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Speaker line-up growing for RR13
Tech Council launches jobs board
Waisman Center topic on Aug. 27
Chancellor Blank at Sept. 24 WIN
'Investors' Edge' set for Sept. 10
Sikes new Tech Council chair
BPC reception at Exec. Residence
Save the Date for 2013 ESS
Still joins panel at Wausau event
UW-Madison hosts open house
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Inside Wisconsin columns
Innovation news round-up
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 Welcome to the August 2013 WIN eNewsletter
Dear Reader:

Finding the right talent is essential to today’s companies. A new resource available through the Tech Council is our Jobs Board, where you may post your resume on a secure site available for inspection by our board members and corporate members of WIN, WAN and WSRC. Read on or click here to learn more. Also, interns are available for work at selected companies this fall through a senior-level course I teach at the UW-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication. Click here to learn more. Human capital is an important part of the success equation for emerging and mature companies.

Tom Still, president

 Speaker line-up growing for 2013 'Resource Rendezvous'
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Speakers with hands-on knowledge will discuss the science and technology research gaps within the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Energy during the seventh annual “Resource Rendezvous” to be held Sept. 19 at the Union Ballroom on the UW-Milwaukee campus.

Scheduled speakers so far include Dr. Robert Drury, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital; Kenneth Forsell, DRS Technologies Inc.;  Robert Hathaway, Oshkosh Corp.; and Retired Lt. Col. Rock Marcone, General Dynamics Land Systems Maneuver Collaboration Center.

Early stage companies can apply to present their research and product development ideas to science and technology directors during the event. For information on the application process and eligibility, click here. The deadline is 12 p.m. Aug. 30.

Visit the event website for additional details on fees, the agenda, sessions and the host location.

 Tech Council launches new jobs board

Looking for job opportunities? Want to upload your resume?
Create an Applicant Account and get connected to many of the key players in Wisconsin's business community.

Have a job opening to post? Looking for strong candidates?
Create a Member Account and gain access to the secure applicant database. This resource is restricted to corporate members of the Wisconsin Innovation Network, the Wisconsin Angel Network and the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium.  

Get started here! Questions? Email Joy Sawatzki or call 608-442-7557.

 Forty years young: Waisman Center topic of Aug. 27 event
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Research related to autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome and other neurodegenerative conditions affecting children and adults will be discussed by key researchers at the UW-Madison’s Waisman Center at the Aug. 27 meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison. 

Presenters will include Marsha Malick, director of the Waisman Center; Anita Bhattacharyya, senior scientist focused on Down Syndrome and Fragile X syndrome; and Maureen Durkin, an epidemiologist whose work centers on the study of neo-natal and childhood injuries. For more info and to register,
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 UW-Madison Chancellor Blank to speak at Sept. 24 event
UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank will speak at the Sept. 24 luncheon meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network in Madison. Blank is an economist who most recently served as the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. She has also advised presidents from both political parties, serving as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers first for George H.W. Bush and later for Bill Clinton. For more information and to register for the event, click here.

 'Investors' Edge' will feature Chicago angel expert Okabe

A forum for early stage investors will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at American Family Insurance Co. in Madison. Chicago investor Robert Okabe, president of the Angel Resource Institute, will speak on trends in raising early stage capital. Other speakers will address best practices and policy isses at the state and federal level. Attendance will be limited to investors; more information is available through Dan Blake, director, Wisconsin Angel Network, at Read more about the event in the 30Forward blog.

 Toni Sikes to become Tech Council chairwoman
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Entrepreneur and investor Toni Sikes has been elected chairwoman of the Wisconsin Technology Council, a post she will assume at the Tech Council’s October board of directors meeting at Plexus in Neenah. Read more here.

 BPC finalists reception held at Executive Residence
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In late July, finalists and sponsors from the 2013 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest were joined by State Reps. Mike Kuglitsch and Fred Clark, as well as WEDC CEO Reed Hall, at the Executive Residence in Maple Bluff. The event gave the dignitaries an opportunity to congratulate the finalists on their success and reiterate the importance of their entrepreneurial efforts to Wisconsin's economic growth. Thanks to Cresa MadisonWhyte Hirschboeck Dudek and the Wisconsin Growth Capital Coalition for sponsoring the event.

