Forward Festival 2019: Eight reasons to attend

The 10th annual Forward Festival will be taking place Aug. 22-29 in and around Madison. Billed as a celebration of innovation for “entrepreneurs, nerds, geeks, hackers, foodies and creatives” from around Wisconsin and the Midwest, the festival has something for everyone. Here are just a few of the reasons to block off your calendar: It’s big. With more than 50 events and an expected 5,000-plus … Continue reading Forward Festival 2019: Eight reasons to attend

Capital Catalyst grants announced to extend entrepreneurship support to new communities across the state

As funding for entrepreneurial ventures becomes more widely available across Wisconsin, a continuing challenge is making sure access is widespread—and that it reaches into geographic areas and social and professional networks that have not historically had as much access to these resources. WEDC’s latest round of Capital Catalyst awards aims to help with this, providing matching funds for local funding sources in communities across the … Continue reading Capital Catalyst grants announced to extend entrepreneurship support to new communities across the state

OnRamp Healthcare Conference promises networking opportunities for Wisconsin’s health tech startups and investors

For many of Wisconsin’s tech startups, the legacy of Lambeau Field includes more than Super Bowl wins. Since 2013, the iconic Green Bay stadium has been home to the OnRamp Healthcare Conference, a day-long event connecting executives, clinicians, investors and entrepreneurs working to increase access to, and reduce the cost of, quality health care. This year’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19. What makes … Continue reading OnRamp Healthcare Conference promises networking opportunities for Wisconsin’s health tech startups and investors

Governor’s Business Plan Contest features “Baker’s Dozen” at Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference

GrowthChart’s Brent Brenner, shown on June 4 in Milwaukee at Venue 42 delivering what would be the winning presentation of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest From disintegrating hypodermic needles to aircraft you can build in a garage to liquid-composite armor technology, the innovations spotlighted at the 17th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference were novel and plentiful. But only one entrant could take home the grand prize … Continue reading Governor’s Business Plan Contest features “Baker’s Dozen” at Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference

Register now for the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference

Entrepreneurs from all sectors and stages of business growth are invited to attend Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference on June 4-5, 2019, in Milwaukee. Registration is open for the event and the full agenda is available at www.witrepsconference.com. Returning to Milwaukee for the first time in six years, the conference features three major speakers, a plenary panel on improving diversity and inclusion in young companies, 12 panel … Continue reading Register now for the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference

Nominations for Wisconsin Innovation Awards now being accepted

The Wisconsin Innovation Awards are accepting applications for innovative products, services and companies as they look to recognize innovators from throughout the state for a sixth consecutive year. The awards span various business sectors, including but not limited to technology, food, health care, agriculture, nonprofits, education and government. The deadline to apply or nominate is May 31, 2019. The contest receives hundreds of nominations each … Continue reading Nominations for Wisconsin Innovation Awards now being accepted

Wisconsin coworking spaces benefit startups through tech connectivity, industry-specific focus

Milwaukee’s water technology-focused Oasis Coworking Community is one of many coworking spaces available throughout Wisconsin. While coworking spaces are available nationwide, Wisconsin is a leader in offering spaces that serve specific needs. Some, like the Oasis Coworking Community, are designed for companies within a particular industry—in this case, water technology. Others, like Milwaukee’s Ward4 and Madison’s 100state, are open to all entrepreneurs and separate themselves … Continue reading Wisconsin coworking spaces benefit startups through tech connectivity, industry-specific focus

WEDC grant helps Forward BIOLABS phase 1 laboratory space hit capacity, eye expansion

Gregor Diagnostics, a molecular diagnostics company, is one of four biomanufacturing startups currently utilizing lab space offered by Forward BIOLABS. Seven months after receiving a $750,000 Targeted Industry Project Grant from WEDC and $200,000 in seed funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Forward BIOLABS has already maxed out its current facility and is gearing up for expansion. This is evidence of the rapid and … Continue reading WEDC grant helps Forward BIOLABS phase 1 laboratory space hit capacity, eye expansion

Startup Weekend Madison 2019 empowers Wisconsin entrepreneurs to connect, discover and learn

Participants from 2018 Startup Weekend Madison working on an icebreaker exercise on the opening day of the event. Now in its eighth year, Startup Weekend Madison is back April 26-28, 2019 in its signature format, a 54-hour event known for bringing all kinds of entrepreneurs—technical and non-technical, seasoned and budding—together to experience the highs, lows, pace and pressure of life at a startup. It provides … Continue reading Startup Weekend Madison 2019 empowers Wisconsin entrepreneurs to connect, discover and learn

Grants to build a supportive culture for Wisconsin entrepreneurs and startups

A new round of Entrepreneurship Support Grants have been awarded to nine organizations around the state, providing funds that will help fill resource gaps for young companies by providing entrepreneurs with training, mentorship, business development and financial services, among other resources. Launched in 2016, the grant program has provided a total of nearly $1.5 million in grants to 26 organizations statewide to help fund activities … Continue reading Grants to build a supportive culture for Wisconsin entrepreneurs and startups