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The Value of Higher Education to Wisconsin's Economy

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Apply to present at 2016 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium
Apply to pitch your company to the most active investors in the Midwest at the annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, to be held Nov. 16-17 at Madison’s Monona Terrace. Many companies have cited past presentations at the conference as a key factor in funding and growing their business. New this year are the Investor Intros. Companies selected for the Investor Intros will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with investors from Wisconsin and beyond. To foster this type of communication, the Investor Intros will feature short introductory meetings between investors and emerging companies. This format will resemble a “speed dating” exercise, allowing both parties to learn more about each other and explore potential relationships. Company applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.

Become a sponsor today!

Want to promote your brand? Be a part of one of Wisconsin’s oldest and largest business conferences? Become a sponsor of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium today! The 2016 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium will be held Nov 16-17 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. We anticipate close to 600 people will attend the conference from across the state and beyond and will offer more opportunities than ever before for companies to interact with angel and venture investors from Wisconsin and well beyond. Contact Cassidy Wartenweiler at to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Early Stage Symposium and more.


‘Pokémon Go’… or No? Games, online learning topic of Sept. 27 Tech Council Innovation luncheon

With the school year underway and many parents hoping to replace “screen time” with homework time, the Sept. 27 meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Madison will focus on the pros and (occasional) cons of online games and learning. Two gaming companies and two academic experts will discuss educational games and what current research says about how it affects learning and other behaviors, particularly in younger users.


What’s the economic value of higher education? Learn more at Tech Council’s Innovation Network meetings

An independent report on “The Value of Higher Education to Wisconsin’s Economy” will be discussed by the president of the University of Wisconsin System and the head of the Wisconsin Technology Council at the Thursday, Sept. 22 and Wednesday, Oct. 19 Tech Council’s Innovation Network meetings in Stevens Point and Appleton. UW System President Ray Cross will be joined by Tech Council President Tom Still for a discussion about how Wisconsin can better capitalize on higher education’s economic benefits, which range from supplying talent to carrying out research that can create intellectual property, commercial products and companies.

Prize dollars raised for Wisconsin YES at Tech Council Brew Bites & Bytes event

The Wisconsin Technology Council hosted its inaugural Brew Bites & Bytes evening event on Aug. 4 at the Wisconsin Brewing Company.  The event successfully raised more than $1,000 for the Wisconsin YES contest. Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science is a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest. 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.

Tech Council, 100State collaboration

The Tech Council is excited to announce our collaboration with 100State, the largest coworking community in Wisconsin. This partnership will be beneficial for both organizations and the state, allowing both organization’s members access to resources, information and the tools they need to be successful. Click here to learn more about ways 100State helps to connect a community of problem-solvers, creatives and entrepreneurs.

Force for Positive Change Award: Apply by Sept. 15 to win one of four $25,000 awards

Wisconsin social enterprises are blurring the lines between traditional for-profit and nonprofit models. The competition is intended to celebrate social enterprise in Wisconsin, including organizations that take a business model approach to making a positive difference in our state by deliberately addressing social challenges affecting people and/or the planet.

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Xconomy: StartingBlock Reaches Funding Goal, Moves Closer to Groundbreaking

Xconomy: From Partner to Purchaser: Tesoro Buys Madison Biofuels Maker Virent

WisBusiness: UWM Research Foundation: Announces new Catalyst Grants

WisBusiness: Announcement of veteran employment resources, launch of young professionals program CDI forms two business units in Madison; Akitabox moves to AT&T building

JSOnline: Cellular Dynamics developing therapies Accuray builds on TomoTherapy’s talents in Madison

Xconomy: Stratatech, Immucor, Tech Canary, & More: This Week’s WI Watchlist

JSOnline: Haynes: Where are Wisconsin’s risk-takers? Stratatech acquisition becomes final; jobs will stay in Madison, CEO says

Release: International experts to discuss global dairy trends at DATCP symposium during World Dairy Expo

Release: AkitaBox’s rapid growth leads to move into Madison’s entrepreneurial hub

Wisconsin Ag Connection: PDPF Raises More Than $260,000 Last Year Greater Madison Chamber dinner to feature Trek’s John Burke and Lands’ End’s Federica Marchionni

WisBusiness: Immucor, Inc. adding up to 64 new employees as looks to expand operations in town of Brookfield

WSJ editorial: Turn more patents into products

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune: Entrepreneuring: Not all big ideas and glamour

Madison Startups: Flux Introduces New Moped

WisBusiness: gener8tor planning what it calls “preeminent forum on revolution in retail and e-Commerce”

JSOnline: OnRamp to hold retail conference

JSOnline: Taubner: Baldwin the startup senator

WisBusiness: Waukesha launches new economic development organization

Business Journal: Wipfli acquires Illinois-based Weltman Bernfield

WisBusiness: Zach Brandon: Madison's health tech leaders should 'brag' about the area

WisBusiness: Epic Systems founder and CEO Judy Faulkner named 22nd most influential person in health care

JSOnline: Ten win Wisconsin Innovation Awards

WisBusiness: Epic Systems founder Judy Faulkner was among the 100 “Richest People in Tech”

