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Midwest investors with eyes on Wisconsin to kick off Nov. 16-17 Early Stage Symposium
A panel of Midwest investors who represent new funds with a combined total of more than $200 million in assets under management will launch the 2016 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison. Investors from Lewis & Clark Ventures in St. Louis, Hyde Park Ventures in Chicago and MATH Ventures in Chicago – all relatively new funds with a Midwest focus – will speak during the opening session of the conference on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.

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M3 Insurance to host Nov. 15 Wisconsin WOMEN Reception
Women. Opportunity. Mentors. Entrepreneurs. Networking. This special reception is dedicated to the unique and lasting effect of WOMEN in Wisconsin through their expertise, commitment and purposeful influence on the business climate in the state.  This second annual event is the kick-off to 2016 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium November 16-17 at Monona Terrace in Madison.

What the ‘feds’ want: Priorities in health IT topic of Oct. 18 Tech Council Innovation luncheon
Stephen Konya, senior innovation strategist for the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, will offer an overview of federal priorities related to healthcare information technology at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Tech Council’s Innovation luncheon in Madison. The ONC leads the administration’s health IT efforts. It is a resource to the entire U.S. health system in terms of supporting the adoption of health information technologies, and also promotes the nationwide exchange of health information to improve health care.

What’s the economic value of higher education? Learn more at Oct. 19 WIN-Northeast meeting

An independent report on “The Value of Higher Education to Wisconsin’s Economy” will be discussed by the president of the University of Wisconsin System and the head of the Wisconsin Technology Council at the Wednesday, Oct. 19, meeting of the Tech Council’s Innovation Network in Appleton. UW System President Ray Cross will be joined by Tech Council President Tom Still for a discussion about how Wisconsin can better capitalize on higher education’s economic benefits, which range from supplying talent to carrying out research that can create intellectual property, commercial products and companies.



The Force for Positive Change Event is now accepting registrations! Secure your seat for a day of engaging speakers, sessions and awards for social entrepreneurship. Join us 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Discovery Building on the UW Madison campus, 330 N. Orchard Street, Madison, Wisconsin. Speakers include representatives from Organic Valley Cooperative and Feeding America, social enterprises of all kinds, and John and Tashia Morgridge.

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Release: Fourth annual IoT Summit Chicago
UW System President Ray Cross announces new Business Council

Release: Register now for the ARPA-E summit

JSOnline: AT&T seeks to deliver the internet over power lines

WisBusiness: UW System ranked 13th in the world on Reuters list of the top 100 most innovative universities

Release: ‘Investor Intros’ offer face-to-face meetings for companies at Early Stage Symposium

Post-Crescent: Invest in Wisconsin seeks public input

WisBusiness: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is celebrating National Health IT Week

BizTimes: Five Wisconsin companies named best workplaces for women

WisBusiness: Electronic games have huge potential to spark learning, panel says

BizTimes: Commercialization at heart of new Water Council institute

Milwaukee Business Journal: These women-owned businesses call Wisconsin home: The List

JSOnline: Virent’s long path to commercialization
The Journal Times: 100state is moving to a new downtown location

Marshfield News Herald: Role of health IT recognized

BizTimes: Carroll University to open two new buildings

Ashland Daily Press: ‘Fab Lab’ conference sparks enthusiasm

Release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin pushes for economic growth in Wisconsin with Small Business Innovation Act

SBA: Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. Awards $149,000 PRIME Grant

UW-Madison News: Engine software from UW spinoff being used around the world

WisBusiness: UW Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic hosting free consultations for business owners and owners-to-be

UW System: New Website Connects Wisconsin Employers to UW Student Talent

WisBusiness: Milwaukee-based Astronautics Corp. of America receives Federal Aviation Administration contract

BizTimes: How Wisconsin colleges and universities stack up in latest U.S. News & World Report rankings

WisBusiness: Mequon-based Smart Choice MRI opens first clinic in Minnesota

WisBusiness: UW-Madison ranks 10th among public colleges in U.S. News & World Report

JSOnline: Inner-city firms targeted for investments


Inside Wisconsin: Eau Claire’s downtown renaissance has ties to home-grown tech firm

Still in JSOnline: Building a business – the other 10%

Inside Wisconsin: Hands-on tech labs within schools blend education and workforce training

Inside Wisconsin: Learning from others can help all types of entrepreneurs down the path

Inside Wisconsin: Latest cyber-attack report underscores size of threat – and need for defense

Inside Wisconsin: Venture capital is a roller-coaster, and Wisconsin is along for the ride

Inside Wisconsin: Coming debate over UW funding, structure deserves public attention

Inside Wisconsin: Calling all early stage companies: Conference can help firms connect with investors

Still in JSOnline: North Dakota protests hit close to home

Inside Wisconsin: State sharpens its focus on fostering Main Street entrepreneurism


