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Wearables in Wisconsin: Join us at Jan. 12 Innovation Network-Milwaukee
From military and medical equipment, to smart watches and headphones, the market for wearable technology continues to explode. Learn about this rapidly growing technology sector at the Thursday, Jan. 12 meeting of the Tech Council’s Innovation Network in Wauwatosa. Tech Council President Tom Still will moderate as a panel of experts from around Wisconsin discuss their work with wearable technologies and what lies ahead for the state. They are: Zhenqiang “Jack” Ma, professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at UW-Madison; David Troup, CEO and founder of Xensr; and Andrew Hampel, CEO and co-founder of Seiva Technologies. Please note: Pre-registration for this event is sold out. Walk-ins welcome to register on-site for standing room only.

Extending high-quality broadband statewide topic of Innovation Network lunch in Madison
Is Wisconsin making progress when it comes to extending high-quality broadband coverage to all parts of the state? Find out Jan. 24 at the Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon meeting in Madison. A panel of experts will describe the “Connect America Fund 2” and how this federal initiative stands to help in many communities through a number of providers. Panelists include: Jim Jermain, regional vice president of external affairs, AT&T Wisconsin; Carl Ruedebusch, Wisconsin developer, investor and chairman of the Vilas County Economic Development Corp.; and Angie Dickison, Wisconsin state broadband director.


How Fox Valley firms raised angel, venture: Learn more Feb. 9 at Innovation Network-Northeast

Hear from two emerging firms in the Fox Valley on the ins and outs of raising angel and venture capital during the Thursday, Feb. 9 meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Appleton. The luncheon is in partnership with the Forum for Innovation, which will focus on high-growth companies in the region, and NEW North, the regional economic development group. It will be held at the Fox Valley Technical College D.J. Bordini Center, 5 N. Systems Drive, conference center BC112A.


Veteran mentors on call for Biz Plan Contest entrants

Experienced mentors from across Wisconsin will be available to offer advice to contestants during the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Initial entries of 250 words are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. There is no cost to enter. Visit for more information and to get started. Over time, the contest has led to valuable public and media exposure for the top business plans and spurred economic growth in Wisconsin. Finalists will share in more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Questions about the contest, contact Angela Schlobohm at To become a sponsor email Tammy Ehrmann at


Michigan VC leader to keynote March 27 Tech Summit

Chris Rizik, the chief executive officer and fund manager for the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund in Michigan, will be the featured speaker at the 2017 Wisconsin Tech Summit, to be held March 27 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha. Rizik leads what is essentially a corporate “fund of funds” that was launched by some of Michigan’s largest companies with the goal of improving the state’s economic diversity while achieving a strong return on investment. The Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, along with Cintrifuse in Cincinnati, are the leading examples of such funds. Read Tom Still’s recent column on those funds here. The fourth annual Tech Summit is a “speed dating” event for major companies and emerging firms, who may apply to meet with the major companies in a series of 15-minute meetings throughout the day. Learn more about this year’s Tech Summit and past summits here.

‘Wisconsin YES!’ student business plan contest open for middle, high school entries through April 3, 2017 Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 3, 2017. Public, private and home-schooled students across Wisconsin are eligible to turn their science- and tech-related ideas into business plans and compete for cash and prizes. The contest begins with a 250-word summary submitted through Entries that advance to Phase 2 of the competition will expand their idea into a 1,000-word executive summary. Throughout the process, students get feedback from professionals across Wisconsin who will serve as judges. Questions about the contest, contact Angela Schlobohm at To become a sponsor email Tammy Ehrmann at

Tech Council at annual CompTIA DC Fly-In

The Wisconsin Technology Council is participating in the annual 2017 CompTIA D.C. Fly-In, which is organized by TECNA (Technology Councils of North America) and CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association.) Tom Still, president of the Tech Council, will attend this two-day event in Washington, D.C., to represent Wisconsin’s technology-related companies and our members who share a goal of growing the technology sectors in Wisconsin. The fly-in takes place Feb. 14-15, 2017, and will include visits to congressional offices. For more information, click here.
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Release: Quincy Bioscience vehemently denies FTC allegations, vows to fight complaint

