wtc_logo_white (002)    April 2017
The Tech Council Current
 News, events and programming from the Wisconsin Technology Council

Dear readers-

The Tech Council brings timely topics to its members and others who attend our Tech Council Innovation Network meetings and related events across Wisconsin. These topics often reinforce our policy and advocacy roles – but they also keep you abreast of trends in technology, entrepreneurship and more. Upcoming examples include an April 13 investor pitch event in Green Bay, an April 19 event aimed at military veterans in La Crosse, an April 25 review of tech-based legislation in Madison, and the June 6-7 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. We hope to see you again soon!

Tom Still, president

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Find your seat at the table: Register today for June 6-7, 2017 Entrepreneurs’ Conference
We are excited to announce that the 15th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference will be held June 6-7, 2017 at the UW-Madison's Union South. The two-day conference is one of the Midwest’s premiere “how-to,” hands-on events for entrepreneurs of all ages and experience levels. Attendees range from ‘treps who are still developing their ideas to emerging company leaders who have already attracted angel and/or venture funding. These businesses cover a broad span of categories, from information technology to cleantech, from advanced manufacturing to the life sciences, and from business services to consulting.

‘The Crucible’: How to (and not to) pitch to investors is April 13 Innovation Network-Northeast topic

Learn the “do’s” and “don’ts” of pitching to investors by watching a panel of seasoned investors critique an early stage company presentation during the Thursday, April 13 meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Green Bay. The luncheon is in partnership with the Forum for Innovation, which will focus on high-growth companies in the region, and NEW North, the regional economic development group. It will be held at Lindquist Machine Corporation, 610 Baeten Road, Green Bay.


Tech talk in the Capitol: Status of key issues topic of April 25 Innovation Network-Madison

From broadband expansion to self-driving vehicles, and from investment tax credits to workforce needs, topics of importance to Wisconsin’s technology sectors are being debated in the state Capitol. Join us Tuesday, April 25, for a luncheon meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Madison to learn how those issues will fare as the Wisconsin Legislature continues its review of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill as well as separate bills tied to the high-growth economy.


From social media to health tech to drones, Biz Plan Contest finalists show state’s tech range

Twenty-six entries representing sectors as broad as social media, health technologies and innovations in products or services are competing in the finalist round of the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. The contestants have survived two rounds of judging in the contest organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council and its sponsors and volunteers. A lead sponsor is the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.


Record number of entries logged in youth biz plan contest

Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, received a record number of 148 entries this month from middle- and high-school students across the state. From Bangor to Wind Lake, and from Crivitz to Wauwatosa, public, private and home-schooled students submitted their science- and tech-based business plan ideas. Learn more about contest details at

It’s a wrap! See coverage from the 2017 Wisconsin Tech Summit

The 4th annual Wisconsin Tech Summit was held March 27, 2017 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha. The Summit organized over 160 meetings between major and emerging firms and featured Chris Rizik, the chief executive officer and fund manager for the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund in Michigan. See below for news coverage on this year’s summit.

‘Muster Across Wisconsin’ veterans event in La Crosse to feature Marine Corps vet Don Weber

The first in a statewide series of events designed to connect military veterans with entrepreneurial resources, experts and inspiration will be held Wednesday, April 19 at The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern in La Crosse. The event will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., including a reception, and will feature two “how-to” discussion panels as well as remarks by Don Weber, founder and chairman of Logistics Health Inc.

Cheers for a Cure Happy Hour

You’re invited to kick-off your weekend with Stackhouse, one of Madison’s funkiest blues bands, at the April 21 Cheers for a Cure Happy Hour. The event will be held at the Bendyworks office located at 106 E. Doty St., Ste. 200, Madison, WI. Doors open from 4-6 p.m. with an admission fee of $25 per person (all proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). Beer and appetizers will be provided by 3rd Sign Brewery and Beyond Catering. Click here to register. Click here to learn more and donate to Cassidy Wartenweiler's Woman of the Year campaign.


Tech Council’s Still named to UW System Business Council

Wisconsin Technology Council President Tom Still is among about two-dozen business leaders named to the new UW System Business Council. The creation of the council was announced last fall and UW System President Ray Cross announced its members March 9.


Speaking a different language: Translating Cleantech from bench to business and back
A panel of experts discuss lessons learned during the process of pursuing research in both academic and industrial environments at the April 18 Wisconsin Cleantech Network Forum. Panelists include: Tim Donohue, UW–Madison professor and director, GLBRC; Colin Anson, UW–Madison graduate student, chemistry; Hans Liao, senior principal scientist, Cargill; and Edgar Steenwinkel, vice president of research and development, Virent. Click here to register.

