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Two chances to learn more about entering the 2018 Gov’s Biz Plan Contest

The 15th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2018 competition until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Over time, the contest has led to valuable public and media exposure for the top business plans and spurred economic growth in Wisconsin. Finalists will share in more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

  • Learn how to succeed in 2018 Biz Plan Contest from past winners at Jan. 11 Tech Council event
    Three competitors from past statewide contests will talk about their experiences in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest at the Thursday, Jan. 11 luncheon meeting of the Tech Council’s Innovation Network in Wauwatosa. On hand will be: Janet Phillips, CEO and co-founder of Vector Surgical; Alana Platt, CEO and co-founder of Classmunity; and Henry Schwartz, owner and founder of MobCraft Beer.

  • Industrious is site for Jan. 25 BPC Madison workshop
    Join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Industrious in Madison to learn more about the 2018 Business Plan Contest. Tom Still, Tech Council president, and Jonathan Fritz, Chief Strategy Officer of Symphony Corp. and 14-time contest judge, will offer an overview of the contest and the benefits of participating, as well as answer attendees’ questions. There is no charge to attend. Appetizers will be provided.
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Explore myths, realities of family wealth: Join us at Dec. 14 Innovation Network-Milwaukee

Entrepreneurs and investors alike often share a common goal: Building wealth. However, much of what people think they know about accumulating wealth may be wrong. Jay Handy, a veteran financial advisor, managing partner of Walnut Capital Management and CEO of SignalPoint Asset Management, will talk about the history of family wealth in America – as well as some of the myths – at the Thursday, Dec. 14 meeting of the Tech Council’s Innovation Network in Wauwatosa. The event will take place at UW-Milwaukee’s Innovation Accelerator.

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‘Wisconsin YES!’ student business plan contest open for middle, high school entries through April 2  
Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 2, 2018. Public, private and home-schooled students across Wisconsin are eligible to turn their science- and tech-related ideas into business plans and compete for cash and prizes. The contest begins with a 250-word summary submitted through Entries that advance to Phase 2 of the competition will expand their idea into a 1,000-word executive summary. Throughout the process, students get feedback from professionals across Wisconsin who will serve as judges.

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State health-care rankings deserve touting as Wisconsin seeks more companies, workers

Wisconsin’s consistently strong rankings for quality health care are a tangible marketing asset in the state-to-state competition to attract and retain companies and workers. Creative employer and health-care partnerships are saving money and improving outcomes for workers, often by emphasizing preventive care and addressing health problems before they become more serious. Those are leading conclusions in “Taking the Pulse: How Quality Health Care Builds a Better Bottom Line,” a report issued Nov.1 by the independent and non-partisan Wisconsin Technology Council.


It’s a wrap: Read news coverage of the 2017 Early Stage Symposium

The 2017 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium was held Nov. 15-16 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The 3rd annual WOMEN reception was held Nov. 14 at the Madison Club with more than 100 attendees. About 600 people attended the annual conference from across the state and both coasts! The #ESSWI conference featured some amazing talks: “Un-keynote” speaker Tamara Kleinberg of Launchstreet; SBIR/STTR Luncheon special guests Chris Meyer of Sector67 with John Neis, and Dan Rashke of TASC to kick off the Elevator Pitch Olympics. Click here to read what Tamara Kleinberg had to say about the conference.

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WPT: Wisconsin’s push to attract younger workforce

CapTimes: Ionic, one of Madison’s top startups, prepares to launch its first commercial product

Xconomy: Promega, Cellectar, Blockchain and more: This week’s Wis watchlist

JSOnline: Foxconn’s plans to use driverless vehicles points to potential of emerging technology

Release: gener8tor announces gBETA fall 2017 companies

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Dave Grandin, president and CEO for Kiio

Wisconsin State Journal: GrocerKey adds features to its on-line grocery software

WisBusiness: Partnering to save costs, improve health

JSOnline: Who becomes an inventor in America? Wisconsin kids

Xconomy: Ionic unveils new app-making tools, continues push to make money

Xconomy: American Family to launch Moonrise, a platform for moonlighting

WisBusiness: Veteran firefighter comes up with device to help comrades

WisBusiness: Cellara helping stem cell scientists move beyond hand-written records

