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

Investing in the News:

Need spring break project? ‘Wisconsin YES!’ invites entries through April 6

March 27, 2015

Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 6, 2015

American Family helping set standard for ‘big company’ role in emerging economy

March 27, 2015

Long known for its attention to customers and community involvement, American Family has emerged as a prominent example of a company that values innovation – not only within its own walls, but inside companies in which it may invest or otherwise take an interest.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group's Stuart

March 26, 2015

This episode features an interview with the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group's Todd Stuart, who discusses Wisconsin Energy Corp.'s possible acquisition of the Integrys Energy Group. Tom Still reflects on the March 23 Wisconsin Tech Summit, which brought together established and emerging companies to explore possible business relationships; and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report, which covers tech investment rounds and job growth.

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 UW-Milwaukee.

State Journal: UW-Madison vaccine protects monkeys from Ebola

March 26, 2015
An Ebola vaccine developed at UW-Madison is effective in monkeys and could join four other Ebola vaccines now in human trials, the university said Thursday. The vaccine was created in the lab of campus virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka.

JSOnline: Marshfield medical technology company raises $750,000 from investors

March 24, 2015

Microscopy Innovations LLC, a Marshfield company that makes a system for preparing microscope specimens, has raised $750,000 from 10 investors, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

BizTimes: Wisconsin Tech Summit to host more than 50 emerging companies

March 24, 2015

The Wisconsin Technology Council will host the second annual Wisconsin Tech Summit today at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha.

WisBusiness: American Family official 'bullish' on Wisconsin startup scene

March 24, 2015

Peter Gunder, whose keynote speech concluded the daylong Wisconsin Tech Summit, described why American Family, a Fortune 400 company with $7.4 billion in revenue and a $20 billion investment portfolio, has become keen on investing in innovative startups.

Milwaukee's culture for emerging companies is stronger than ever

March 22, 2015

Working with more than 100 businesses in southeast Wisconsin, BizStarts is an example of a growing array of services for emerging companies in the region. Some are focused on start-ups and some work with more mature companies seeking to scale their operations. Others are tied to specific industry clusters such as water or energy, and some work mainly with campus-based entrepreneurs.

Keeping the pipeline filled with engineers essential for Wisconsin business

March 20, 2015

If you want to know why engineering appears once again on the rise as a career choice, just check out Education News and its “Career Path” database for average salaries for engineers.

Lineup of emerging companies, major firms set for March 23 Tech Summit

March 19, 2015

Sixteen major companies will take part in about 175 “speed dating” meetings with more than 50 emerging companies during the second annual Wisconsin Tech Summit, to be held March 23 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha.

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.