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November 5, 2020

Dear readers, 

Who would have guessed in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic burst on to the scene in Wisconsin, that live events of just about any size would still be untenable? That’s still reality for all groups, and the Tech Council’s Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium is no exception.

The symposium is taking place next week on a virtual platform that will be the next best thing to live. In addition to the robust content provided by our speakers, panelists and presenting companies, attendees will be able to:

  • Explore the EXHIBIT HALL, where all partners and sponsors will be ready to chat.

  • Click on the NETWORKING tab to engage with your fellow attendees.

  • Enter the AUDITORIUM to view all programming and speaking events.

  • View our partners' take-home resources by clicking on our RESOURCE CENTER sign. Add these documents to your SWAG BAG and easily email them to yourself at the end of the day.

  • Visit exhibit booths, download materials and chat with sponsors to earn points. Track your progress on the LEADERBOARD page. The top 10 will be entered in a drawing to win some great prizes, such as an Amazon Echo Show 8, a Ring doorbell, and more! You must be present during the Elevator Pitch Olympics to win a prize.

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Also, please read my latest column on how COVID-19 continues to affect the Wisconsin economy:

Inside Wisconsin: Wisconsin captured national eye in election; can it do so now with COVID fight?




Make sure to check out our newsroom below for fast-changing information about Wisconsin's reopening process.
Stay tuned for announcements about virtual Tech Council webinars on COVID-19 issues of interest to our members and others

Do you have news or best practices to contribute to a future edition of Tech Council Current?

Thanks for helping to build a stronger Wisconsin! 

Tom Still, president

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The Tech Council is one of about 50 groups taking part in the “Stop the Spread” coalition, which is a private-sector effort to do precisely what the name suggests: Encourage people to take common-sense steps to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please watch a video by Interim UW System President Tommy Thompson, a former Wisconsin governor and federal Health and Human Services secretary.

The Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Brewers recently joined the coalition as well. Watch a video featuring Packer players hereOn Wisconsin!


New "WisBusiness: The Show" coming soon!

Sponsors include Exact Sciences, UW-Milwaukee and BDO.

View our full show archives here.



Last call: The 2020 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium: Pre-register here by noon Friday, Nov. 6.

Our Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium #ESSWI starts next week, to be held Nov. 9-11 on a virtual platform.
We hope you’ll join us!

The conference will focus on increased opportunities for emerging companies and startups to meet with investors 1:1, pitch and present their companies. Our virtual exhibitor booths will be enhanced time to meet with sponsors and others. Nearly 50 investor groups have already signed on (see hyperlinked list here).

>> Click here to view the first of UW-Madison’s LSC student stories on Early Stage Symposium companies!

Rise of corporate investing topic of Nov. 10 at virtual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium
Emerging firms will pitch Nov. 9, 10 and 11 at virtual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium
Mentor, investor Tim Keane is 2020 inductee to Tech Council’s ‘Investor Hall of Fame’
vFairs to power interactive virtual platform for November Wisconsin Early Stage event
Can Wisconsin lead bio-industrial surge? Find out at 2020 Early Stage Symposium
Vets, students get discounted entry to November Early Stage event
Epic Health Research Network to be featured at 2020 Early Stage Symposium
Long-time angel capital leader to receive ‘Triple E’ award at Early Stage Symposium
Midwest Investors to discuss potential in Wisconsin, region at Early Stage event
Wisconsin ‘Creative Destruction Lab’ to be featured at 2020 Early Stage Symposium
Viral marketing pro, entrepreneur Jacques joins 2020 Early Stage Symposium line-up

We look forward to seeing you online next week!



  • Wisconsin Ag Connection: Wisconsin ranks second nationally for organic farming
  • Wisconsin State Journal: COVID-19 pandemic boosting Wisconsin's $7.8 billion outdoor economy
  • CapTimes: With winter on its way, Madison restaurants scramble to stay alive
  • Spectrum News: Controlling COVID-19 spread to help businesses in Wisconsin
  • IndustryNet: U.S. manufacturing activity surges in October
  • WPR: Where can out-of-work Wisconsinites find jobs?
  • Wall Street Journal: Why fewer semiconductors now say ‘Made in the U.S.A.’
  • CapTimes: Madison panel to hear public testimony on massive Capitol Square development
  • Gov. Evers invests $10 million in Wisconsin nonprofits providing essential services during COVID
  • Wisconsin State Journal: Owner of East, West Towne malls files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection


