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Wearables in Wisconsin: Join us at Jan. 12 Innovation Network-Milwaukee
From military and medical equipment, to smart watches and headphones, the market for wearable technology continues to explode. Learn about this rapidly growing technology sector at the Thursday, Jan. 12 meeting of the Tech Council’s Innovation Network in Wauwatosa. Tech Council President Tom Still will moderate as a panel of experts from around Wisconsin discuss their work with wearable technologies and what lies ahead for the state. They are: Zhenqiang “Jack” Ma, professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at UW-Madison; David Troup, CEO and founder of Xensr; and Andrew Hampel, CEO and co-founder of Seiva Technologies.

Extending high-quality broadband statewide topic of Innovation Network lunch in Madison
Is Wisconsin making progress when it comes to extending high-quality broadband coverage to all parts of the state? Find out Jan. 24 at the Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon meeting in Madison. A panel of experts will describe the “Connect America Fund 2” and how this federal initiative stands to help in many communities through a number of providers. Panelists include: Jim Jermain, regional vice president of external affairs, AT&T Wisconsin; Carl Ruedebusch, Wisconsin developer, investor and chairman of Vilas County Economic Development corporation; and Angie Dickison, Wisconsin state broadband director.


Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest open for 2017 entries through Jan. 31, 2017
The 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2017 competition until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage of tech-based businesses in Wisconsin. The contest links up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice and mentoring, management talent and possible sources of capital. Over time, the contest has led to valuable public and media exposure for the top business plans and spurred economic growth in Wisconsin. Finalists will share in more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. To become a sponsor of the BPC email Tammy Ehrmann at

2016 Tech Council Innovation Network survey
With 2017 right around the corner, we ask that you take a few minutes to complete a survey regrinding our statewide Innovation Network events that we host each month. We value your feedback and would love to hear from you. Click here to take the survey or paste the following link into your browser:

‘Wisconsin YES!’ student business plan contest open for middle, high school entries through April 3 Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 3, 2017. 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 Entries that advance to Phase 2 of the competition will expand their idea into a 1,000-word executive summary. Throughout the process, students get feedback from professionals across Wisconsin who will serve as judges. To become a sponsor of Wisconsin YES, email Tammy Ehrmann at

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Release: SHINE Awarded $20.9 million DOE/NNSA Phase II Cooperative Agreement

WisBusiness: New imaging technology company OnLume is lighting up the medical field – literally

Xconomy: Hyperloop, Epic, Wantable, & More: This Week’s Wisconsin Watchlist

Xconomy: Asto CT Envisions Better Imaging Tech for Horses, Other Animals

BizTimes: Milo Savings considers opening initial funding round

WisBusiness: UW-Madison associate professor challenges notion of blaming higher ed for “skills gap”

JSOnline: Wantable to move to now-vacant building on south side

JSOnline: Banking on change: ‘Fintech’ start-ups target financial services

WisBusiness: Pilot Training System prepares to launch the Drone Flight Bag

WisBusiness: Intellivisit uses artificial intelligence to help diagnose patients

WisBusiness: ImageMoverMD led by all-star team of medical experts, innovators

WisBusiness: Basic education through mobile app is Learning Games Studios’ approach

Xconomy; Zika, Sector67, video games, & more: This week’s Wisconsin watchlist

WisBusiness: DotCom Therapy aims to curb speech therapy shortage

Wisconsin Ag Connection: Walker asking Legislature to expand rural broadband access

JSOnline: Data X-ray vision improves sales

WisBusiness: Cellectar Biosciences: Announces results from first two cohorts of CLR 131 phase 1 trial

Release: Wisconsin Technology Council applauds state proposal to boost rural broadband

WISN 12: UpFront with Mike Gousha featuring Tom Still

Xconomy: 100state’s growth highlights increasing popularity of co-working

JSOnline: Cellectar selects drug manufacturer Sector67 eyes move to east side neighborhood

WisBusiness: Panel of experts tout co-working as a groundbreaking trend

State Journal: In search of Wisconsin’s next big idea, investors get first look at new technologies

