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  • 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 ... <more>

  • Stem cell scientist says industry poised to boom
    By Brian E. ClarkTwenty years after UW-Madison scientist Jamie Thomson began work to isolate human embryonic stems, research has advanced so far that the field is now poised to boom and create Wisconsin companies that could rival Epic, the Verona-based electronic healthcare records company with more... <more>

  • Grazin aims to fill needs of ‘locavores’ to connect with farmers
    Tim Flores didn’t always have a passion for local food. The once overweight co-founder of Madison-based Grazin changed his ways in 2011, inspired by the best-selling book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” Flores, 31, shifted to healthy eating and soon became a so-called “locavore,” eating food grown and s... <more>

  • Compost Crusader makes it easy for businesses to reduce carbon footprint
    Compost Crusader is trying to help businesses send less and less food waste to landfills. The company, founded in 2014, looks to collect “organics” from businesses’ customers, such as food scraps or other compostable products. It then pays for that material to be recycled into the nutrient-rich so... <more>

  • Tech Council report warns of continuing higher ed cuts
    A new Wisconsin Technology Council report warns further state budget cuts to higher education "will prove costly over time." The report makes several recommendations for the state, including the establishment of a blue-ribbon commission that would look at university funding, tuition levels, boosti... <more>

  • Smart Choice MRI gets $7 million investment from Illinois health system
    Illinois health system Edward-Elmhurst Health is investing $7 million in Smart Choice MRI, a Mequon company that offers MRIs at $600 or less. It’s the second such partnership for the company, with Appleton health system ThedaCare investing $3 million earlier this year and adding $1 million later o... <more>

  • Panel: Employers need to involve themselves in skills gap solutions
    If Wisconsin fixes its long-term skills gap problem, it’s going to be because employers help students early to figure out their best career options, according to a WisPolitics.com panel. That’s already happening in several places around Wisconsin, said Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerc... <more>

  • gener8tor's Premiere Night caps 'crazy week' for four startups
    It’s not often that a week-old company gets to pitch to the top investors in the state. But Madison-based Curate did just that at last night’s gener8tor Premiere Night, where it joined three others in pitching their companies after spending 12 weeks in the accelerator program. “It’s been a crazy ... <more>

  • Experts: Encouraging connections crucial to inclusive Madison economy
    The Madison region has a long way to go to fix longstanding economic disparities, but it must start by bringing the community together, experts agree. That’s why Manuel Pastor, a University of Southern California professor, called yesterday’s MadREP and Urban League of Greater Madison summit a “re... <more>

  • Exact Sciences looks to boost Cologuard orders through national TV ad campaign
    Exact Sciences CEO Kevin Conroy says after a test run, the Madison company is taking its ad campaign national. “It’s too early to know what the outcome will be,” Conroy said on an earnings call yesterday. “But the facts dictate that television advertising works. It drives patients to their physici... <more>

  • Ionic raises $8.5 million to help web developers
    Madison startup Ionic has raised $8.5 million to continue to make it easier for web developers to make mobile products. The money, said co-founder and CEO Max Lynch, will go to hire a few engineers and build out a new product for other companies. Lynch and his co-founder, Ben Sperry, have grown th... <more>

  • Digsite raises $1.1 million for its virtual focus groups
    The Madison startup Digsite has raised roughly $1.1 million to continue developing “virtual focus groups,” according to an SEC filing. The company’s hoping to replace the traditional in-person focus group with a cheaper online system, where marketers and researchers can get real-time feedback on pr... <more>

  • FaB Wisconsin accelerator takes new approach to developing startups
    Shelley Jurewicz is bringing the tech accelerator model to one of Wisconsin’s oldest clusters: food and beverages. That’s because, the exec director of FaB Wisconsin says, “a food startup is nothing like a tech startup” and needs specialized mentoring. It’s part of an effort from the group to devel... <more>

  • AOL's Steve Case says Madison 'is on the rise'
    AOL co-founder Steve Case says “Madison really is on the rise,” but the capital city has a lot more collaborative work ahead if it wants to come out on top. Case, who keynoted the Madison chamber’s IceBreaker luncheon at the Kohl Center, credited Madison for trying to turn the city into a tech hub... <more>

  • AkitaBox raises $1.1 million for building solutions product
    The building solutions startup AkitaBox has raised $1.1 million to ease a backlog of customers looking to use its product. The Madison startup and gener8tor grad was co-founded by 35-year-old Todd Hoffmaster, a former industry consultant who coordinated the construction of the Wisconsin Institutes... <more>

  • EnsoData looks for FDA clearance after $550,000 fundraising round
    Soon after a half-million dollar fundraising round, EnsoData is bringing on a “dream team” of consultants to help its sleep apnea diagnosis tool get federal clearance. The round, announced yesterday and led by HealthX Ventures, will help the Madison startup as it looks to submit an application wit... <more>

  • New startup studio will take different approach to launching ideas
    Joe Donovan isn’t taking the traditional route to developing a startup. That’s because he’s launching a “startup studio,” an increasingly common organization that generally brainstorms multiple startup ideas and tests them out -- sticking with the most promising ones. It’s different from, say, an ... <more>

  • EatStreet running first TV ads
    The online food ordering service EatStreet is running its first TV ads. The Madison company, which wrapped up a $15 million fundraising round in December, declined to disclose how much it’s spending on the ads. But Rob Polenska, EatStreet VP of marketing, said it’s testing the ads in different typ... <more>

  • Madison's heavier presence at SWSW is paying off, GMCC head says
    Madison chamber President Zach Brandon says Madison’s increased presence at the South by Southwest show in Austin is paying off. “It’s a great opportunity to travel there and to multiply our message about what’s going on, how great this is and how this isn’t flyover country,” Brandon said. “This is... <more>

  • Beloit's Comply365 flying high and expanding into other industries
    Kerry Frank gets apologies these days from those who doubted she could streamline the airline industry. That's because Frank's company, Beloit-based Comply365, now has most of the U.S. market locked down on one of its airline software products, which digitizes flight manuals for pilots. Frank, who d... <more>


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