined host Greg Neumann to talk about companies that outsource jobs from Wisconsin - sending them to other states or countries - and whether they should be able to reap financial awards from the state.

Tixora wins 18th annual Burrill Competition at Wisconsin School of Business

May 5, 2015

A day-long competition with 43 teams of students judged by 23 business people and entrepreneurs led to a $10,000 prize for Tixora, an online booking service for intercity motorcoach buses.

Still in JSOnline: Conference will help entrepreneurs grow, succeed

May 5, 2015

It's all part of the message Jerry Jendusa will deliver during the June 2-3 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference in Madison, where he will be a keynote speaker and one of many examples of the innovation economy in southeast Wisconsin.

JSOnline: Berbee to be honored at entrepreneurs conference

May 5, 2015

Jim Berbee, founder of Madison-based Berbee Information Networks Corp., will receive the 12th annual Ken Hendricks Memorial "Seize the Day" award at the 2015 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference, organizers said Wednesday.

State Journal: WISC Partners looks to boost promising Wisconsin companies

May 4, 2015

“Wisconsin startups are underdeveloped and undervalued. We thought we could help fill the gap from angel funding to venture capital,” Guinther told a Wisconsin Innovation Network meeting this week.

JSOnline: Clean water crisis spawns UWM research into water-monitoring products

May 4, 2015

The UW-Milwaukee has no fewer than five research teams testing sensors inside everything from wastewater channels to lake buoys. Now it appears one or possibly two of those UWM projects could go to the next level and reap potential payoffs in the form of early-warning water-monitoring products, with potential applications from California to China.

SSTI: Great Lakes angels invested more dollars than CA angels, Halo Report finds

May 1, 2015

In 2014, Angel groups in the Great Lakes region invested more dollars than anywhere else in the country, 17.2 percent of the U.S. total, including angel groups in California (17 percent).

Great Lakes angel investors are putting their money where the deals are

April 30, 2015

Wisconsin Investment Partners, or WIP, invested $4.4 million in 2014, which is why the latest Halo report by the national Angel Resource Institute showed the Madison-based network among the 12 most active angel groups in the United States in 2014. It was an elite group that included Tech Coast Angels, New York Angels, the Houston Angel Network and Desert Angels.

WisBiz: WISC Partners looks to fill niche between venture capital, angel investing

April 29, 2015

“We’re not just coming in as experienced people with the ability to help venturists pose better questions,” said David Guinther, a founding general partner of WISC Partners, a new, Madison-based strategic operating capital fund. He spoke Tuesday at a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon at Madison’s Sheraton Inn about his company, which is targeting young Wisconsin IT and healthcare firms.

Jim Berbee to receive 2015 ‘Seize the Day’ award at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

April 29, 2015

Jim Berbee, founder of Madison-based Berbee Information Networks Corp. and who later embarked on a career in medicine, will receive the 12th annual Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award at the 2015 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.

JSOnline: UW Extension program to create 'business intelligence teams'

April 27, 2015

With the help of a $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., UW Extension's Mark Lange plans to create and train "business intelligence teams" — small groups of experts who eventually could work with more than 100 state companies a year.

Milwaukee Courier: Dr. George Koonce to match athletes with jobs

April 27, 2015

Dr. George Koonce, Vice President for Advancement at Marian University and former linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, has been named a finalist in the 12th annual Wisconsin Governors Business Plan contest for his business initiative, Athlos 360. Koonce and Athlos 360 are the last African-American team left in the competition.

State Journal: Madison's health IT firms make a splash at HIMSS

April 27, 2015

Madison’s burgeoning health tech community is recovering from the big Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, or HIMSS, annual conference, held earlier this month in Chicago.

JSOnline: Madison start-up raises $923,000 in funding

April 27, 2015

Abodo.com, a Madison start-up that offers online apartment listings, has raised $923,000 of a planned $1.5 million funding round, according to a filing with federal securities regulators.

Apply by May 29 for WERCBench Labs program and turn big ideas into products

April 25, 2015

The MidWest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) has opened applications for its business startup initiative, WERCBench Labs. Engineers, scientists and programmers across all funding stages are asked to submit their applications by May 29. 

Turning brain drain into brain gain: Growth strategies for rural Wisconsin

April 24, 2015

Looking back on a litany of grant announcements by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the past six months or so, I reached this conclusion: Wisconsin leaves a lot of federal money on the table.

