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Head over to the Wisconsin Angel Network's blog, 30Forward, where you can get frequent updates on what's going on with early stage investing in Wisconsin.

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

Investing in the News:

Biz Journal: Milwaukee fashion startup Wantable lands $1.5M Series A financing

July 31, 2014

Fast-growing Milwaukee fashion startup Wantable Inc. has secured $1.5 million in Series A funding, the company announced. The e-commerce startup, from Buyseasons Inc. founder Jalem Getz, closed the round with support from unnamed Wisconsin and California-based investors.

Innovation, expansion are topics of Aug. 8 Biz & Tech Conference in Ashland

July 31, 2014

The 2014 Lake Superior Business & Technology Conference, to be held Friday, Aug. 8 at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Ashland, will focus on regional economic development through innovation, retention and expansion.

ABODO raises $1.25M in Series A funding to deliver hyperlocal apartment search

July 30, 2014

The hyperlocal online rental marketplace ABODO announced it has closed $1.25 million in Series A financing, led by American Family Ventures. Also joining the round are 4490 Ventures and Lakewest Venture Partners.

Inside Wis: Technology becoming fifth “T” in North Woods economic portfolio

July 30, 2014

The Lake Superior region’s economy will likely always rest on some traditional pillars – timber, transportation, tourism and taconite ore – but technology is becoming a fifth “T” in the jobs creation lineup. At the Aug. 8 Lake Superior Business and Technology Conference, a collection of communities, educational institutions and business leaders will drill down into the economic bedrock of Ashland, a city of about 10,000 people on the shores of Lake Superior.

Latest 'WisBusiness: The Show' features Arjun Sanga of WiSys

July 30, 2014

On the latest episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," Liz Schrum speaks with Arjun Sanga of WiSys Technology Foundation about innovation on UW System campuses; Tom Still outlines scientific breakthroughs happening in Wisconsin; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report covers hiring optimism and the state jobs picture.

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.

Stil in Journal Sentinel: 'Inversion,' outsourcing worth studying

July 29, 2014

While President Obama and others are right to worry about the long-term implications of American companies effectively renouncing their citizenship, the larger issue facing the White House and Congress is American competitiveness in a global economy. Tax reform that lowers rates and closes loopholes such as inversion should be the answer.

Xconomy: Ability Network exit a win for WI investors outside metro hubs

July 28, 2014

The Ability Network exit, which was among the largest healthtech transactions nationwide in the first half of 2014, brought a big payoff for a group of Wisconsin investors. One of Ability’s early investors was the Chippewa Valley Angel Investors Network (CVAIN), based in Eau Claire, WI, 93 miles east of Minneapolis.

NIH awards Imbed Bio a $1.5M grant to develop advanced wound healing nanofilm

July 28, 2014

Imbed Biosciences Inc. announced July 28 that it has been awarded a $1.5 million competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a division of National Institutes of Health. Imbed is a past finalist in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Journal Sentinel: Protein Foundry first startup in MCW's incubator program

July 28, 2014

Protein Foundry LLC, a start-up formed by four Medical College of Wisconsin scientists, may be the first in a string of spinoffs to be incubated at the school under a new program aimed at helping move more companies out the door.

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.