Each year, Wisconsin Inno hits the pause button on the daily startup news grind to look ahead at the companies poised to make headlines in the year to come.
On our annual Startups to Watch list, we outline a handful of Wisconsin startup companies that we feel could make big moves in the next year, whether that’s raising sizable funding rounds, making acquisitions, accomplishing fast growth or simply continuing work on challenging problems. From Madison to Milwaukee and beyond, there are plenty of early-stage Wisconsin startups on the rise.
Since we began reporting on Wisconsin’s tech and startup ecosystem in 2018, we’ve had our finger on the pulse of all the innovative ideas, significant funding rounds and big expansion plans coming out of the state’s startups.
But to help us compile this year’s Startups to Watch list, we reached out to Wisconsin venture capitalists, tech leaders and accelerator managers to narrow down 20 early-stage startups to keep an eye on in 2020. On this list you won’t find familiar names like Bright Cellars, Understory or EatStreet. Instead, our Startups to Watch list aims to spotlight the lesser-known companies that will be the headline makers of tomorrow.
The companies listed below range from those who’ve raised Series A funding rounds to those that have zero capital. Some have been around for the last five years, while others launched just this year. The one thing they all have in common, though, is that they are poised for growth in the next year. View the full list here.