And thanks again to the contest sponsors, who made the more than $150,000 prize package available!

The 2014 BPC will kick off in late November, with the Phase 1 entry deadline on Jan. 31, 2014.

 Save the date for the 2013 Wis. Early Stage Symposium!
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The 2013 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium will be held Nov. 5-6 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. Once again, the symposium will feature nationally known speakers, panel discussions, company presentations to angel and venture investors, the annual “Elevator Pitch Olympics,” the SBIR/STTR awards ceremony, an exhibit hall featuring innovative companies from around the state, an opening night reception and other networking events.

Watch for more information in the coming weeks, including details on the application process for company presentations. Online registration will open in early September. Hope to see you this fall!

 Forum on federal immigration reform set for Wausau event

A forum on federal immigration reform will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the UW Center for Civic Engagement, 518 S. 7th Ave., Wausau, on the UW-Marathon campus. Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, will be among the panelists. To attend, respond to The forum is hosted by, a coalition of tech-based companies, and Bibles, Badges and Business.

 UW-Madison hosts 2nd annual Corporate Open House

The UW–Madison's second annual Corporate Open House, where companies are invited to campus to learn more about innovative opportunities for research, projects, talent, training and potential partnerships, will be held Aug. 22 at the Union South. The event is co-sponsored by the UW–Madison Office of Corporate Relations and the University of Wisconsin Foundation, Corporate and Foundation Relations. Find more information here.

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Please watch these latest editions of "WisBusiness: The Show," the twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues.

Watch for the 100th episode coming soon!

On the latest episode of “ The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with Pepi Randolph of the Potawatomi Business Development Corp. about a new high-end data center being built in Milwaukee; Tom Still explains Wisconsin's continuing journey out of the recession; and the Stock Report for early August 2013 looks at the Madison-based company Stratatech.

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Click here to view the biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and, as well as our archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Madison Gas & Electric, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., and the UW-Milwaukee. 

Guests on other recent shows:
Eric Paulsen, BizStarts Milwaukee
Norman Koo, Silicon Valley's Liberty Global

 Inside Wisconsin columns tackle state, tech issues
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Baldwin’s visit illustrates value of R&D to human health, economy
Tammy Baldwin readily admits she has a soft spot for academic researchers and the federal dollars that often help to support them. Her grandfather was a UW-Madison biochemist who worked at the Institute for Enzyme Research for decades. So it’s no surprise that Wisconsin’s first-term U.S. senator would spend time thinking about how her work on Senate committees dealing with health, education, energy and homeland security might intersect with academic researchers – and the ideas they often bring to the marketplace. 

Governors: It’s more than just beer, brats and Braun
What are Milwaukee and Wisconsin doing, not only to avoid the perils that befell the Motor City, but to pave the way for a brighter economic future? As the National Governors Association wraps up its stay in Milwaukee, here are examples of policy and governance success stories to take home. 

Fracking boom is opportunity for state companies
While far from uncontroversial, the mining of "frac sand" in Wisconsin is one example of how the state is capitalizing on the international boom in oil and natural gas exploration — a bonanza that could make the United States a net exporter of oil and gas in time.

How is the state economy doing? It depends on who asks and answers
Wisconsin can show up well in some state-by-state rankings of economic activity and competitiveness – and not so favorably in others. Here are some recent examples.

As global marketplace grows, so do opportunities, risks for companies
Understanding how to do business overseas was the topic of a July 18 Wisconsin Innovation Network meeting in Milwaukee, where a veteran of more than 25 years of global business development walked through the basics of getting through international doors – and resources that can help while you’re knocking.

 Innovation news round-up

JSOnline: AT&T buys cell towers in northeast of state to boost coverage
AT&T Corp. says it has acquired 32 cellular towers in its efforts to improve wireless service in northeast Wisconsin, including towers in Brown, Door, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties.

