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September 17, 2020

Dear readers: 

With three-dozen investor groups already slated to take part, the annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium is a “can’t-miss” event for young companies in search of angel and venture capital. It will be held on a virtual platform, Nov. 9-11.

We are accepting company applications to meet with or present to investors from across Wisconsin, the Midwest and well beyond. Please read more below to get your application started now!

The latest installment in “Shaping the Endless Frontier” series was held Wednesday, with two key members of Congress taking part in an hour-long seminar, along with UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone and Professor Melissa Skala of the Morgridge Institute for Research. Please read the press coverage below; full recordings of the Sept. 16 and Aug. 11 installments are also linked.

WisBusiness: Endless Frontier Act to revitalize, transform Midwest industries
Please watch Endless Frontier webinars
episode 1 and episode 2.

Also, please read my latest “Inside Wisconsin” column.

Inside Wisconsin: Even in fractious times, the need for a vital, secure economy can unite lawmakers


Make sure to check out our newsroom below for fast-changing information about Wisconsin's reopening process.
Stay tuned for announcements about virtual Tech Council webinars on COVID-19 issues of interest to our members and others

Do you have news or best practices to contribute to a future edition of Tech Council Current?

Thanks for helping to build a stronger Wisconsin!

Tom Still, president

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Using social media to propel you and your business: Learn more at Sept. 22 Tech Council webinar

Hear from Spencer X. Smith, a national expert, on how to turn your social media and digital marketing efforts into measurable results by attending a 10 a.m., Sept. 22 webinar hosted by the Wisconsin Technology Council.

The webinar is the latest in the Tech Council Innovation Network’s continuing webinar series, “Crossing the Coronavirus Chasm.” Tech Council Innovation Network and Investor Networks members may register at no charge; the price for non-members is $20 for general admission and $10 for students and returning veterans.
Click here to learn more and register.

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New "WisBusiness: The Show" features Polco’s Nick Mastronardi

U.S. Air Force veteran and former White House staffer Mastronardi started a platform for improving how community leaders seek citizen input on important topics. Mastronardi talks about how Polco evolved, its commitment to civic discourse and how it helps provide data that leads to credible results for clients.

Polco takes those [verified] standardized questions [on community member input] and do comparisons with other communities across the country, putting it into context,” Mastonardi says.

Also, Tom Still presents Tech Metrics, which chart key indicators and events in the Wisconsin economy. He previews upcoming Tech Council webinars and opportunities, such as November’s Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.
Click here to watch.

Sponsors include Exact Sciences, UW-Milwaukee and BDO.

View our full show archives here.

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The 2020 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium: Registration now open!

Applications are being accepted now from young companies that want to tell their stories to investors at our annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium #ESSWI, to be held Nov. 9-11 on a virtual platform.

The conference will focus on increased opportunities for emerging companies and startups to meet with investors 1:1, pitch and present their companies. Our virtual exhibitor booths will be enhanced time to meet with sponsors and others. 26 investor groups have already signed on with many more to come.

Read the latest “Call for Companies” press release here. Applications due Sept. 25th.

Watch for more information to come via the Tech Council Current, press releases and social media!



  • Bloomberg:  Googling for gut symptoms predicts COVID hot spots, study finds
  • USA Today: Six months after pandemic was declared, a look inside the vaccine race
  • Wall Street Journal: CDC chief predicts many won’t get vaccine until summer 2021
  • CNN: Pfizer proposes expanding COVID-19 vaccine trial to include more diversity as race for a vaccine continues
  • WISN: Scientists say new drug discovery could treat and prevent COVID-19
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Vaccine-makers keep safety details quiet, alarming scientists
  • STAT: Coming to terms with the real bioterrorist behind COVID-19: Nature
  • NBC: Pfizer coronavirus vaccine could be given to Americans before end of the year, CEO says
  • WKOW: Oxford and AstraZeneca resume coronavirus vaccine trial
  • WisBusiness: Guard members embrace pandemic mission, making testing possible in rural Wisconsin


  • WisBusiness: Wisconsin enjoys high healthcare value when key indicators of cost and quality are measured
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Uline ups Amazon with $6,000 hiring bonuses for 60 new warehouse jobs
  • Wall Street Journal: Coronavirus legal fight between insurers and businesses goes global
  • UpNorthNews: $23 million coming to Wisconsin to help keep people in their homes
  • Wall Street Journal: Coronavirus deals setback to global vaccination programs and driven 37 million into extreme poverty
  • Wall Street Journal: U.S. retail spending few at slower pace in August
  • Husch Blackwell: Successfully navigating the Main Street Lending Program
  • UW-Green Bay: Professors Gurtu and Kumar publication on environmental sustainability published in Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives
  • USA Today: Coronavirus and the travel industry: Six months of carnage and counting
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Access to child-care poses challenges for reopening Wisconsin economy
  • The Hill: ‘Ally-shoring’ will help U.S. rebuild economy and global leadership
  • With a spike in Dane County COVID-19, what's next for businesses looking to reopen?
  • OnWisconsin: Corona-nomics: How is the economy faring under extraordinary stress?
  • USA Today: Women have already lost more than 800,000 public sector jobs. That number could grow.


