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Developments on Wisconsin’s early stage capital bill is topic at Jan. 29 WIN-Madison meeting
January 29, 2013 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
With the Wisconsin Legislature back in session for 2013, one item on the agenda may be a proposal to create a state-leveraged plan to attract more private capital and help Wisconsin’s emerging companies thrive. This proposed bill and other topics surrounding venture capital will be discussed at the Tuesday, Jan. 29 meeting of the WIN-Madison chapter.
The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for WIN members, $35 for non-members and included with WIN corporate memberships. Register at www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com/events
Panelists will include Ryan Murray, chief operating officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., which has helped build an investment plan. Steve Lyons, president of the Wisconsin Growth Capital Coalition; and Greg Piefer of SHINE. Tom Still of the Tech Council will moderate.
The Legislature began its floor period in January. The state budget debate will begin in February with the introduction of the 2013-2015 bill by Gov. Scott Walker, who spoke Jan. 22 to the Wisconsin Technology Council board of directors.
The need for improved access to capital for Wisconsin entrepreneurs is outlined in the recent report, “The future is now: Four strategies for Wisconsin’s high growth economy,” produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council. The Wisconsin Growth Capital Coalition and other groups have also highlighted the need for more investment capital.
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.
The event is sponsored by Vital Support Systems. To join WIN, go to www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com or call Molly Lahr at 608-442-7557