WISCONSIN RESOURCES & CONTACTS
WISCONSIN TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL
The Tech Council is the science and technology advisor to Wisconsin’s governor and Legislature. It is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan board with members from tech companies, venture capital firms, public and private education, research institutions, government and law. The Wisconsin Angel Network (see below) is among its programs.
CONTACT: Tom Still, president
(608) 442-7557 | Tstill@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com
WISCONSIN ANGEL NETWORK (WAN)
WAN’s mission is to fuel the growth of entrepreneurial, early stage financing throughout Wisconsin. WAN produces and provides resources to the early stage investing community. Those resources include the “Deal-flow Pipeline,” an online connection point for investors and entrepreneurs; assisting with angel network and early stage fund formation; facilitating investor collaboration, investor education events, communications, and other resources designed to help entrepreneurs seeking capital.
CONTACT: Bram Daelemans, director
(608) 442-7557 | Bram@wisconsinangelnetwork.com
STATE OF WISCONSIN INVESTMENT BOARD (SWIB)
SWIB is the state agency that invests the assets of the Wisconsin Retirement System, the State Investment Fund and other state trust funds. As of April 2014, SWIB managed about $104 billion in assets.
CONTACT: Chris Prestigiacomo, portfolio manager, private markets group
(608) 266-6723 | Chris.Prestigiacomo@swib.state.wi.us | www.swib.state.wi.us
WISCONSIN ALUMNI RESEARCH FOUNDATION (WARF)
WARF is a non-profit organization that supports research, transfers technology and ensures that the inventions and discoveries of UW-Madison benefit humankind. The UW-Madison is a premier research institution with world-class faculty and staff who attract more than $1 billion in sponsored research each year. WARF receives about 350 disclosures per year and has taken an equity share in 38 active companies.
CONTACT: Carl Gulbrandsen, managing director
(608) 263-2824 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.warf.org
WISCONSIN SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION (WISYS)
WiSys is a non-profit WARF subsidiary established to identify innovative technologies developed beyond the UW-Madison campus, primarily within 11 other UW System campuses and Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences. It helps to bring those technologies to the marketplace for the benefit of the inventors, their universities, Wisconsin’s economy and society.
CONTACT: Arjun Sanga, executive director
(608) 316-4015 | ASanga@wisys.org | www.wisys.org
UWM RESEARCH FOUNDATION
UW-Milwaukee has annual research expenditures of about $60 million. UWM Research Foundation’s mission is to foster research, innovation and entrepreneurship at the UW-Milwaukee. The Foundation manages a growing portfolio of patents, with nearly 100 issued or applied-for patents. The UWMRF Catalyst grant program has provided more than $3.4 million to seed projects with strong commercial potential.
CONTACT: Brian Thompson, president
(414) 906-4653 | email@example.com | www.uwmfdn.org
WISCONSIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP.
This agency offers technology loans and grants to qualified companies, assists in site and location matters, and manages the Qualified New Business Venture (QNVB) program for investor tax credits, among other programs.
CONTACT: Mark Hogan, chief executive officer and secretary
(608) 210-6701 | Kathie Colbert | firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SPECIFIC QNVB INFORMATION CONTACT:
(608) 210-6826 | email@example.com | www.inwisconsin.com
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS (DFI)
DFI’s mission is to ensure the safety and soundness of Wisconsin’s financial institutions, to protect the consumers of financial services and to facilitate economic growth. The agency regulates and licenses financial service providers who do business in Wisconsin.
CONTACT: Ray Allen, cabinet secretary
(608) 264-7800 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.wdfi.org
MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
The MCW Office of Technology Development is responsible for managing the discoveries, inventions and other intellectual property assets of the Medical College of Wisconsin and advancing these discoveries. The MCW conducts about $140 million in sponsored research each year.
CONTACT: James Antczak, office of technology development
414-955-4894 | email@example.com | www.mcw.edu/OTD.htm
MARSHFIELD CLINIC APPLIED SCIENCES
Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences promotes the exchange of knowledge between patient care services and research programs by helping to determine the commercial potential of advances. The division aligns research projects with health care needs and assists in the patent process. The clinic conducts about $25 million in sponsored research each year.
CONTACT: Marsha Bushman, director of applied sciences
(715) 389-3430 | firstname.lastname@example.org
gener8tor is a Wisconsin-based accelerator that invests its community, capital, expertise, mentorship and network in capable, early-stage entrepreneurs with innovative business models. gener8tor works with the startups in its portfolio to create successful, scalable companies. Sponsored by American Family Insurance, gener8tor seeks to invest in technology-enabled businesses. Accepted companies receive $70,000 and 12-weeks of mentorship-driven programming.
CONTACT: Troy Vosseller, co-founder
(608) 354-6606 | email@example.com | www.gener8tor.com
ANGEL CAPITAL ASSOCIATION
ACA is a collective of accredited investors that supports the success of angel and private investors in high-growth, early-stage ventures. The organization is the source for critical information and data that aligns the needs of angels, entrepreneurs, and the startup support community. Among its members are more than 240 angel groups and platforms and more than 13,000 individual accredited investors.
CONTACT: Sarah Dickey, ACA membership director
(913) 894-4700 | firstname.lastname@example.org