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

Investing in the News:

State Journal: Wisconsin companies invited to join WEDC trade trip to East Africa

January 22, 2015

Wisconsin companies looking to do business with the two largest economies in East Africa can get market information and meet potential partners on a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. trade venture to Kenya and Tanzania planned for early to mid-May.

JSOnline: Walker to lead state trade mission to London

January 22, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker will lead a trade mission to London next month to convince overseas investors to put money into Wisconsin.

Supreme Court Justice Bradley and Candidate Daley address Tech Council board

January 21, 2015

State Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley faces a challenge in April from Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley. The two spoke Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus after addressing the board of the Wisconsin Technology Council. See the coverage here.

Madison Development Corporation receives $2 million for technology businesses

January 21, 2015

Madison Development Corporation (MDC) announced receipt of an additional $2 million to add to its Venture Debt loan program for technology businesses in Dane County.  The additional capital comes from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)--$1.5 million, and MG&E--$500,000. 

Healthcare IT News: Mayo Clinic moves to Epic

January 21, 2015

In the latest example of a world-class health system yanking its established electronic health record in favor of a blue chip vendor, Mayo Clinic is migrating to Epic.

Midwest healthcare companies raise $1.8 billion in 2014

January 21, 2015

Midwest healthcare companies attracted $1.8 billion in new investments across 243 companies in 2014 according to the BioEnterprise Midwest Healthcare Growth Capital Report. The totals are the highest recorded in both dollars and number of companies funded since BioEnterprise began compiling the report in 2005, surpassing the banner 2007 by 46 percent and 2013 by 135 percent.

Chancellor Blank addresses Wisconsin Technology Council board of directors

January 21, 2015

UW-Madison Chancellor Becky Blank spoke Tuesday to the board of directors of the Wisconsin Technology Council. Read her prepared remarks:

WISC-TV3's 'For the Record' looks at 2015 Biz Plan Contest; reasons to enter

January 19, 2015

Neil Heinen, of WISC-TV3's "For the Record," talks with Tech Council President Tom Still and MobCraft Beer CEO Henry Schwartz about the upcoming 2015 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest. Schwartz was last year's Advanced Manufacturing category winner. 

JSOnline: Madison biotechnology company raises $2 million from investors

January 19, 2015

Lucigen Corp., a Madison biotech company, has raised nearly $2 million of funding from outside investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Diverse mix of judges to screen entries for 2015 Governor’s Biz Plan Contest

January 19, 2015

About 80 judges have volunteered to judge entries in the 2015 Governor’s Business Plan Contest, a field that includes judges from a cross-section of disciplines that help define Wisconsin’s startup culture.

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.