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

Investing in the News:

JSOnline: Wisconsin still missing an ingredient in the start-up stew

December 19, 2014

Journal Sentinel column by Wisconsin Technology Council board member John Neis:
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the first two investments by Venture Investors LLC, the oldest and largest venture capital firm headquartered in Wisconsin. Those investments in Office Solutions and Promega were successes, and our firm has now invested in its fifth fund and has $200 million under management. That makes it a good time to reflect on what has been accomplished — and how far we still have to go to create a truly competitive entrepreneurial economy in Wisconsin.

WisBusiness: Organic Research Corp. uses 'digital pathology' to pinpoint liver disease

December 19, 2014

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease affects 90 million Americans. It can lead to permanent liver dysfunction and even death. Although there are a number of clinical trials related to the disease, there are no pharmaceuticals approved for treatment. Organic Research Corp. is developing pathology software that will impact the efficiency of detecting NAFLD, called the Digital Liver Pathology Aid. The company presented to potential investors and others Nov. 12 during the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison.

Angel investors help start-ups get off the ground

December 19, 2014

Hopeful entrepreneurs are familiar with the concept of the “Three Fs”: Family, Friends and Fools. Small investments from this alliterative triad often constitute the start-up capital for early stage businesses. Recently an organization of experienced investors formed in Vilas County, adding a new investment option for entrepreneurs in northern Wisconsin. Northwoods Angels, a part of the larger Wisconsin Angel Network, is looking for high growth opportunities that will bring business and jobs to Vilas County and surrounding areas.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Ophir Ben-Yitschak of Scopia Technologies

December 19, 2014

This episode features Scopia Technologies' Ophir Ben-Yitschak speaking from the Early Stage Symposium about his travel-related startup. Also, Tom Still talks about efforts to pass right-to-work in Wisconsin and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report, which covers unemployment claims and economic forecasts.

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

WisBusiness: CardioPoietis strives to stop damage to heart before it's too late

December 19, 2014

CardioPoietis LLC is a company commercializing a drug expected to reduce the damage to the heart during a heart attack by 30 to 35 percent compared to the current standard treatment. There is also promising evidence that it may provide similar protective effects for the brain during a stroke. Currently, two U.S.-issued patents for the idea and usage of this drug are owned by the company. CardioPoietis presented during the WAN Investors' Track at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium on Nov. 12 in Madison.

WisBusiness: National Academy of Inventors and UWM announce NAI Fellow

December 18, 2014

Pradeep Rohatgi, Distinguished Professor of Materials Engineering at the UW-Milwaukee, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation by creating inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Rohatgi (and Intelligent Composites) won third place in the 2013 and 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest advanced manufacturing categories.

Holidays perks list includes naughty and nice in Wisconsin politics

December 18, 2014

A source close to the toy industry has once again leaked a copy of Santa’s perks list for Wisconsin politicians and newsmakers. Here’s what the good boys and girls in Madison and Washington will reportedly find in their stockings this Christmas. But they better not pout and they better not cry if an alert district attorney asks why gifts were delivered down chimneys after midnight.

Trade trip to Mexico can help Wisconsin companies boost exports

December 18, 2014

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is seeking companies to take part in a Global Trade Venture in Mexico in March.

WisBusiness: Concinnity developing healthcare software to unlock funds for physicians

December 18, 2014

Medical practices across the country are missing a chance to earn up to $4 billion that could be unlocked easily with the help of software. That’s according to Ben West, CEO and creator of Concinnity, a Madison-based company that is seeking to capitalize on better use of electronic health records.Concinnity won second place at the 2014 Elevator Pitch Olympics during the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium this November.

WisBusiness: Eau Claire company seeks to provide more natural ingredient options

December 18, 2014

Consumer food awareness is on the rise, leading to an increased market demand for sustainable and eco-friendly food products. The food industry is quickly responding to meet this new demand, and companies like Fiberstar Bio-Ingredient Technologies – or FiberStar BIO – are determined to provide more natural ingredient options. FiberStar BIO presented during the WAN Investors' Track of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium on Nov. 12 in Madison.

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.