  • #ESSWI: Emerging firms will pitch Nov. 9, 10 and 11 at virtual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium
  • CNBC: On Shark Tank, Mark Cuban invests $300,000 in Wisconsin company Hug Sleep that started with $2,500
  • Crunchbase: Women leaders are still a rarity at tech unicorns, survey says
  • Cision: UW-Madison professor’s SimpleMachines debuts first-of-its-kind high performance chip
  • WisBusiness: Marquette innovator-in-residence lays out key traits for innovation
  • Crunchbase: SEC changes crowdfunding regulation from $1.07 million to $5 million
  • Pitchbook: Future of immigrant entrepreneurship hinges on the next US president
  • WisBusiness: Abacus uses innovative digital tools to streamline portfolio


  • #ESSWI: Mentor, investor Tim Keane is 2020 inductee to Tech Council’s ‘Investor Hall of Fame’
  • #ESSWI: Rise of corporate investing topic of Nov. 10 at virtual Early Stage Symposium
  • ChicagoINNO: Chingona Ventures lands part of $50 million investment from PayPal
  • BisNow: Global investors don’t care who wins the election — As long as there’s a winner
  • Crunchbase: How this week’s VC funding freeze compares to election years past


  • Wisconsin State Journal: COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin prison system rise again
  • Wall Street Journal: Is it safe to have Thanksgiving? Families face difficult decisions with COVID surge
  • NYTimes: Pregnant women face increased risks from COVID-19
  • WisBusiness: Wisconsin, distributors prepare for COVID-19 vaccine
  • Fox News: Coronavirus infects the mouth. Could that explain patients' taste loss?
  • NYTimes: How are Americans catching the virus? Increasingly, ‘they have no idea’
  • Wall Street Journal: COVID-19 temperature scanners have accuracy issues, security industry says
  • The Guardian: Birx warns U.S. entering ‘deadly phase’ of COVID
  • GE Healthcare: Using Artificial Intelligence to predict COVID-19 severity
  • AP News: Hospitals competing for nurses as U.S. coronavirus cases surge
  • BBC: Algorithm spots 'COVID cough' inaudible to humans
  • CNN: The 'dose' of coronavirus a person gets may determine how sick they get


  • Benzinga: Google teams up with Mayo Clinic to explore AI use in delivering radiotherapy
  • STAT: Omada reports encouraging results on virtual diabetes prevention program
  • The Guardian: Scientists hail earwax test for checking stress hormone levels
  • USA Today: Stem cell therapy saved kids with rare, fatal disease
  • Med City Beat: Mayo Clinic researcher Dr. David Ahlquist, who paved way for Exact Science’s Cologuard, passes way from ALS
  • Wisconsin State Journal: Recommended budget amendments cut from Sheriff's Office to fund mental health


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Please send your upcoming virtual events for consideration to

The Tech Council’s annual Early Stage Symposium will be virtual for the first time from Monday Nov. 9 – Wednesday, Nov. 11

Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is hosting their first-ever virtual Big Night Out with the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Nov. 11

Greater Green Bay Chamber presents Tech Connect: Work in or Advise a Tech Startup on Monday, Nov. 16

WARF Innovation Day has opened registration! This 60-minute event will include four quick pitches, glimpses of cherished UW-Madison places, people and traditions and a moderated Q&A session on Wednesday, Nov. 18

Hyper Innovation offers Fall Innovation and Technology Showcase, enabling university collaboration around applications for emerging tech such as AI, IoT, AR and VR, and how they are applied to digital health and virtual learning/training on Thursday, Nov. 19

Women’s Entrepreneurship Week presents To Bootstrap or to Raise?  Considerations in a COVID-19 World on Friday, Nov. 20

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·       Gov. Evers’ office regularly updates a statewide COVID-19 website that aggregates information and resources throughout state government, including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the departments of Financial Institutions, Revenue and Workforce Development. Some specific sites:

·       The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development produced this FAQ document.

·       The Wisconsin Department of Revenue offers these information sources:

·       The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has guidance for businesses.

·       Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19 Outbreaks in Wisconsin

·       NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers are providing services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers such as connecting businesses that are pivoting their production in response to the coronavirus to new supply chains, connecting firms with state resources, advising companies on new operational issues, and providing workforce support.

·        “Wisconsin COVID-19 Startup Talentis a new project to help those displaced from jobs and employers now hiring

·       Wisconsin Hospital Association releases a COVID-19 dynamic Situational Awareness Update

·       View an interactive map of public wi-fi “hot spots” in Wisconsin

>> WisconsinEye interviews candidates for the Nov. 3 general election.
Click here to watch free on-demand.

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