Glacier Transit & Storage: Plymouth family-business partners, SunPeak to install 2,112 solar panels

JSOnline: Rural Wisconsin pushes for faster internet

WisBusiness: announces launch of crowdfunding platform for Wisconsin startups

Release: RentDrop, Gregor Diagnostics reach top floor during 2016 ‘Elevator Pitch Olympics’

WisBusiness: Early Stage Symposium assembles the startup community

JSOnline: Brad Smith is tech world’s ambassador

BizTimes: Milwaukee entrepreneur wants to facilitate business connections

Xconomy: Arrowhead, Microbes, Diabetes, & More: This week’s WI watchlist

WisBusiness: StartingBlock Madison: Wins $475,000 grant from U.S. Economic Development Agency

WisBusiness: Agro BioSciences: Expands strain portfolio

JSOnline: Wisconsin ranks 2nd for small businesses

Xconomy: The new crowdfunding rules: Will they really help startups?

Release: Research grant winners to be honored at Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

ChicagoInno: 9 Milwaukee startups to watch

BizTimes: Two startups from recent gener8tor class to stay in Milwaukee

Release: UW College of Engineering: 2016 Early Career Award: Q&A with Jonathan Baran

Xconomy: Silatronix, Propeller, BrainXell, & more: This week’s WI watchlist


Still in JSOnline: How Milwaukee can create more venture capital
How some communities forge ahead: A case study in Wisconsin

InsideWis: In small towns and cities alike, goal should be exposing students to opportunities

Still in JSOnline: UW-Madison’s R&D ranking is cause for concern

InsideWis: Model emerging for how to bring quality broadband to rural Wisconsin

InsideWis: Big companies can accelerate Wisconsin’s startup economy

InsideWis: Maturing companies help keep Wisconsin’s tech scene vibrant


Episode 176: Covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Rick Moss of Better Ventures

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Biztimes: Crossing the valley of death

State Journal: Optometrist-turned-serial-entrepreneur brings software to the eye care industry

Growth-Minded Project: Being George Mosher

Release: BrightStar announces new investments

Release: Engineered Propulsion Systems completes $900,000 funding round

Xconomy: Arrowhead Shares Plunge Amid Layoffs, Canceled Liver Drug Programs

WisBusiness: UW-Madison: OnLume receives SBIR support for image-guided surgery innovation

Xconomy: Cellectar announces $8M stock offering, sending shares lower

Milwaukee Business Journal: REV Group files for $100M IPO


Tech Council Innovation
Tech Council Innovation Network membership:
Experience for yourself why the Innovation Network has been a Tech Council tradition for over a decade.
With more than two dozen events annually, you'll expand your network while learning from top-notch speakers. When you become a member, your membership applies to all chapters, statewide. With a variety of membership types to choose from, 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  memberships

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Brian Armstrong

Amanda Baltz

Stewart Erickson

Derek Gebler

Sikander Hakim

Nimi Her
Don Higgins

Richard Janezic

Chris Johnson

Jon Keevil

Laura King

Phil Lefebvre

Nick Mastronardi

Tim Olsen

Chorom Pak

 Jeff Peters

Tim Philosophos

Thomas Pickard

Alana Platt

Emily Purdom

Justin Reed

Brian Robertson

Paul Royal

Tim Shedd

Jonathan Smith

Ira Sockowitz

Hans Sollinger

Adam Uselmann

Christopher Valadez

Brandon Walker

Tyler Wanke

Kurt Wedig


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

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Tech Council Investor Networks 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.

Jan. 12: Innovation Network-Milwaukee
UWM Innovation Accelerator, Wauwatosa

Jan. 24: Innovation Network-Madison
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Feb. 9: Innovation Network-Northeast
Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton
Feb. 21: Innovation Network-Madison
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Feb. 28: Innovation Network-West
UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire

March 9: Innovation Network-Milwaukee
UWM Innovation Accelerator, Wauwatosa

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