How to win the 2012 Wisconsin Governor’s Plan Contest and an update on a proposed state-leveraged angel and venture capital fund will be discussed at the Wednesday, Jan. 18 meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network’s Northeast Wisconsin chapter. 


The event will be held at the D J Bordini Center, 5 Systems Drive, near the Fox Valley Technical College campus in Appleton. Registration and networking begin at 4:45 p.m. The cost is $10 for general admission; $5 for WIN members, students and BPC participants and is included with WIN corporate memberships. Registration includes beverages and appetizers.

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Dan Nickchen, co-founder of LIVEyearbook Inc., will be on hand to discuss his company’s experience in winning the grand prize in the 2010 contest. Nickchen has extensive experience in engineering and software through LIVEyearbook as well as companies such as Red Prairie and Lockheed Martin. LIVEyearbook is based in northeast Wisconsin. The deadline for entering the contest is Jan. 31 at

Zach Brandon of the Wisconsin Angel Network will discuss prospects for passage of a proposed angel and venture capital bill, which is one of only four major bills expected to be debated by the Wisconsin Legislature in the current floor period. On hand to provide a legislative perspective on the proposal will be state Sen. Jessica King, D-Oshkosh.

WIN is the membership arm of the Tech Council, the independent, non-profit science and technology adviser to the governor and the Legislature. It has chapters in Milwaukee, Madison, Northeast Wisconsin, Central Wisconsin, the Lake Superior region and Western Wisconsin.

To join WIN, go to or call Gina Leahy at 608-442-7557.