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

Investing in the News:

Tech Council board meeting in Minocqua to focus on Northwoods, statewide topics

July 7, 2015

The July 14 meeting of the Wisconsin Technology Council’s board of directors in Minocqua will includes presentations by the Northwoods Angels and the Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corp., as well as discussions on rural health, the outcome of state budget deliberations and Wisconsin’s “non-compete” employment laws.

JSOnline: The Kauffman Foundation's incomplete, misleading message

July 4, 2015

Those three leading states (Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota) in the Kauffman study are not exactly models relevant for Wisconsin's aspirations. Not only do they have a dearth of venture capital, they also lack growth companies; that is, the statistically strong relationship between start-ups and mid-market companies is consistently negative.

Inside Wis: Why stopping data breaches will become a bigger problem by the day

July 1, 2015

Shelhart was among the experts who spoke June 29 at the first Data Privacy and Security Summit in Waukesha, where more than 100 people heard about the risks of data breaches – and how to better protect themselves and their organizations.

JSOnline: Light-emitting robots help keep VA hospital patient rooms germ-free

June 29, 2015

Paul Marifke maneuvered the Milwaukee VA Hospital's newest janitorial staff member into a room, pushed a button, walked outside and shut the door.

Inside Wis: Revisiting some recent topics: Startups, innovation, trade, cybersecurity and more

June 26, 2015

On Wisconsin’s startup climate: A prime example of why business rankings can depend on what’s being measured – and how – comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages noted that Wisconsin stood 35th among the 50 states in jobs created between 2010 and 2014, a relatively lackluster standing.

BizTimes: Water Council attracts international startups in third accelerator class

June 25, 2015

Startups in Batch 3 that have the potential to commercialize their technology will receive up to $50,000 in investments, subsidized space in the Global Water Center, training from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Institute for Water Business, and mentorship from area water technology experts.

Governor's Business Plan Contest winner targets women's fertility

June 25, 2015

Madison-based start-up, bluDiagnostics, is looking to change the way women check their fertility.  Their device, the Fertility Finder, is gaining momentum, having recently won the 12th annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest

WisBusiness: Exact Sciences CEO: Swiss model worth considering for economic development

June 24, 2015

Kevin Conroy, CEO of Madison’s fast-growing Exact Sciences cancer diagnostic company, said Tuesday that Wisconsin could use Switzerland as a role model to grow its biotech companies, increase innovation and fuel economic development.

State Journal: East Wash development including StartingBlock entrepreneurial hub grows in scale

June 24, 2015

The StartingBlock concept has been under discussion for about two and a half years. It will occupy about 50,000 square feet of space and serve as home to the Sector67 maker space, gener8tor business accelerator, Capital Entrepreneurs mentor group, and presumably, a flock of young businesses looking to take advantage of the array of resources.

Xconomy: The Water Council Raising $5M Fund, Names Next Accelerator Startups

June 24, 2015

The Water Council’s year-long accelerator—dubbed “Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. In Wisconsin,” or the BREW—offers participating companies up to $50,000, an office in the council’s Global Water Center near downtown, and access to mentors and business training.

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.