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September 10, 2020

Dear readers: 

It has been a year of pivots, so why should the Wisconsin Technology Council be any different!

Just as we did for the Entrepreneurs’ Conference in June, our Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium will be held on a virtual platform, Nov. 9-11, in bite-sized segments. As in years past, however, the process begins with accepting company applications to meet with or present to investors from across Wisconsin, the Midwest and well beyond. About 30 investor groups are already teed up. Please read more below to get your application started!

A few months back, Forbes published a list of “15 companies that are saving the world from COVID-19.” Wisconsin’s Epic was among them. Here are some recent stories that help to explain why Epic, as with many homegrown Wisconsin companies, is a leader in its field.

Wisconsin State Journal: Epic Systems records help find COVID-19 answers company is sharing online
Becker’s Hospital Review: Five things to know about Epic’s Cosmos
EHR Intelligence: Epic’s Faulkner has high hopes for forthcoming Cosmos technology

Also, please read my latest “Inside Wisconsin” column.

Inside Wisconsin: Safe coronavirus vaccine will be developed, but accelerated process won’t bypass safety


Make sure to check out our newsroom below for fast-changing information about Wisconsin's reopening process.
Stay tuned for announcements about virtual Tech Council webinars on COVID-19 issues of interest to our members and others

Do you have news or best practices to contribute to a future edition of Tech Council Current?

Stay safe and enjoy our early (so far) Wisco autumn!

Tom Still, president

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The 2020 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium: Registration now open!

Applications are being accepted now from young companies that want to tell their stories to investors at our annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium #ESSWI, to be held Nov. 9-11 on a virtual platform.

The conference will focus on increased opportunities for emerging companies and startups to meet with investors 1:1, pitch and present their companies. Our virtual exhibitor booths will be enhanced time to meet with sponsors and others. 26 investor groups have already signed on with many more to come.

Read the latest “Call for Companies” press release here. Applications due Sept. 25th.

Watch for more information to come via the Tech Council Current, press releases and social media!


The Tech Council is part of a statewide group that is tracking the progress of “The Endless Frontier Act,” which is a bipartisan federal bill aimed at dramatically boosting research and development assets in the United States.

Related to the federal proposal is a webinar series on how Midwest assets can help to drive a national recovery.

“Shaping the Endless Frontier: How the Midwest Can Spark the U.S. Economy” is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Wisconsin Technology Council, Michael Best Strategies and UW-Milwaukee.

What will The Endless Frontier Act do? / 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 

This 60-minute discussion will include congressional co-sponsors and advocates of the Endless Frontier Act who will explain why now is the time, and the Midwest is a leading place, for bold investments in science, technology and innovation. For the last century, the United States had been the undisputed, global leader in university and industry research. Our panelists will explain how targeted federal investment in emerging growth centers focused on quantum computing, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and manufacturing can extend and expand U.S. leadership into the 21st century and beyond.

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher
, R-Wis.
U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif.
Chancellor Mark Mone, UW-Milwaukee
Dr. Melissa Skala, Investigator, Morgridge Institute for Research; Professor of Biomedical Engineering, UW–Madison
Tom Still (moderator), president, Wisconsin Technology Council

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  • Gov. Tony Evers asks FEMA to reconsider new limitations to emergency COVID aid
  • NYTimes: A new theory asks: Could a mask be a crude ‘vaccine’?
  • Wall Street Journal: Speed over precision favored for tests in detecting COVID
  • WISN: 9 vaccine makers sign safety pledge in race for COVID-19 vaccine
  • Wisconsin State Journal: AstraZeneca pauses COVID-19 vaccine trial that includes local component
  • New Yorker: It will take more than a vaccine to beat COVID-19, but other therapies are on the way
  • Fauci’s latest projection for a vaccine, likely early in 2021
  • Economist: The virus seems to generate a robust and long-lasting immune response
  • Watch The UW Now session on COVID-19 testing, treatments and vaccination featuring UW-Madison graduate physicians


