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

Investing in the News:

Renaissance Learning CEO Lynch to speak June 3 at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

April 15, 2014

John “Jack” Lynch Jr., chief executive officer of Renaissance Learning, a Wisconsin-based online education company recently purchased for $1.1 billion, will speak June 3 at the 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison.

Stratasys strengthens materials development capabilities with acquisition

April 11, 2014

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of additive manufacturing solutions, announced that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire certain assets of Wisconsin-based Interfacial Solutions.

Inside Wis: With company life spans growing shorter, young companies help fill gap

April 11, 2014

The increasingly dynamic nature of the economy means that while workers themselves may be living longer, companies are not.

JSOnline: State among worst-performing for entrepreneurship, report finds

April 11, 2014

Wisconsin continues to rank among the worst-performing states as measured by its rate of entrepreneurial activity and the size of its decline in entrepreneurial activity over the last decade, according to a report by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

It's a wrap! Read press coverage of the April 7 Wisconsin Tech Summit

April 10, 2014

Read coverage of the April 7 Wisconsin Tech Summit, held at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha.

Inside Wis: Getting behind the numbers on why new company creation is important

April 4, 2014

Small businesses account for 65 percent of net, new private-sector jobs, according to federal figures, and businesses between one and 10 years old create 40 percent of all jobs. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo., which follows entrepreneurship nationally, has also attributed most net new jobs to young companies. It’s why the debate over company creation in Wisconsin will command attention as the election year gathers steam.

Journal Sentinel: Israeli maker of 3D printers acquires Interfacial Solutions

April 4, 2014

Stratasys Ltd., a Rehovot, Israel, maker of 3D printers with a large presence in Minneapolis, said Friday it has agreed to buy certain assets of Interfacial Solutions LLC, a privately held company near River Falls that provides research and development and production services to the plastics industry.

Journal Sentinel: BizStarts unveils new offices at Schlitz Park

April 3, 2014

BizStarts Milwaukee, a nonprofit that helps companies grow, unveiled a new headquarters and an expansion of its services Wednesday at a reception for business and political leaders.

The new offices are in Schlitz Park in downtown Milwaukee. The expanded services, called BizForge, are organized around three areas: academic; money, management and operations; and deals. They are being offered to a wider range of entrepreneurs and companies beyond those with the potential for the most rapid growth, said Dan Steininger, BizStarts' president.

State Senate passes classified research bill, 33-0; on to governor for signing

April 1, 2014
In the closing day of its spring session, the Wisconsin Senate voted, 33-0, to approve a bill which establishes a system that would allow the UW System to pursue classified research contracts and grants. The bill was passed, 99-0, last month by the Wisconsin Assembly and now goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his approval. 

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features director of UW-Madison's D2P initiative

March 28, 2014

On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum speaks with John Biondi about the new "Discovery to Product" initiative at UW-Madison; Tom Still discusses numerous ways to draw a younger population to Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for late March 2014 includes the Manitowoc Co. and aircraft manufacturing.

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.