The 2012 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium attracted 488 attendees over two days. Thanks to all who participated! Read and watch all the coverage of the conference here. This includes interviews with conference speakers, stories on the prospects for a state-leveraged early stage investment program, and columns and features on presenting companies.

Latest ‘ The Show’ features Internet Hall of Famer Landweber

The newest episode of “WisBusiness: The Show,” was filmed on site from the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium at Madison’s Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. In this episode, Liz Schrum interviews Larry Landweber, charter member of the Internet Society’s international Hall of Fame; Tom Still gives his predictions for a potential early stage funding bill; and the Stock Report features health care technology and Oshkosh Corp.

Veteran angel investor Dick Leazer first to join Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame

Richard “Dick” Leazer, one of the first angel investors in Wisconsin and the recently retired co-manager of Wisconsin Investment Partners, has been named to the newly created Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame. Read the full article here.

Diversity of startups on display during Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

The lineup at the annual Elevator Pitch Olympics in Madison featured some companies with potentially life-saving technologies. One young firm had developed motion-detection sensors that adjust for squirmy patients inside medical imaging machines. Another had invented a new way to cultivate pancreatic stem cells. A third startup was focused on genomic-based treatments for cancer. Read the full column here.

Wisconsin State Journal: Judy Newman’s column on the Elevator Pitch Olympics

Click here to read Judy Newman’s “Tech and Biotech” column on the three top presenters in the 2012 Elevator Pitch Olympics. State senators say outlook bright for ‘investment capital’ bill

The chances are good for approval of proposed legislation that would raise roughly $250 million to fund nascent companies, a pair of prominent state senators said Tuesday as part of a Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium forum held at Monona Terrace. Read the full article here.


Venture Best Blog: Live and learn…


Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of participating on a panel on term sheet negotiations at this year’s edition of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison Wisconsin; an annual event that brings together several hundred entrepreneurs, investors and what are gently referred to as service providers interested in growing the high impact business community in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. Read the full blog here.


Wisconsin State Journal: Senators see good chances for bill to boost early-stage companies


State senators from both sides of the aisle told an audience of entrepreneurs and investors they’re optimistic about the chances for passing a bill next year that will pump state and private money into young Wisconsin companies to help create jobs. Darling and state Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, were on a panel at the Early Stage Symposium at Monona Terrace. Read the full article here.


Journal Sentinel: Lawmakers say venture capital plan could return in 2013


A hard-to-pass proposal to use tax dollars to boost private investment in Wisconsin start-up companies could find its way into the next state budget bill, giving it a pathway through the legislative traps that ensnared it last session, a key state senator said Tuesday. Read the full article here.


Wisconsin State Journal: Calling all promising young businesses

Investment money — bringing more to Wisconsin and nabbing a piece of it — will be a major theme at the 2012 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium ( at Monona Terrace next week. Read the full Wisconsin State Journal article here.

Latest ‘WisBusiness: The Show’ features Doug Nelson of BMO Harris

In the latest edition of The Show, Tom Still talks about the diversity of startup companies in Wisconsin; the Stock Report covers a major cybersecurity grant and Harley-Davidson; and Liz Schrum talks to Doug Nelson, regional president of BMO Harris Bank, about the economic outlook and more. 

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Mark your calendars for the 2013 Entrepreneurs’ Conference – June 4-5, 2013 at the Marriott West in Middleton.