  • Pandemic taking heavy toll on mental health of young adults
  • Wall Street Journal: Hospitals banked on lean staffing: COVID overwhelmed them
  • WisconsinINNO: Teletherapy practice offers free ‘self-care’ sessions to educators, first responders
  • NYTimes: How climate migration will reshape America
  • LinkedIn: EUA’s Cassidy Wartenweiler: The state of digital strategy among health systems
  • WISN: Younger people struggle to recover from COVID and show long-term health conditions, too
  • Startup Mindset: 5 holistic approaches to time management
  • Urban Milwaukee: State’s suicide rate up 40% since 2000
  • Forbes: 85 million pieces of mail, including prescriptions, delayed in a week under DeJoy, Senate finds
  • COVID-19 makes addiction treatment, recovery more challenging
  • WisPolitics: Gov. Evers, OCI Commissioner Afable, DHS Secretary-designee Palm encourage Wisconsinites who lost health insurance anytime this year to enroll
  • STAT: Researchers dust off data on college students with mononucleosis to better grasp post-COVID symptoms


  • Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin first round voting is open through Sunday, Sept. 20
  • UW-Madison: Supported by Discovery to Product, startups show resilience in an unprecedented time
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Black VC sees challenges as an investing edge
  • Madison Startups: Redox’s platform now in AWS Marketplace
  • Food Finance Institute: FaBcap Accelerator chooses 10 businesses for Class of 2020-21
  • Inc.: Funding options in the pandemic – and beyond
  • WEDC: [Podcast] Forward Forward: Meeting the challenge: COVID testing with Exact Sciences’ Kevin Conroy
  • Milwaukee Business Journals: Steady Shot aims to ease the pain of insulin shots
  • Urban Milwaukee: UpStart Kitchen, a shared commercial space for startups, opens in Sherman Park
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Influential women join local tech startup's cause for empowerment
  • SearchHealthIT: Epic digitizes ranking process for elective procedures
  • UW-Madison: Entrepreneur innovator profile on FoodChain co-founder Ben Winters
  • UW-Stout: Dietetics, packaging grads start ready-to-drink mocktail company
  • Madison tests electric cargo bike from local manufacturer Saris
  • How an Amazon side hustle is funding this startup's long-term goals
  • WisconsinInno: The pandemic is accelerating adoption of automation and algorithms, Milwaukee experts say


  • JSOnline: The new Winnow Fund to start investing in entrepreneurs at Wisconsin's colleges and universities in November
  • NVNG Investment Advisors: how venture capital impacts economic development
  • Charlotte Business Journal: Truist launched a VC division to drive innovation in early-stage companies focused on financial technology
  • Crunchbase: COVID-19 could be the catalyst for this decade’s biggest companies


  • Wisconsin State Journal: Pandemic has ‘laid bare’ opportunity gaps, says superintendent
  • BizTimes MKE: UW-Madison again top-ranked university in Wisconsin by U.S. News
  • UW-Madison: 2 UW-Madison teams top national competition to help middle class
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Milwaukee-area colleges start thinking about spring instruction
  • Majority of surveyed Wisconsin districts offering in-person school
  • Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison chancellor on campus reopening: 'I'd make same decision again'
  • USA Today: Significant increased to “school at home” spending
  • UW to eliminate spring break, lengthen winter break to prevent COVID-19 spread

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Please send your upcoming virtual events for consideration to

Aberdean presents Manage Your Tasks Anywhere: The Power of the Microsoft To Do App on Thursday, Sept. 24

The Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton will host Tech Council president Tom Still to discuss an economic update on Friday, Oct. 2

Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition and Newaukee are asking for volunteers to sign up now for “Teach an Hour of Code” online event in early December

DOD SBIR/STTR Virtual Symposium’s theme is Shaping the Future of Innovation – slated for Wednesday, Oct. 7

STAT presents The Future of Clinical Trials with Dr. Robert Califf of Google Health on Thursday, Oct. 8

StartingBlock would like to invite you to Technologies to Save the Planet in Madison and Beyond with Dr. Bruce McCabe on Tuesday, Oct. 20

YP Week: Building Our Future is a national conference for young professionals ready to build a new, more equitable future. YPWeek is a Newaukee initiative on Tuesday, October 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21

 Aberdean is offering Successful Project Task Management with Microsoft Planner on Thursday, Oct. 22

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·       Gov. Evers’ office regularly updates a statewide COVID-19 website that aggregates information and resources throughout state government, including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the departments of Financial Institutions, Revenue and Workforce Development. Some specific sites:

·       The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development produced this FAQ document.

·       The Wisconsin Department of Revenue offers these information sources:

·       The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has guidance for businesses.

·       Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19 Outbreaks in Wisconsin

·       NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers are providing services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers such as connecting businesses that are pivoting their production in response to the coronavirus to new supply chains, connecting firms with state resources, advising companies on new operational issues, and providing workforce support.

·        “Wisconsin COVID-19 Startup Talentis a new project to help those displaced from jobs and employers now hiring

·       Wisconsin Hospital Association releases a COVID-19 dynamic Situational Awareness Update

·       View an interactive map of public wi-fi “hot spots” in Wisconsin

>> WisconsinEye interviews candidates for the Nov. 3 general election.
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