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  Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium : Information, inspiration and investors

The annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison has all the ingredients necessary for a successful gathering of young companies and entrepreneurs.

The Nov. 7-8 conference will attract scores of investors from some of the Midwest’s top angel networks and venture capital funds, with more than 30 investor groups already represented. Investors will be there to hear presentations from 40 companies and to meet individually with those entrepreneurs and many more through our third annual “Investor Intros” meet-up.

Speakers with stories that inform and inspire include Aaron Kennedy, founder of Noodles & Co., serial entrepreneur Kelly Fitzsimmons and company-charger Demetria Menard, who will speak Nov. 6 at the Wisconsin WOMEN reception preceding the formal start of the conference.

Panel discussions and workshops will feature investors, entrepreneurs and experts to address hands-on challenges that can spell the difference between growth and failure. You will also hear from the 2018 winner of our “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Excellence” award, watch our Elevator Pitch Olympics and much and mingle at our breakfast, lunch and reception events.

Join us for Wisconsin’s premiere gathering of investors and entrepreneurs by registering now!

Angels, VCs set to check out young companies at Nov. 7-8 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium
Serial tech entrepreneur Kelly Fitzsimmons to keynote Nov. 7 at Early Stage Symposium
Former COO of nation’s fastest-growing private firm to speak Nov. 6 at W•O•M•E•N reception in Madison
‘Investor Intros’ offer face-to-face meetings for companies at Early Stage Symposium
Nationally known ‘trep Aaron Kennedy to speak Nov. 8 at Early Stage Symposium

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Tom Still, president

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WARF Innovation Series: The Wisconsin Idea, Smart Cities, and our foray into the future
To pursue this vision and to tap into Wisconsin’s innovative nature, Foxconn has launched an initiative called Smart Cities—Smart Futures. The #SmartCitiesWI competition invites current students, staff and faculty of the University of Wisconsin campuses, Wisconsin Technical College System and Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities to submit ideas for smart cities and systems. Categories include ideas that optimize our resources and strengths; improve our quality of life, performance and collaboration; enhance a sustainable economy and environment; and advance smart manufacturing, services and infrastructure. Submit your application here: they are due Oct. 31.
Read the article and full WARF series here.
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WEEK of OCTOBER 15

WisBusiness : UW-Madison chancellor concerned about funding for building projects
BusinessWire : FluGen Completes Dosing of Phase 2 Study
WisBusiness : Marquette University: Receives nearly $700,000 from NSF to help acquire a super computing cluster
Madison Startups : Madison a ‘Little Giant’ in Startup Report
BizTimes Milwaukee
: Award-winning water start up accused of misrepresenting product, stealing work
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CapTimes : Former GE exec Beth Comstock says we need to change the way we change
WisBusiness : Zendesk: Establishes Midwest regional hub in Madison
WisBusiness : Panelists agree state should do more to support startups, research

WEEK of OCTOBER 8

WisBusiness : UW-Superior researchers develop windshield to protect beehives
BizTimes Milwaukee : Reverse Pitch MKE challenges announced
Madison.com : Organic Valley to share its solar power with nearby communities
PR Newswire
: Digital medicine data shows asthma assessment guidelines are outdated, according to Propeller Health
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: Madison ranks high globally for startup cities
SiliconPrairieNews : Why more Midwestern tech cos are ‘boomeranging’ talent away from the coasts
WisPolitics : Foxconn: Issues request for proposal to convert downtown Racine location into smart city co-working innovation space
BizTimes Milwaukee : Water Council launches global Tech Challenge
Green Bay Press Gazette
: Yes we can: Push for tech innovation in smaller Wisconsin cities
Money
: Meet America’s Richest Self-Made Woman, a 71-Year-Old Roofing Titan Worth Over $6 Billion Who Moonlights as a Film Producer
Sramana Mitra : 10 Tips For Technology Business Coaches And Startup Mentors
BizTimes Milwaukee : Advocate Aurora Health enters partnership with Chicago-based health care incubator
WisBusiness
: Wisconsin Hospital Association: Dr. Mark Kaufman named WHA chief medical officer
WisBusiness : The Podcast with Byron Reese, author and tech entrepreneur
Green Bay Press Gazette : Yes we can: Push for tech innovation in smaller Wisconsin cities
Release : Techstars and QBE Launch Global Partnership to Support Entrepreneurs
The Atlantic
: Latino Entrepreneurs May Be the U.S. Economy’s Best Bet
Milwaukee Business Journal : Wisconsin’s gener8tor ranks among nation’s top accelerators
WisBusiness : Access to broadband not just a rural problem
WisBusiness : SBA: Awards WWBIC $150,000 PRIME Grant for emerging micro-entrepreneurs gain access to capital
Wisconsin State Journal : American Family Insurance’s $55 million Spark building debuts
Milwaukee Business Journal : Northwestern Mutual debuts new innovation center, Cream City Labs
WisBusiness : UW-Madison researcher getting $2.2 million NIH award
PRNewswire : Redox Introduces “Redox Gives” Program to Drive Better Public Health through Interoperability
JSOnline
: Workers paying a steadily increasing share of the total cost of health benefits
Milwaukee Business Journal : Get a look at renovations in Rockwell’s massive Walker’s Point corporate HQ
WisBusiness
: Wisconsin dairy farmers benefiting from new trade deal

