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 News, events and programming from the Wisconsin Technology Council

Dear readers-

The Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium is less than a week away. We’re expecting hundreds of people for the two-day event at Monona Terrace Convention Center. You may register through Saturday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. or at the door Wednesday, Nov. 15 and Thursday, Nov. 16. Here are some highlights of what to expect:

  • Release: Sector67’s Meyer to make public appearance Nov. 15 at Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium
  • Release: ‘Office Hours’ opens door for company questions at Nov. 15-16 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium
  • Release: Entrepreneur, mentor, catalyst: Allen Dines to receive ‘Triple E’ award at conference
  • Release: Experts on equity, capital, social media and more on panels at Early Stage Symposium
  • Release: TASC exec Dan Rashke to speak on innovation, investing, community at Early Stage Symposium
  • Release: BrightStar’s Shannon to join Investor Hall of Fame
  • Release: Emerging firms will pitch over two days at 2017 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium
  • Release: Innovation enabler Tamara Kleinberg to open November’s Early Stage Symposium

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‘Stubborn’ trep Sikes on tap for Nov. 14 WOMEN reception

Serial entrepreneur and investor Toni Sikes will answer the question, “Does stubborn have a bad reputation?” at the third annual Wisconsin W·O·M·E·N reception in Madison in November on the eve of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium. Sikes, the co-founder of Madison-based CODAworx, will also describe how her latest endeavor brings artists and industry professionals together to foster commissions and transform public spaces. Sikes is also a general partner with Calumet Venture Fund, a Midwest-based investment firm that specializes in the information technology sector.

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Learn what’s new with Exact Sciences, markets at Nov. 28 Innovation Network lunch in Madison

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Elliott will discuss the expansion of Exact Sciences and offer market perspectives on the life sciences industry at the Tuesday, Nov. 28 luncheon meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Madison. Exact Sciences is a molecular diagnostics company focused on colorectal cancer. Its lead product, Cologuard, continues to show broad market acceptance and is “changing the paradigm for color cancer screening,” in the words of CEO and Chairman Kevin Conroy. The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Dr.

Experts will discuss role of computer science in Wisconsin economy at Dec. 5 Tech Council event

The work of the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences and how computer science is driving the Wisconsin economy will be explored at the Tuesday, Dec. 5 meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Appleton. Guri Sohi, professor and chairman of the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences, will be joined by Jignesh Patel, a professor in the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences, in talking about how the department can help industry in northeast Wisconsin and beyond. It will be held at the Fox Valley Technical College D.J. Bordini Center.

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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. 


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WI Cleantech: How to get a Cleantech startup funded in Wisconsin

Early-stage company funding can be difficult, especially in the cleantech space. Hear from investors with years of experience through the ups and downs of cleantech investment at the Nov. 13 Cleantech Network event. The panel will address fundable technology trends, how to approach investors and examples of what they see as investable opportunities.Presenters include: Doug Cameron, First Green Partners & U.S.-China Green Fund;Spencer Maughan, Finistere Ventures; and Jason Smith, Peak Ridge Capital Group. Register

 Women's Conference
Economic empowerment of women in business in Wisconsin to be the focus for inaugural event 

Women leaders in tech, business, science, non-profit, and education will come together Nov. 14 to celebrate, empower and support each other at Women's Entrepreneurship Day. The conference will be held at Monona Terrace. It is part of a week-long celebration culminating in the global recognition of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day on November 19th. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. This event will be followed by the Tech Council’s Wisconsin WOMEN Reception.

Force for Positive Change Application Deadline

Marquette University and WARF announce 2nd annual ‘Force For Positive Change’ event and award

Applications are open for the social entrepreneurship competition that identifies next generation, financially sustainable, ideas making an impact in Wisconsin. The Force For Positive Change is a state-wide competition that focuses on social entrepreneurship as a model for solving social or environmental challenges in a way that is sustainable, just, and generates impact. To be eligible, entities must: be an incorporated enterprise — a nonprofit, for-profit or hybrid company — with a revenue-generating product or service; address a significant social and/or environmental challenge that exists in Wisconsin through their products, services or operations; and have a staff based in Wisconsin.

