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Next week’s Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium is set for Wednesday and Thursday at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center. Register at to take part in Wisconsin’s largest and oldest conference of its kind. We’re expecting hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and others from Wisconsin, the region and well beyond. Here are some announced highlights so far:

The conference will also feature: An opening night reception; a new “Investor Intros” speed-dating segment on Thursday, Nov. 17; “Office Hours,” which are small-group meetings with subject experts on a mix of topics; SBIR/STTR awards luncheon to recognize grant recipients from the past year; the “First Look” forum featuring selected campus-based technologies; an exhibit hall showcasing more than 40 Wisconsin companies.

It’s more than a desk: Co-working trends topic of Nov. 22 Innovation Network lunch in Madison

Trends in co-working and collaborative spaces will be the topic of a panel discussion at the Nov. 22 meeting of the Tech Council’s Innovation luncheon in Madison. The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for WIN members, $35 for non-members and included with WIN corporate memberships. Click here to register. Panelists are: Greg St. Fort, executive director at 100state; Josh Rikkers, principal at Cresa; and Tiffanie Mark, founder and director at Matrix Coworking and acting director at Horizon Coworking.



The Force for Positive Change event is now accepting registrations! Secure your seat for a day of engaging speakers, sessions and awards for social entrepreneurship. It will be held 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Discovery Building on the UW Madison campus, 330 N. Orchard Street, Madison, Wisconsin. Speakers include representatives from Organic Valley Cooperative and Feeding America, social enterprises of all kinds, and John and Tashia Morgridge. Tom Still of the Tech Council will moderate a panel discussion

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BizTimes: Attendance for first Milwaukee Startup Week more than doubles expectations

BizTimes: ARI Network Services paid $10.3 million for Auction123

BizTimes: Technology firm moves from Wauwatosa to Third Ward

Release: Bright Cellars adds subscription cheese service Madison startup looks to make ‘exploding phones’ a thing of the past

Release: Propeller Health receives FDA clearance Tech and Biotech: Madison startups tackle hormone replacement, nerve cell repair and biometric ID

WisBusiness: Connectivity is the most important factor for a startup hub

BizTimes: Entrepreneur Hall of Fame to be installed at Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship

JSOnline: ‘The moment for cities like Milwaukee is right now’

Xconomy: Isomark, gBETA, Gregor, & More: This Week’s Wisconsin Watchlist

NBC News: White House urges ban on non-compete agreements

JSOnline: Heinemann to lead Madison Development Corp.

Yahoo Finance: JAMF and UC San Diego Health Launch a First-of-Its-Kind Patient Experience Project

Xconomy: JAMF, Nordic, Titan Spine, & More: This Week’s Wisconsin Watchlist

JSOnline: Digital transformation: Here it comes

Release: Governor Walker recognizes Wisconsin Women-Owned businesses

JSOnline: With overactive bladder, drug companies helped create $3 billion market

JSOnline: UW-Madison teams snag innovation awards

WisBusiness: Biotechnology and health care are driving the startup economy in Wisconsin and nationwide

JSOnline: Keane: The art of the sale

Release: Midwest investors with eyes on Wisconsin to kick off Nov. 16-17 Early Stage Symposium

Appleton Post-Crescent: WIN meeting focuses on higher education

WisBusiness: Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation: Startup funding for Oshkosh businesses

JSOnline: Women on Wisconsin corporate boards increasing

Xconomy: Promentis, Kiio, EmOpti, & More: This Week’s Wisconsin Watchlist

WisBusiness: Hogan: WEDC working to ‘figure out a way’ to help startups Tech and Biotech News


Inside Wisconsin: Rise of ‘mission investing’ is trend companies should follow

Still in JSOnline: Trade pact opposition raises questions
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Health of patent system one of many topics left out in presidential campaign

Inside Wisconsin: Some healthy indicators for Wisconsin’s high-growth economy
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How others view Wisconsin matters in a global economy


Episode 175: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Investor Network director Bram Daelemans

Episode 174: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Aaron Hagar of WEDC
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Tech Council

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WisBusiness: Asto CT completes recent round of seed funding

WisBusiness: gener8tor’s Premiere Night features six startups

Release: Midwestern BioAg announces $21 million capital raise

Xconomy: Breg partners with Redox to improve tracking of orthotic devices

JSOnline: SimplifIDe raises $1 million of funding

Milwaukee Business Journal: Exact Sciences’ Cologuard product wins a top honor for innovation

Xconomy: CUNA Mutual Group venture arm exits stealth, reveals investments

JSOnline: CUNA Mutual venture arm leads deal

Xconomy: Healthfinch’s drug refill app graduates to athenahealth marketplace

JSOnline: Exact Sciences narrows losses

BizTimes: Scale Up Milwaukee names new Scalerator class

Xconomy: Gener8tor unveils new class of startups, hits fundraising milestone

BizTimes: Generation Growth Capital sells portfolio company

WisBusiness: BrightStar: Announces investment in a job-creating Wisconsin company

JSOnline: Golden Angels generate strong returns

Release: Propeller Health raises $21.5M for respiratory disease technology

WisBusiness: UW-Madison: Three-in-one cancer drug

BizTimes: Generation Growth Capital raising $50 million fund

Xconomy: GREE Is Good: How PerBlue sold Its DragonSoul to Japanese firm Tech and Biotech: Five Madison startups take on Silicon Valley

JSOnline: EatStreet, Titan Spine raise millions

WI State Journal: Boston venture firm invests in Madison consultant firm Nordic

BizTimes: Titan Spine raises $7.5 million from Texas PE firm

Release: Promentis raises $8.7 million

Xconomy: Allergy Amulet raises $1.1M for device that detects food allergens

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Wisconsin Innovation Network membership:
Experience for yourself why WIN has been a Tech Council tradition for more than 13 years.
With more than two dozen events annually, you'll expand your network while learning from top-notch speakers. When you become a WIN member, your membership applies to all chapters, statewide. With five different types of membership, you and/or your company will be sure to find a membership that fits your business goals. Join today!

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Your $750 WAN membership entitles you to one free pass to both major conferences (Entrepreneurs' Conference and Early Stage Symposium), as well as regular WIN events.

Nov. 15: WOMEN Reception
M3 Insurance, Madison

Nov. 16-17: Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium
Monona Terrace, Madison

Nov. 22: WIN-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, Madison

Dec. 8: WIN-Milwaukee
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Jan. 12: WIN-Milwaukee
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