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The Tech Council Current
 News, events and programming from the Wisconsin Technology Council

Dear readers-

Evidence mounts that Wisconsin’s tech-based economy is becoming stronger and more diverse. Our summary of upcoming events, such as the March 19 Wisconsin Tech Summit, reflect the broad range of interest in the information technology, life sciences and advanced manufacturing sectors. Our “News Service” section include dozens of stories about companies, investors and institutions that are contributing to a more vibrant economy. Our listing of new and renewed members reinforces the fact that building a tech-based economy is a team effort. Read on to learn about Wisconsin’s tech assets!

Tom Still, president


Linking the I-Q Corridor: Tech Summit speakers will highlight ties to academic research, talent

Speakers who exemplify academic research and talent initiatives in the Milwaukee-Madison corridor and statewide will speak March 19 at the fifth annual Wisconsin Tech Summit in Waukesha. UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone, who is leading the Regional Talent Partnership sparked by the Milwaukee 7 economic development group, and Erik Iverson, the managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, will bracket a day’s worth of “speed dating” meetings between major and emerging companies.


Extending high-quality broadband statewide topic of Innovation Network lunch in Madison

Is Wisconsin making progress when it comes to extending high-quality broadband coverage to all parts of the state? Find out Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon meeting in Madison. A panel of experts will describe emerging technologies, state-backed broadband initiatives and the federal “Connect America Fund 2,” which is being used to help communities better connect. The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive.


A stronger signal in the Northwoods: Broadband, business growth topic of Feb. 27 Tech Council event

Hear about progress and challenges in building a stronger infrastructure for broadband in northern Wisconsin at the Tuesday, Feb. 27 meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Ashland. This Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon is in partnership with the Ashland Area Development Corp. and the Bayfield County Economic Development Corp., both of which are regional economic development groups. It will be held at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Ashland campus, 2100 Beaser Ave., conference rooms 306-307.

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Experts will discuss role of computer science in Wisconsin economy at March 8 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 Thursday, March 8 meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Wauwatosa. 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 Wisconsin and beyond. The event will take place 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.


Tech Council to take part in annual CompTIA D.C. Fly-In

The Wisconsin Technology Council is participating in the 2018 CompTIA D.C. Fly-In, which is organized by the Technology Councils of North America and the Computing Technology Industry Association. Tom Still, president of the Tech Council, will attend this two-day event in Washington, D.C., to represent Wisconsin’s technology-related companies and our members who share a goal of growing the technology sectors in Wisconsin. The fly-in takes place Feb. 13-14, 2018, and will include visits to congressional offices. For more information, click here.


We’re hiring! Talented operations director needed

The operations director is a key position at the Tech Council. You must have a passion for the mission, a willingness to work with people and an ability to communicate our message. Click here to see a few key elements of the position.


Get a Head Start on HIMSS Feb 19 at Industrious

Members of the Tech Council’s Innovation and Investors networks may attend a Feb. 19 “Head Start on HIMSS” reception led by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce at Industrious, downtown Madison’s newest major co-working space. The reception is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and free to Tech Council members who register using the code found here.

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JSOnline: Jagler: Go on a ‘speed date’ with Foxconn

State Journal: State company gains federal approval for medical isotope, hasn’t been produced in US in 30 years

Milwaukee Business Journal: Foxconn laying more plans for Wisconsin 13 NE Wis. companies plan to create nearly 1,500 jobs

The Journal Times: Foxconn area property owners offered 140 percent fair market value for homes

WisBusiness: Rapid Imaging: Partners with Perceptual Labs

UWM Report: UWM research could help electric cars beat the cold
Release: Force for Positive Change registration now open

Tom Still interview: What you might not know about the Foxconn deal

JSOnline: Foxconn to create North American headquarters in downtown Milwaukee

Wisconsin State Journal: University Research Park wants to add coffee shops, companies and camaraderie

Madison Magazine: 100state partners with Madison Magazine for new podcast

CapTimes: Will Amazon’s push into health care impact Epic Systems’ future?