Xconomy: Epic, Wellbe, WARF, & Arrowhead: This Week’s Wisconsin Watchlist

WisBusiness: Emonix wins top award at the Madworks accelerator pitch night

BizTimes: Shareholders approve Johnson Controls-Tyco merger

Business Journal: Hudson firm Phillips-Medisize being sold to Molex

WisBusiness: UW-Madison: Madison a ‘Smart Gigabit Community

BizTimes: Smart Choice MRI adds president and COO

UW-Madison News: UW-Madison places highly in worldwide ranking of universities

Xconomy: Stratatech, Maker of Skin-Like Tissue, To Be Sold To Mallinckrodt

WisBusiness: WMC: Nominations open for second annual Wisconsin Job Honor awards

UW-Madison News: WARF, UW-Madison again rank in top 10 universities for U.S. patents

Business Journal: How Kiva has affected local Milwaukee businesses Cellectar Biosciences’ quarterly loss holds steady Sonic Foundry narrows losses in its third fiscal quarter

WisBusiness: Zurex Pharma is launching a phase III clinical trial after raising more than $6 million

Xconomy: Redox and Kinvey Team Up, Hoping To Simplify Healthcare App-Making A definitive guide to coworking spaces in Madison

GB Press-Gazette: Badger entrepreneur breaks/makes the mold

JSOnline: Wisconsin broadband speeds lagging

JSOnline: Zywave’s new office attracts millennials


Inside Wisc: Broadband expansion is connection to rural Wisconsin’s prosperity

Still in Journal Sentinel: Start-up economy a work in progress

InsideWis: UW-Eau Claire’s ‘graduation contract’ offers way to control college costs

InsideWis: Here’s a five-point plan for improving Wisconsin’s startup economy

Still in Journal Sentinel: Urban entrepreneurs need resources

InsideWis: Transporting oil always comes with risks, but pipelines safer, more efficient

InsideWis: Advanced industry jobs matter across Wisconsin, not just biggest cities


Episode 172: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; with Laurie Self of Qualcomm, Innovation Alliance

Episode 171: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Dan Sullivan of NeuWave Medical


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Qualcomm, Innovation Alliance


WisBusiness: StartingBlock Madison meets fundraising goal to launch entrepreneurial hub

Madison Startups: Telematic ‘Optimistic’ Following Accelerator

JSOnline: TechCanary raises $500,000

VentureBeat: In 5 years, Midwest will have more startups than Silicon Valley

WisBusiness: AkitaBox’s rapid growth leads to move into Madison’s entrepreneurial hub

WisBusiness: ABODO Raises $4.8 Million in Series A Funding Round

BizTimes: Tech Canary raising $500,000

WisBusiness: A new accelerator is popping up in Madison to help veteran entrepreneurs

JSOnline: EatStreet moves into bigger space Another bad rap for Wisconsin startup activity draws both jeers and grim affirmation

JSOnline: Polco wins trip to Silicon Valley

WisBusiness: UW-Madison PhD graduate Chorom Pak was the winner of the Doyenne Group’s pitch event

WisBusiness: Doyenne Group tripled amount of money sought for women and minority entrepreneurs fund

Xconomy: Panel: Healthtech In Madison Is Expanding Beyond Patient Records

Atlantic Council: Madison, Wisconsin: How a City Becomes an Innovation Hub

WisBusiness: U.S. Department of Defense giving WEDC $3.1M grant to help diversify east-central state economy

WisBusiness: Polco wins Pressure Chamber Pitch Night

JSOnline: Imbed Biosciences raises $600,000

WisBusiness: Tesla lawyer tells Madison startups to expect 'resistance' from status quo Tech and Biotech: Polco picks up contract with Dane County

WisBusiness: Marquette University Enterprise Seed Fund is taking applications for its third round of funding Health IT startup Wellbe is top local company on 2016 Inc. 5000 list

Release: Badger Fund raises more than $10 million

Madison Startups: Company Profile: Highly Tech and Biotech: gBETA and Madworks graduate startup classes; Zurex draws $6 million

JSOnline: Zurex Pharma raises $6 million

WisBusiness: FaB Wisconsin accelerator takes new approach to developing startups

WisBusiness: Madworks seed accelerator companies are competing for awards

Xconomy: EyeKor Stares Down $600K to Develop Clinical Trial Software Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals plans to raise $45 million

WisBusiness: EyeKor fundraises $600k

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!

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations that have recently joined or renewed their WIN memberships
Individual Members 

Dennis Barnum
David Chao

Mark Beran

Sarah Dunn

Scott Fiducci
William Schultz

 Corporate Members

Adana Holdings
Dane County Regional Airport

JP Cullen
Quarles & Brady

Smith & Gesteland LLP


Need help finding the membership level right for you?
Contact Cassidy Wartenweiler, Development and Member
Relations Director, at or 608-442-7557.

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Wisconsin Angel Network membership:
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.

Sept. 22: WIN-Central
Skyward World Headquarters, Stevens Point

Sept. 27: WIN-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, Madison

Oct. 18: WIN-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, Madison

Oct. 19: WIN-Northeast
Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton

Nov. 15: WOMEN Reception

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

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