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 News, events and programming from the Wisconsin Technology Council

Dear readers-

The Tech Council strives to bring timely topics to its members and others who attend our Tech Council Innovation Network meetings across Wisconsin. These topics often reinforce our policy and advocacy roles – but they also keep you abreast of trends in technology and local development. Five recent examples were our TCIN meetings on next steps for broadband penetration in Wisconsin, the future of wearable technologies, a primer of cybersecurity and what businesses need to know to protect themselves, attracting angel and venture investment in northeast Wisconsin and the role of music as an economic driver in western Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley. We were thrilled to see impressive crowds at these recent events and hope for more of the same in the weeks and months ahead!

Tom Still, president

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Seminars offer advice for emerging firms, others during March 27 Tech Summit in Waukesha

Representatives from nearly 50 emerging companies from many industries will hear from experts on a variety of topics as part of the fourth annual Wisconsin Tech Summit in Waukesha. The day-long event will be held Monday, March 27, at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha, Wis. It will feature scores of “speed dating” strategic meetings between 14 major companies and emerging firms selected from a larger pool. General admission registrations are now available through Thursday, March 23. Please review the guidelines for general admission on the website.


Is technology changing the way we age? Join us at March 9 Innovation Network-Milwaukee

The coming surge in the number of older Americans presents the nation with a broad set of challenges that few have begun to fully contemplate. Regardless of what happens to the Affordable Care Act, there are two certainties: technology will play an increasingly important role in the delivery of care, and more energy will be focused on a coherent, workable approach to value-based healthcare. Learn how Wisconsin is fostering this innovation at the Thursday, March 9 meeting of the Tech Council’s Innovation Network in Wauwatosa.


Investors inside the house: New corporate ventures featured at March 28 Innovation Network-Madison

Two additions to the venture capital landscape in Wisconsin will be featured at the March 28 luncheon meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Madison. Representing two corporate venture funds based in Wisconsin, Brian Kaas of CMFG Ventures and its parent, CUNA Mutual Group, and Craig Schedler, Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, will discuss the funds, investment areas of interest, size of typical investments and best ways to connect with each funds’ team.

Investing in Wisconsin’s Future: 2017 White Papers
The 2017 edition of the Tech Council’s “white papers” report to the governor, Legislature and other policymakers has been issued. This 28-page report includes the Tech Council’s recommendations in four broad areas: investment capital, human capital, entrepreneurial climate and technology development. Past editions of the report have helped spur changes in state programs and laws that have stimulated the tech-based economy. The Tech Council’s white papers are also used to inform members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation about trends in the tech-based economy. Read Tom Still’s recent Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel column here describing his recent visit to Capitol Hill as part of the Tech Councils of North America “fly-in” to Washington, D.C., in mid-February. Click here to read about how the Tech Council lauds governor’s inclusion of Act 255 credit-cap change in 2017-19 budget.  Read the full report here.

50 plans advance to semi-finals in 2017 Gov’s Biz Plan Contest

Fifty entries from 26 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced Monday. The contestants were selected from a field of 172 qualified first-round entries by an independent panel of about 85 judges organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council and its programs, the Tech Council Innovation Network and the Tech Council Investor Networks.


March Madness! Students have month to enter ‘Wisconsin YES!’ business plan contest by April 3

The countdown is under way for middle- and high-school students to enter Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest. It is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 3, 2017.

Tech Council advocates for autonomous vehicle test hub in Wisconsin
The Tech Council’s recent advocacy on behalf of Wisconsin as a test hub for autonomous vehicles continued Feb. 22 with Tom Still’s testimony to the Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy. Read Still’s testimony here and his recent news column on the topic here.

