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Lisa Johnson, VP of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at WEDC

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
– Walt Disney 

New Website Showcases Entrepreneurship, Innovation In Wisconsin

January 30, 2015

Wondering about the latest ideas, discoveries and innovation taking place in Wisconsin? Look no further than Happening.InWisconsin. The newly launched website, which is an extension of, offers an interactive overview of the state’s culture of innovation and growing entrepreneurial community.


Happening.InWisconsin takes a deeper look into the innovation occurring in a variety of the state’s industries, including water technology, bioscience, health care technology, information technology, and energy, power and control. Each industry section features snapshots of the startups, technologies and entrepreneurs that are fueling the sector’s growth throughout the state.

Happening.InWisconsin also showcases the latest entrepreneurship news and resources, including sections for those who are looking to secure capital or network with the state’s business leaders and fellow entrepreneurs. In addition, the new website features videos of innovative new companies in Wisconsin such as Murfie, Healthfinch and Whole Trees.

Deadline for Governor’s Business Plan Contest Is Jan. 31

January 28, 2015

Contestants have until 5 p.m. on Jan. 31, to enter their 250-word business ideas for the 2015 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Contest organizers recently announced that about 80 individuals have volunteered to judge entries this year, creating a diverse mix of judges from a cross-section of disciplines that help define Wisconsin’s startup culture.

Major categories of judges include a dozen early stage investors and eight professionals from other financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions. Several early stage investors are UW-Madison graduates based in California’s Silicon Valley.

The list also includes about 20 judges who have backgrounds as entrepreneurs and another five who are executives in larger businesses that often do business with startups and emerging companies. Judges provide feedback to contestants throughout the contest’s four phases.


The mission of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest is to encourage entrepreneurs in the seed, startup and early growth stages of high-tech businesses in Wisconsin. The contest links up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice, high-quality education, management talent and possible sources of capital.

For more information or to apply, please visit:


Emergent Labs Announces First Graduates

January 8, 2015

Fond du Lac’s Emergent Labs, a mentor-driven, emerging technologies seed accelerator that is housed within the Emergent Technology Center, recently announced its first four graduate teams. Health Connection LLC, BoviSync, Abysmal Ninja LLC and Princeton Audio were honored at the accelerator’s first completion program in December.


Emergent Labs serves entrepreneurs in northeast Wisconsin and selects between three and five technology-based startup companies for each accelerator session. Selected companies enroll in a 17-week, mentor-driven Lean Business Startup training program that meets for three hours every Thursday evening.

The Emergent Labs team aims to train and expose entrepreneurs to best practices in starting a business alongside world-class mentors and subject matter experts. Teams utilize Emergent Labs’ vast tech network, complete a business model canvas, receive guidance through an intense validation process, and learn how to pitch their products to angel investors.

All four graduating companies will receive a $10,000 grant through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to further evolve their businesses. For more information about Emergent Labs, visit:


Madison Named One of 15 Hottest American Cities

December 30, 2014

MSN Money named Madison one of 15 hottest American cities for 2015. The outlet explains how the city’s skyline is seeing a major restructuring, and current development projects are worth around $337 million. Madison was also named the best place to live in 2014 by Livability.

To see the list, visit: