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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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WisBusiness: Functional Biosciences achieves CLIA Certification of Compliance
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BizTimes: Ward4 to host Women’s Entrepreneurship Week
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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
Releaes: PreventionGenetics launches cutting-edge gene test; benefits reproductive and healthy patients
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
The CapTimes: Study: Over 13,000 immigrants in Wisconsin are entrepreneurs
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?
WisBusiness: Re Mixers uses disruptive engineering for AI-designed static mixer
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
WisBusiness: DotCom Therapy begins worldwide speaking tour
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
TOM STILL'S INSIDE WISCONSIN COLUMN:
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
Idea Fund of La Crosse
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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