On March 28, 2023, the Wisconsin Technology Council hosted an Innovation Network luncheon to discuss two public-private funds – one recently authorized and a second proposed in Gov. Tony Evers’ biennial budget. The U.S. Treasury has approved a Wisconsin grant from the State Small Business Credit Initiative, of which $50 million will support early stage company investments by matching private dollars. The state budget bill contains a separate $75 million to be privately matched over time, also working with private funds.


  • John Neis, managing director of Venture Investors
  • Sam Rikkers, deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp
  • State Rep. Robert Wittke, R-Racine. Wittke is chair or co-chair of two legislative audit committees, a member of two education committees and a member of the Legislature’s informal Tech Caucus