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The Tech Council Current
 News, events and programming from the Wisconsin Technology Council
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Brad Schwartz, Morgridge

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April 25, Waukesha

Boot Camp
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pitching at BPC Boot Camp

Tech Council, Wisconsin Angel Network reach out in support of HR 4498, or HALOS Act
A bill that would clarify federal rules related to holding bona fide “pitch” events is getting welcome congressional review, thanks to the Angel Capital Association and its affiliates.

Innovation in self-driving vehicles set to roll as topic for March 10 WIN-MKE

Can Wisconsin build on its history of automotive innovation to become a hub for self-driving vehicles? Learn more from expert panelists at the March 10 WIN-Milwaukee meeting.

Morgridge research CEO Schwartz to outline trends in human health at March 22 WIN-MSN
Dr. Brad Schwartz, CEO of the private, non-profit Morgridge Institute for Research, will discuss the institute’s work around interdisciplinary approaches to improving human health at the March 22 WIN-Madison meeting.

Don’t miss opportunity to meet with major firms around potential business partnerships
Emerging companies and early stage funds have until March 16 to apply for “speed dating” meetings at the April 25 Tech Summit in Waukesha. Hear what past attendees have to say about the event here.

Business Plan Contest ‘boot camp’ puts 70 entrepreneurs through startup paces
About 70 entrepreneurs from communities across the state took part in the annual “boot camp” sponsored as a part of the 13th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Deadline for student entries in the Wisconsin YES youth biz plan contest is April 4

The contest is open to middle and
high school students in the state, and the initial entry is only 250 words. Finalists are eligible for cash and great prizes! Get started at

Michigan Growth Capital Symposium opens call for presenting company applications
Early and mid-stage startups seeking funding are encouraged to apply to pitch at the 
Michigan Growth Capital Symposium on May 17-18 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The deadline for applications is March 10.
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Release: Fifty-three entries advance to next round in 2016 Gov’s Biz Plan Contest

Xconomy: Swallow Solutions, upcoming pitches headline this week’s watchlist
: WholeTrees wins National Forest Foundation 2015 Barrett Foundation Challenge

Lake Country Now: Big Bend company advances in state business plan contest
State Journal: Local entries continue strong in business plan contest

Xconomy: Unequal pay – the worst and best cities for women in tech
JSOnline: Mobcraft Beer to appear on Shark Tank television show
State Journal: Study shows SwallowSTRONG cuts hospitalization
Madison Startups: Murfie moves office to Middleton
Release: National competition selects three winners to advance water entrepreneurship
JSOnline: Appleton entrepreneur uses Kickstarter to build customer base
JSOnline: Swallow Solutions device to cut hospital admissions and costs, study says
WisBusiness: More UW computer science grads staying in Wisconsin
Madison Startups: Catalyze unveils Stratum
WisBusiness: Bright Cellars’ algorithm helps millennials learn about wine
Madison Startups: ABODO unveils ABODO Assistant
JSOnline: Fixed-wireless Internet aimed at bridging the rural digital divide
Release: Wisconsin researchers transform common cell to master heart cell
JSOnline: Concordia expands program to help students build startups
WisBusiness: Water Council’s Amhaus expects ‘even stronger’ 2016
WisBusiness: Hankr looks to expand food-finding app beyond Milwaukee
State Journal: Tech leaders say UW budget cuts are ‘dark cloud’ on the state’s economy
Releases: Wisconsin ‘solar’ industry employs more than 1,900
State Journal: UW-Madison researchers to study Zika virus in monkeys
Release: Economic Development & Diverstiy Summit set for May 9 in Madison
PostCrescent: $570M to be used for faster rural Internet

Inside Wis: Why basic research matters at Wisconsin’s colleges and universities
Still in JSOnline
: Some progress seen on tech industry’s legislative wish list
Inside Wis
: Bits, bytes and pieces – Tech jobs and wages, broadwand, gravity waves and more
Inside Wis: In Washington, political season means only consensus bills get passed


Episode 161: Featuring interview with early stage investor Lorrie Keating Heinemann
Episode 160
:Featuring interview with UK tech exec on Wisconsin landscape
Mobcraft Beer Team
Mobcraft Beer team

Still 2008
Tom Still, Tech Council

Episode 161.docx
Lorrie Keating Heinemann
WisBusiness: SHINE gets long-awaited approval to build plant
JSOnline: SHINE Technologies gets go-ahead for $100M Janesville plant
JSOnline: Madison-based health IT company CenterX raises $3.3M
Xconomy: OnKöl, VC ranking and stem cells on this week’s Wisconsin watchlist
JSOnline: Wisconsin Tech Summit connects emerging and established companies
JSOnline: Redox Inc. to pitch at SXSW conference
Madison Startups: Redox a finalist at SXSW Accelerator
WisBusiness: Understory raises $7.5M from 4490 Ventures and Monsanto Growth Ventures
WisBusiness: Phoenix Nuclear Labs look to expand medical isotopes product
Release: Gener8tor announces Madison 2016 program

Peifer, Greg
Greg Piefer, SHINE
Asmuth, Todd
Todd Asmuth, SHINE
Wisconsin Innovation Network membership:
Experience for yourself why WIN has been a Tech Council tradition for more than 13 years.
With more than two dozen events annually, you'll expand your network while learning from top-notch speakers. When you become a WIN member, your membership applies to all chapters, statewide. With five different types of membership, you and/or your company will be sure to find a membership that fits your business goals. Join today!

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations that have recently joined or renewed their WIN memberships
Individual Members
Dave Gee
Kate Guth
Brad Nelson
Mickey Noone
Tom Strader
Fred Tidstrom
James Tretheway

Corporate Members
Center for Technology Commercialization
City of Fitchburg
Neider & Boucher
Wolf Track Ventures


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Wisconsin Angel Network membership:
Your $750 WAN membership entitles you to one free pass to both major conferences (Entrepreneurs' Conference and Early Stage Symposium), as well as regular WIN events.

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Serve as a judge in the Wisconsin YES contest:
If you are interested in serving as a judge for the 2016 Wisconsin YES youth business plan contest, please let us know.

March 10: WIN-Milwaukee
UWM Innovation Accelerator, Wauwatosa

March 15: How health tech cluster is changing healthcare?

Madison Club, Madison

March 16:
Application deadline for Tech Summit

March 22: WIN-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, Madison

April 4:
Entry deadline for Wisconsin YES

​April 5: Intro to SBIR Workshop
MGE Innovation Center, Madison

April 20: Cleantech Network forum
Wisconsin Energy Institute, Madison

April 25: Wisconsin Tech Summit
GE Healthcare Institute, Waukesha

April 26: WIN-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, Madison

May 5-7: Biotech & The Law Global Conference
Monona Terrace, Madison

May 9: Economic Development & Diversity Summit (MadREP)
Monona Terrace, Madison

June 7-8: Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference
Alliant Energy Center, Madison

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