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

Investing in the News:

UW-Platteville to host Wisconsin Technology Council board meeting

October 12, 2015

The Wisconsin Technology Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 13 at UW-Platteville for its quarterly board of directors meeting. Thanks to Chancellor Dennis Shields and others at UW-Platteville for hosting the meeting, as well as a community reception to be held Monday, Oct. 12 in Platteville.

Tech Council's Still to speak at Sauk County Development Corp. Nov. 19 event

October 12, 2015

Tech Council President Tom Still will speak at "#nextgensaukcounty," a Nov. 19 event in Baraboo sponsored by the Sauk County Development Corp. The 5:30 p.m. event will be held at the Baraboo Arts Banquet & Convention Center. The focus of Still's remarks and others will be attracting and retaining young workers in Sauk County. For more information or to register, contact Keri Olson at kolson@co.sauk.wi.us   

CapTimes: Founder - 'I don’t think Madison knows it’s as good as it actually is'

October 9, 2015

Wes Garnett moved to Madison earlier this year to launch his healthcare startup, Kurbi — and he thinks the number of startups moving to Madison to tap into its health IT culture is vastly underestimated. Garnett will present during the 2015 Elevator Pitch Olympics at the upcoming Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Inside Wis: The Exact Science stock plunge: Taking the long view

October 9, 2015

Such is the inexact science of trying to make sense of why the stock of Exact Sciences, a Madison-based cancer diagnostics company, took a nosedive Tuesday over a draft report from an independent healthcare review panel. Stockholders and others who follow the company may want to take a deep breath before concluding the stock plunge is anything more than a speed bump in what has been an otherwise fast and smooth road for Exact Sciences.

Milwaukee Institute lands $1 million grant to fund fellowships in computer science

October 9, 2015

The Milwaukee Institute, a non-profit that promotes high-performance computing in southeast Wisconsin, has received a $1 million grant that will allow it to create two fellowships in computational science. Institute director Jay Bayne is a member of the Wisconsin Technology Council board of directors. Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

‘WisBiz: The Show’ covers Tech Metrics, commentary; interview with Aaron Olver of University Research Park

October 8, 2015

This episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show” features an interview with Aaron Olver, director of University Research Park, to talk about the progress of Wisconsin’s oldest and largest tech park. Tom Still busts a few myths about Wisconsin’s startup world and Liz Schrum presents this week's Tech Metrics, a look at key indicators in the Wisconsin economy.

Wisconsin YES! featured at state school business officers' fall conference

October 8, 2015

Tech Council President Tom Still spoke Oct. 8 to about 270 school district professionals and service affiliates at the annual Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials’ fall conference in Elkhart Lake on the benefits of getting students involved in the Wisconsin YES youth business plan contest.

Xconomy: Northeast WI angel investor group launches to create, fund spinoffs

October 7, 2015

Al Zeise and 10 fellow executives based in Northeastern Wisconsin, representing industries including healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, and banking, have launched ZyQuest Ventures Foundry—“the foundry” for short—which provides a more formal framework for spinning startups out of established companies in the area.

Xconomy: Breakout labs welcomes startups in food, health, metals, adhesives

October 7, 2015

Shorewood, WI-based CyteGen is drawing on the expertise of scientists from eight universities to find ways to lower the toll of illnesses associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. The idea is to not only to help people live longer, but also to extend the number of years they live as healthy adults. Cyte-Gen will present during the WAN Investors' Track at the Early Stage Symposium this November.

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.