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Investing in the News:
March 7, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker and others may have their problems with
Wisconsin’s Common Core standards, which have been in the works since 2009, but
when it comes to STEM education, his office proclaimed next week as “STEM Week”
in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently rolled
out a modest grants program for schools that want to enhance STEM programs, and
many statewide groups are working to make science, technology, engineering and
math a bigger part of the curriculum.
March 5, 2014
A new venture capital fund that will concentrate on Wisconsin-based information technology companies has named its general partner.
Greg Robinson, a veteran of the Silicon Valley venture scene, will oversee the $30 million fund created last year by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
March 5, 2014
Classified national security research could be done by University of Wisconsin System professors if a bill currently before the Legislature passes.
March 3, 2014
With last fall's opening of the Global Water Center, and the creation of a neighboring business park, more apartments, restaurants and other developments are coming to the Walker's Point area, south of downtown Milwaukee.
March 3, 2014
To Al Zeise, a Green Bay-area entrepreneur, there's a simple formula for starting a company: find a problem, solve it and commercialize it. It's a formula Zeise has successfully used in the last two decades. He's founded or co-founded at least 10 companies. And he's made other investments through his involvement in two existing angel/venture funds.
Now Zeise is aiming to establish something his home turf is short on: an angel investing group. Zeise will hold an invitation-only meeting in De Pere on March 12 to discuss the planned group with potential members.
February 28, 2014
On the latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show,” Liz Schrum interviews Steve Lyons from the
Wisconsin Growth Capital Coalition about the classified research bill being discussed in the Legislature; Tom Still explains what the
recent Google Capital investment in Renaissance Learning could mean for the
state's tech sector; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers Renaissance
Learning and S.C. Johnson.
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
February 28, 2014
As the Wisconsin Legislature rolls toward a spring
wrap-up of its work, economic development items on its agenda range from
protecting intellectual property from “patent trolls” to setting the stage for
more classified research to rethinking the state’s sore-thumb tax on capital
raised by many young companies.
February 26, 2014
Fitchburg life sciences products company Promega Corp. is
one of the grandfathers of the Madison area’s biotech industry, and electronic
health records developer Epic Systems Corp.,
Verona, is the trigger for a growing health information technology cluster,
then Sonic Foundry deserves credit as a nexus of all sorts of entrepreneurship.
was the idea behind a presentation of the Wisconsin Innovation Network (WIN) on
Tuesday, featuring former Sonic employees who, among them, have started at
least seven new companies.
February 25, 2014
is the big question: How far can Dane County ride Epic's success?
right, we're talking about the foundation for Dane County's 21st-century
economy being built on the medical software industry: lots of good-paying
information technology jobs that fuel an expanding housing market, a glittering
downtown with hip restaurants and music clubs, a rising tax base to fund new
community services and a lot more resources to deal with the serious problems
ACA statement on federal crowd funding legislation issued on Dec. 2, 2011.
Angel Capital Association public policy update on federal JOBS Act legislation issued on March 27, 2012.