Drone business about to take off, panel says
The commercial drone business is still in its infancy in the United States, but that could change rapidly, according to a panel experts.
Speaking at a Wisconsin Technology Council luncheon, the panel - all former military pilots - said the future use of drones is only limited by human creativity. T...
Iverson outlines vision as WARF hits 'inflection point'
Erik Iverson says he’s taking over the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation as the 91-year-old organization is hitting a major “inflection point.”
And the new WARF managing director, who took over July 1, says he’s spending the coming months getting a “solid handle” on all operations to see what c...
Panel: Boosting innovations is key for Wisconsin's economic future
The statistics can get pretty grim as Wisconsin looks to its economic future, but advances in innovation and the startup culture could help Wisconsin cope with demographic challenges, experts at a WisPolitics.com panel say.
The panel, which spoke at the Madison Club yesterday, evaluated ways Wisco...
Madison's growing startups are helping more than one industry
The growing momentum in the Madison startup sector isn’t only helping new companies.
It’s also boosting the lawyers, part-time CFOs, accountants and other consultants who help those startups grow -- and sometimes take a loss when they fail. Those service providers, at firms both large and small, g...
Wisconsin companies raise $209.5 million last year, a slight dip from 2014
The amount of Wisconsin companies that raised investment capital last year increased to 128, up from 113 in 2014, according to a new Wisconsin Tech Council report.
They raised $209.5 million last year, which was down significantly from 2014 due to an outlier that year -- when SHINE Medical Technol...
Aurora expanding partnership with StartUp Health
A year into the partnership, Aurora Health Care says its work with the national group StartUp Health has proven fruitful.
“We’re learning how to be more nimble and agile,” said Mike Rodgers, the Milwaukee health system’s director of strategic innovation.
And it’s expanding that partnership by la...
Cross calls for more partnerships between UW System, industry leaders
UW System President Ray Cross says he and other higher ed leaders need to do a better job partnering with industry to build support for the state’s colleges.
That’s because, Cross told a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon yesterday, the economic benefits that higher education brings are often n...
After success in Wisconsin, gener8tor opening Minneapolis office
gener8tor is expanding its nationally-ranked startup mentoring program into Minneapolis.
The accelerator has seen success in its Madison and Milwaukee locations, with its 42 startup graduates raising more than $75 million and adding more than 400 jobs. Those numbers helped gener8tor land in the Se...
Exact Sciences' Conroy praises 'great news' as federal panel reverses position
Exact Sciences CEO Kevin Conroy is hailing the “great news” from a federal task force, which reversed its preliminary position on the company’s colon cancer test.
That earlier position last year slashed the Madison company’s stock price by half. But the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force yesterda...
Joint Finance approves WEDC $8 million tax credit reallocation
The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee approved with an 11-4 vote WEDC's request to reallocate $8 million in tax credits, moving them from a program helping start-ups to another incentive program.
Dems, who pointed out a report last year ranked Wisconsin last in start-up activity, objected to t...
Dems slam WEDC request to reallocate early stage tax credits
WEDC is looking to reallocate $8 million in early stage tax credits to a program aimed at expanding company locations or bringing in new ones.
Dems are slamming the request to the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, calling it yet another “giveaway” to large companies. The committee meets today...
New WARF director praises 'very strong' Madison startup ecosystem
Incoming WARF Managing Director Erik Iverson says Madison can’t compare itself to larger tech hubs like Seattle or Austin.
Instead, Iverson said, Madison’s “very strong” startup ecosystem must continue to develop its own identity.
“Madison is Madison, and there’s so much greatness here,” Iverson ...
Hyde's slim life jackets win Governor's Business Plan Contest
The idea behind Pat Hughes’ slimmer life jacket came when someone drowned at his first triathlon.
Hughes, whose company, Hyde, won the Governor’s Business Plan Contest yesterday, decided to make a thinner life jacket that people can inflate during emergencies.
“I was incredibly saddened by how t...
Three startup leaders explain why they chose Wisconsin
For Comply365’s Kerry Frank, it was a call from Gov. Scott Walker. Understory’s Alex Kubicek saw a chance to help develop Madison’s growing startup ecosystem. And Bright Cellars’ Richard Yau and his co-founder decided to stick around after finishing the gener8tor program.
But the three startup lea...
Milwaukee area to have its first-ever Startup Week
Startup Milwaukee is looking for organizations in southeastern Wisconsin that will participate in the inaugural Milwaukee Startup Week.
The events, to take place the first week of November, looks to bring together entrepreneurs, investors and local leaders across the region. The announcement comes...
Tixora to provide online tickets for Summerfest shuttles
Milwaukee startup Tixora has landed a contract with the Milwaukee County Transit System that will let people buy tickets online for Summerfest shuttles.
The company, launched by UW-Madison students, will charge $5.50 for the tickets -- a dollar cheaper than using cash. And under a promotion runnin...
Wisconsin gets low marks in entrepreneurship index
Wisconsin’s startup culture got another disappointing ranking from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, dropping three spots in its “growth entrepreneurship” index.
But the results were worse for the Milwaukee metro area, which dropped from 21st to 31st in the foundation’s ranking of cities. The f...
Mary Turke's new firm looks to bring gig economy to legal industry
The prominent Madison lawyer Mary Turke isn’t launching the typical law firm. It doesn’t have a big office building, and its lawyers are independent contractors, not employees.
Turke is now among those bringing the so-called gig economy to the legal industry, much like Uber has done with drivers o...
My Snow Hero aims for clean sweep in snow removal business
Chad Wilke says he’d pay $1,000 more in taxes if the city would shovel his snow.
That’s why the Middleton resident has decided to launch an app for others like him, who would be able to get on-demand snow removal for a fee.
At first glance, My Snow Hero doesn’t seem like anything new, as people...
AmebaGone offers alternative to antibiotics for organic fruit growers
UW-Madison spinoff AmebaGone is trying to help organic apple and pear growers by preventing the destruction of their crops.
The company, founded in 2014 by UW-Madison bacteriology professor Marcin Filutowicz, has broader goals of helping find a better alternative to human antibiotics, as diseases ...