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

Investing in the News:

JSOnline: Scott Walker wants to end funding for renewable energy program

March 2, 2015

In an about-face from his first term, Gov. Scott Walker wants to eliminate funding for a University of Wisconsin-Madison renewable energy research center that has played a key role in helping land one of its biggest government grants ever.

American Family’s Gunder to deliver keynote at March 23 Wisconsin Tech Summit

March 2, 2015

Peter Gunder, the chief business development officer for American Family Insurance and one of the architects of the company’s involvement in Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial scene, will speak March 23 at the close of the 2015 Wisconsin Tech Summit in Waukesha.

JSOnline: Badger Fund of Funds will launch first venture capital funds

March 2, 2015

The Badger Fund of Funds, which was seeded with $25 million of state dollars, will launch its first venture capital funds in Madison, Oshkosh, Green Bay and Vilas County, according to the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

WIN partners with Wisconsin Film Festival

February 27, 2015

Highlighting the connection between the arts, technology and the “creative economy,” the Wisconsin Innovation Network will partner with the 17th annual Wisconsin Film Festival.

A select number of tickets to the 2015 Film Festival will be given away at the March 12th and March 24th WIN meetings, which are produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council. The film festival will be held April 9 through April 16 at several UW-Madison campus venues.

Inside Wis: Internet access battle far from over in Congress

February 27, 2015

“Net neutrality” is one of those buzzwords that inspires populist support, but it’s not as simple as the big guys conspiring to shove mom-and-pop websites into the Internet’s slow lane.

Latest 'WisBiz: The Show' features Waisman Biomanufacturing's Derek Hei

February 26, 2015

This episode features an interview with Derek Hei, director of UW-Madison's Waisman Biomanufacturing, about the center’s work with early stage clinical trials. Also, Tom Still talks about the state budget's UW System changes and Liz Schrum presents the WisBusiness.com Stock Report, which covers Exact Sciences and right-to-work.

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.  

CapTimes: With a new hub for venture funds downtown, investors look to cash in

February 25, 2015

Four Wisconsin-based venture capital groups, each with a different focus but potentially working together, have set up shop at 111 N. Fairchild St. in a sparkling new office building that offers views of the Capitol on one side and the Overture Center on the other.

Fifty-four entries advance to next round in 2015 Governor’s Biz Plan Contest

February 24, 2015

Fifty-four entries from 26 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 12th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced Tuesday.

US-Israel Binational Industrial R&D Foundation funding seminar set for March 4

February 24, 2015

The Madison Region Economic Partnership -- the US-Israel Binational Industrial R&D (BIRD) Foundation's Wisconsin partner -- invites you to participate in an informative session featuring a case study by recent BIRD funding recipient Virent, as well as an opportunity to meet with a BIRD representative.

Exact Sciences could receive $9 million in state tax credits

February 24, 2015

Exact Sciences Corp., a Madison cancer diagnostics company, could receive tax credits of as much as $9 million from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. if it meets certain milestones over the next five years.

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.