Episode 174: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Aaron Hagar of WEDC

Episode 173: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Colleen Merrill of UW-Oshkosh SBDC

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JSOnline: PerBlue game acquired for $35 million

Milwaukee Business Journal: Skills Pipeline to pay for talent travel for Milwaukee Startup Week

Release: GREE International Entertainment Acquires Blockbuster Mobile Gaming Franchise, DragonSoul

JSOnline: Aurora expanding ER technology

WisBusiness: Moxe Health has raised $5.5 million in a recent round of funding led by Safeguard Scientifics

Release: Exact Sciences Announces Inclusion of Cologuard® in HEDIS Quality Measures

Release: HealthX Ventures closes flagship fund of more than $20 million

WisBusiness: ThedaCare: 3D Mammograms improve detection, reduce false positives

Xconomy: Cellular Dynamics Spinoff Aims to Develop Vision-Restoring Therapies Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals inks drug development deal with Amgen worth up to $673 million

Release: Gener8tor and University of Minnesota forge partnership

Release: Wisconsin’s private equity investment efforts continue to generate attention inside and outside the state

JSOnline: HealthMyne raises $6.9 million

WisBusiness: New accelerator pitches at the state’s Food and Beverage Association

JSOnline: Startups: Help vets, help the economy

Venture Beat: Why my startup is staying in the Midwest

WisBusiness: SHINE Medical Technologies is moving from Monona to Janesville

PRWeb: Catalyze Raises $6.5M In Series B Financing To Meet Trusted Connectivity Within Enterprise Healthcare

WisBusiness: GymDandy to participate in the Stadia Sports Business Accelerator in St. Louis

Release: Comply365 to host Beloit’s fifth annual conference

Release: Health eFilings partners with Direct Patient Logistics

Release: Isomark’s ‘Energy Balance’ test takes the field with University of Wisconsin football team

WisBusiness: UW-Madison: Venture capital flows to UW grads

WisBusiness: Comply365: Hosting tech conference in Beloit

WisBusiness: EatStreet: Named one of Madison’s top places to work

Milwaukee Business Journal: Chicago meal delivery service expands to Milwaukee

Xconomy: Epic, Astronautics, Virent, & More: This Week’s Wisconsin Watchlist

Milwaukee Business Journal: Rent College Pads secures $1 million in seed funding

BizTimes: OnCourse Learning acquires online training firm

WisBusiness: Madworks Coworking is now taking applications for its fall accelerator at the UW-Madison campus

WisBusiness: UW-Madison ranks 14th in the country for most venture capital-backed entrepreneurs

JSOnline: Enos: Startups and stray cats

TechCrunch: 11 reasons we didn’t invest in your company

BizTimes: WEDC launches new entrepreneurship program

WisBusiness: Cellectar Biosciences announces lead compound CLR 131 to be studied in head and neck cancer

Release: HealthMyne Brings On New CEO

FiveThirtyEight: St. Louis Is The New Startup Frontier

BizTimes: ConsortiEX raising $3 million round Tech and Biotech: Madison startup helping Nashville musicians

WisBusiness: New grant program from WEDC looks to boost entrepreneurs in the state’s smaller communities

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Wisconsin Innovation Network membership:
Experience for yourself why WIN has been a Tech Council tradition for more than 13 years.
With more than two dozen events annually, you'll expand your network while learning from top-notch speakers. When you become a WIN member, your membership applies to all chapters, statewide. With five different types of membership, you and/or your company will be sure to find a membership that fits your business goals. Join today!

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations that have recently joined or renewed their WIN memberships
Individual Members 

Mike Bailey
Phil Blake

Jonathan Braddock
Curtis Burgess
Michael Doucas
Mary Drake

Frank Covelli
Vic Grassman
John Guequierre

Richard Nelson
Richard Schmidt
Cheryl Vickroy

Steve Visuri

 Corporate Members

Alliant Energy
American Family Insurance

Associated Bank
BMO Harris Bank
Cedar Road Capital
Easy Way to Health Inc.


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Morgridge Institute

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NEW Capital Fund
New Glarus Brewing Company


Need help finding the membership level right for you?
Contact Cassidy Wartenweiler, Development and Member
Relations Director, at or 608-442-7557.

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Wisconsin Angel Network membership:
Your $750 WAN membership entitles you to one free pass to both major conferences (Entrepreneurs' Conference and Early Stage Symposium), as well as regular WIN events.

Oct. 18: WIN-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, Madison

Oct. 19: WIN-Northeast
Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton

Nov. 15: WOMEN Reception
M3 Insurance, Madison

Nov. 16-17: Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium
Monona Terrace, Madison

Nov. 22: WIN-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, Madison

Dec. 8: WIN-Milwaukee
UWM Innovation Accelerator, Wauwatosa

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