Milwaukee Business Journal: Madison VC firms participate in Networked Insights’ $30M funding round

Xconomy: A year after CEO’s departure, Quintessence remains ‘dormant’ Jango Bio working on stem cell treatment to fight effects of aging

Release: Exact Sciences to report $99 million in revenues, 150 percent growth for 2016

Milwaukee Business Journal: Wantable expanding into men’s shopping services

BizTimes: Access HealthNet to move to new space, hire 50

WisBusiness: YPWeek expands to include 25 communities, 2017 Bubbler Awards applications open

WisBusiness: SimplifIDe may change how employers and workers protect data

Xconomy: Titan Spine, Alfred, IoT, & more: This week’s Wisconsin watchlist

Milwaukee Business Journal: EAA making ‘Shark Tank’-style competition an annual event

SBIR Advance: New solicitation round now open! New solicitation round now open!

WTN News: State tech company Envision IT aiming for first place in global innovation competition

JSOnline: Leinweber: Venture capital wish list

JSOnline: Cordio: Startups to watch in 2017

JSOnline: Silicon Pastures aims to spur exports to Korea

JSOnline: Titan Spine’s new medical devices could set it apart

JSOnline: UW-Madison says state cuts threaten research stature

Release: PreventionGenetics releases comprehensive miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death panel

Xconomy: Exact Sciences, Fiserv, OneEvent, & more: This week’s WI watchlist Cellular Dynamics plans move to Verona

WisBusiness: Lynx Biosciences strives to become the missing link in cancer therapy

Release: Get a “first look” at 9 emerging energy companies

Milwaukee Business Journal: Milwaukee’s own ‘Shark Tank’ type show will debut in February

WisBusiness: Fetch Rewards: Passes 10 million items purchased

Release: High-tech small businesses could receive up to $75,000 from SBIR Advance matching grant

WisBusiness: NEW North: Annual report to the community now available online

WisBusiness: Fetch Rewards: Passes 10 million items purchased Catalyze extends domain expertise with chief operating officer appointment

Xconomy: Panel: healthcare innovation has lagged, but future could be bright

WisPolitics: Gov. Walker: Announces grants to minority business organizations

WisBusiness: OneEvent Technologies beats out competition for most innovative company award

WisBusiness: Simply Incredible Foods aims to naturally take bitterness out of berries

WisBusiness: Polco applies the power of “crowd sourcing” to local government StartingBlock gives plan commission virtual reality tour of spark building

WisBusiness: Insulete could hold the cure for Type 1 diabetes

Wisconsin Public Radio: Wisconsin experts confident about renewable energy’s future, even under Trump

WisBusiness: StartingBlock Madison uses state-of-the-art virtual reality modeling for new innovation hub

Exact Sciences: Cologuard available to Humana members as in-network colon cancer screening option 


Still in JSOnline: Demographics pose problems for Wisconsin’s workforce

InsideWis: Walker previewing a comprehensive approach to workforce growth

InsideWis: Ask not for whom the road tolls: Wisconsin, it may someday toll for thee

Still in JSOnline: UW System faces stiff competition for tax dollars

InsideWis: Holiday perks includes naughty and nice in Wisconsin politics

InsideWis: Attracting, retaining workers in Wisconsin requires more than job postings


Episode 179: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Buddy Arnheim of Perkins Coie

Episode 178: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Shontra Powell of Golden Angels

Episode 177: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Michael Ertmer of Bunker Labs

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Xconomy: Arrowhead nets $9.6M investment from U.K.-Based Silence Therapeutics

JSOnline: Wisconsin ‘angel’ investors getting earlier starts

BizTimes: Titan Spine raises Series B funding

Xconomy: Xemex raises $250K for adhesive-mixing nozzle Madison draws a startup from Chicago with a novel way to track cancer

Milwaukee Business Journal: ParqEx, ‘Airbnb of parking,’ raises $1.3M led by Wisconsin investors

TechCrunch: 11 reasons we didn’t invest in your company

BizTimes: Wantable raises Series C round

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