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

Investing in the News:

Story of Exact Sciences move, rebirth to be told at Early Stage Symposium

September 30, 2014

Five years ago, Exact Sciences seemed on its way to becoming an expensive biotech failure in Boston. Today, it’s a Wisconsin success story and poised to change how patients and medical professionals everywhere go about detecting colorectal cancer.

Chief Executive Officer Kevin Conroy and Chief Operating Officer Maneesh Arora, who moved the company from Massachusetts to Wisconsin in 2009, will tell the story of the company’s rebound and growth Wednesday, Nov. 12, the opening day of the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.

UWM Research Foundation announces nine new Catalyst Grants

September 29, 2014

Nine new research projects, including developments for a new cancer therapy and a high-power density battery to continue medical operations during power outages, have received Catalyst Grant funding from the UWM Research Foundation.

State Journal: Sun Prairie product design firm tripling its space, expanding services

September 29, 2014

Betting in large part on the booming biotech sector, engineering design firm InForm Product Development will spend $2.8 million to dramatically expand its footprint in Sun Prairie and nearly double its workforce, enabling new services including niche manufacturing for customers in the bioscience and lab equipment fields.

JSOnline: Biggest job sectors, state by state

September 29, 2014

Wisconsin stands out as one of few states where manufacturing has remained the biggest employer. Although average wages among the state’s manufacturers are far higher than wages in the other three sectors, data analyzed by the Journal Sentinel show that Wisconsin retained at least a share of its manufacturing jobs by keeping wages under pressure.

Inside Wis: History of venture conference reflects growth of state’s tech sector

September 26, 2014

Along with 11 other companies, mostly in their early stages, Promega was one of the first presenters in a conference format that has endured in various forms since 1984. Known the past 10 years as the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, it was previously the Madison Venture Fair, the Wisconsin Venture Fair, the Wisconsin Venture Conference and the Wisconsin Life Sciences Venture Conference. By whatever name, the annual match-making event has introduced up-and-coming companies to prospective investors and contributed to Wisconsin’s high-growth economy.

Isthmus: You want jobs, Wisconsin? They're in tech, stupid!

September 25, 2014

At lunchtime on March 18, Rachel Keranen walked the two blocks from the Bendyworks office at 106 E. Doty St. to the Madison Club, the traditional gathering spot of Madison powerbrokers for 100-plus years.

SBIR Advance grant-matching program recipients announced

September 25, 2014

Seven Wisconsin small high-tech businesses each will receive a $75,000 grant to commercialize their innovations—the first recipients of the SBIR Advance program, a collaboration between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the UW-Extension Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC).

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Ralph Kauten of Quintessence Biosciences

September 25, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," Tom Still discusses breakthroughs and trends in the field of medical devices; Liz Schrum speaks with Quintessence Biosciences CEO Ralph Kauten about his varied entrepreneurial endeavors and the upcoming Early Stage Symposium; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers agriculture and real estate.

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

JSOnline: MobCraft Beer becomes first to use state's crowdfunding law

September 24, 2014

Equity crowdfunding got off the ground in Wisconsin Wednesday, as Madison's MobCraft Beer announced an agreement with a bank to help with the state's first deal using the new investment vehicle.

WIN-Madison looks at how women entrepreneurs are raising funds

September 24, 2014

Three women who have been successful entrepreneurs or investors agreed Tuesday that Wisconsin still has a long way to go before enough women are engaged in startup companies, especially high-growth, scalable companies.

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.