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

Wisconsin’s blockchain companies demonstrate this technology’s problem-solving potential

There’s something about Wisconsin that makes it fertile ground for tech startups using blockchain technology to solve concrete, real-world challenges. For proof, just look at Wisconsin Inno’s 2018 “25 under 25” list. First and second on the list are the students behind Marquette University’s Blockchain Lab, Davis Marklin and Alec Shaw. Right behind them is Darek Urben, founder of the cryptocurrency portfolio management platform Coinigy—with … Continue reading Wisconsin’s blockchain companies demonstrate this technology’s problem-solving potential

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

Company Profile: Polco

We recently spoke with Nick Mastronardi, CEO of Policy Confluence Inc. (Polco), which modernizes the interactions between citizens and government by offering a social platform that integrates local and national legislation with citizen voting and crowdsourced political commentary. Q: What is Polco? A: Polco is civic communication that counts. Polco’s software platform has been built from the ground up, in partnership with dozens of municipalities, … Continue reading Company Profile: Polco

Investor Profile: Bascom Ventures

Bascom Ventures is a community of University of Wisconsin alumni: investors, executives, entrepreneurs and innovation enthusiasts with a connection to the University of Wisconsin, including its graduate schools. At its core, it is a University of Wisconsin alumni venture fund investing in University of Wisconsin alumni-led companies—private, for profit and not part of University of Wisconsin. Bascom Ventures Fast Facts .fusion-content-boxes-1 .heading .content-box-heading {color:#333333;} .fusion-content-boxes-1 … Continue reading Investor Profile: Bascom Ventures

Q&A with Glenn Kleiman, executive director, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Backline is a 12-week accelerator program offered twice a year that provides coaching, mentoring, industry networking and grants to cohorts of musicians and/or bands. Three musicians and/or bands participate in each cohort of the accelerator, which is operated by gener8tor in partnership with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. The artists/bands selected become Backline Fellows and perform for music industry professionals, supporters and community members. Q: Tell us … Continue reading Q&A with Glenn Kleiman, executive director, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

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

Wisconsin’s diverse crop of accelerators helps startups launch, grow and thrive

Seed accelerators are cohort-based programs that offer investment funds, networking opportunities, mentorship, education and more. They are invaluable for startups to turn concepts into successful products—and Wisconsin has a diverse crop of accelerators that helps startups launch, grow and thrive in the state. Wisconsin accelerators fall into two general categories: industry-specific and those with a broader, more general focus. The wide-angle approach is beneficial because … Continue reading Wisconsin’s diverse crop of accelerators helps startups launch, grow and thrive

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