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

Investing in the News:

SBIR Advance second round open for high-tech small businesses

October 23, 2014

The University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. encourage high-tech small businesses to apply for grants through the second round of the SBIR Advance state-matching fund. Grants are available to recipients of federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

Madison Startups: OpenHomes to present at Web Summit

October 22, 2014

Competing against thousands of startups from around the world, OpenHomes announced recently that it won a spot to present at technology conference Web Summit Nov. 4-6 in Dublin, Ireland. OpenHomes will also present during the WAN Investors' Track at the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Venture Investors founder Roger Ganser elected to state's Investor Hall of Fame

October 22, 2014

Roger Ganser, the nationally known founder of Venture Investors LLC, Wisconsin's oldest and largest venture capital firm, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame during a Nov. 12 dinner tied to the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

JSOnline: Isomark awarded grant to commercialize breath analyzer

October 22, 2014

Isomark LLC said it has received a $1.7 million federal grant to help bring to market a noninvasive device that detects infection using a breath sample.

WisBusiness: Rate change proposals could signal change in electric industry

October 22, 2014

Wisconsin’s electricity industry is in the hot seat as Madison Gas and Electric Co. awaits an imminent decision from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on MGE’s proposal to change the way residential customers are billed. On Tuesday, industry experts told a Cleantech Network forum at the Wisconsin Energy Institute that the decision, expected before the end of the year, could signal changes in the way Wisconsin utility companies use residential customers to cover more of the fixed costs of doing business.

JSOnline: Wisconsin's venture capital total nearly doubles

October 17, 2014

Wisconsin companies have raised almost twice as much venture capital so far this year than in all of 2013, according to a national report released Friday.

Inside Wis: Venture capital is a roller-coaster, and Wisconsin is along for the ride

October 17, 2014

The good news: Venture capital dollars invested in Wisconsin through the first three-quarters of 2014 is already double all venture investments last year, and the number of deals is approaching an all-time annual high for the state.

The sobering news: Wisconsin still lags 23 other states in deals reported during the third quarter of 2014, and falls behind 25 states in total dollars invested during those three months.

Merit-based R&D grant winners to be honored Nov. 12 at Early Stage Symposium

October 16, 2014

About three-dozen Wisconsin winners of $77 million in federal research grants in the most recent reporting period will be honored during an opening-day luncheon at the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Deltanoid's DP001 demonstrated safe, effective in kidney failure patients on dialysis

October 15, 2014

Deltanoid Pharmaceuticals announces the successful completion of a phase 2B clinical trial for its lead experimental drug DP001 for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic kidney disease receiving hemodialysis.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Jim Laudon of Google Madison

October 15, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," Jim Laudon, site director of Google Madison, talks with Liz Schrum about the interest Google has in the region; Tom Still explains why reduced federal investment in academic research is a worrisome trend; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers water technology and cyber-security.

The biweekly show, produced by Tweedee Productions for the Wisconsin Technology Council and WisBusiness.com, as well as archives of past shows. The show is sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison Gas & Electric and UW-Milwaukee.

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.