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Wisconsin early stage investing success stories:
Short articles on Wisconsin entrepreneurs succeeding against the odds

Investing in the News:

UW-MadisonNews: Flue study, on hold, yields new vaccine technology

September 2, 2015

Vaccines to protect against an avian influenza pandemic as well as seasonal flu may be mass produced more quickly and efficiently using technology described today by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the journal Nature Communications.

MCW: Chemokine immune molecule inhibits growth and spread of pancreatic cancer

September 2, 2015

Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have demonstrated that a chemokine protein (CXCL12), an important molecule of the body's immune system, can suppress metastasis which is the spread of cancer from one part of the body to another.

State Journal: GOP should drop fetal tissue bill

September 2, 2015

About $76 million in annual research dollars and 1,400 jobs are at stake as the Republican-run Legislature weighs a misguided attack on Wisconsin’s high-tech economy. That’s according to the Wisconsin Technology Council, which advises the governor and lawmakers on technology and science.

JSOnline: Pharma products firm Invenra raises $2 million from 28 investors

September 1, 2015

Invenra Inc., a Madison maker of pharmaceutical products, raised $2 million from 28 investors, according to a filing with federal securities regulators.

Madison.com: HealthMyne's tumor imaging software gets FDA OK

September 1, 2015

HealthMyne, a young Madison health-tech company, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to market its technology.

League of Wisconsin Municipalities director: Time for a people policy

August 31, 2015

It is time for the economic development discussion in Wisconsin to shift. We need to move away from a “we tax too much” obsession to a conversation of “we need to attract talent.” Our future depends upon it. We have made major strides on the tax front. Property taxes are consuming the lowest share of Wisconsin income since 1946 and it appears likely that our total tax burden has fallen out of the top ten among states. But there’s a more important reason to pivot the conversation. Job creators have other things on their mind and Wisconsin has work to do in those areas.

Tech Council resolution opposes proposed ban on legal fetal tissue research

August 31, 2015

The Wisconsin Technology Council has been on record since 2002 as supporting legislation that encourages high-tech research and company creation, and as opposing restrictions on research that place Wisconsin at a competitive disadvantage. The current debate over fetal tissue research in Wisconsin compels us to reiterate the factors behind our 2002 resolution. 

State Journal: Keeping the tech transfer engine humming at University Research Park

August 30, 2015

Aaron Olver grew up in Middleton and has lived most of his life in the Madison area. But a two-year stint as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University in England may have helped set the path that led to Olver’s current job, as managing director of the UW-Madison’s University Research Park. Being in Europe was “transformational,” Olver says. Olver, 41, who has served as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and has led the Madison economic development office, is finishing his first year as head of the West Side business park.

MadREP: Video Game Industry Meet-UP fuels momentum around Madison's gaming cluser

August 28, 2015

A capacity crowd of more than 75 people attended last night’s Video Game Industry & Higher Ed Meet-Up to discuss growing the Madison Region’s gaming industry and creating an innovation ecosystem for video games. The event was held at Filament Games as part of the 2015 Forward Fest and was planned and co-sponsored by Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), and the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA).

State Journal: Saliva-based fertility test wins Madison pitch contest

August 28, 2015

Katie Brenner is on a roll. The Madison biochemist and bioengineer who helped develop the first saliva-based fertility test for women won the 5X5X5 pitch competition held Thursday by the Doyenne Group, a Madison organization that advises and encourages women entrepreneurs.

ACA statement on crowd funding legislation

ACA statement on federal crowd funding legislation issued on Dec. 2, 2011.


ACA Policy Flash on JOBS Act

Angel Capital Association public policy update on federal JOBS Act legislation issued on March 27, 2012.