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May 27, 2020

Dear readers: 

BPC ‘Diligent Dozen’ presentations are online

Here’s your chance to hear first-hand from the top 12 finalists in the 2020 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. We’ve recorded seven-minute pitches from our “Diligent Dozen” finalists, which you can review here or below. New this year is a “People’s Choice” award, based on those pitches only, so be sure to vote for what you think is the most effective presentation.

Don’t forget to watch today’s Space X launch

Two NASA astronauts are set to blast off to the International Space Station today. But it will be different from past launches: This will be the first one run by a private company — SpaceX, founded by the entrepreneur Elon Musk. Liftoff is scheduled for 3:33 p.m. central. How to watch Wednesday’s NASA-SpaceX ‘Launch America’ from home and SpaceX has plans to stream the events live on the SpaceX YouTube channel and on the SpaceX website via its headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif.

SpaceX coverage will begin 45 minutes before launch when the launch director verifies “go” for propellant load at Kennedy Space Center.

Stay tuned as we roll out more highlights of the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in the coming days and watch for news media coverage of the June 4 event:  You may register here for the conferenceGet early access today.

Make sure to check out our newsroom below for fast-changing information about Wisconsin’s reopening process.

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Stay tuned for announcements about virtual Tech Council webinars on COVID-19 issues of interest to our members and others.

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Tom Still, president


‘Diligent Dozen’ BPC pitches can be viewed ahead of June 4 Entrepreneurs’ Conference

Finalists representing diverse tech-based sectors in Wisconsin’s early stage economy have recorded their presentations for online viewing as part of the 17th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. The four-month-long contest culminates during the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. This year’s finalists have recorded seven-minute pitches on their business ideas for you to watch. New this year is a “People’s Choice” award and contestants need your support to win! Please watch all 12 and vote for your favorite before June 4. Winners selected by our judges as well as the “People’s Choice” award will be announced during our virtual conference. Click here to watch!


Registration now open for our ‘virtual’ Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference!

We recently announced that Brian Pinkerton, Apple’s chief architect for Siri and a graduate of the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences, will speak June 4 during the
Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Conference on a virtual platform that will offer plenty of interaction with attendees.

Click here to read the conference press releases: (* NEW)
* 'Diligent Dozen' BPC pitches can be viewed ahead of June 4th Entrepreneurs' Conference *
Discounted registration for vets, students available for June 4 Entrepreneurs' Conference 
Tech Council's virtual event platform launched for June 4 Entrepreneurs' Conference 
Exact Sciences CEO Kevin Conroy to receive the 2020 'Seize the Day' award June 4 at 'treps conference
Five interactive workshops to target post-COVID strategies at June 4 Entrepreneurs' Conference
Panels at virtual Entrepreneurs’ Conference will focus on COVID-19 economic recovery 

‘Virtual’ Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference will offer plenty of ways for attendees to engage
‘Siri, did you know your boss will speak June 4 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference?’

We’ll announce more conference highlights soon, including engaging ways for attendees to network among themselves and presenters. Nothing beats live, but this will come close! Among the features of the conference over time have been the Governor’s Business Plan Contest (see more below) and a presentation by the winner of the Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, or YES!, contest. A full release on the young people advancing in that competition is linked here, as well.

Please stay tuned for more about panel discussions, workshops and special networking activities.                                                                    
Register here!


Our Business Plan Contestants could use your support!

We announced a crop of 28 finalists in the 2020 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest this week, and we’re looking forward to the competition entering the next phase. If you’re able to contribute services to the prize kitty – legal, accounting, consulting, office space, media and design, cash or something else a young company might want – please contact us. Email your ideas to: and she’ll get back to you. Thanks for helping this exciting group of entrepreneurs advance their companies during a challenging time.


WPR: Where stay-at-home orders and other COVID-19 restrictions are in effect in Wisconsin
WISN: Counties, municipalities that reopened & remain closed
Dane County issues its own order, continues Safer At Home measures
City of Milwaukee Health Department: COVID-19 Public Health Plan for the City of Milwaukee
Wisconsin State Journal: 13 of 72 Wisconsin counties and the city of Racine have extended stay-at-home orders
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Here's which Wisconsin counties and cities have continued or started new stay-at-home orders
Urban Milwaukee: Cities respond to pandemic with public space experiments
The Journal Times: After the coronavirus: Your next road trip may look like this
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: What we've learned about how to protect yourself from coronavirus in reopened Wisconsin
Milwaukee Business Journal: Employers need to weigh legal and health ramifications when reopening, experts say As Memorial Day tempts people outdoors, precautions advised
The Cap Times: Some Madison restaurant owners wary about reopening dining rooms How should I clean and store my face mask?
Wisconsin State Journal: How to manage COVID-19 risk as you leave your cocoon
BizTimes: Area restaurants carefully approach reopening dine-in service


Gov. Evers announces $200 million "Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants" Program
     * “We’re All In” – DOA Grants
     * Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants
Wisconsin State Journal: Dane County takes first tentative steps toward getting back to business
Milwaukee Business Journal: Northwestern Mutual, CUNA Mutual co-lead $12.3 million investment in Cleveland startup
Wisconsin Public Radio: A bad time to graduate: Class of 2020 facing historic job market uncertainty
WisBusiness: Manufacturers expect some elements of pandemic response are here to stay
The New York Times:  Pay cuts become a tool for some companies to avoid layoffs
Milwaukee Business Journal: Wisconsin hotel revenue drops $82 million in March because of Covid-19
Inc.: How three businesses reinvented themselves to beat COVID-19
Isthmus: The nature of things: Rethinking our relationship to Earth amid a pandemic
InBusiness Madison: Future office picture becomes more transparent
The New York Times: Stocks rise as lawmakers get behind economic stimulus efforts
Milwaukee Business Journal: Milwaukee County trending upward in counts of Covid-19 patients in hospitals, official says
Wisconsin Public Radio: Report: 47 percent of Wisconsin nonprofits have reduced programming, staff amid pandemic
Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin Supreme Court allows lower courts to resume with coronavirus controls Madison teachers miss their students as they adjust to virtual learning
Milwaukee Business Journal: As more casinos reopen, Potawatomi does not yet have a public reopening plan
The New York Times: How to make sure the rise in remote work doesn’t mean the death of work-life balance
Forbes: AbCellera raises $105 million to boost drug discovery against coronavirus and other diseases
Royal Bank of Canada Economics: 8 ways COVID will transform the economy and disrupt every business
Tech Republic: 50% of US healthcare providers to invest in robotic process automation in next 3 years

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