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

Investing in the News:

From biotech to baseball swings, more than 45 startups to pitch at ESS

October 30, 2014

More than 45 early stage companies focused on various industries, including Chinese e-commerce, rare disease tracking analytics and software to improve your baseball swing, will pitch to potential investors and others at the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, to be held Nov. 12-13 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.

State Journal: Ralph Kauten becomes CEO of Lucigen

October 30, 2014

Ralph Kauten is the new CEO of Lucigen, a Middleton company that provides cells, cloning kits and other technology for scientific researchers. The appointment took effect Oct. 20, the company said Wednesday.

Nordic ranked 52nd on Modern Healthcare’s “Best Places to Work in Healthcare”

October 29, 2014

Nordic has been ranked 52nd on Modern Healthcare’s 2014 list of the 100 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare.” The rankings were announced at a banquet last week in Chicago after the names of all the companies on the list were released in August. The complete ranked list is published in the Oct. 27 issue of Modern Healthcare.

Madison Startups: VC: More capital for more jobs

October 29, 2014

Both angel and venture capital funding are required to have a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem. That’s according to John Neis, managing director of Venture Investors, who spoke Tuesday at the monthly Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel.

Keane to receive ‘trep education award at Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

October 28, 2014

Tim Keane, an investor who was one of the first college-level educators in Wisconsin to design courses around entrepreneurial studies, will be the first recipient of the “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Susan Healy of Ascendancy Advisors

October 27, 2014

On the latest episode, Liz Schrum interviews Susan Healy of Ascendancy Advisors and the Early Stage Symposium; Tom Still discusses the growing number of venture capital investments in Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report features health care and property assessments.

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

Inside Wis: State’s economic development structure in place: How best to use it

October 24, 2014

Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke have staked out major differences in their approach to job creation and economic growth, but the candidates appear to agree on one significant item: Reinventing the state’s flagship economic development agency was the right thing to do.

SBIR Advance second round open for high-tech small businesses

October 23, 2014

The University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. encourage high-tech small businesses to apply for grants through the second round of the SBIR Advance state-matching fund. Grants are available to recipients of federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

Madison Startups: OpenHomes to present at Web Summit

October 22, 2014

Competing against thousands of startups from around the world, OpenHomes announced recently that it won a spot to present at technology conference Web Summit Nov. 4-6 in Dublin, Ireland. OpenHomes will also present during the WAN Investors' Track at the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Venture Investors founder Roger Ganser elected to state's Investor Hall of Fame

October 22, 2014

Roger Ganser, the nationally known founder of Venture Investors LLC, Wisconsin's oldest and largest venture capital firm, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame during a Nov. 12 dinner tied to the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

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.