Twenty-six entries advance to Phase 2 in ‘Wisconsin YES!’ youth biz plan contest

April 23, 2015

A statewide panel of judges have selected 26 entries to advance to Phase 2 of Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school.

JSOnline: Catalyze helps health-tech companies innovate

April 22, 2015

In the months following the launch party, Catalyze raised $2 million in funding. The health information technology company also persuaded Ben Uphoff to leave Los Alamos National Lab and become its chief technology officer. Now Catalyst has raised another $4 million and Uphoff is immersed in the startup company's efforts to make it easier for software-makers to comply with federal privacy rules for the health care industry.

State Journal: State Senate approves statewide regulations for Uber, Lyft

April 22, 2015

The state Senate approved a bill on a voice vote Tuesday that would create statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft and prohibit local governments from enacting their own regulations.

Milwaukee joins National Innovation Network through grant

April 22, 2015

Five academic institutions in Milwaukee are joining forces to form a local site of the National Innovation Network that will recruit and train 90 entrepreneurial teams over the next three years. With training, the teams will conduct deep research into their chances of starting a viable business or find new pathways to market.

Flying high: Aviation firm co-founder to speak at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

April 21, 2015

Jerry Jendusa, who launched an aviation products company in Wisconsin that grew to seven locations worldwide before it was acquired, will speak during the 13th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, to be held June 2-3 in Madison.

Economic success depends on UW, other public universities

April 21, 2015

UW-Madison Chancellor argues that economic success for Wisconsin and America in the 21st century rests on having vibrant public universities. Read her Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column here.

WisPolitics: Walker authorizes National Guard to assist with avian flu outbreak

April 21, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker today signed Executive Order #156, authorizing the Wisconsin National Guard to assist authorities in the response to the avian influenza virus affecting Jefferson, Juneau and Barron Counties.

WisBusiness: Better battery imaging paves way for renewable energy future

April 21, 2015

In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing a new type of material, iron fluoride.

WisBusiness: Faster, smaller, cheaper - Technique could speed biologic drugs

April 21, 2015

A UW-Madison spinoff called Invenra is poised to enter the market with a patent pending technique for fast, affordable and efficient antibody production.

State Journal: Tyson emphasizes scientific literacy at Earth Day Conference

April 21, 2015

Deep scientific literacy should be a top priority voters look for in elected leaders, Neil deGrasse Tyson said Monday prior to delivering his keynote address at the ninth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference.

State Journal: Chemistry Ph.D. student illustrates her thesis in comic book

April 21, 2015

Late last spring, a doctoral student worked late into the night. As she doodled, her chemistry thesis took on a life of its own, transforming into a comic book.

JSOnline: 'Fab labs' transform ideas, foster innovation, invention

April 20, 2015

Fox Valley Tech has one of five Wisconsin digital fabrication laboratories, known as "fab labs," that are affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. The other MIT fab labs in Wisconsin are at Gateway Technical College in Sturtevant, Stoughton High School, the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie and Three Lakes High School.

JSOnline: Sale of Madison company could be a big step for stem cell research

April 20, 2015

The pending sale of Madison's Cellular Dynamics International Inc. should end the company's nagging financial struggles and could prove to be the moment that stem cell technology came of age, emerging from a blurry vision to a period of concrete medical advances — including the laboratory production of working human organs.

Still in JSOnline: Badger Fund of Funds already a success

April 20, 2015

The Badger Fund of Funds has yet to make a single investment, but it can be argued it's already a success.

Patent director’s visit to Wisconsin underscores value of innovation economy

April 17, 2015

When computer scientist Michelle Lee joined Google as its first head of patent strategy, the company held a few dozen intellectual property grants. When she left eight years later, Google’s portfolio spanned 10,500 patents. The patent explosion inside Google during Lee’s tenure there is emblematic of how much the U.S. economy relies on innovation – and how protection of intellectual property is essential to perpetuating that cycle.

New program announced to advance water entrepreneurship

April 17, 2015

Veolia, The Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. have reached an agreement to launch a national competition to support entrepreneurship and economic development while fostering sustainability efforts in the field of water.

Federal grant advances pain-free blood tests from UW startup

April 16, 2015

A company with deep roots at UW-Madison wants to make blood sampling less painful and more convenient. Tasso Inc. is perfecting a device the size of a pingpong ball that extracts a small sample while held against the skin for two minutes. The company has just received an additional $3 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to advance its product.