WisBusiness: Data guru says Wisconsin startup stats are strong

Madison Startups: Finalists announced for D2P director

Wisconsin State Journal: Tesla wants law change to own Wisconsin dealerships to teach customers

Madison Startups: Polco expands to new cities

State Journal: SHINE Medical plant at center of global race to deliver vital radioactive isotope to detect cancer

WisBusiness: Solar advocates say new tariff unlikely to impact industry

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center: Facilities Days Open House 2018

StartUp Milwaukee: 25 Milwaukee startups to watch in 2018

Milwaukee Business Journal: Milwaukee startup Hyde Sportswear receives bump from ‘Shark Tank’ appearance

Release: Foxconn joins list of major firms to meet with emerging firms at March 19 Tech Summit

The Hill: The ‘Ice Road Truckers of science’ and why we need them

Release: Testing the Future – ACS invited to speak to Wisconsin autonomous vehicle steering committee

WisBusiness: WisBusiness: Head of company with microchipped employees has big plans

UW: Computer Sciences working group to advise on growth strategies

VentureBeat: Disney hits reset on mobile games with new development partners

WHA: Reduce cost, utilization of emergency room care in Medicaid (support LRB 4332)

Madison Startups: GrocerKey adds mobile self-checkout

BizTimes: OnCourse Learning acquires Wound Care Education Institute

WisBusiness: UW-Madison scientists develop method for treating fungal infections

JSOnline: Wine in a plastic cup? This sommelier invented a better wine glass perfect for taste and travel

American Jobs Project: Focusing on advanced energy sensors, controls could mean 44,000 jobs for Wisconsin

Milwaukee Business Journal: Local startup Civorium aims to engage citizens with their communities

Milwaukee Business Journal: Initial Foxconn air emission permits wouldn’t trigger EPA review

WisBusiness: Tailored Care: Aims to help family caregivers help themselves

Madison Startups: Exact Sciences, Urban League partner

WisBusiness: Local insurance company reduces opiate prescriptions in only five months

Milwaukee Business Journal: Andy Nunemaker to be inducted into 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame

WisBusiness: WEDC ad campaign to attract, retain workers hits Chicago

BizTimes: Titan Spine raises another $7.5 million

Release: Acuity adds artificial intelligence capabilities to Omni-channel customer service

WisBusiness: Xcel Energy plans Ashland solar garden

In Business Madison: Optimism abounds


InsideWis: Foxconn showing all signs they’re in Wisconsin to stay

InsideWis: Bits, bytes and pieces: Electric cars, 5G, Tech Summit, CRISP and CHIP

InsideWis: Compromise in U.S. immigration debate could help Wisconsin

Inside Wis: Beloit revival example of how civic-minded patrons can change a town

Inside Wis: Underused ‘white space’ in broadcast spectrum offers broadband hope


Episode 198: Covers Tech Metrics, Tom Still commentary; interview with BPC vet Jeff Dykes

Episode 197: Covers Tech Metrics, Tom Still commentary; interview with Todd Asmuth

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Xconomy: 4490 Ventures raises $49M fund to support startups in Midwest

Milwaukee Business Journal: Northwestern Mutual’s venture staff will move to Foxconn offices: Schlifske

Milwaukee Business Journal: Wisconsin startup accelerator gener8tor expands partnership with Microsoft

VentureBeat: How female founders are faring in the Midwest

BizTimes: TAI Diagnostics completes $10 million round

WisBusiness: Flights to Silicon Vally to improve economic ties, business leaders say

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Tech Council Innovation Network membership:
Experience for yourself why the Innovation Network has been a Tech Council tradition for over a decade.
With more than two dozen events annually, you'll expand your network while learning from top-notch speakers. When you become a member, your membership applies to all chapters, statewide. With a variety of membership types to choose from, 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  memberships

Dan Clarahan
Vicki Funseth
Donald Higgins
Greg Mattlin
Tripp Stroud


4490 Ventures
BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation
Center for Technology Commercialization
DeWitt Ross & Stevens, S.C.
Idea Fund of La Crosse
JP Cullen
Merchant & Gould
Microscopy Innovations
Midwest Prototyping
Neider & Boucher
Pendleton Legal
Rockwell Automation
UW- Eau Claire
UW-Madison Office of University Relations
von Briesen & Roper
Whitewater University Technology Park
WiSys Technology Foundation

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Contact Cassidy Wartenweiler, Development & Member
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Tech Council Investor Networks membership:
Your $750 Investor Networks membership entitles you to one free pass to both major conferences (Entrepreneurs' Conference and Early Stage Symposium), as well as regular Tech Council Innovation Network events.


Feb. 20: Innovation Network-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, Madison

eb. 27: Innovation Network-West

Wis. Indianhead Technical College, Ashland

March 8: Innovation Network-Milwaukee
UWM Innovation Accelerator, Wauwatosa

March 19: Wisconsin Technology Summit
GE Healthcare, Waukesha

March 22: Force for Positive Change
Marquette University, Milwaukee

April 12-13: Facilities Days Open House 2018
Union South, Madison

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