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UWM labs on display at WIN-MKE
BPC 2016 is open online
'WisBusiness: The Show'
Finding the right mix at Cleantech
A place for professionals WIN-MSN
Look at out-state R&D WIN-Northeast
YES 2016 is open online
Inside Wisconsin columns
Get WIN-volved
Innovation news round-up

Snapshot events calendar
Sponsor a regional meeting
Promote your events

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Welcome to the December 2015 WIN eNewsletter
Dear readers –

The Tech Council offers many portals for communicating with members and others with a stake in the state’s tech-based economy. The hub of activity is our website, where you’ll find the latest news, events, policy reports, information about us and our programs, how to join and more. We’ve updated our site at to better serve your needs and to facilitate our other platforms. Let us know what you think at
Tom Still

Ideas from UWM labs on display at WIN-Milwaukee Dec. 10 event
Four examples of research innovation from the UW-Milwaukee will be highlighted during a “First Look” forum within the Thursday, Dec. 10, evening meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network’s Milwaukee chapter in Wauwatosa. Modeled after the Wisconsin Technology Council’s eight-year-old “First Look Forum” imbedded in its major conferences, the event is a showcase for emerging technologies – often before the featured inventors launch companies or crack into the marketplace.
Learn more and register here.
2016 Governor's Biz Plan Contest open for entries online
The 13th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2016 competition until 5 p.m. Jan. 31, 2016. The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the seed, startup and early growth stages of high-tech businesses in Wisconsin. Initial entries include a 250-word (or 2,000-character) idea abstract submitted online. That’s where contestants will also find business plan templates and other resources. Throughout the contest, mentors and judges from around the state offer feedback. Interested in sponsoring the contest or serving as a judge? Let us know!
'WisBusiness: The Show' covers news, commentary
Please watch the latest editions of "WisBusiness: The Show," the twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues.

  Episode 156
Katie Brenner, bluDiagnostics
This episode of features an interview with Katie Brenner, co-founder of bluDiagnostics, who describes her company and its success since winning the 2015 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Tom Still outlines how entrepreneurs can enter the 2016 contest – and why – and Liz Schrum presents this week’s Tech Metrics, which chart key indicators in the Wisconsin economy. The Show is produced by Red Arrow Production and is sponsored by UW-Milwaukee and Exact Sciences.
State energy portfolio: Finding the right mix at Jan. 20 Cleantech
Hear from experts who will discuss a range of generation and transmission options that could shape Wisconsin’s energy future. “Finding the right mix” will include overviews of alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power; proposals to add natural-gas fired baseload capacity; advances in nuclear generation technologies and current interstate transmission line plans to serve Wisconsin. Panelists will be announced soon. Click here to learn more.
Building a place for young professionals at Jan. 26 WIN-MSN
The Jan. 26 meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network in Madison will feature Ian Aston, co-founder of NEWaukee and a leading advocate for “social architecture” and the role young professionals can play in developing stronger communities. Abston will speak on “What whippersnappers want: How to build a place where young professionals want to work and live.” Click here to learn more.
Feb. 11 WIN-Northeast event to feature look at out-state R&D
Join us Feb. 11 at the D.J. Bordini Center at the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton for the next luncheon meeting of the Tech Council’s Wisconsin Innovation Network in northeast Wisconsin. Hear from Arjun Sanga, executive director of the WiSys Technology Foundation, which helps to transfer academic research and development ideas from bench to marketplace. The discussion will cover how businesses can work with WiSys campuses on licensing intellectual property and more. Further details on the presentation will be announced soon. Click here to learn more
Wisconsin YES! youth biz plan contest open for entries
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The Wisconsin YES! statewide youth business plan contest, produced by the Tech Council with major support from IBM, is open for online entries with an initial deadline of 5 p.m. April 4, 2016. 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
Inside Wisconsin columns tackle state, tech issues
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Statewide Biz Plan Contest is springboard for young companies

Drop in academic R&D spending should worry policy-makers

Effort to help vet entrepreneurs seeks high ground in Wisconsin

What do millennials want? It’s a question communities should answer

Wisconsin needs more startups to counter loss of legacy industries

Get WIN-volved! Membership has its privileges
Thank you to the following individuals and organizations that have recently joined or renewed their WIN memberships:

 Individual members 

Mike Bailey
John Bialk
Phil Blake
Vic Grassman
John Guequierre
Eric Horler
Bridget Krueger
Daryl Stewart

Corporate members

Alliant Energy
BlueTree Network
BMO Harris
M3 Insurance
Morgridge Institute
Pegasus Sustainability Solutions
Quarles & Brady

Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Click here to become a new member or renew your current membership!

 Innovation news round-up

JSOnline: Engineered Propulsion Systems Inc. raises another $1.4M

State Journal: Eat Street lands $15 million investment round

JSOnline: Essential Biotechnology LLC wins top prize for health pitch event

JSOnline: State’s gigabit broadband map ignores Milwaukee area

InBusiness: Survey finds bipartisan support for increasing innovation investment

JSOnline: State grants to bring high-speed Internet to rural areas

JSOnline: EatStreet gains another $15 million in investments

EnsoData graduates from inaugural Y Combinator Fellowship Program

JSOnline: State approves $1.5M in broadband expansion grants for rural areas

BizTimes: New crowdfunding website launches in time for Giving Tuesday

WisBusiness: Propeller Health announces collaboration with GSK

JSOnline: BomBoard LLC launches crowdfunding for personal watercraft

JSOnline: BrightStar foundation makes investments in 5 Wisconsin companies

Microscopy’s equipment to help Army study ebola

To crowdfund or not to crowdfund: Insiders debate merit of seldom-used state law

New microscopy specimen preparation method helps fight Ebola

UW-Madison remains highly ranked in research spending

Forbes: How successful startups are scaling up

JSOnline: Pegasus Sustainability Solutions links cleanup businesses to spill sites

WisBusiness: Tixora hopes high-tech approach drives bus-ticketing revolution

Snapshot events calendar
UWM Innovation Accelerator, Wauwatosa
December 10, 2015

UWM Innovation Accelerator, Wauwatosa
January 14, 2016

Cleantech Network Forum

Wisconsin Energy Institute, Madison
January 20, 2016

Sheraton Hotel, Madison
January 26, 2016

D.J. Bordini Center, Appleton
February 11, 2016

Deadline - Business Plan Contest
5 p.m., Jan. 31, 2016

Sponsor your next regional meeting
Sponsoring your chapter's next WIN meeting will give you and your company immediate exposure to Wisconsin's best and brightest people. WIN is a network dedicated to giving a voice to the technology community as a whole - from the bottom up! Sponsorship opportunities are available on a monthly or annual basis. Contact Sarah Motiff for more information.
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