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The 2018 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference generated buzz through new media, social media and old-fashioned word-of-mouth. Check out the coverage below from some of Wisconsin’s major news outlet, social media channels and more, including video highlights. Our next big event: The Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, Nov. 7-8 in Madison. In the meantime, check out our upcoming Tech Council Innovation Network events, which will focus on topics of specific interest to entrepreneurs, investors and others in the tech community.

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Tech Council team update: Angela Schlobohm is the Tech Council’s new Development and Member Relations director, which places her on the front lines of working with members and sponsors on a host of Tech Council activities. Her successor as the Tech Council’s Operations Director is Julie Johnson, who brings a history of customer service, communication and management at Capital Newspapers Inc. to the job. Congratulations, Angela, and welcome, Julie! As always, feel free to reach out at 608-442-7557 to contact our team.

Tom WiTreps 2018 It’s a wrap! See news coverage from the 2018 #WiTreps Entrepreneurs’ Conference
The annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference was held June 5-6, 2018 at the UW-Madison’s Union South on the campus more than 500 attendees. The #WiTreps conference supported 12 panel seminars focused on Launch, Grow and Succeed tracks as well as keynotes by entrepreneurs Marsha Lindsay and Tom Erickson. Two plenary panels focused on social media and the introduction of the members of the Badger Fund of Funds: Sun Mountain Capital, Idea Fund of La Crosse, Winnebago Seed Fund, Winnow Fund, Bold Coast Capital and Rock River Capital Partners. Click here to follow the Twitter feed and read news coverage.
NovoMotoBPC Clean energy in sub-Saharan Africa wins 2018 Governor’s Business Plan Contest
A Madison social enterprise that provides clean electricity for off-grid rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa with solar-powered systems took home the grand prize in the 15th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Mehrdad Arjmand, who holds a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from the UW-Madison, presented for NovoMoto Tuesday during the “Diligent Dozen” track of the 2018 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. NovoMoto was founded by Arjmand and Aaron Olson, an engineering mechanics doctoral candidate at UW-Madison.
Alex YES WiTreps 2018 Racine County News: Alex Hart-Upendo wins annual ‘Wisconsin YES!’ youth business plan contest
Alex Hart-Upendo, a 5th grader at Gifford Elementary School in Racine who has made a splash in national news media, is the grand prize winner in Wisconsin YES!, a statewide youth business plan contest for students in middle and high school. Hart-Upendo’s company, Build-A-Bow, is a custom eco-friendly bow retailer specializing in bow ties, hair bows and bow ties for dogs. Hart-Upendo founded Build-A-Bow when he was just nine years old. In addition to starting his business, Hart-Upendo is the author of “Bullies, Bowties and Brilliant Alex.” 


