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

Wartenweiler, Cassidy
Cassidy Wartenweiler, Tech Council

It’s a wrap! Entrepreneurs’ Conference draws 556 over two days; built ‘Why Wisconsin’ theme
The 14th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference attracted 556 people from across the state and beyond June 7-8 in Madison, with a conference theme of “Why Wisconsin” highlighting the state’s attributes as a place to launch, grow and succeed as a business. Highlights include remarks by software leader Pat Quirk; a question-and-answer session with Erik Iverson, the incoming managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation; remarks by Mark Gehring, winner of the 2016 Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” Award; a presentation by Evan Absher of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; and Gov. Scott Walker’s delivery of awards in the 13th annual Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Read more about the conference here.

Innovation life-vest startup from Elm Grove wins 2016 Governor's Business Plan Contest
A Milwaukee-area startup whose flagship product aims to revolutionize water safety took home the grand prize in the 13th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

What’s the economic value of higher education? Learn more at June 28 WIN-Madison meeting
The Tech Council’s recent report on “The Value of Higher Education to Wisconsin’s Economy” will be discussed by the president of the University of Wisconsin System and business leaders at the Tuesday, June 28 meeting of the Tech Council’s Wisconsin Innovation Network in Madison.

The Science of Beer: Inside MillerCoors topic for July 14 WIN-Milwaukee

It’s Wisconsin’s first biotech product – and one of its most familiar exports. Learn more about “The Science of Beer” from experts at MillerCoors, one of the nation’s leading breweries, during a July 14 taste-and-tour event produced by the Tech Council in Milwaukee.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no, it’s a drone! Unmanned flight topic at July 19 WIN-Madison

From hobbyists to farms to commercial users, drones are taking off in Wisconsin. Learn about this rapidly growing technology sector and its effect on the state’s economy at the Tuesday, July 19 meeting of the Tech Council’s Wisconsin Innovation Network in Madison.

From intern to director, Cassidy Wartenweiler to lead development and member relations
Cassidy Wartenweiler has accepted the position as the Tech Council’s development and member relations director. Wartenweiler earned her undergraduate Communication Studies degree from Edgewood College.  She holds a master’s degree in Life Sciences Communication from the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
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JSOnline: Patina Solutions is poised for more growth

State Journal: Budget committee allows WEDC to make $8 million in tax credits refundable

WEDC: Remedy Analytics to Expand in Milwaukee

Xconomy: ImageMoverMD Helps Clinicians, Patients Transmit Photos Securely

Xconomy: Stemina, Connecture, & Epic: This Week’s Wisconsin Watchlist

Xconomy: Local Ties Lead to Partnership Between Fetch Rewards and Kraft Heinz

Xconomy: Lee Newspaper Chain Takes Stake in Milwaukee Adtech Startup Okanjo

Xconomy: StartingBlock, Cellectar & 500 Startups: This Week’s WI Watchlist

Xconomy: Smart Choice MRI Raises Another $7M, From Illinois Hospital System

State Journal: UW-Madison’s ‘Rock’ Mackie rocks business plan contest

JSOnline: Company with new type of life jacket wins Governor’s Business Plan Contest
: Radiology conference offers HealthMyne a chance to boost its image
JSOnline: Collaboration provides free business technology services for Milwaukee startups
: Hyde’s slim life jackets win Governor’s Business Plan Contest
News: Five UW spinoffs among finalists in Governor’s Business Plan Contest
WisBusiness: New WARF director praises ‘very strong’ Madison startup ecosystem
State Journal
: Wingman, a skinny flotation jacket, wins business plan contest
: University Research Park welcomes Paul Muench
State Journal: Scott Walker: UW System could see performance-based funding increase

Phillips-Medisize: Phillips-Medisize acquires Medicom

State Journal: 13 startups advance to finals in Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest
: Stem cell research after 20 years

Road Show: Uber’s first self-driving car pulls out onto the streets of Pittsburgh

