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

Investing in the News:

WisBusiness: Broadband need could triple by decade's end, experts say

July 29, 2015

Speaking at a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon, UW-Madison CIO Bruce Maas and the state’s Department of Administration CIO David Cagigal said the need for increased connectivity will only skyrocket in coming years due to pressure from the “Internet of Things.” 

Bills to impose new limits on employee mobility opposed by Tech Council board of directors

July 29, 2015

The board of directors for the Wisconsin Technology Council has voted to oppose two bills that would place new limits on the ability of employees to take new jobs or start their own businesses.

BizTimes: Hatching a business: Startups learn to fly in challenging environment

July 27, 2015

The path to starting a business can be long and winding, and the journey grueling, but several local organizations are trying to make it easier for entrepreneurs to start companies and create more jobs. A growing number of incubators, accelerators and startup communities have popped up in the Milwaukee area over the past five years, in an effort to pool resources to send startups on their way to success.

Still in JSOnline: New state labor laws should help, not hinder, workforce

July 25, 2015

Ah, for a return to the good old days of the Great Recession ... when the unemployment rate soared into double digits and everyone who still had a job was perfectly happy to keep it.

JSOnline: Medical College researchers start medical-test company, Tai, in Wisconsin

July 25, 2015

Tai is developing a blood test for determining whether a heart-transplant recipient is in danger of rejecting the new heart. The test would replace invasive biopsies, where a wire is threaded through an incision in the neck and down a vein to retrieve several small pieces of the heart.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show’ covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Shelley Jurewicz of FaB Wisconsin

July 23, 2015

This episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show” features an interview with Shelley Jurewicz of Food and Beverage Wisconsin on how the cluster approach will enhance one of the state’s oldest brands. Tom Still discusses Lac Du Flambeau’s efforts to diversify its economic base and Liz Schrum presents this week's Tech Metrics, a look at key indicators in the Wisconsin economy.

Xconomy: Gener8tor Launches Free Accelerator for WI College Startups

July 23, 2015

Wisconsin startup accelerator Gener8tor has launched a free business training program to nurture young companies with ties to Badger State universities—and perhaps build a more direct pipeline of local companies for its main for-profit program.

Inside Wis: Health-care delivery, cost and access is piece of growth puzzle in rural Wisconsin

July 23, 2015

With 55 clinical sites and more than 700 physicians, the Marshfield Clinic is a dominant source of health care in northern, central and much of western Wisconsin. From dental clinics to food safety testing to research in about 400 active studies, the clinic offers a surprising array of services to its 400,000 or so patients.

State Journal: Propeller Health's asthma monitor is approved for more devices

July 22, 2015

Propeller Health, the Madison company with a device to help people with respiratory diseases, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for two more versions of its system that will make it available to millions more patients.

UW-Madison: With UW-Madison engineers' expertise, German fusion experiment achieves major milestone

July 17, 2015

In June 2015, one of the world's most innovative fusion experiments marked a major technological achievement that likely will make it a viable candidate for producing energy from fusion.

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.