  • Milwaukee Business Journal: New Republican stimulus proposal includes second PPP, COVID liability shield
  • NYTimes: 7 ways the pandemic has changed the way we shop for food
  • Axios: Pew survey says record 52% of young adults in U.S. live with parents
  • NPR: Zoom towns and the new housing market for the 2 Americas
  • MarketingDive: Consumers want brands to address systemic racism, survey says
  • NPR: Financial pain from pandemic ‘much, much worse’ than expected, poll says
  • Axios: The pandemic is reshaping the holiday shopping season


  • NBC: Flu vaccine vital as COVID-19 deaths rise and America tries to avoid dueling winter crises
  • Wall Street Journal: Why we need more black doctors – and how to get there
  • JAMA Network: Prevalence of depression in U.S. adults before and during the pandemic
  • Washington Post: One man’s battle shows why COVID-19 and obesity are a toxic mix
  • ThriveGlobal: Why you should take a walk outside during the workday
  • Chicago Sun-Times: A do-it-yourself colonoscopy: Millions of kits arrived back at Exact Sciences


  • Medium: Former venture capitalist and tech exec looks to entrepreneurship to ‘build better’
  • WisconsinINNO: Understory earns global recognition for weather-focused insurance tech
  • The Hustle: David Hall: ‘We are seeing the boomerang of talent back into the Midwest’
  • Arts Wisconsin: Gov. Evers announces $5 million COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant Program
  • Axios: Why tech couldn’t save us from COVID
  • Elemental: A supercomputer analyzed COVID-19. An interesting new theory has emerged


  • Wall Street Journal: COVID testing, not a cure, is what investors need to watch
  • Economist: Tech wreck—the stock market hits rough water
  • Forbes: Stock market sell-off: Dow falls over 600 points as tech shares plunge
  • Harvard Business Review: Institutional investors must help close race, gender gaps in VC


  • Wisconsin State Journal: ‘It’s still a big day’: Students, families navigate unprecedented first day of school
  • Tech Transfer Central: UW launches effort for reduce negative impact of COVID-19 on research
  • UW-Madison facility starts manufacturing COVID-19 treatment drug
  • Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison moves to all-online classes amid growing COVID-19 case count
  • Zach Brandon: Help close the child-care gap in Greater Madison
  • NBC15: Students with disabilities navigate return to school
  • USAToday: School at home: How to keep attending virtual classes from causing pain
  • Burbio: Map indicates K-12 virtual verses in-person learning in public U.S. schools
  • Daily Cardinal: Residents frustrated as UW drives Dane County’s COVID-19 upswing   

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Please send your upcoming virtual events for consideration to

Middleton Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Update, presented by Tech Council president Tom Still is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 16

AmFam’s DreamBank presents Navigating the Market During a Pandemic on Wednesday, Sept. 16

Quarles & Brady’s Road to Recovery for the Hospitality Industry in the Wake of COVID-19 on Wednesday, Sept. 16

STAT offers Getting Real World Data about COVID-19 featuring U.S. FDA’s acting CIO Amy Abernethy on Thursday, Sept. 17

SVA’s webinar on Economic Indicators for Businesses will be on Thursday, Sept. 17

Aberdean presents Manage Your Tasks Anywhere: The Power of the Microsoft To Do App on Thursday, Sept. 24

The Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton will have Tech Council president Tom Still as a guest speaker on Friday, Oct. 2

Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition and Newaukee are asking for volunteers to sign up now for “Teach an Hour of Code” online event in early December

DOD SBIR/STTR Virtual Symposium’s theme is Shaping the Future of Innovation – slated for Wednesday, October 7

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·       Gov. Evers’ office regularly updates a statewide COVID-19 website that aggregates information and resources throughout state government, including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the departments of Financial Institutions, Revenue and Workforce Development. Some specific sites:

·       The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development produced this FAQ document.

·       The Wisconsin Department of Revenue offers these information sources:

·       The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has guidance for businesses.

·       Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19 Outbreaks in Wisconsin

·       NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers are providing services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers such as connecting businesses that are pivoting their production in response to the coronavirus to new supply chains, connecting firms with state resources, advising companies on new operational issues, and providing workforce support.

·        “Wisconsin COVID-19 Startup Talentis a new project to help those displaced from jobs and employers now hiring

·       Wisconsin Hospital Association releases a COVID-19 dynamic Situational Awareness Update

·       View an interactive map of public wi-fi “hot spots” in Wisconsin

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