NCD Technologies recognized on R&D Magazine’s 100 Awards List
NCD Technologies announced that their Nanocrystalline Diamond Pretreatment (NDP) an innovative and unprecedented process for applying diamond coatings to extremely small tooling, has been selected by R&D Magazine’s 100 list for technological excellence

JSOnline: Tammy Baldwin touts venture capital bill
Baldwin’s bill, the Small Business Innovation Act of 2013, would authorize the federal Small Business Administration to set up a fund for private investors seeking to support early stage business in biotech, clean energy and advanced manufacturing.

InBusiness: Venture capital comes to the Capitol
At long last, the Wisconsin Legislature has enacted a state-leveraged venture capital fund of funds. The $25 million program, which could be up and running by Jan. 1, 2014, and make its first investment sometime next year, will provide venture capital to qualified startup companies in the advanced manufacturing, engineering, agriculture, information technology, and medical-device industries. All of the funds must be invested in Wisconsin-based businesses.

JSOnline: New Richmond firm brings aircraft engines into modern era
After years of development, Engineered Propulsion Systems Inc. of New Richmond will put its upgrade on display when it test flies its new engine in the Mojave Desert this fall, the company said at the EAA AirVenture this week.

New Skyward headquarters to pump millions into local economy
Educational software company Skyward will build a new headquarters valued at as much as $30 million and create 700 new jobs over the next decade in a project that could pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy. Skyward is a member of the Wisconsin Innovation Network.

State Journal: Stratatech lands government contract worth $47M
Stratatech, a Madison company working for more than a decade on skin tissue products to treat severe burns, has signed a contract with a federal agency that could bring the company $47.2 million over the next five years.

BizJournal: Find My Spot easing MPS teacher relocation
Milwaukee tech startup, Find My Spot, is a service being provided to hundreds of new educators moving to Milwaukee through the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s new Teachtown MKE initiative.

WiRover wins 'best app in show' at US Ignite Application Summit
UW-Madison computer science professor Suman Banerjee won "Best App in Show" and "Best Use of Software Defined Networks" at the recent US Ignite Application Summit in Chicago for WiRover. WiRover was also the winner of the 2011 Governor's Business Plan Contest in Wisconsin. WiRover provides high-bandwidth connectivity to moving vehicles, such as ambulances. To learn more, click here. Also, see our Newsroom link for a story about WiRover when it won the BPC in 2011.

JSOnline: Asthmapolis links with San Diego medical centers
Asthmapolis, a Madison start-up that recently raised more than $5 million, said it has reached an agreement with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers in San Diego to use the company's mobile technology to help manage patients with asthma.

JSOnline: Boulder becomes incubator hot spot with help of TechStars
SnowShoe, which makes hardware for authenticating mobile transactions, is one of five Madison companies that has participated in a TechStar program.

Internationally recognized computer scientist earns award
Miron Livny, director of core computational technology at the Morgridge Institute for Research and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and a University of Wisconsin–Madison computer sciences professor, has been honored for his groundbreaking contributions to the field with the 2013 High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC) Achievement Award. 

AquaMost adds board member; part of July 23 WIN-Madison
AquaMost Inc. has named Robert Gaudin to its board of directors. This strategic addition adds to the company’s positioning in the oil and gas industry. Gaudin is the founder and CEO of Holland Services, a complete energy land services company, serving the oil and gas industry for more than 30 years. AquaMost will be a part of a July 23 WIN-Madison meeting at which innovation surrounding the hydraulic fracturing industry will be discussed. Register at

Global Freshwater Seed Accelerator to bring water startups to state
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with The Water Council, announced that four freshwater technology startups have been selected to participate in a first-of-its-kind Global Freshwater Seed Accelerator Program.

JSOnline: New vacuum-insulated window glass aims to cut heat lost
The vacuum-insulated window glass designed by the founder and chief executive officer of V-Glass LLC won the advanced manufacturing category in the 2013 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest last month.

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UW-Madison's 2nd Annual Corporate Open House
Union South, Madison
August 22

Sheraton, Madison
August 27

Deadline for company presentation applications 
2013 Resource Rendezvous
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Investors' Edge
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September 10

Crowne Plaza, Milwaukee
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2013 Resource Rendezvous
UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee
September 19

Sheraton, Madison
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Sheraton, Madison
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