CapTimes: Lawmakers advance bill to regulate Uber and Lyft, preempt local laws

April 16, 2015

A bill that would regulate transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft at the state level and preempt local legislation advanced in the Wisconsin Legislature Tuesday, passing 79-19 in the Assembly, moving next to the Senate.

JSOnline: WARF leader Gulbrandsen to retire in 2016

April 16, 2015

Carl Gulbrandsen, who has led the organization that commercializes the University of Wisconsin-Madison's research since 2000, will retire early next year, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation said Thursday.

State Journal: UW-Madison claims $15 billion in state economic impact

April 15, 2015

The state’s flagship campus, UW-Madison, and its affiliated entities contribute $15 billion a year to the Wisconsin economy, according to a report commissioned by the university and funded by its foundation.

State Journal: St. Louis IT consulting firm opens Madison office

April 15, 2015

GadellNet, a St. Louis information technology consultant firm, opened offices in Madison and Milwaukee in late March and plans to expand to the Fox River Valley.

State Journal: Ride-hailing apps need state lift

April 15, 2015

Madison’s ride-sharing rules are too late and strict. No wonder the state is stepping in with uniform standards to help this useful technology flourish.

State Journal: Thirteen local entries advance to BPC finalist round

April 13, 2015

Thirteen of the 24 entries advancing to the finalist round of the 12th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest are from the Madison area.

Inside Wis: Algorithms and the human factor: How will society strike balance?

April 10, 2015

Data science is a fancy term for statistics. It’s the extraction of knowledge from data, which can be derived from multiple digital sources and turned into a resource to make business decisions.

JSOnline: Madison start-ups put digital technology in the grocery aisles

April 9, 2015

Largely unchanged for decades, grocers are starting to see an onslaught of young companies transforming an industry with innovations.

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

April 9, 2015

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 12th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

BizTimes: Wisconsin Tech Summit slideshow

April 9, 2015

Check out photos from the Wisconsin Tech Summit, held March 23 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha.

JSOnline: MobCraft plans second brewery in Walker's Point

April 8, 2015

Madison-based MobCraft Beer LLC, which turns to the crowd for both funding and help selecting which beers to brew, is planning to open a second brewery in Milwaukee. MobCraft won the Advanced Manufacturing category of the 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Brian Manthey of We Energies

April 8, 2015

This episode features an interview with Brian Manthey of We Energies about the company's proposed $9.1 billion acquisition of Integrys Energy Group. Tom Still discusses Wisconsin's stake in the debate over the federal Export-Import Bank, and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covering tech companies and GeminiCares.

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

USPTO Director Michelle Lee to speak at April 15 luncheon in Madison

April 8, 2015

Michelle Lee, the undersecretary of Commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is expected to speak Wednesday, April 15, during a visit to Madison. 

Managing state or regional ‘brands’ is hard to get right – and keep right

April 3, 2015

Brands are finicky things. If you don’t believe so, ask the red-faced politicians in Indiana.

JSOnline: BioForward names Lisa Johnson as CEO

April 2, 2015

Lisa Johnson, a vice president at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., has been chosen to head BioForward, the trade organization for Wisconsin's biotech industry.

CapTimes: A living moss wall anchors Zendesk at its growing Midwest office

April 2, 2015

Zendesk, a software development company with an office off the Capitol Square in Madison, has a rather magnificent moss wall in its lobby. The lush, living wall décor is about 13 feet wide and four feet tall. Moss design experts flew in from California to install it. And it requires watering by spray bottle every two weeks.

WEA Trust's Mark Moody talks about future of health care delivery and coverage

April 1, 2015
Please read a WisBusiness.com interview with Mark Moody, CEO of WEA Trust, on the future of health care delivery and coverage. Moody is a former board member of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

State Journal: Fujifilm to buy Madison's CDI

March 31, 2015

Madison’s biotech community and its supporters cheered the news Monday that Cellular Dynamics International (CDI) — founded by UW-Madison stem cell pioneer James Thomson in 2004 — will be purchased by Fujifilm Holdings Corp., of Tokyo, for $307 million.

State Journal: State may regulate Lyft, Uber

March 31, 2015

State legislators introduced a bill Monday that would allow ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft to operate across Wisconsin, subjecting the companies to less-stringent rules than those taxis must follow and barring local governments from enacting their own regulations of the popular smartphone services.

