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Early bird registration ends Oct. 16
Ag industry innovation at WIN-NE
Shark Tank style event Oct.15
Tech at your table, Oct. 27 WIN-MSN
WTC board meeting at UW-Platteville
1 Million Cups Madison
'WisBusiness: The Show'
Wisconsin YES featured at fall event
WARF's 90th anniversary
Nov. 19 Sauk County event
Inside Wisconsin columns
Get WIN-volved
Innovation news round-up

Snapshot events calendar
Sponsor a regional meeting
Promote your events

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Welcome to the October 2015 WIN eNewsletter

Dear readers-

New to the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium this year is the Wisconsin WOMEN (Women, Opportunity, Mentors, Entrepreneurs Networking) Reception to be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, to precede the conference. We’re thrilled that Sue Marks, a serial entrepreneur who now leads Cielo and its nearly 1,300 employees, will speak at the reception on her experiences as a woman executive and the following morning on Cielo, Pinstripe and other endeavors. It’s free to full conference registrants and $50 for others. Join us as we kick off an exciting Early Stage Symposium!

Tom Still, president  

Last chance for early bird rate at Early Stage Symposium
Don't miss the early bird registration for the 2015 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, to be held Nov. 4-5 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. It's Wisconsin's oldest and largest event for companies seeking investors. Mike Splinter, former CEO and chairman of Applied Materials, will speak during the annual SBIR/STTR Awards Luncheon on Nov. 4. Zach Halmstad, founder of JAMF Software and UW-Eau Claire graduate, will speak at 9 a.m. on Nov. 5. Sue Marks, founder of Pinstripe and CEO of Cielo, will speak at a Nov. 3 WOMEN (Women, Opportunity, Mentors, Entrepreneurs, Networking) Reception and again Nov. 4 to kick off the conference. Other speakers and highlight will be announced in coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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Learn more and register at by Oct. 16 to receive the discounted rate. Click here and book your hotel room by Oct. 13 to receive the discounted rate. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Maurice Cheeks.

Ag industry innovation topic at Oct. 15 WIN-NE luncheon in Appleton
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Learn how technology and innovation are reshaping one of Wisconsin’s oldest industries – agriculture, from the farm to the food shelves – at the Thursday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network in Appleton. Speakers from the state Department Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Square Harvest will address the WIN-Northeast chapter and describe how “food-tech” is creating opportunities for entrepreneurs. The luncheon will be held in the D.J. Bordini Center at the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton on North Systems Drive. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. Learn more and register here.
'Shark Tank'-style event Oct. 15 to feature pitches, WAN presentation
The Madison Club will host a “Shark Tank”-style event Oct. 15, with three startups selected to pitch. Listen in as investors ask tough questions to evaluate each business opportunity, giving you insight on the criteria used when considering a new venture. This will be a sanctioned investor event for those interested in investment opportunities. It is free to attend and open to the public, but please RSVP to 608-255-4861. 
Tech and your table: Trends in getting fed for Oct. 27 WIN-MSN
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Trends and innovation in the food and grocery industry will be the topic of a panel discussion at the Tuesday, Oct. 27, meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network in Madison. Industry experts will share their vision for how our experience of buying food may never be the same. Panelists include: Wes Schroll, co-founder and CEO, Fetch Rewards; Brandon Scholz, president and CEO, Wisconsin Grocer's Association; Tim Philosophos, angel investor in Fetch Rewards and Eat Street. 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. Learn more and register here.
UW-Platteville to host Wisconsin Technology Council board meeting
The Wisconsin Technology Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 13 at UW-Platteville for its quarterly board of directors meeting. Thanks to Chancellor Dennis Shields and others at UW-Platteville for hosting the meeting, as well as a community reception to be held Monday, Oct. 12 in Platteville. The 5:30 p.m. Monday reception will be held in Russell Hall where more than 40 attendees from area businesses, government and UW-Platteville faculty will view a metal casting demonstration by Dr. Kyle Metzloff. The Tech Council board meeting will focus on board resolutions related to the future of higher education in Wisconsin, remarks by U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., and more.
Tech Council partners with 1 Million Cups Madison
The Wisconsin Technology Council is pleased to support 1 Million Cups Madison, which is a free, weekly program to help startups pitch their businesses to an audience over coffee. Madison meetings of 1 Million Cups are held 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays at the Madison Central Library. Click here to learn more.
'WisBusiness: The Show' covers news, commentary
Please watch these latest editions of "WisBusiness: The Show," the twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues.

This episode of “ The Show” features an interview with Aaron Olver, director of University Research Park, to talk about the progress of Wisconsin’s oldest and largest tech park. Tom Still busts a few myths about Wisconsin’s startup world and Liz Schrum presents this week's Tech Metrics, a look at key indicators in the Wisconsin economy.

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Click here to view the biweekly show, produced by Red Arrow Production for the Tech Council and, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by UW-Milwaukee and Exact Sciences.

