Dear readers, February 2019

In its sixth year, the Wisconsin Tech Summit has become a valuable forum for major companies in search of innovation to supplement their own efforts and emerging companies in search of business partners. The March 18 summit at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field has added significance this year, as it represents the budding alliance between the Packers, Microsoft, TitleTownTech, the UW-Green Bay and other community leaders to build a stronger regional economy. It also reflects our own partnership with the Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum, which fosters better connections between healthcare providers and the “producers” of innovative ideas. Stay tuned for more news about the summit and how you may take part. If you’re an emerging company, don’t forget to apply by Feb. 20 for “speed dates” with the 20 major companies.


Tom Still, president

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Participating major firms are Accuray, Associated Bank, AT&T, Advocate Aurora Health, Aurora Research Institute, CGI, Dedicated Computing, Exact Sciences, GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls, Marshfield Clinic Health Systems, Microsoft, Northwestern Mutual, Promega, Rockwell Automation, Schneider, UW Health, VersitiWEA Trust and WIPFLiEmerging companies may apply through Feb. 20 to be eligible for possible “speed dates” with the major firms. Repeat emerging companies and funds are welcome to apply. More information, including an application form, can be found at
"Intrepid Insights" interview and podcast with Derek Notman and Tom Still.
Derek Notman of Intrepid Wealth Partners interviews Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. Topics include how the Tech Council came to be, Tom's experience and journey, entrepreneurship and how the Tech Council team, including its board of directors, work together to accomplish so much. Watch them in full here

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Browsing WARF, WiSys portfolios for industry topic of Feb. 19 luncheon in Eau Claire
More than 3,000 homegrown, academic discoveries are available for licensing by industries in Wisconsin – and it’s not that hard to shop for what you need. Panelists are Jennifer Cook of WiSys, which patents technologies developed through 11 UW System universities and licenses those inventions to companies; and Greg Keenan of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which is among the oldest and most successful technology transfer offices in the nation and is the designated patent and licensing organization for the UW-Madison. Register here

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50 years later, industrial hemp back in Wisconsin: Learn more at Feb. 26 Innovation Network luncheon in Madison
From licensing rules to inspections to research, learn more about the uses and legalization of industrial hemp in Wisconsin. Panelists are Bill Barker at UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Brian Kuhn of the Bureau of Plant Industry at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; and State Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, the author of 2018 legislation legalizing industrial hemp in the state. Register here

Foxconn R&D center in Green Bay topic of Tech Council network luncheon on Feb. 28 in Green Bay
Plans for the Foxconn Technology Group’s innovation center in Green Bay will be discussed at the Thursday, Feb. 28 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon meeting. C.P. “Tank” Murdoch, senior manager of projects for the company, has been invited to talk about the coming development of Foxconn Place Green Bay in downtown Green Bay, which is expected to create 200 jobs over time. Foxconn has acquired The WaterMark, a six-story building along the Fox River in Green Bay at 301 N. Washington St. Register here

SmartCity  How 'smart' is your city? Learn more at March 7 Tech Council event in Wauwatosa
Learn how Wisconsin is working toward creating 'smart cities' and what that will mean for those communities. Panelists include Jerry Deschane, executive director at League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Dr. Yue Liu, professor at UW-Milwaukee's College of Engineering and Applied Science who received a $1.5 million grant to study smart cities, and other experts to be announced. Register here

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GUEST COLUMN: South of the controversial border: Mexico is a tech player

Mexico is a nation of contrasting images and clichés, both positive and negative. Thoughts of our southern neighbor often conjure images of outstanding cuisine, tasty libations such as tequila and Corona and beautiful beaches.

Yet today, people around the world, including Americans, are often more prone to ponder Mexico’s more negative stereotypes. The name “Mexico” may trigger thoughts of corruption, cartels, poverty and more, but there is another Mexico we often hear little about.

Since the implementation of free trade in the North American region in 1994, economic relations between the United States, Canada and Mexico have grown exponentially. Today Mexico is America’s third-largest trading partner only behind China and Canada while Wisconsin depends only on Canada more than it does Mexico with regards to foreign trade.

Read full column by Tech Council Innovation Network member IIB Consulting.

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GUEST COLUMN: If you think your email is secure, think again!

There are many things making the news headlines these days. There is one story that isn't getting the attention it deserves; that being, the war to secure your email.

Attacks on email have been occurring for years, but the attack activity since March 2018 has been unprecedented. Hackers are successfully compromising user accounts at an alarming rate and expanding their attacks by making use of the accounts they compromise. The purpose of the attacks varies: Some are meant to steal money, some are meant to embarrass you, others are meant to extort you into paying a ransom to the hacker.

The sophistication is getting better, and the hackers are leveraging cloud-based technologies to aid them in their attacks. They are making use of data on the “dark web” about you to make their attacks more credible by piecing together information about you.

Read full column by Tech Council Innovation Network member Aberdean Consulting.