State Journal: Two local health-related start-ups add funding

March 30, 2015

Two Madison health-related start-ups are poised to grow, with some added cash in the flow. Swallow Solutions has picked up $1.1 million from investors while Healthfinch has gained $1.5 million.

JSOnline: Cellular Dynamics to be acquired by Fujifilm for $307 million

March 30, 2015

Cellular Dynamics International Inc. said Monday it has agreed to be acquired by Fujifilm Holdings Corp., Tokyo, for $16.50 a share or about $307 million.

State Journal: Redox reaps accelerator bonanza

March 30, 2015

Most young tech companies can feel lucky if they get accepted into one business accelerator. Madison health IT start-up Redox, founded in July 2014, has been chosen for two.

State Journal: Catching Up: Cyberattacks quiet for a week, could still continue

March 30, 2015

Although perpetrators leading cyberattacks affecting Madison and Dane County Internet resources have been quiet for at least a week, waves of attacks could still occur, said Paul Kronberger, the city’s chief information officer.

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

March 27, 2015

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

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

March 27, 2015

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

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

March 26, 2015

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

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

State Journal: UW-Madison vaccine protects monkeys from Ebola

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

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

March 24, 2015

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

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

March 24, 2015

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

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

March 24, 2015

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

Milwaukee's culture for emerging companies is stronger than ever

March 22, 2015

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

Keeping the pipeline filled with engineers essential for Wisconsin business

March 20, 2015

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

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

March 19, 2015

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

State Journal: Nine board members join Wisconsin Technology Council

March 19, 2015

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

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

March 18, 2015

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

Wisconsin Technology Council adds nine to board of directors

March 18, 2015

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

Fetch Rewards Receives $500,000 State Loan

March 18, 2015

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

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

March 17, 2015

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

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

March 17, 2015

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

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

March 13, 2015

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

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

Portals for doing business abroad are wide open for Wisconsin companies

March 13, 2015

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

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

March 11, 2015

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

JSOnline: HealthMyne, Phoenix Nuclear Labs raise funds

March 11, 2015

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

Five Wisconsin companies present at Chicago showcase for emerging companies

March 11, 2015

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


True freedom, dedicated funding key to UW System Authority proposal

March 9, 2015

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

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

March 9, 2015

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

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

March 6, 2015

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

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

March 4, 2015

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

JSOnline: Water Council CEO Dean Amhaus awash in activity

March 3, 2015

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

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

March 3, 2015

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

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

March 3, 2015

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

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

March 2, 2015

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

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

March 2, 2015

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

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

March 2, 2015

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

WIN partners with Wisconsin Film Festival

February 27, 2015

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

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

Inside Wis: Internet access battle far from over in Congress

February 27, 2015

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

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

February 26, 2015

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

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

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

February 25, 2015

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

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

February 24, 2015

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

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

February 24, 2015

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

Exact Sciences could receive $9 million in state tax credits

February 24, 2015

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

JSOnline: UW Extension seed fund supports tech innovators in Milwaukee

February 23, 2015

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

State Journal: Rowheels - Reinventing the wheel (chair)

