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

Investing in the News:

JSOnline: UW Extension program to create 'business intelligence teams'

April 27, 2015

With the help of a $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., UW Extension's Mark Lange plans to create and train "business intelligence teams" — small groups of experts who eventually could work with more than 100 state companies a year.

Milwaukee Courier: Dr. George Koonce to match athletes with jobs

April 27, 2015

Dr. George Koonce, Vice President for Advancement at Marian University and former linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, has been named a finalist in the 12th annual Wisconsin Governors Business Plan contest for his business initiative, Athlos 360. Koonce and Athlos 360 are the last African-American team left in the competition.

State Journal: Madison's health IT firms make a splash at HIMSS

April 27, 2015

Madison’s burgeoning health tech community is recovering from the big Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, or HIMSS, annual conference, held earlier this month in Chicago.

JSOnline: Madison start-up raises $923,000 in funding

April 27, 2015

Abodo.com, a Madison start-up that offers online apartment listings, has raised $923,000 of a planned $1.5 million funding round, according to a filing with federal securities regulators.

Apply by May 29 for WERCBench Labs program and turn big ideas into products

April 25, 2015

 The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) has opened applications for its business startup initiative, WERCBench Labs. Engineers, scientists and programmers across all funding stages are asked to submit their applications by May 29. 

Turning brain drain into brain gain: Growth strategies for rural Wisconsin

April 24, 2015

Looking back on a litany of grant announcements by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the past six months or so, I reached this conclusion: Wisconsin leaves a lot of federal money on the table.

Twenty-six entries advance to Phase 2 in ‘Wisconsin YES!’ youth biz plan contest

April 23, 2015

A statewide panel of judges have selected 26 entries to advance to Phase 2 of Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school.

JSOnline: Catalyze helps health-tech companies innovate

April 22, 2015

In the months following the launch party, Catalyze raised $2 million in funding. The health information technology company also persuaded Ben Uphoff to leave Los Alamos National Lab and become its chief technology officer. Now Catalyst has raised another $4 million and Uphoff is immersed in the startup company's efforts to make it easier for software-makers to comply with federal privacy rules for the health care industry.

State Journal: State Senate approves statewide regulations for Uber, Lyft

April 22, 2015

The state Senate approved a bill on a voice vote Tuesday that would create statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft and prohibit local governments from enacting their own regulations.

Milwaukee joins National Innovation Network through grant

April 22, 2015

Five academic institutions in Milwaukee are joining forces to form a local site of the National Innovation Network that will recruit and train 90 entrepreneurial teams over the next three years. With training, the teams will conduct deep research into their chances of starting a viable business or find new pathways to market.

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.