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Dear readers-                                                                                                                                                                   July 2018

Summer may be a laid-back time for many people, but it has been a bustling time for Wisconsin’s tech-based economy and the Wisconsin Technology Council. Check below for coming events and review our Tech Council News Service summary, which takes note of a number of investments and acquisitions. Coming on the heels of the release of our annual “Wisconsin Portfolio,” that investment activity continues recent growth.

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New Wisconsin venture funds featured July 24 at Innovation Network luncheon

Two additions to the growing venture capital landscape in Wisconsin will be featured; George Arida of 30Ventures and Mike Rodgers of Aurora Health Care’s new venture InvestMKE. They will discuss their funds, investment areas of interest and best ways to connect with teams from each fund based on the recent 2018 Wisconsin Portfolio report on early stage investing in Wisconsin. Click here to register today.

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Early stage deals fell in 2017 but up sharply over five years, Tech Council report shows

The latest edition of “The Wisconsin Portfolio” shows at least 127 Wisconsin early stage companies raised investment capital in 2017, a 71 percent increase from five years ago but an 8 percent decrease from 2016. The 10th annual publication also features a profile on Tom Shannon, the 2017 inductee to the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame; policy highlights and updates; a primer on early stage investing in Wisconsin; and a resource guide. Click here to read the Portfolio in full.
WSTS (Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium) July 30-31

The brightest minds in the Badger State this summer will be in Parkside! This two-day event is the year's signature networking opportunity for University of Wisconsin researchers, students and industry professionals. WSTS provides the opportunity for critical networking and formation of partnerships to encourage interdisciplinary research and help further innovative ideas in Wisconsin. Tom Still moderates a panel on innovation. Registration closed, but plan on attending in 2019!
County, municipal use of artificial intelligence topic of Aug. 9 Tech Council luncheon in Appleton

Learn how a Wisconsin group is working with counties and municipalities to better utilize artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and blockchain. Founded in 2017, Advancing AI Wisconsin helps to bring awareness and collaboration on the impact of AI and other technologies. Oliver Buechse, co-founder, will discuss how these technologies could be utilized in county services. Register here today. 
BBB 2018
Save the date for our Barrels, Bites & Bytes on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Yahara Bay Distillery in Fitchburg!

Join us from 6 - 9 p.m. for a casual evening of local distilled spirits and cocktails, craft beer, live music, great food and social networking to celebrate Wisconsin's innovation and technology culture. Event is open to members and everyone who is a part of the state's tech and startup scene. The Grooving Needles, whose sound includes classic rock hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s, will set the tone with local band members including Frank Byrne.

Follow our Facebook event for more details as we get closer!

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Wisconsin State Journal
: Interactive shopping app Gravy sizzles with millennials
JSOnline: Foxconn, Walker will unveil ‘major economic development’ in Eau Claire
Wisconsin State Journal: Promega Corp.’s $190 million R&D center to be architecturally unique
: The Podcast featuring Lucas Frisbie of StartingBlock Madison
Milwaukee Business Journal: Wisconsin rises to 17 on CNBC’s top states for business list
Milwaukee Business Journal: Digital age prompting new hires by Milwaukee’s biggest firms
JSOnline: Company tracking weather at ground level is named one of the most innovative agtech startups  

WEEK ending JULY 13

WisBusiness: UW-Madison report studies millennials who moved to rural communities Curate’s technology helps boost customers’ timing for business opportunities
: Former Oscar Mayer manager to lead UW Business Engagement Office
WisBusiness: RoWheels: Introduces affordable next-gen wheelchair
Milwaukee Business Journal
: Foxconn launching artificial intelligence partnership with University of Cincinnati

WEEK ending JULY 6

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Christopher Patterson on blockchain technology
Wisconsin Public Radio: Beyond the ballot: Challenges, successes in rural Wisconsin
WisBusiness: Foxconn opening innovation center in Green Bay
JSOnline: Milwaukee startup Frontdesk provides corporate housing for business travelers
JSOnline: Wisconsin tech company says presentation tool makes meetings easier, showcasing its agnostic operating system
Wisconsin State Journal: Zurex Pharma moves toward filing for FDA approval of its surgical antiseptic

