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Dear readers-

In its fifth year, the Wisconsin Tech Summit continues to grow. Eighteen major companies will hold about 230 “speed date” meetings with about 80 emerging companies. Read on for details about the March 19 event. Our Wisconsin Governor’s Business Content is in full swing, and our Wisconsin YES! youth contest is approaching an April 2 entry deadline. In addition, upcoming Tech Council Innovation Network events will focus on manufacturing tech and a successful entrepreneur in northeast Wisconsin. Hope to see you soon!

Tom Still, president

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Linking the I-Q Corridor: Tech Summit speakers will highlight ties to academic research, talent

Speakers who exemplify academic research and talent initiatives in the Milwaukee-Madison corridor and statewide will speak March 19 at the fifth annual Wisconsin Tech Summit in Waukesha. Phyllis King, part of the leadership of UW-Milwaukee, and Erik Iverson, the managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, will bracket a day’s worth of “speed dating” meetings between major and emerging companies.

Registration is closed due to high demand.


50 plans advance to semi-finals in 2018 Gov’s Biz Plan Contest

Fifty entries from 28 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 15th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced. The contestants were selected from a field of about 200 qualified first-round entries by an independent panel of 110 judges organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council and its programs, the Tech Council Innovation Network and the Tech Council Investor Networks. The semi-finalists reflect the diversity of Wisconsin’s economy and are spread among four broad categories: advanced manufacturing (11), business services (13), information technology (13) and life sciences (13).


Federal role in manufacturing, cybersecurity topic of March 27 Innovation Network lunch

Helping Wisconsin manufacturers of all sizes compete by improving production processes, adding technology capacity and enhancing cybersecurity will be the theme of the Tuesday, March 27 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon meeting in Madison. A panel of experts will describe the work of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a 30-year-old federal program, and the National Institute of Standard and Technology, which provides advice on Internet of Things, blockchain and cybersecurity among other services and research.

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Hear from high-impact founder Craig Dickman at April 12 Innovation Network luncheon

Learn about being a high-impact entrepreneur in northeast Wisconsin from Craig Dickman, founder and former chief executive officer of Breakthrough Fuel, during the Thursday, April 12, meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Appleton. Breakthrough Fuel is an energy management company that helps shippers around the world better manage costs through providing real-time fuel price data, effective fuel management strategies and transparency in procurement. The luncheon will be held at the Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton.

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Wisconsin YES! youth biz plan contest open for entries online

The countdown is under way for middle- and high-school students to enter Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest. It is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 2, 2018. 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

Force for Positive Change

Force for Positive Change
Registration is open! Secure your seat for a day of engaging speakers, sessions and awards for social entrepreneurship. Speakers include representatives from American Family Insurance, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters, the Ashoka Foundation, Incourage, social enterprises of all kinds, Marquette University President MIchael Lovell and Wisconsin philanthropists John and Tashia Morgridge. Click here for more information and a full agenda.

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Learn more about partnerships between businesses and early care and education providers on April 17 at the Madison Central Library. Speakers include: Ann Stern, vice president of Tri-North Builders; Mark Tyler, CEO of OEM Fabrications; and Ruth Schmidt, executive director of WECA. Click here to learn more and register.


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News Roundup: Construction set to start soon on Foxconn’s new plant in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Business Journal: Fast-growing Milwaukee startup Bright Cellars ramps up hiring for growth

Release: Wisconsin Hospital Association report shows dropping rates of hospital-acquired infections in 2017

BizTimes Milwaukee: Marquette and WARF to award $100,000 to social entrepreneurship groups

Madison Startups: SBIR Advance Grant open for phase II projects

Marquette: Dangerous waters

WisBusiness: Mercury Marine using data in new ways while pushing sustainability

Release: WiSys is seeking a strategic partner for a motion measuring device

Wisconsin Public Radio: Northern Wisconsin leaders frustrated with lack of broadband service and rates

WisBusiness: ThedaCare recognized for efforts to reduce heart attacks, strokes

WisBusiness: Business leaders, lawmakers sound the alarm on Trump’s call for tariffs

WARF: On the shoulders of giants: Innovation and the Wisconsin Idea the old-fashioned way

WisBusiness: WEA Trust: Increased member engagement results in lower healthcare spend

WisBusiness: WERCBench Labs: Launches 8-week program

Milwaukee Business Journal: Aurora Health Care to retain stake in insurance venture after merger with Advocate

WisBusiness: Report ranks Wisconsin slightly higher for health measures

BizTimes: Ward4 to celebrate female founders

BizTimes: Firefighter directional device wins $10,000 prize on ‘Project Pitch It’

Release: Wisconsin leaders unite around innovation and the Wisconsin Idea

WisBusiness: New imaging agent production system predicted to reduce shortage risk

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center: Facilities Days Open House 2018

WisconsinEye: Tech Council Innovation luncheon: Extending high-quality broadband

WisBusiness: Connect Americans Now: Applauds Wisconsin’s broadband resolution

WisBusiness: NEWaukee: Night Market returns for its fifth year on Wisconsin Avenue

BizTimes: gener8tor adds Cincinnati accelerator

Release: Dohmen to sell Dohmen Life Science Services to JLL Partners, Water Street Healthcare Partners

WisBusiness: TV white space could be used to expand rural broadband

BizTimes: David & Goliath – Corporations give startups a leg up

WisBusiness: Walker’s plan for Kimberly-Clark lauded by Fox Cities economic developer

TechCrunch: AT&T names Atlanta, Dallas and Waco first of 12 US cities to get 5G wireless

Green Bay Press Gazette: Co-working spaces close to opening downtown Green Bay up to innovators

WisPolitics: UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health: Mobile app reduced alcohol and drug use

Release: Understory Receives Patent for Mechanical Strain-Based Weather Sensor Technology

WisBusiness: gBETA expanding to Indianapolis


InsideWis: Where broadband access is good, local businesses can go global

InsideWis: Wisconsin has much to lose if a true ‘trade war’ breaks out

InsideWis: Continued progress on Wisconsin broadband will require mix of technologies

InsideWis: In President Trump’s Washington, people in both parties looking for clarity


Episode 200: Covers Tech Metrics, Tom Still commentary; interview with Dave Grandin

Episode 199: Covers Tech Metrics, Tom Still commentary; interview with Caitlin Lu

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BizTimes: basic-code raises seed round

Milwaukee Business Journal: GE Healthcare deal in hand, Brookfield startup adding employees, raising millions

WisBusiness: Dohmen Constellations becomes state’s first benefit corporation

WEDC: Fewer companies securing investment in 2017 than in 2016

Release: Ideadvance Seed Fund Pursues Past & Present UW System Colleagues

WisBusiness: BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation: Announces new investments

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March 19: Wisconsin Technology Summit
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March 22: Force for Positive Change
Marquette University, Milwaukee

March 27: Innovation Network-Madison
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April 12: Innovation Network-Northeast
Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton

April 17: Wisconsin Strong!
Madison Central Library, Madison

April 12-13: Facilities Days Open House 2018
Union South, Madison

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