WEEK of OCTOBER 1

WisBusiness : Students testing business solutions to problems in their communities
BizWomen : Her health care startup supports Apple Health Records
Fast Company : Five women entrepreneurs on why they’re considering political runs
Photos : Cap Times Idea Fest got underway Sept 28-29.
Entrepreneur.com : How Being a Single Teen Mom Prepared Me for Entrepreneurship
CapTimes : Delivering on its potential: How EatStreet is changing the way Madison gets dinner
Milwaukee Business Journal : New initiative to connect entrepreneurial groups and leaders across Wisconsin
WisBusiness
: WEDC accepting applications for Entrepreneurship Support Program
Release : Wisconsin Ranks Among Top U.S. States for Health Care Access and Patient Safety
Release : The Wisconsin Hospital Association has launched a redesigned website, promising easier navigation and more health information.
BizTimes Milwaukee : Startup Milwaukee Week schedule released
Release : Startup Wisconsin initiative set to advance technology and startup ecosystems statewide
JSOnline: Tech upgrades for autonomous vehicles to aid Foxconn are part of widening plans for I-94
WisPolitics : WEDC: ‘Aerospace Jam’ event with Milwaukee Bucks to connect top STEM students with aerospace industry
Milwaukee Business Journal
: Investment firm with growing Milwaukee presence launches $50M fund for water, agribusiness deals



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TOM STILL'S INSIDE WISCONSIN COLUMNS:

10/12/18: InsideWis : Reach of angel, venture capital extends beyond portfolio companies

10/04/18: InsideWis : Wisconsin’s business support systems are helping young companies survive

09/27/18: InsideWis : Partnerships between universities, private sector working across Wisconsin

09/20/18: InsideWis : Fear of technology not new, but history says humans prevail




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WISBUSINESS: THE SHOW:

10/02/18: Episode 213: Interview with Derek Matzke, Tech Metrics and Tom Still commentary

09/19/18: Episode 212 : Interview with Heather Wentler, Tech Metrics, Tom Still commentary




INVESTORS' CORNER:

BizTimes Milwaukee: Dynamis Software acquired by Illinois firm
BizTimes Milwaukee : Zywave acquires Code SixFour
BizTimes Milwaukee : MCT Digital acquired for as much as $10 million
Milwaukee Business Journal : Here are Wisconsin’s top venture capital deals for the third quarter
Milwaukee Business Journal : Madison weather tech company Understory secures $6.5M in funding
Milwaukee Business Journal
: Johnson Controls CEO: Milwaukee will benefit from $100M venture fund
Release
: Cellectar Announces Overall Survival Exceeding 19 Months in Phase 1b Trial with CLR 131
BizTimes Milwaukee : AmebaGone raising $10 million Series A round
Wisconsin State Journal : Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals inks $250M deal with Janssen Pharmaceuticals that could grow to $3.7B
BizWomen
: Capita3 raises $1.2M for women-led startup fund
WisBusiness
: ImageMoverMD has raised $1.6 million of a target $3.45 million round

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