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May 21, 2020

Dear readers: 

One of the fascinating success stories in Wisconsin over the past decade has been the rise of Exact Sciences, which was on its last legs in Boston, Mass., when a couple of savvy business people from Madison moved it to town in hopes of finding a better way to combat colon cancer. Eleven years and many ups and downs later, Exact Sciences is a precision oncology company -- yet agile enough to pitch in to the fight against COVID-19. Chairman and CEO Kevin Conroy humbly credits everyone but himself, but his body of work has earned him the 2020 Ken Hendrick Memorial Seize the Day award from the Tech Council and its steering committee for the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. Please read more below and take part in the virtual conference to hear more from Conroy.

Stay tuned as we roll out more highlights of the annual conference in the coming days.

Click here to register here for the conference!

Make sure to check out our newsroom below for fast-changing information about Wisconsin’s reopening process.

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Registration now open for our ‘virtual’ Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference!

We recently announced that Brian Pinkerton, Apple’s chief architect for Siri and a graduate of the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences, will speak June 4 during the
Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Conference on a virtual platform that will offer plenty of interaction with attendees.

Click here to read the conference press releases: (* NEW)
* Exact Sciences CEO Kevin Conroy to receive the 2020 'Seize the Day' award June 4 at 'treps conference *
Five interactive workshops to target post-COVID strategies at June 4 Entrepreneurs' Conference
Panels at virtual Entrepreneurs’ Conference will focus on COVID-19 economic recovery 

‘Virtual’ Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference will offer plenty of ways for attendees to engage
‘Siri, did you know your boss will speak June 4 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference?’

We’ll announce more conference highlights soon, including engaging ways for attendees to network among themselves and presenters. Nothing beats live, but this will come close! Among the features of the conference over time have been the Governor’s Business Plan Contest (see more below) and a presentation by the winner of the Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, or YES!, contest. A full release on the young people advancing in that competition is linked here, as well.

Please stay tuned for more about panel discussions, workshops and special networking activities.                                                                    
Register here!


The BPC class of 2020: Finalist profiles

The Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest began in late January and will culminate June 4 during the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. Some contest finalists were profiled by senior and graduate students in a UW-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication capstone class. Visit, our “Student Stories” and our BPC website to see more stories about these young companies. Today’s feature story is about “Güd Medical.”

Güd Medical offers a less expensive yet precise IV tool to the medical world 
By Alexis Terry

Madison-based Güd Medical is striving to be a leader in delivering medicine and intravenous fluids as precisely as possible. 

In hospitals across the world, there is a common theme: people and trauma. In urgent cases, intravenous or “IV” compound medications are often used in order to help people and deliver essential medicines.

Intravenous technologies are even used in non-hospital circumstances such as in research, dentistry and veterinary applications. When it comes to blood samples, mixing medications, or dosing medication, IV is the “go-to” method.  Click here to read the full story.


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Our Business Plan Contestants could use your support!

We announced a crop of 28 finalists in the 2020 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest this week, and we’re looking forward to the competition entering the next phase. If you’re able to contribute services to the prize kitty – legal, accounting, consulting, office space, media and design, cash or something else a young company might want – please contact us. Email your ideas to: and she’ll get back to you. Thanks for helping this exciting group of entrepreneurs advance their companies during a challenging time.

Watch for the "Diligent Dozen" presentation videos coming soon!


WPR: Where stay-at-home orders and other COVID-19 restrictions are in effect in Wisconsin
WISN: Counties, municipalities that reopened & remain closed
Dane County issues its own order, continues Safer At Home measures
City of Milwaukee Health Department: COVID-19 Public Health Plan for the City of Milwaukee
Wisconsin State Journal: 13 of 72 Wisconsin counties and the city of Racine have extended stay-at-home orders
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Here's which Wisconsin counties and cities have continued or started new stay-at-home orders
Urban Milwaukee: Cities respond to pandemic with public space experiments
The Journal Times: After the coronavirus: Your next road trip may look like this
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: What we've learned about how to protect yourself from coronavirus in reopened Wisconsin
Milwaukee Business Journal: Employers need to weigh legal and health ramifications when reopening, experts say


Milwaukee Business Journal: [Video] Hear from Wisconsin Department of Administration secretary Joel Brennan
BizTimes: [Podcast] Bill Berrien: Making ventilator parts and the untapped potential of U.S. manufacturing
UW-Oshkosh: COVID-19 economic impact study indicates ‘greater sense of resilience’ among Wisconsin businesses
CNN: At least 4 states combined numbers from two tests, possibly providing a misleading picture of coronavirus spread
The New York Times: A new entry in the race for a coronavirus vaccine: Hope
WisBusiness: Ag processing plants facing pandemic disruptions
WMTV: Wisconsin's unemployment rate suffers another big jump
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin gyms reopen with capacity limits and disinfectant
Wisconsin State Journal: Questions linger about when Dane County will allow full reopening; UW bans large gatherings
Milwaukee Business Journal: Self-employed are eligible for the PPP. Here's how to make sure your loan is forgiven
Milwaukee Business Journal: Restaurant model broken, radical changes needed such as higher prices, pre-paid reservations
Northwestern Mutual: Serving students through COVID-19: “hi, Tech” community partners rise to the challenge
FastCompany: Healthcare will never be the same: 8 experts on the future of medicine around the globe
The Commons: Internship ‘relief’ program sees strong response; GMC initiative seeking additional partners
BizWomen: Facebook COO touts $20M for women, minority and veteran-owned businesses
Milwaukee Business Journal: Mayor Barrett to release details on phased-reopening plan for Milwaukee in coming days
Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin Elections Commission stalls on pandemic election plan
Forbes: MasterClass just raised $100 million to produce more celebrity edutainment
CNN: Coronavirus pandemic: Updates from around the world
WisconsinINNO: Colorado startup will relocate to Green Bay after TitletownTech investment
The Cap Times: UW to slowly restart research activities, offer mix of courses for fall
Wisconsin State Journal: [Photos] Duck Pond Drive-In at Warner Park
BizWomen: Telemedicine likely here to stay post-pandemic
The New York Times: Many jobs may vanish forever as layoffs mount
Milwaukee Business Journal: Nearly 150 workplaces under state investigation for positive Covid-19 cases
Wisconsin State Journal: This year's All-City Swim League called off due to COVID-19, 'Forward Dane' concerns

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