February 23, 2015

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

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

February 23, 2015

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

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

February 20, 2015

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

WisBusiness: Madison a national hub for medical IT software development

February 18, 2015

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

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

February 18, 2015

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

WAICU: State’s technology leaders advocate for Brainworkers

February 17, 2015

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

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

February 16, 2015

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

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

JSOnline: Neenah company raises additional funds

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

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

February 16, 2015

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

Emerging company application deadline extended for March 23 Tech Summit

February 13, 2015

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

JSOnline: Wisconsin Tech Summit taking applications

February 13, 2015

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

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

February 12, 2015

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

JSOnline: Wausau, Madison companies raise money from investors

February 10, 2015

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

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

February 9, 2015

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

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

February 9, 2015

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

Madison Startups: Next gener8tor class begins

February 9, 2015

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

TURBO program growing the food industry through research, tech transfer

February 9, 2015

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

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

February 6, 2015

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

2013 research expenditure data show UW-Madison ranks 4th

February 5, 2015

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

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

February 5, 2015

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

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

February 5, 2015

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

Milwaukee Institute partners with NSCA, a leading national supercomputer center

February 5, 2015

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

Journal Sentinel news: Academic research seen as vital to economy

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

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

February 4, 2015

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

State Journal: Exact Sciences' hiring soars

February 2, 2015

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

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

February 2, 2015

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

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

February 2, 2015

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

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

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

January 31, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

Company ‘speed dating’ aimed at producing business opportunity matches

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 29, 2015

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

JSOnline: Heath care technology company Mpirik raises $1.75 million

January 29, 2015

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

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

January 29, 2015

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

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

January 29, 2015

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

CapTimes: Start-up incubator StartingBlock Madison moving closer

January 28, 2015

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

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

January 28, 2015

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

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

January 26, 2015

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

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

January 26, 2015

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

Wisconsin firm named to “Innovation AveNEW”

January 23, 2015

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

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

January 22, 2015

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

JSOnline: Walker to lead state trade mission to London

January 22, 2015

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

Supreme Court Justice Bradley and Candidate Daley address Tech Council board

January 21, 2015

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

Madison Development Corporation receives $2 million for technology businesses

January 21, 2015

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

Healthcare IT News: Mayo Clinic moves to Epic

January 21, 2015

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

Midwest healthcare companies raise $1.8 billion in 2014

January 21, 2015

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

Chancellor Blank addresses Wisconsin Technology Council board of directors

January 21, 2015

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

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

January 21, 2015

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

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

January 19, 2015

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

JSOnline: Madison biotechnology company raises $2 million from investors

January 19, 2015

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

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

January 19, 2015

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

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

January 19, 2015

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

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

January 16, 2015

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

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

January 16, 2015

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

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

January 16, 2015

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

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

January 15, 2015

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

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

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

January 14, 2015

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

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

January 14, 2015

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

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

January 14, 2015

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

BizTimes: BrightStar expands investment portfolio with five companies

January 14, 2015

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

JSOnline: Madison health data company raises $5.7 million

January 13, 2015

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

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

January 12, 2015

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

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

January 12, 2015

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

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

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

January 9, 2015

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

WisBusiness: Entrepreneurs cautioned on prepping for angel investors

January 9, 2015

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

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

January 9, 2015

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

Contestants have access to veteran mentors during 2015 Biz Plan Contest

January 8, 2015

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

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

January 7, 2015

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

JSOnline: Bioscience company raises additional money from investors

January 7, 2015

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

WisBusiness: Noise-monitoring Quietyme tiptoes onto stage of startups

January 7, 2015

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

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

January 7, 2015

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

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

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

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

January 2, 2015

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

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

January 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

JSOnline: Hackers test, teach computer pros at Cyber Range

December 29, 2014

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

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

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

December 29, 2014

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

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

December 29, 2014

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

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

December 23, 2014

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

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

December 19, 2014

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

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

December 19, 2014

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

Angel investors help start-ups get off the ground

December 19, 2014

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

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

December 19, 2014

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

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

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

December 19, 2014

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

WisBusiness: National Academy of Inventors and UWM announce NAI Fellow

December 18, 2014

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

Holidays perks list includes naughty and nice in Wisconsin politics

December 18, 2014

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

Trade trip to Mexico can help Wisconsin companies boost exports

December 18, 2014

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

WisBusiness: Concinnity developing healthcare software to unlock funds for physicians

