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The 2017 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference is on the horizon with a compelling line-up of speakers, panelists, awards, pitches and networking. Please join us June 6-7 at Union South on the UW-Madison campus for the 15th annual conference, where the theme is “Find your seat at the table.” Featured speakers are Arvind Subramanian, a national expert in health information technology and president of HealthMyne; Alan Webber, founder of “Fast Company” and the author of books on business and entrepreneurship; and Zach Halmstad, co-founder of Jamf, an Eau Claire software company with $110 million in annual sales. Register now for your seat at the table! (And don’t worry about finding parking… our web site tells you how.)

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Health IT expert Arvind Subramanian to speak June 7 at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

Arvind Subramanian, CEO of Madison-based HealthMyne, will talk about trends in healthcare technology and more to a crowd of entrepreneurs, investors and others the morning of June 7th at the 15th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference at Madison’s Union South. Subramanian is the president and chief executive officer of venture capital-backed HealthMyne Inc. He brings 26 years of healthcare technology experience, primarily in diagnostic imaging and healthcare information, to the Madison-based company.

Fast Company founder, author Alan Webber to speak June 7 at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

Alan Webber, co-founder of Fast Company magazine and author of “Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self,” will speak June 7 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference at Union South in Madison. Visit to register and learn more. “Early bird” registration is open through May 15 and special hotel rates apply through mid-May.

Make a splash, not a crater: High-impact ‘treps topic of May 11 Innovation Network luncheon

Learn about being a high-impact entrepreneur in Northeast Wisconsin from Kurt Brenkus, founder and CEO of Indigenous Pact, during the Thursday, May 11 meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Appleton. Prior to Indigenous Pact, Brenkus was founder and CEO of Aver Inc., chief information officer for National Audit and chief of staff at United Healthcare.


Workforce disrupter: ‘Gig economy’ May 23 topic at Tech Council Innovation Network lunch in Madison

As temporary positions become common and with more organizations contracting for short-term engagements, the “gig economy” has arrived in force. Learn how the gig economy is changing traditional business models at the May 23 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon meeting in Madison. The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m.


Technology Law Seminar 2017: Dissecting a Data Breach and Mitigating the Risks

Every company faces risks relating to data privacy and security. The concern is no longer if a data breach will occur, but when. Yet most companies are not adequately prepared for a potential breach or loss of data. Join Husch Blackwell, M3 Insurance, Sikich and the Wisconsin Technology Council on May 10 for an in-depth discussion of the risks that data breaches pose to large and small companies, what to expect when confronted with one and how to mitigate the effects of a breach. The Tech Council’s Tom Still will lead a mock breach exercise.


Virtual reality: It’s a real force in Wisconsin Learn more at June 27 Innovation Network lunch

Virtual reality has become a solution to real-world problems by allowing information to be shared earlier and more effectively. Hear Shannon Lory, a partner in Wisconsin-based Arch Virtual, discuss how virtual reality tools are adding measurable value to business and education at the Tuesday, June 27, Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon meeting in Madison. The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m.


From social media to health tech to drones, Biz Plan Contest finalists show state’s tech range

Twenty-six entries representing sectors as broad as social media, health technologies and innovations in products or services are competing in the finalist round of the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. The contestants have survived two rounds of judging in the contest organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council and its sponsors and volunteers. A lead sponsor is the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.


Twenty-four entries advance to second phase in ‘Wisconsin YES!’ youth biz plan contest

A statewide panel of judges have selected 24 entries to advance to Phase 2 of Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school. Students submitted their science- and tech-based 250-word business summaries through the contest website – – in April to compete in Phase 1. One hundred and forty-eight entries were received from around the state, a record number of entries since the inception of the contest.

Western Technical College Presents “Where technology is going and how it affects your business”

Tom Still will discuss the advanced industry jobs that are swiftly changing our economy and how we work. He will also inform the attendees about the various state initiatives which are affecting businesses in our area and the state of Wisconsin. Join Western Technical College as they explore what you should know that could affect your business.


14 days left to help create a world without blood cancers!

Cassidy Wartenweiler, development & member relations director of the Wisconsin Technology Council, is a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Man & Woman of the Year campaign. She and her team have spent the last nine weeks diligently raising money for LLS in support of its longstanding mission to find a cure for blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. There are only 14 days left and your donation will prevent someone from losing a child, sibling, parent or loved one. Thank you in advance for your generous support.


Join the community and host a 2017 Wisconsin Science Festival event!

During four days each fall, hundreds of venues around Wisconsin participate in the Wisconsin Science Festival, a statewide celebration that connects people with science, technology, engineering, art and math. This year's festival will be held November 2–5, and you're invited to become one of the many event hosts. Click here to learn more.

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Xconomy: Epic, UW Spinoffs, CDI and More: This week’s Wisconsin watchlist

JSOnline: Wisconsin gains national attention as start-up technology hub

Release: Central Wisconsin March for Science set for Earth Day, April 22

Release: PreventionGenetics receives New York license for genetic tests

WisBusiness: EnsoData cleared by FDA for sleep software

WisBusiness: The Podcast with KaleidoCare’s Bridget Krueger

CapTimes: Her way: Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner talks about trusting her vision

WisBusiness: Ideadvance Seed Fund program newly open to most UW alumni

Madison Startups: Lucigen partners with Illumina

WisBusiness: Tech industry adds over 3,900 jobs in 2016

Milwaukee Business Journal: EatStreet hires former Duluth Trading marketing executive

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Lynx Bioscience’s Chorom Pak


InsideWis: Wisconsin entrepreneurs succeed by surviving in a competitive world

Still in JSOnline: Milwaukee’s life sciences landscape is sprouting

InsideWis: At the UW-Madison, challenges to R&D success aren’t being swept under rug

InsideWis: In Logistics Health founder Don Weber, military veterans have an entrepreneurial model

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Episode 186: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Buckley Brinkman of WCMP

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Xconomy: SmartUQ scoops up $1.9M for simulation analytics software

Release: AkitaBox closes $1.1 million seed round

BizTimes: Built to sell: Stories of successful exits

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Madison Startups: Report ranks 2016 venture funding

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Tech Council Innovation Network membership:
Experience for yourself why the Innovation Network has been a Tech Council tradition for over a decade.
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!

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations that have recently joined or renewed their  memberships

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Need help finding the membership level right for you?
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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.

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June 6-7: Entrepreneurs' Conference
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June 27: Innovation Network-Madison
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UWM Innovation Accelerator, Wauwatosa

July 25: Innovation Network-Madison
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