Franks WiTreps 2018 Digital duet: Couple wins ‘Seize the Day’ award June 5 at Entrepreneurs’ Conference
Kerry and Dude Frank, whose vision for digitizing bulky airline pilot manuals took them from their home’s basement in northern Illinois to a successful business in Beloit, received the 15th annual Ken Hendricks “Seize the Day” award June 5 at the 2018 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. The award, which celebrates entrepreneurial leaders who have been crucial to Wisconsin’s economic growth, is named in honor of the late Ken Hendricks, a Beloit businessman and 2006 “Seize the Day” award winner who died in an accident in late 2007.
TheWIIdeaStillVanGalen The Wisconsin Idea and Regional Economies: Apples falling from many trees
Authored by Tech Council President Tom Still and UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen.  This column is part of a larger collection of essays on the power of the “Wisconsin Idea” and how it continues to influence all corners of the state.  Read the published articles of the series here.
Jacques Galipeau Advancing cell therapy at UW-Madison topic of June 26 Innovation Network luncheon
Recent advances in the development of personalized cell therapies, from campus laboratories to bio-manufacturing and human use, will be examined at the Tuesday, June 26 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon meeting in Madison. Dr. Jacques Galipeau, assistant dean for therapeutics discovery at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and the director of its new program for advanced cell therapy, will speak. “Dr. Galipeau will discuss, in lay-person terms, the resources available at UW-Madison that make it possible to push the envelope of cell therapy while increasing the potential for therapies and entrepreneurial spin-offs,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “It is part of a revolution in medical care that is coming faster than one might imagine.”
WI Portfolio 2018 Follow the money! Wisconsin Portfolio topic of July 12 Tech Council luncheon
What are emerging trends in Wisconsin's angel and venture capital communities? Learn from veteran investors and detailed investment data contained in the 2018 Wisconsin Portfolio at the Thursday, July 12 meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Wauwatosa.
The event will take place at UW-Milwaukee's Innovation Accelerator, 1225 Discovery Parkway. Registration, networking and hors d'oeuvres start at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for students and returning veterans, $25 for individual members, $35 for non-members and included for Tech Council corporate members. Click here to register today.
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Milwaukee Business Journal: Milwaukee startup PlasmaE launches next-generation device to clean water
WisBusiness: Bioscience industry on the rise in Wisconsin
BizTimes Milwaukee: Alan Yeung on Foxconn’s approach to Milwaukee jobs, overseas suppliers and transit options
JSOnline: Many Foxconn jobs won’t be in Racine County, a company executive says
BusinessWire: Intraband licenses key WARF technology for defense and industrial applications
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BizTimes Milwaukee: gener8tor announces artist accelerator
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Milwaukee Business Journal: Google had $3.7B economic impact on Wisconsin business in 2017,
Wisconsin State Journal: Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics: We can make brain cells that can boost Alzheimer’s research
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Release: New QNBV rules helping startups reach success
WisBusiness: The Podcast with John Ernst and Irene Strohbeen of Kinnektor
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: A key to Madison’s co-working spaces
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Jay Handy: Optimism and wisdom on hand at the ‘Woodstock of Capitalism’
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BizTimes Milwaukee: Finalists named in 2018 Governor’s Business Plan Contest
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Milwaukee: Former Bucks star Sidney Moncrief to host entrepreneurship summit in Milwaukee Rural areas face broadband expansion challenges
WisBusiness: The Podcast with Jonathan Wiggins, president and CEO of myAgame
: 2 Wisconsin utilities plan to partner on $390 million large-scale solar projects
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Wisconsin Public Radio: Wisconsin among nation’s leaders in drone use by public safety agencies
Milwaukee Business Journal: GE Healthcare teams with Tampa hospital to create AI data center
: Lawmakers stress importance of millennials to state workforce
BizTimes Milwaukee: 21 entrepreneurs graduate from Launch MKE program
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Madison Startups: Propeller gets funding from McKesson
BizTimes Milwaukee: Milwaukee startup Restaurant PI working to raise $40 million ICO
Business Wire: Zurex Pharma announces capital raise of $9M in advance of pending new drug application
BizTimes Milwaukee
: Sheboygan company raising $12M for hemp growhouse
BizTimes Milwaukee: Swirl Insurance makes progress on $1.5 million funding round
WisBusiness: Investment deals getting bigger in Wisconsin, panelist says
WisBusiness: Bootstrapping seen as useful tool for startups that can afford it
Milwaukee: Scanalytics raising $1 million round
BizTimes Milwaukee: Motivo raises $950,000
BizTimes Milwaukee: SteamChain aiming higher on funding round
Milwaukee Business Journal: Fertility device company in Madison raises $3.4M in debt funding
Release: BrightStar Wisconsin announces two new investments
WisBusiness: Propeller Health developing new platform after $20 million funding round
Release: American Provenance partners with Winnebago Seed Fund and Tru Fragrance & Beauty
Fortune: Why Melinda Gates has been funding female VCs through her secretive investment firm
WisconsinINNO: Madison startup Fishidy gets acquired
PRNewswire: Renaissance Venture Capital Fund creates nation’s largest network fund, with $81 million fund
bizwomen: Healthcare startup raises $20M for house calls
Milwaukee Business Journal: Bright Cellars completes $2.8M round of funding
1871Blog: The great game: How to raise venture capital
BizTimes Milwaukee: Wantable raises $1.4 million
BizTimes Milwaukee: Venture Investors raising $100 million fund
JSOnline: Northwestern Mutual shutting down its LearnVest digital financial planning business
Pitchbook: Late-stage valuations have increased nearly 20% in 2018
Milwaukee: Badger Fund of Funds launches statewide student entrepreneurship fund
BizTimes Milwaukee: Chicago-based 1871 program seeking Wisconsin startups

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