December 18, 2014

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

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

December 18, 2014

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

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

December 18, 2014

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

Xconomy: SmartUQ raises $1.8M For simulation analytics software

December 17, 2014

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

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

December 17, 2014

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

Cambridge Major Laboratories announces expansion in Washington County

December 16, 2014

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

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

December 15, 2014

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

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

December 15, 2014

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

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

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

December 12, 2014

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

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

December 12, 2014

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

Nominate your company for Governor’s Export Achievement Awards

December 10, 2014

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

JSOnline: Startup StudyBlue raises $2.2 million in funding round

December 8, 2014

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

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

December 8, 2014

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

Madison Magazine: Q&A with Maurice Cheeks

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

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

December 5, 2014

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

Manitowoc energy technology company receives $250,000 state loan

December 4, 2014

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

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

December 4, 2014

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

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

December 4, 2014

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

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

December 3, 2014

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

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

Coverage of the Nov. 25 Wisconsin Innovation Network Madison luncheon

December 2, 2014

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

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

November 26, 2014

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

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

November 24, 2014

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

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

JSOnline: Madison's Solomo Technology raises additional funding

November 24, 2014

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

A Thanksgiving prayer to the Great Techie in the Sky

November 22, 2014
By Tom Still

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

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

November 21, 2014

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

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

November 19, 2014

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

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

November 19, 2014

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

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

November 19, 2014

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

Still in JSOnline: Collaboration among states key to jobs growth

November 17, 2014

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

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

November 17, 2014

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

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

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

November 14, 2014

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

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

JSOnline: Nordic Consulting founder Bakken to start venture capital fund

November 14, 2014

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

State Journal: Touting investment in technology startups at the ESS

November 14, 2014

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

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

November 14, 2014

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

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

November 14, 2014

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

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

November 14, 2014

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

Elevator Pitch Olympics winners announced for 2014 Early Stage event

November 14, 2014

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

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

November 14, 2014

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

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

November 11, 2014

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

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

November 10, 2014

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

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

November 7, 2014

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

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

November 6, 2014

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

WisBusiness: M-WERC: Names Michael Corradini board chair

November 6, 2014

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

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

November 5, 2014

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

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

November 3, 2014

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

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

November 3, 2014

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

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

November 3, 2014

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

TASCET named in 20 Most Promising Compliance Technology Solution Providers

November 3, 2014

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

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

October 30, 2014

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

State Journal: Ralph Kauten becomes CEO of Lucigen

October 30, 2014

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

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

October 29, 2014

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

Madison Startups: VC: More capital for more jobs

October 29, 2014

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

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

October 28, 2014

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

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

October 27, 2014

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

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

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

October 24, 2014

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

SBIR Advance second round open for high-tech small businesses

October 23, 2014

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

Madison Startups: OpenHomes to present at Web Summit

October 22, 2014

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

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

October 22, 2014

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

JSOnline: Isomark awarded grant to commercialize breath analyzer

October 22, 2014

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

WisBusiness: Rate change proposals could signal change in electric industry

October 22, 2014

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

JSOnline: Wisconsin's venture capital total nearly doubles

October 17, 2014

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

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

October 17, 2014

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

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

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

October 16, 2014

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

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

October 15, 2014

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

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

October 15, 2014

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

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

Shine Medical signs $125 million term sheet

October 10, 2014

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

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

October 10, 2014

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

State Journal: EatStreet funding reaches $10 million

October 8, 2014

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

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

October 8, 2014

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

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

October 8, 2014

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

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

October 8, 2014

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

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

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

October 7, 2014

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

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

October 7, 2014

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

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

October 7, 2014

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

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

October 6, 2014

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

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

October 3, 2014

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

SBA announces four new Regional Innovation Cluster Awards

October 3, 2014

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

Virent hires Edgar Steenwinkel to lead technology development efforts

October 2, 2014

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

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

September 30, 2014

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

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

UWM Research Foundation announces nine new Catalyst Grants

September 29, 2014

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

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

September 29, 2014

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

JSOnline: Biggest job sectors, state by state

September 29, 2014

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

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

September 26, 2014

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

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

September 25, 2014

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

SBIR Advance grant-matching program recipients announced

September 25, 2014

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

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

September 25, 2014

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

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

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

September 24, 2014

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

WIN-Madison looks at how women entrepreneurs are raising funds

September 24, 2014

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

Join history of success by pitching at Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

September 23, 2014

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

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

September 22, 2014

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

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

September 19, 2014

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

Echometrix awarded key ultrasound patent

September 19, 2014

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

JSOnline: Bioscience trade group BioForward names new CEO

September 18, 2014

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

BizJournal: Beloit toymaker Patch Products acquired by private equity firm

September 18, 2014

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

Journal Sentinel: Madison organization providing grants for start-ups

September 15, 2014

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

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

September 12, 2014

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

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

September 12, 2014

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

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

September 10, 2014

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

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

Still in JSOnline: Colorado offers economic growth lessons for Wisconsin

September 9, 2014

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

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

September 9, 2014

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

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

September 5, 2014

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

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

September 5, 2014

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

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

September 4, 2014

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

BrightStar Wisconsin announces formation of partnership with Gener8tor

September 4, 2014

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

Shine Medical secures $2.4M of investment

September 4, 2014

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

Morgridge launches microfluidics foundry

September 2, 2014

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

Madison Startups: 11 more recipients of Ideadvance Fund

September 2, 2014

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

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