WisBusiness: UW-Madison maintains sixth-place national ranking for research

BizTimes: Foxconn, local officials sign $764 million incentive package

Madison Startups: Propeller, Express Scripts partner

Xconomy: Stonehouse, AkitaBox, Iverson and more: This week’s Wis watchlist

Iverson: WARF’s coordinated approach to innovation

ITIF: How Technology-Based Start-Ups Support U.S. Economic Growth

WisBusiness: Controlling costs and waistlines

WisBusiness: Stonehouse Water Technologies: Completes $1.55M funding round

WisBusiness: Cardigan in the hands of serial entrepreneur Matt Younkle

Xconomy: CFO: Exact in ‘investment mode,’ seeks to advance new cancer tests

Xconomy: Eyeing phase two study of CNS drug, Promentis CEO plots path forward

WisBusiness: Exact Sciences’ biggest priority after Cologuard is lung cancer test

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WisBusiness: New method for improving success of gene editing technique

BizTimes: 11-year-old wins Launch Box pitch competition

Release: BrightStar co-founder inducted into Wis Investor Hall of Fame; HATCH pitch program winners

Xconomy: MSOE, Noncompetes, NASA and more: This week’s Wisconsin watchlist

Milwaukee Business Journal: A tenacity for challenging the status quo: Mike Rodgers

Journal Sentinel: Kwik Trip plans $300 million expansion in La Crosse

The Journal Times: Young entrepreneur wins highest seed grant in business pitch contest

WisBusiness: New WEDC report shows growth in supported entrepreneurs

Milwaukee Business Journal: Mount Pleasant approves $764 million spending plan for Foxconn’s plant

Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin firm outfitting U.S. luge team for 2018 Winter Olympics

WisBusiness: UW-Madison study reveals biomarkers for Ebola

Xconomy: Promentis, stem cells, Foxconn and more: This week’s Wis watchlist

Release: WUWM Launches Audio Instruction Manual for Entrepreneurs

WisBusiness: Health-focused partnership grows in La Farge

Release: gener8tor Celebrates 12th Successful Program

WisBusiness: Wisconsin shines in health tech but remains overlooked in startup funding

Release: Understory Redefines How Insurance Companies Process Weather-Related Property Damage Claims

Wis State Journal: Sector67’s Chris Meyer draws standing ovation at entrepreneurs’ conference

Release: Wisconsin climbs to 26th in ‘New Economy’ index

BizTimes: Experts share their knowledge on startup investing

WisBusiness: Partnership cuts workers’ comp and OSHA claims

WisBusiness: HaloVino: A solution to the hurdles of outdoor wine consumption

UW News: Dan Ludois, inventor of new electrostatic motor, named Moore Inventor Fellow

Release: gener8tor announces partnership with Microsoft

BizTimes: Entrepreneurship as a new normal

Release: AkitaBox continues rapid growth with new office space

WisBusiness: WisBusiness: TherVoyant strives to improve surgeon experience with MRI scanners

WisBusiness: Innovation key to standing out in the crowd

WisBusiness: Wisconsin Hospital Association: Releases 2017 Health Care Worforce report

Xconomy: Rockwell, Sift, Fund of Funds and more: This week’s Wis watchlist

Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin game developers look to broaden their message

JSOnline: Ideawake helps established corporations tap their employees’ innovative, creative thinking

Wisconsin State Journal: Monona nuclear lab Phoenix adds investors, employees and space

Madison Startups: EatStreet partners with Facebook


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Inside Wis: 100 years young, Wisconsin State Capitol still timeless

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Inside Wis: Wisconsin’s Foxconn deal part of a much bigger shift in global economy

Inside Wis: Government rollbacks aside, renewable energy here to stay

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INC: The Midwest is thriving as a increasingly active, lower cost alternative to Silicon Valley

Wisconsin State Journal: The State of Wisconsin Investment Board names a new executive director

BizTimes: Latino staffing startup raising $180,000 seed round

WisBusiness: Foxconn deal to raise state’s profile for venture investment

Xconomy: Joining trend, WI creates new business entity: Benefit corporations

‘UPFRONT’ recap: Northwestern Mutual to dedicate millions to attract startups

New York Times: As Silicon Valley gets ‘crazy,’ Midwest beckons tech investors

WisBusiness: Investors looking for companies led by experienced leaders

WisBusiness: Pitches at Early Stage Symposium cover wide-ranging business models

Wis State Journal: Startups GymDandy and Pyxsee win the Elevator Pitch Olympics

BizTimes: Golden Angels investing $1 million fund

Milwaukee Business Journal: Milwaukee’s startup momentum is growing, accessibility to capital still an issue

Xconomy: With new fund, Aurora looks to deepen support for health startups

BizTimes: Sift Medical Data closes $665,000 seed funding round

Milwaukee Business Journal: Aurora Health Care’s emerging investment machine

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