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CNN: How to make Americans more generous, not less (Dan Rashke column)

Milwaukee Business Journal: Here’s what you need to know for Milwaukee Startup Week next week

Milwaukee Business Journal: Former SBA director talks innovation, Foxconn at economic event

Xconomy: Exact Sciences plots expansion strategy as cancer test sales boom

Madison Startups: Propeller Health forms alliance

WisBusiness: Madison scientists share gene editing insights

JSOnline: Food goes digital: Online grocery shopping becomes fastest-growing sector in U.S. retail

WisBusiness: Cellectar Biosciences: Introduces multiple dose regimen in trial of CLR 131 in multiple myeloma

Milwaukee Business Journal: MSOE to build $34M artificial intelligence facility funded by gift from alumnus

Eau Claire Area EDC: ToT Lunchbox wins Eau Claire’s largest Startup 48 event!

BizTimes: Milwaukee ranks 33rd of 40 in Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship

JSOnline: Biohealth entrepreneurs: Experts on federal grants convening in Milwaukee

Madison Startups: Propeller launches air API

Release: From moon rocks to flash talks, explore 100+ Wisconsin Science Festival events

Release: SofTap Water announces breakthrough water softening technology

The Atlantic: The Decline of the midwest’s public universities threatens to wreck its most vibrant economies

Release: Tom Still on WEDWisconsin and the Early Stage Symposium

WisBusiness: Groundbreaking ideas and strategies needed in cybersecurity, experts say

Wisconsin State Journal: Covance site of first human study of vaccine for leprosy

Wisconsin State Journal: Madison-based GrocerKey CEO speaks at London food conference

CapTimes: City to launch pilot of local startup’s digital polling platform

WisBusiness: The Podcast with JangoBio CEO Craig Atwood

Release: Tech ed in-service day provides education opportunity for regional teachers

JSOnline: As Epic Systems has soared, Madison has become a center for health information technology

Wisconsin Public Radio: Wisconsin sees slight increase of women on corporate boards

Wisconsin AgConnection: Midwestern BioAg awarded Wisconsin Innovation Award

Wisconsin Hospital Association: Newest WHA release expands health care price information

Wisconsin State Journal: Promega, CEO Bill Linton fight back in lawsuit filed by angry shareholders



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Inside Wis: Measuring quality: Why health care can attract business, workers

Inside Wis: As workforce growth slows, new approaches are needed to meet demand

Inside Wis: Keeping up higher ed investments will help meet workforce needs

Inside Wis: When natural disaster strikes: Poor policies, incentives compound the damage

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Episode 193: Features investor Craig Schedler,Tech Metrics and latest Tom Still commentary
Episode 192: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Henry Schwartz of MobCraft Beer

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BizTimes: Milwaukee manager lined up for Badger Fund of Funds

Release: BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation announces latest investment

JSOnline: Northwestern Mutual, Aurora Health Care investing $5 million each in Milwaukee startup companies

WisBusiness: WEDC partnering with Invest in Wisconsin on tech startup initiative

Xconomy: Phoenix pulls in $12M to fuel growth of neutron generators

WisBusiness: Four women-led businesses share the spotlight at Doyenne Group Fall Showcase

Madison Startups: WellBe adds two partners

VentureBeat: Why VCs shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Heartland startups

Xconomy: With new funding, TAI Diagnostics set to launch post-transplant test

BizTimes: TAI Diagnostics raising $10 million Series B round

BizTimes: Packers and Microsoft to pour $10 million into Green Bay incubator

Appleton-based PR News Wire: Endowment Wealth Management has launched a new private fund

Xconomy: Green Bay startup Lanehub wins $100,000 Steve Case investment

BizTimes: South Korean entrepreneurs meet Milwaukee investors

Xconomy: Access HealthNet raising $3 million for tools aimed at cutting care costs

Wisconsin State Journal: Six Wisconsin companies land SBIR funding

Madison Startups: Doyenne Evergreen Fund taking apps

Release: Jamf to receive majority investment from Vista Equity Partners

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Nov. 13: Wisconsin Cleantech Network
Discovery Building, Madison

Nov. 14: Wisconsin WOMEN Reception

The Madison Club, Madison

Nov. 15-16: Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium
Monona Terrace, Madison

Nov. 28: Innovation Network-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, Madison

Dec. 5: Innovation Network-Northeast
Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton

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

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