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

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Summer’s heat can be felt in many places, including Wisconsin’s tech-based economy. Read on to learn about events, news and other developments involving the Wisconsin Technology Council and its members, partners and friends. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Aug. 24 “Brew, Bites and Bytes” celebration at Wisconsin Brewing Co. in Verona, which will feature food, drink, music and a chance to catch up with others who make the state’s tech scene sizzle.

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Early stage deals up 6 percent in year, Tech Council report shows

The 2017 edition of “The Wisconsin Portfolio” shows a significant increase in angel and venture investment activity for the calendar year that ended Dec. 31, 2016. The report also reflects a near-doubling of Wisconsin early stage deals over five years. At least 136 Wisconsin early stage companies raised investment capital in 2016, a 6 percent jump from 2015. That’s nearly double the 74 deals recorded by the Tech Council Investor Networks in 2012. About $276.2 million was raised in 2016 by those 136 companies, up sharply from $209 million in 2015.
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Startups turning compost and keepsakes into cash: Join us at July 13 Innovation Network-Milwaukee

From compost to photo keepsakes, Milwaukee-area startups dominated the Business Services category at the 2017 Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Hear Melissa Tashjian, president of Compost Crusader, and Ann Matuszak, co-founder and CEO of Pixologie, pitch their startups at the Thursday, July 13 meeting of the Tech Council’s Innovation Network in Wauwatosa. The event will take place at UW-Milwaukee’s Innovation Accelerator, 1225 Discovery Parkway. Registration, networking and hors d’oeuvres start at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation at 12:30 p.m.


News from the R&D front in ‘war on cancer’: Hear latest at July 25 Innovation Network lunch

With an estimated 600,000 deaths and 1.7 million new cases predicted for 2017 in the United States alone, cancer continues to take a heavy toll. Learn how research, clinical trials and product design on the UW-Madison campus is waging the war on cancer by finding new pathways to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat the disease. The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m.


Erik Iverson to reflect on first year at WARF at Aug. 22 Innovation Network lunch in Madison

A little more than a year into the job, managing director Erik Iverson will reflect on developments at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and talk about the organization’s plans at the Tuesday, Aug. 22 luncheon meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Madison. The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m.


Brew, Bites & Bytes: Sign up now for Aug. 24 Tech Council celebration at Wisconsin Brewing Co.

Join us Thursday, Aug. 24 at Wisconsin Brewing Co. in Verona from 6 to 9 p.m. for a casual evening of food, craft beer and live music to celebrate Wisconsin’s innovation and technology culture. Hosted by the Wisconsin Technology Council, Brew, Bites & Bytes is a relaxed evening open to people and groups who are a part of the state’s tech and innovation scene. Beverages will be provided by Wisconsin Brewing Co. and a traditional pig roast with all the fixings and vegetarian options will be served. The Grooving Needles, a classic rock band from Madison that includes “techies” in the group, will provide the live music from the brewery’s Backyard Bar and patio.


Governor signed bill allowing use of personal delivery devices in Wisconsin

Gov. Scott Walker has signed SB148 which allows use of personal delivery devices in Wisconsin. Click here to view 2017 Wisconsin Act 13.


Cleantech innovations, startups highlighted at July 24 Wisconsin Cleantech Network forum in Madison

With more than $100 million of federal grants funding Cleantech research on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus, many new technologies are being created that will have a significant impact on the Cleantech economy.  Some of these Cleantech innovations and startups will be featured at the July 24 meeting of the Wisconsin Cleantech Network forum. The forum will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Discovery Building, 330 Orchard Street, on the University of Wisconsin campus. Register by July 21 at

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Madison Startups: Badgerloop to Vie in Hyperloop II

Release: Microscopy Innovations Awarded $150,000 Phase I STTR Contract by Defense Department

WisBusiness: The Podcast: with Shannon Lory, a partner in virtual reality firm Arch Virtual

WisBusiness: Drones in flight above UW campus for new class
Madison Startups:
WEDC Announces Ideadvance Awardees
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Isthmus: What will get Wisconsin out of last place in new business growth?