Guests on recent shows:
Scott Vander Sanden, AT&T
Bram Daelemans, Wisconsin Angel Network

Wisconsin YES! featured at state school business officers' fall event
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Tech Council President Tom Still spoke Oct. 8 to about 270 school district professionals and service affiliates at the annual Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials’ fall conference in Elkhart Lake on the benefits of getting students involved in the Wisconsin YES youth business plan contest. Open to middle and high school students in the state, the contest fosters interest in science and tech education and encourages students to be independent, creative thinkers. Participants receive feedback from experienced business professionals along the way and compete for cash and prizes! Learn more at
WARF 90th: The Rational for Basic Research
Join the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation as it marks the organization's 90th anniversary with an Oct. 14th reception at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Established in 1925 as the independent patenting and licensing arm of the UW-Madison, WARF is hosting a special edition of its "Essential Topics Series" focused on elements of the cycle of innovation: research, discovery, commercialization and investment. The first event of the series will feature research. Panelists include, Judith Kimble, professor of biochemistry; John Hawks, professor anthropology; Richie Davidson, professor of psychology.  Click here to learn more and register before Monday, Oct. 12.
Tech Council's Still to speak at Sauk County Nov. 19 event 
Tech Council President Tom Still will speak at "#nextgensaukcounty," a Nov. 19 event in Baraboo sponsored by the Sauk County Development Corp. The 5:30 p.m. event will be held at the Baraboo Arts Banquet & Convention Center. The focus of Still's remarks and others will be attracting and retaining young workers in Sauk County. For more information or to register, contact Keri Olson at
Inside Wisconsin columns tackle state, tech issues

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Inside Wis: The Exact Science stock plunge: Taking the long view
Such is the inexact science of trying to make sense of why the stock of Exact Sciences, a Madison-based cancer diagnostics company, took a nosedive Tuesday over a draft report from an independent healthcare review panel. Stockholders and others who follow the company may want to take a deep breath before concluding the stock plunge is anything more than a speed bump in what has been an otherwise fast and smooth road for Exact Sciences.

Still in JSOnline: Standing up for principle has its limits

The latest example of standing on principle over pragmatism is the debate over the Export-Import Bank, a little-known federal agency that provides billions of dollars annually in loan guarantees and other financial support for U.S. exports.


Inside Wis: Shattering some of the myths about Wisconsin’s startup economy

Here was my attempt to dispel a few of those folklores at the recent Healthcare Innovation Pitch, which was held in Milwaukee’s renovated Ward4 incubator and sponsored by a coalition of academic research and medical technology groups.


Inside Wis: In northern Wisconsin, economic worries and opportunities are unique

In northern Wisconsin, the formula for economic prosperity can be very different from the blend that works in other parts of the state. Finding the right mix was the topic of the first Grow North Strategy Forum, where a group of business owners and managers, educators, government leaders and economic development experts gathered to talk about challenges and opportunities in the North Woods.


Still in JSOnline: Universities' ties to industry vital for Milwaukee area

What Milwaukee has is nearly two-dozen colleges and universities that collectively educate about 180,000 students across a spectrum of disciplines, including virtually all of the so-called "STEM" fields — science, technology, engineering and math — needed in today's innovation economy.


Inside Wis: Early Stage Symposium companies can pitch stories to right crowd

How do those young companies find interested and qualified investors? One time-tested way is to make a company presentation at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.


Inside Wis: Workforce strategies must keep sharp eye of changing demands

Wisconsin’s workforce challenges are well-documented: Baby boomers are aging out of their careers and “brain drain,” while often overstated, is costing the state some of its young talent. A bigger problem may be Wisconsin’s industry mix. Are its dominant industries – agriculture, manufacturing and tourism – sectors in which major job and pay growth is expected?

Get WIN-volved! Membership has its privileges
Thank you to the following individuals and organizations that have recently joined or renewed their WIN memberships:

Corporate members 
Alliant Energy
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
BlueTree Network

BMO Harris Bank
Carroll University

Dane County Regional Airport
First Business Bank

Marquette University

Morgridge Institute
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Quarles & Brady

Smith & Gesteland LLP

Stateline Angels

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Mike Bailey
Michael Bark
John Bialk
Phil Blake
David Branchfield
Melinda Caughill
Frank Covelli
Michael Doucas
Jill Enos
Ali Garba
Vic Grassman
John Guequierre
William Holland
Eric Horler
Earl Humphrey
Pat Iaconetti
Jay Mason
Barry Pace
Mark Ronnie
James Yarger


Click here to fill out an online application to become a new member or renew your current membership!

 Innovation news round-up

State Journal: Honors for Redox; and a pitch contest at the Madison Club

CapTimes: Founder - 'I don’t think Madison knows it’s as good as it actually is'

Milwaukee Institute lands $1 million grant to fund fellowships in computer science

Xconomy: Northeast WI angel investor group launches to create, fund spinoffs

Xconomy: Breakout labs welcomes startups in food, health, metals, adhesives

Madison Startups: Redox a winner in Health 2.0 Competition

Stratatech awarded contract valued up to $247 million for StrataGraft®

State Journal: Don't limit worker choice unnecessarily

JSOnline: UW-Madison ranks 16th in world in venture-backed entrepreneurs

JSOnline: Medical entrepreneurs will make pitches for start-up grants

Xconomy: Badger Fund of Funds leader: Small Ball is best way to play

Read press coverage of the Sept. 22 WIN-Madison (Badger Fund of Funds)

BizJournal: WEDC wins SBA grant to help Wisconsin exporters

WisBusiness: Badger Fund of Funds ready to launch

Cap Times: With state ranked 50th in startup activity, VC pushes local investment

JSOnline: Emotional investing blamed for state's poor venture capital performance

HealthZette: The Surgeon You Should Know

WisBusiness: Lovell looks to boost Marquette research

Snapshot events calendar

Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton
October 15, 2015

Sheraton Hotel, Madison
October 27, 2015

Early Stage Symposium

Monona Terrace, Madison
November 4-5, 2015

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Sponsoring your chapter's next WIN meeting will give you and your company immediate exposure to Wisconsin's best and brightest people. WIN is a network dedicated to giving a voice to the technology community as a whole - from the bottom up! Sponsorship opportunities are available on a monthly or annual basis. Contact Maurice Cheeks for more information.
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