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WisBusiness: 14th annual Governor’s Business Plan Contest down to 26

WisBusiness: Pour Authority measures beer volume for bar-goers

Xconomy: Redox to Help Intermountain Bring Homegrown Apps to More Providers

WisBusiness: Brings telehealth to central Wisconsin skilled nursing centers

BizTimes: BizStarts companies created 486 jobs in 2016

WisBusiness: Atlantic Council’s latest report highlights Madison as one of four tech hubs in the nation
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WisBusiness: KaleidoCare wants to help people through medical dilemmas

Wisconsin State Journal: Madison draws attention as up-and-coming tech center

GazetteXtra: Beloit Irontek launches accelerator program for hi-tech companies

Madison Startups: Cellectar to begin phase II trial

Business Journal: Johnson Controls, Discovery World pilot STEM program

Wisconsin Public Radio: UW System president: Walker’s budget a ‘move In the right direction’

Xconomy: Telkonet, wantable, Marquette and more: This week’s WI watchlist

WiSys: Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament gives student entrepreneurs opportunity to win up to $54,000

Isthmus: UW grapples with regulating drones in campus airspace

WisBusiness: Wisconsin venture capital funds look to young tech talent

WisBusiness: The Podcast with JangoBio’s Bill Kohl

Madison Startups: Bunker Labs Announces New Program

WisBusiness: Tech Summit brings emerging and established companies to same table

JSOnline: Manufacturer: Drones should transmit identifier for security

Xconomy: Exact Sciences shares higher after Aetna expands cologuard coverage

WisBusiness: The Podcast with WeightUp Solution’s Daniel Litvak

Release: Hogan: Gov. Scott Walker’s budget helps support Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs

WisBusiness: Doyenne Group’s Spring Showcase features five women-led startups

BizTimes: Marquette opening 707 Hub Monday for student entrepreneurs

Xconomy: Arrowhead, research cuts, JCI, and more: This week’s WI watchlist

Release: Aviation and Aerospace Business Accelerator Applications Now Open for 2017

BizTimes: Wisconsin veterans offered free entrepreneurship training

Madison Startups: MVI expands clinical trial

Xconomy: Amid focus on value, Forward Health Group’s software gets qualified

Wisconsin State Journal: Borrowing from nature: UW-Madison scientists use plants to grow stem cells

JSOnline: Technology conference to feature ‘speed dating’ with large firms

WisBusiness: Gov. Walker, Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs announce $238,000 grant to Bunker Labs

WisBusiness: Healics and Interra Health: Announce merger combined entity positioned for growth

WisBusiness: Marshfield Clinic: Introduces renamed Marshfield Clinic Research Institute

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Wisconsin Center District’s Russ Staerkel

WisBusiness: TherVoyant seeking FDA regulatory clearance for real-time MRI guidance

Xconomy: Lumanu, Doyenne Group, Intellivisit & More: This Week’s WI Watchlist

WisBusiness: Easy Way to Health wants to improve worker health and productivity

WisBusiness: WARF seeking partners for new energy harvesting device

WisBusiness: Field Viewers wants to break into three different markets

JSOnline: Milwaukee start-up connects companies with online influencers

Wisconsin State Journal: Madison lawyer saw need for a legal keyboard — and built it

Xconomy: As health insurance debate heats up, Dynamis plugs away

WisBusiness: Podcast with Comply365’s Kerry Frank

BizTimes: Inside Ward4, devCodeCamp has been pumping out coders


Still in JSOnline: What’s needed is corporate ‘champions’ to take calculated chance

InsideWis: Eating the seed corn won’t help Trump achieve 4 percent growth

InsideWis: For a stronger economy and national security, don’t cut science

Still in JSOnline: Trump will have a hard time selling his swamp-draining plan

InsideWis: Business Plan Contest entries reflect market trends – and state’s economic diversity

InsideWis: The graying of America brings opportunity for ‘elder tech’ entrepreneurs


Episode 185: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Evan Wing of River Valley Bank
Episode 184: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Scott Cooper of Marketing Engine Group
Episode 183:
Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Nick Mastronardi of Polco

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WisBusiness: Lynx Biosciences undertakes funding round

Xconomy: With new debt round, Madison startup Kiio passes $5M in funding

BizTimes: EthoStream sale nets $12.8 million for Telkonet

JSOnline: Promentis Pharmaceuticals raises $26 million

WisBusiness: WEDC: Two Wisconsin startups certified as Qualified New Business Ventures

JSOnline: Wisconsin venture capital group resurrected

BizTimes: BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation has helped create 205 jobs

BizTimes: Connecture gets $17.5 million investment

Xconomy: Did Milwaukee-based startups really raise $111 million in 2016?

BizTimes: Intellivisit raising $500,000 for expanded marketing

Release: Local investors commit to invest in a new Fox Valley venture capital fund

Release: WEDC awards $700,000 in grants to support local efforts to provide seed funding for startups


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Tech Council Innovation Network membership:
Experience for yourself why the Innovation Network has been a Tech Council tradition for over a decade.
With more than two dozen events annually, you'll expand your network while learning from top-notch speakers. When you become a member, your membership applies to all chapters, statewide. With a variety of membership types to choose from, 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  memberships

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Need help finding the membership level right for you?
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Tech Council Investor Networks 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.

April 13: Innovation Network-Northeast
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April 25: Innovation Network-Madison

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May 11: Innovation Network-Northeast
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June 27: Innovation Network-Madison
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