Xconomy: Case, M-WERC, Gener8tor, Synesis, & more: This week’s WI watchlist

Stevens Point Journal: AOL co-founder Steve Case to shine light on Green Bay entrepreneurs

WisBusiness: U.S. Small Business Administration: SBA Ignite Tour to visit Milwaukee

BizTimes: Korean entrepreneurs to participate in Milwaukee accelerator

WisBusiness: The Podcast with DaneNET’s Alyssa Kenney

Madison Startups: Company profile: Local route labs

Xconomy: Scanalytics to collaborate with Cisco after winning IoT competition

WisBusiness: VR technology changing the architecture industry

CapTimes: Explained: Delivery robots get the green light in Wisconsin

Xconomy: AkitaBox, PrecisionHawk to bring drones to building management

Xconomy: ARI, Hyperloop, SmartUQ, GrocerKey, & more: This week’s WI watchlist

Madison Startups: SmartUQ to collaborate with OAI

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Legalboard inventor Brian Potts

WisBusiness: Ward4: Celebrates 2nd anniversary

Release: UW–Madison to hold business engagement event August 23

Release: American Family elects Bill Westrate as company president

Madison Startups: Wellbe earns when work works award

La Crosse WXOW: Western Technical College hosts technology luncheon

Madison Startups: HealthX’s Thakkar named Kauffman Fellow

CapTimes: DotCom Therapy connects resource-strapped schools with therapists through tech

WisBusiness: UW-Madison now allowing drones on campus for research and instruction

Xconomy: Interoperability, drones, tech hubs & more: This week’s WI watchlist

CapTimes: UW-Madison unveils drone-flying course, new policy for flight on campus

BizTimes: Ward4 to host open house

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Spencer Smith of Spencer X Smith Consulting

TMJ4: Taiwanese company could build $4 billion plant in Wisconsin

Release: Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium 2017 Annual Meeting

WisBusiness: Applications are now being accepted for the Pressure Chamber pitch event

WisBusiness NEWaukee night market kicks off this Wednesday

Green Bay Press-Gazette: Green Bay tech company’s app a hit with Apple

BizTimes: Wisconsin manufacturing slips in Ball State report

Milwaukee Business Journal: Employers face labor shortage, leaders support immigration reform: WMC survey


InsideWis: As Foxconn spec continues, Wisconsin wins just by being on the map

InsideWis: In era of ‘new collar jobs,’ Wisconsin can compete for business

InsideWis: Wisconsin could be big loser under Senate health-care plan

InsideWis: Here are reasons why a company such as Foxconn might consider Wisconsin


Episode 190: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Brian Lindstrom of Datica
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WisBusiness: Comply365: Receives strategic growth investment from Luminate Capital Partners

Xconomy: Renaissance VC’s Chris Rizik Wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

VentureBeat: 8 steps to building a strong board of directors

Wisconsin State Journal: Madison’s Swallow Solutions adds $727,000 from investors

Milwaukee Business Journal: Andy Nunemaker’s Dynamis nears launch of commercially viable software

Xconomy: Coinigy adds users, as digital currency values soar

Xconomy: Swallow Solutions gulps down $700K to develop thickened beverages

CapTimes: Investment in Wisconsin startups is growing, report finds

Milwaukee Business Journal: Educated workforce drives Madison to No. 10 on tech city list

WisBusiness: Early-stage investments on the rise in Wisconsin

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July 25: Innovation Network-Madison
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Aug. 10: Innovation Network-Northeast
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Aug. 22: Innovation Network-Madison
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Aug. 24: Brew, Bites & Bytes
Wisconsin Brewing Company, Verona

Sept. 14: Innovation Network-Milwaukee
UWM Innovation Accelerator, Wauwatosa

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