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Dear readers-                                                                                                                                                               September 2018

One of the best-attended events of its kind in the Upper Midwest is the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison, where scores of investors meet with young companies to hear their pitches, meet one-on-one with investors and learn more about what it takes to build a successful company. You can visit our web site to learn about three opportunities to present, Nov. 7-8. The conference is also attracting major speakers, panelists and others who can help young companies grow. Look for more announcements in the coming weeks!      

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Tom Still, president

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Call for companies at #ESSWI open now through Sept. 28

Applications are being accepted now from young companies that want to tell their stories to investors at our annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium #ESSWI, to be held Nov. 7-8 at Madison’s Monona Terrace. The 2018 format includes two pitch opportunities – the Tech Council Investor Networks track and the popular Elevator Pitch Olympics – as well as a repeat segment that debuted in 2016, “Investor Intros,” which will allow pre-selected companies brief, one-on-one meetings with targeted angel and venture investors. Applications due Friday, Sept. 28.

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Nationally known ‘trep Aaron Kennedy to speak Nov. 8 at Early Stage Symposium

Aaron Kennedy, who founded Noodles & Co., helped to build Colorado’s high-growth image and won an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, will speak Nov. 8 at #ESSWI in Madison. Kennedy, who earned a graduate degree from the UW-Madison, is among the advisors to the Blackstone Entrepreneurial Network, based in Denver, Colo. He served two years as the chief marketing officer for the state of Colorado, leading its branding efforts at a time when the state was poised for growth. Registration now open for the conference.

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Trio of Morgridge Institute medical researchers to speak at Sept. 25 Innovation Network luncheon in Madison

Three scientists at the Morgridge Institute for Research will describe what brought them to Madison and how breakthroughs in medical engineering, regenerative biology and medical imaging will help save lives. Speakers are: Jan Huisken, Phil Newmark and Melissa Skala. The three scientists combined to bring more than 40 researchers to campus, who are supported by a mix of competitive federal and private grants and other support. Registration open.

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Harnessing data: Milwaukee’s Data Science Institute topic at Sept. 27 Tech Council event in Wauwatosa

An initiative to improve the supply of data scientists and to change how businesses make critical market, production and consumer decisions will be discussed by three Milwaukee region leaders: Mark Mone, chancellor of UW-MilwaukeeMike Lovell, president of Marquette University and senior director of analytics Dave Pahl of Northwestern Mutual. Supported by a total of $35 million, the institute will support endowed professors, data science faculty positions, research projects and expanded student programming beginning this fall. Registration open.

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Foxconn launches $1 million, 3 year “Smart Cities – Smart Futures Competition”

Foxconn announced a statewide “Smart Cities – Smart Futures” Competition in August during the Smart Futures Summit at the UW-Parkside.  Students, faculty and staff at all of Wisconsin’s technical colleges, private colleges and universities and the UW System are eligible to compete in this exciting contest for up to $1 million in financial and in-kind awards starting in the 2018-2019 academic year. The first round of the competition will open on Oct. 1 and run until Oct. 31. Submissions will be made through Smart Cities – Smart Cities website, and more specifically, the integrated portal within the site. Follow @SmartCitiesWI on social media.

WARF Innovation Day 2018

WARF's first-ever WARF Innovation Day will be Oct. 17 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Discovery Building in Madison.

 This is a new, signature event for WARF and combines quick pitches from our Accelerator Program with a national keynote speaker (Byron Reese) and the WARF Innovation Awards. The technologies featured at this event are standouts in terms of commercial promise and have incredible potential to impact the market and world.It is our hope to welcome guests from across campus, our community and visiting alumni to the event. Follow this link to learn more!

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Join us for a day dedicated to giving you the tools to succeed in developing successful business and community partnerships to enhance your school district's tech ed program. Full day of activities, panel and breakout sessions. Please email Scottie Sandstrom to register. info@bayfieldcountyedc.com

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UW-Madison OBE: Mentorship program worth its weight in gold for Wisconsin startups
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TOM STILL'S INSIDE WISCONSIN COLUMNS:

InsideWis: 9/13/18 Young companies from many sectors have opportunities to woo investors

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InsideWis: 8/30/18 As Wisconsin’s corporate ‘new kid,’ Foxconn motivating right playmates

InsideWis: 8/23/18 Wisconsin remains ripe for more corporate venture capital

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WISBUSINESS: THE SHOW:

Episode 211: 8/30/18 Covers Tech Metrics, Tom Still commentary; interview with Richelle Martin

Episode 212: 9/19/18 Covers Tech Metrics, Tom Still commentary; interview with Heather Wentler

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JSOnline: New Wisconsin venture capital fund has the potential to be a watershed moment
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: Advocate Aurora Health, Foxconn, Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual: $100 million venture fund
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