Here are some of the latest headlines from Wisconsin’s innovation community:
—Well, it’s not last place, but it’s still not a great showing for Wisconsin in the latest assessment of entrepreneurial activity in each state by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Wisconsin ranked 45th in the foundation’s “early-stage entrepreneurship index” released in February, which examined a variety of data from 2017. The index is a modified version of the group’s annual national entrepreneurship report, which went on hiatus last year. From 2015 through 2017, Wisconsin came in last place in Kauffman’s ranking of startup activity by state.
—Exact Sciences (NASDAQ: EXAS) said it added a new member to its board of directors: Kathleen Sebelius, the former Kansas governor and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama. Madison-based Exact, which sells a stool-based diagnostic test for colorectal cancer, is one of Wisconsin’s fastest-growing healthcare technology firms and is currently valued at more than $11 billion.
—A group of public and private sector partners wants to create a driverless shuttle service in downtown Madison, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The group, led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory, wants to run a demonstration project that would offer driverless shuttle rides over a short distance, potentially the route between the state Capitol building and the entrepreneurial hub known as the Spark building. American Family Insurance, which owns the Spark, would pay for the cost of the shuttle. The group will seek bids from potential operators of the shuttle service. Read the full story here.