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Release: Fusion 2017: The Intelligent Enterprise: Leveraging Speed, Agility and Innovation

Release: UW Green Bay: Student Business Idea Competition entry deadline, March 12

The Leader-Telegram: Downtown sings economic tune: Arts cited for key role in driving Eau Claire development

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Release: Testimony on autonomous vehicles

Release: Functional Biosciences achieves CLIA compliance

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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Simply Native Foods’ Colin Tomkins-Bergh

WisBusiness: Wisconsin needs to prepare for self-driving vehicles, industry leaders and academics say

WisBusiness: Wisconsin on the front lines of a cyber-security battle

Madison Startups: Redox to partner with CommonWell

The CapTimes: Study: Over 13,000 immigrants in Wisconsin are entrepreneurs

BizTimes: Okanjo names new CEO BizTimes: Okanjo names new CEO

Xconomy: Epic launches app orchard to create ‘easier developer experience’

Release: Exact Sciences generated $99.4 million in revenues during 2016, a 152-percent increase

WisBusiness: After rebranding, Datica represents Madison at 2017 HIMSS conference

Xconomy: After navigating ups and downs, Cellectar CEO Caruso looks to future

WisBusiness: TDS Telecom: To expand, improve broadband to more than 35,000 locations in Wisconsin

JSOnline: Global Water Center expansion proposal dropped after building fails to draw enough interest

Wisconsin State Journal: Madison coworking comes in many shapes and sizes

Radio620 WTMJ: Is Milwaukee becoming hot for startups?

Eau Clair Leader Telegram: State seeks startups

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CapTimes: Madison biotech firm faces class-action consumer fraud lawsuit

Inc: 3 Unexpected Places That Are Actually Amazing for Startups

JSOnline: Packers pair eight companies with mentors

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Wisconsin Public Radio: More Wisconsin Businesses Closing Than Starting, Economic Report Warns

Xconomy: Lynx Bio makes headway on new diagnostic for blood cancer drugs

Release: BrightStar and NEWaukee announce new innovation and startup pitch series

Wisconsin State Journal: Tech executive says Madison’s tech boom similar to Silicon Valley’s early days

Wisconsin State Journal: Madison tech company Spredfast, formerly Shoutlet, to close

Xconomy: Propeller Health, Novartis to Develop Add-On Sensor for Breezhaler

BizTimes: Milwaukee startup launches MealSteals for Business marketing app

Release: Tech Council ‘white papers’ urge investing in next-generation workforce, economy

Xconomy: Exact Sciences, OnKöl, Fiserv, & More: This Week’s WI Watchlist

WisBusiness: WeightUp Solutions gaining strength

WisBusiness: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce: Video touts state as “A Great Place to Get Started”

Release: Milwaukee Institute appoints new executive director

Xconomy: UWM Research Foundation licenses Fluid Dynamics Tech to Ohio firm


Still in JSOnline: Technology helps drive ‘Holy Trinity’ of Wisconsin economy

InsideWis: Eau Claire proves smaller communities can compete for talent

InsideWis: Cyber-attacks will require new army of ‘soldiers’ with the right skills

Still in JSOnline: Washington circus shouldn’t distract from real issues

InsideWis: Wisconsin has a chance to get into the race with autonomous vehicles

InsideWis: Capitol action includes ups, downs for Wisconsin’s emerging economy


Episode 182: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Jonathon Horne of Idea Fund La Crosse

Episode 181: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Silicon Valley investor Mark Reinstra



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Xconomy: Capital stockpile grows as venture fund-raising hits recent high

WEDC: 2016 Deal Flow Snapshot Year-End

Release: Madison-based health care IT startup certified as qualified new business venture

Release: BrightStar announces first 2017 investment and sale of tax credits

Forbes: What angels need to do to get the new, best deals

BizTimes: Milwaukee 7 to provide ‘valley of death’ funding

Release: SBIR Advance: $525,000 in state matching grants to boost 7 high-tech small businesses

WEDC: Two Milwaukee startups certified as Qualified New Business Ventures

WisBusiness: The Idea Fund of La Crosse has closed on its initial fund

Release: Michigan VC Rizik to discuss Midwest ventures at March 27 Tech Summit ‘speed-dating’ event

BioEnterprise: Midwest Healthcare Startups Raise $1.7 Billion in 2016

Release: Lewis & Clark Ventures Ron Watson: Is the midwest undercapitalized? A conditional “YES.”

Forbes: A new angel investing platform connects deep technology, science startups with capital

WisBusiness: Gov. Walker proposes new business loan program for WEDC

WisBusiness: Fox Valley region must take more risks to grow entrepreneurship, panel says

Release: Tech Council supports gov’s investor tax credit plan


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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!

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