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

Investing in the News:

Inside Wis: As health care evolves, so does need for smarter, cost-effective tools

September 19, 2014

Envisioning, designing and manufacturing medical devices – which range from robots to sensors, and from surgical instruments to software that allows devices to communicate with one another – was the topic of a recent conference in Chicago.

Echometrix awarded key ultrasound patent

September 19, 2014

Echometrix, LLC announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) awarded the company Patent No. 8,840,555 on ultrasound technology for the dynamic functional analysis of injured and healing tissues.  The company’s Echosoft product line centers on the use of ultrasound to provide functional information about soft tissues as an alternative to other more expensive and less portable medical imaging modalities like MRI. 

JSOnline: Bioscience trade group BioForward names new CEO

September 18, 2014

BioForward, a trade organization for Wisconsin's bioscience industry, said Wednesday it has hired Laura Bray as its new chief executive officer.

BizJournal: Beloit toymaker Patch Products acquired by private equity firm

September 18, 2014

Patch Products LLC, a Beloit game manufacturer and distributor, has been acquired by New York City-area private equity firm Topspin Partners for an undisclosed amount.

Journal Sentinel: Madison organization providing grants for start-ups

September 15, 2014

Madworks at Campus, a Madison organization, will provide grants of as much as $4,000 to start-ups in its fall program.

Xconomy: UW’s Blank on tech transfer, bridging the Milwaukee-Madison divide

September 12, 2014

Head of the Wisconsin’s flagship university, University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank, spoke to a group of Milwaukee-area business leaders and investors about how she wants to find more ways for companies and educational institutions in Milwaukee and Madison to work together.

Inside Wis: Multiple centers for research will help state’s high-growth economy

September 12, 2014

The UW-Madison is one of the nation’s leading research universities by several measures – dollars invested, patents produced and ideas licensed or otherwise transferred to the market – but it was Wisconsin’s only academic R&D center for more than 100 years. However, the past decade or so has brought change.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Vicki Elkin of Fund for Lake Michigan

September 10, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," Liz Schrum speaks with Vicki Elkin, executive director of the Fund for Lake Michigan, about how the business of water benefits the state's economy; Tom Still looks at how Wisconsin's economy could benefit from following Colorado's business practices; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report showcases hiring and mining.

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.  

Still in JSOnline: Colorado offers economic growth lessons for Wisconsin

September 9, 2014

While Wisconsin can't offer mountain vistas, the story of Colorado's economic performance offers some potential lessons for the Badger State — as well as affirmation of trends already underway.

Emerging companies may apply to present at Nov. 12-13 Early Stage Symposium

September 9, 2014

The planners of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, a two-day event that has been connecting innovation and investment for three decades, are looking for innovative early stage companies from Wisconsin and other Midwest states to present in November at Madison’s Monona Terrace.

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.