JSOnline: Johnson Controls expands battery research partnership with UW-Madison
: Stem cell scientist says industry poised to boom
State Journal
: Mark Gehring to be honored at Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference
NBC Nightly News
: At-home test could help colon cancer battle
Wisconsin Public Television: How UW System Contributes To State Economic Development
: University Business: UW’s economic impact means policymakers must make it a priority again
: HealthMyne’s Mark Gehring to receive ‘Seize the Day’ award
La Crosse Tribune: Wisconsin’s higher education will drive our economy
: Tech Council report warns of continuing higher ed cuts
: Madison-based health IT company awarded major research grant
State Journal
: Cutting UW, tech college funding again would hurt economy

JSOnline: Women entrepreneurs invited to apply for pitch event

Release: Global Economic Development Leadership honor awarded to The Water Council


Still in JSOnline: Job creation requires more bipartisan cooperation

Inside Wis: Even with low rankings, Wisconsin has most ingredients for startup success

Inside Wis: Startups and scale-ups: Wisconsin isn’t a monolithic economy

Inside Wis: Entrepreneurs’ Conference will help answer ‘Why Wisconsin’ question

Inside Wis: Stopping the slide: Wisconsin’s higher education system helps economy

Still in JSOnline: ‘Milwaukee Quick Pitch’ is a big hit

Inside Wis: Progress of Badger Fund of Funds matches trends in early stage investing


Episode 166: Features interview with Paul Jadin of MadREP

Episode 165: Features interview with Sara Seegers of Level 3 Communications

Iverson, Erik
Erik Iverson, WARF

Gehring, Mark
Mark Gehring,
'Seize the Day' winner

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Tom Still, Tech Council

Episode 166
Paul Jadin, MadREP

JSOnline: Patina Solutions raises $3.45 million from angel investors
: Redox Picked to Join Cisco’s Entrepreneurs in Residence Program

Xconomy: UW Health Surgeon’s Startup Expanding Software to Monitor Patients

WisBusiness: Redox realizes at SXSW it’s grown up
WisBusiness: Three startup leaders explain why they chose Wisconsin
CapTimes: Wisconsin women share stories of entrepreneurial success
CapTimes: Wisconsin ranks low in ‘growth entrepreneurship’, says report
JSOnline: Milwaukee startup Tixora lands contact with MCTS and Summerfest
JSOnline: Mikroflot Technologies uses tiny bubbles to reduce industrial wastewater
WisBusiness: AmebaGone offers alternative to antibiotics for organic fruit growers
JSOnline: Garbage entrepreneurs are turning food waste into a business
JSOnline: Chicago health system invests $7 million in Smart Choice MRI

JSOnline: Gener8tor to provide free coaching to selected Milwaukee start-ups

Wisconsin Innovation Network membership:
Experience for yourself why WIN has been a Tech Council tradition for more than 13 years.
With more than two dozen events annually, you'll expand your network while learning from top-notch speakers. When you become a WIN member, your membership applies to all chapters, statewide. With five different types of membership, 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 WIN memberships
Individual Members   Corporate Members

Rajai Atalla

Carter Cliff

Mark Hackl

Timothy Kane

Garett Laugavitz

Connie Lebakken

Mindy Marty


Bill Mitchell

Oleg Moskvin

Bambi Pattermann

Alex Reinhold

Aneesh Suneja

Michael Ulschmid

Mark Weber


Columbus Chemical Industries

Functional Biosciences

HealthX Ventures

Master Your Card

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Ziegler Alternative Investments

Need help finding the membership level right for you?
Contact Cassidy Wartenweiler, Development and Member
Relations Director, at or 608-442-7557.

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Wisconsin Angel Network membership:
Your $750 WAN membership entitles you to one free pass to both major conferences (Entrepreneurs' Conference and Early Stage Symposium), as well as regular WIN events.

June 28: WIN-Madison
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July 14: WIN-Milwaukee
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July 19: WIN-Madison
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July 27: Cleantech Network
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Aug. 18: WIN-Northeast
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Aug. 23: WIN-Madison
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