WEEK ending JUNE 29

WisBusiness: Donald Trump, during Wisconsin visit, urges Harley-Davidson to keep jobs in U.S.
: IRSC adds new high-tech drone technology, expediting customer information response and enhancing worker safety
Madison Magazine: Wisconsin Coworking Collective launches this summer
WisBusiness: Community support key for early-stage entrepreneurs at StartingBlock
WisPolitics: Mark Hogan: Foxconn’s historic investment in Wisconsin already paying dividends
BizTimes Milwaukee: GE Healthcare to be spun off as standalone company
Milwaukee Business Journal: Tech industry had $27B impact on Milwaukee region in 2017
BizTimes Milwaukee: Four Milwaukee-area companies selected for Ideadvance Seed Fund
Journal Times: Taking a ride to Foxconn: Officials explore transportation options Gunshot-detection technology coming to Wisconsin schools
Milwaukee Business Journal: Why Harley-Davidson, Honda, Chrysler and other big names are buying this small Milwaukee company’s software
: Plans underway for new $60M Exact Sciences HQ in Madison
Wisconsin State Journal: Epic's medical scheduling system for veterans draws initial cheers
WisBusiness: 10 Newtons teaching the science of touch

WEEK ending JUNE 22

BizTimes Milwaukee: Foxconn aiming to hire 3,000 veterans
CapTimes: Tech and entrepreneurship hub 100state changes leaders
Milwaukee Business Journal: Adam moves from banker to a tech success story
Milwaukee Business Journal
: Northwestern Mutual, Marquette and UWM partner on $40M data science institute
The Wheeler Report: Tom Still talks “white spaces” on #LocalGovMatters podcast
BizTimes Milwaukee
: Medical College endowment awards $1.7 million to statewide health initiatives
Milwaukee Business Journal: Gateway Tech adding aquaponics studies based on employer demand
Milwaukee Business Journal: African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin launches business accelerator
WARF: Seeking Begins with an Idea
Release: Foxconn to adopt world-class water recycling technology at Wisconn Valley Tech Park
Milwaukee Business Journal: Foxconn’s Milwaukee HQ viewed as potential catalyst for struggling neighborhoods
bizwomen: Tech startup Tilr adds 12 new markets

WEEK ending JUNE 15

: The Podcast with Andrew Verboncouer of Digital Fertilizer
WisBusiness: UWM and Foxconn announce engineering co-op program
WisBusiness: Milwaukee Ald. Rainey: Milwaukee must be courageous enough to embrace new tech
WisBusiness: The Podcast with Mike Semmann, co-founder for Advancing AI Wisconsin
Release: ThedaCare finalizes acquisition of Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology

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InsideWis: Competency based education can help close Wisconsin’s workforce gap 
InsideWis: What President Trump is missing in his odd feud with Harley-Davidson 
: Technologies on display at Foxconn event will help drive Wisconsin’s economy 
InsideWis: Early stage investing in Wisconsin has more players, but deal trends ebb and flow 

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Episode 209: Covers Tech Metrics, Tom Still commentary; interview with Dan Brooks 
Episode 208: Includes photos from WiTreps 2018, Tom Still commentary, interview with Sherry Zhang 
Episode 207: Covers Tech Metrics, Tom Still commentary; interview with Jennifer Javornik 


Milwaukee Business Journal: Madison fertilizer tech firm raises $15M for product expansion, venture with General Mills
BizTimes Milwaukee: Wisconsin startups raised more than $100 million in venture capital in Q2
Release: Gregor Diagnostics Closes $900k in Seed Financing
Milwaukee Business Journal: Snugb raising capital for commercial launch of interconnected baby monitoring system
: Fasetto, a hardware development company in Superior, raised $7 million of a $10 million target round.
BizTimes Milwaukee
: Rock River Capital Partners close to reaching $25 million fundraising goal
Wisconsin State Journal: Cooking up natural deodorant and balms smells sweet for Blue Mounds entrepreneur
WisBusiness: Midwestern BioAg has completed a $15 million funding round
: Engineered Propulsion Systems, a New Richmond-based plane engine manufacturer, has raised over $1.4 million of a $5 million target investment round.
: Milwaukee biotech firm TAI Diagnostics has raised over $12.8 million in a recent funding round to support upcoming clinical trials
BizTimes Milwaukee: Digital Measures acquired by New York-based tech company Watermark
JSOnline: These 5 venture capital deals made 2017 the second-highest fundraising year on record for Wisconsin
BizTimes Milwaukee: Rockwell invests in New York startup
BizTimes Milwaukee
: Foxconn working on Wisconsin venture capital fund
Wisconsin State Journal
: Madison fishing startup Fishidy hooked by Oregon marine electronics firm
BizTimes Milwaukee: 30Ventures raising $15 million venture capital fund

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EVENTS YOU CAN'T MISS - Save the dates:

July 24: New Wisconsin venture funds 30Ventures and InvestMKE featured
Sheraton Hotel, Madison
September 18: Innovation Network-West
Location TBA
August 9: County, municipal use of AI in Wisconsin
Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton
September 25: Innovation Network-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, Madison
August 28: Innovation Network-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, Madison
October 11: Innovation Network-Northeast
Location TBA
September 13: Innovation Network-Milwaukee
UWM Innovation Accelerator, Wauwatosa
October 16: Innovation Network-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, Madison


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