The state of angel and venture capital investment in Wisconsin and southeast Wisconsin’s Whitewater region will be examined Thursday, March 9 at a Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon at the Whitewater University Innovation Center.

Tech Council Investor Networks director Joe Kremer will kick off the presentation by breaking down Wisconsin early stage investment figures from 2022, which will likely stand out as the state’s second-biggest year in dollar terms – exceeded only by the record year of 2021.

Other panelists thus far include Jim Caldwell, local investor and chief executive officer of First Citizens State Bank, and Andy Walker, a partner in Rock River Capital Partners. The Rock River fund is part of the larger Badger Fund of Funds network in Wisconsin. Tom Still, Tech Council president, will moderate the panel and audience questions.

The luncheon will be held at 1221 Innovation Drive in Whitewater, which is northeast of the Highway 59 and 12 intersections. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for students and returning veterans, $25 for individual members, $35 for non-members and included for Tech Council corporate members. Click here to register.

“Investments by angel and venture capitalists don’t just occur in Madison or Milwaukee these days,” Still said. “We’re seeing interest statewide in early stage companies, especially in those regions where you might find a combination of talent, research and community support such as what exists in Whitewater.”

This luncheon is sponsored by WE Energies and the Whitewater University Innovation Center.

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