Week of February 4

WisBusiness: The Podcast with partners for Rock River Capital Partners
Milwaukee Business Journal: Is Milwaukee gaining on Madison as tech hub?
Milwaukee Business Journal: UW-Whitewater becomes hub for entrepreneurs, startups
WisBusiness: UW Health: Mackie brings expansive entrepreneurial talent to lead new innovation initiative
BizTimes Milwaukee: M7 awards second round of Capital Catalyst loans and grants
Milwaukee Business Journal: Wisconsin universities push tech limits
Xconomy: WI Watchlist: Epic Systems, M-WERC, Nordic, Dianomi Therapeutics
WisBusiness: Local Hospitals, emergency responders partnering to save lives in Dane County through app
WKOW: Capital City Sunday: The future of Foxconn & Clean Wisconsin
WisBusiness: Companies at StartingBlock Madison raised over $15.3 million in 2018.
Xconomy: George Mosher, Milwaukee startup investor & philanthropist, has died
TechCrunch: Bird CEO on scooter startup copycats, unit economics, safety and seasonality
Insight: Incubating innovation: Brown County positions itself as a hub for entrepreneurship
JSOnline: After discussions with Trump, Foxconn says it will build factory in Racine County
Xconomy: UAS Laboratories grabs $21.7M for probiotics manufacturing business
CapTimes: Madison startups combine free enterprise and public service
Xconomy: Packers, Microsoft play to Green Bay’s strengths with TitletownTech

Week of January 28

Marquette University: Study finds a brief assessment of patient readiness for hospital discharge can reduce readmissions
WisBusiness: Testin, Kurtz project Wisconsin will be top hemp producer within a decade
Urban Milwaukee: UWM’s new home for entrepreneurs: Lubar Entrepreneurship Center
UW News: Undergrads design ventilator device; form company to aid newborns during surgery
WisBusiness: The Podcast with Dave Grandin, president and CEO of Kiio
GrowWire: Why Madison, Wisconsin is a model for the next great tech hubs
Milwaukee Business Journal: In Milwaukee, a startup’s dollar goes further than in Silicon Valley
BusinessWire: Redox revenues and customer base soar in 2018
BizTimes Milwaukee: 12 Wisconsin companies make Forbes ‘Best Employers for Diversity’ list
WisBusiness: WEDC: Wisconsin ranks third in winning health and life science business grants
WisBusiness: ManpowerGroup finds 87 percent plan to hire or maintain current employment levels as a result of automation

Week of January 21
WisBusiness: The Podcast with Erin Rasmussen for the American Wine Project
Wisbusiness: WI Watchlist: Fiserv, Promega, Arrowhead, Basic-code, EnSync & More
Milwaukee Business Journal: Wisconsin among top 10 states for women entrepreneurs
BizTimes Milwaukee: Milwaukee entrepreneur appears on ‘Shark Tank’
WisBusiness: Concordia researchers exploring new health care treatments
WTMJ4: Could Milwaukee be the next tech hub for startups? Local 'treps think so
WisBusiness: Promega building a new R&D facility in Fitchburg, with up to $1.5 million in tax credit assistance from the state.
Wisconsin State Journal: Tony Evers: Expand economic development to include affordable worker housing
WUWM: Economic “opportunity zones” offer promise amid concerns
WisBusiness: Evers says budget likely to include ‘first step’ toward legalizing medical marijuana
WisBusiness: We Energies: Launches largest approved solar energy program in Wisconsin
WisBusiness: Researchers testing cell therapy for viral infections

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Release: ImageMoverMD raises $4 million to automatically connect medical images with electronic patient records
WisBusiness: VC investor calls for funds to co-invest with larger out-of-state firms
Forbes: Healthcare venture capital funding is off to a record start In 2019
PRNewswire: Dianomi Therapeutics receives investment from Ligand Pharmaceuticals: Technology developed at the UW-Madison
WisBusiness: Fasetto, a hardware and software firm based in Superior, has closed on a $6 million investment round, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

WisBusiness: Production set to rise at NorthStar facility in Beloit
BizWomen: Founders feel more empowered, but still face funding challenges
Milwaukee Business Journal: Foxconn’s Woo assures Gov. Evers, Milwaukee officials company still committed to Wisconsin
BizTimes Milwaukee: Goods Unite Us raises $500,000
BizTimes Milwaukee: gener8tor founders to step back from running accelerators
BizTimes Milwaukee: Brookfield sales software firm raising investor funding
Xconomy: Fiserv to buy First Data for $22B as fintech consolidation continues
Xconomy: After 33 exits in 5 years, WI seeks “more and bigger” startup deals
BizTimes Milwaukee: Phoenix Nuclear raising $15 million from investors
NYTimes: More start-ups have an unfamiliar message for venture capitalists: Get lost
BizTimes Milwaukee: Wisconsin venture capital funding up 90% in 2018
BizTimes Milwaukee: Northwestern Mutual exec von Tobel leaving, forming $200 million venture capital fund

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