Column: Bringing startups’ ideas to market; spotlight on the Center for Technology Commercialization

02/16/17

To launch a successful technology startup, entrepreneurs are often faced with a series of challenges. They must secure funding, create a business plan and tap professional resourcing, all while developing and prototyping their product or service. Fortunately for early-stage companies in Wisconsin, the Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) is available to help entrepreneurs with these efforts.

Madison-based Silatronix develops groundbreaking technology for better batteries

02/16/17

From cell phones and electric vehicles to military equipment and citywide power grids, the world’s reliance on battery power is widespread. As total global battery capacity has more than doubled since 2010, companies like Silatronix are working to make batteries safer and more efficient. Silatronix was founded in 2007 by Robert Hamers and Robert West,
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While working as a full-time police officer in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Sean Mars dealt daily with inefficient and headache-inducing methods for writing up and filing public safety incident reports. Mars, who also has a coding background, was determined to find a better way. That’s how Report Exec was born. Mars coded the program during his […]

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Nine startups that recently graduated from the 12-week immersive WERCBench Labs program pitched their big ideas to a group of investors and other business leaders last week during the 2017 WERCBench Labs Demo Day. WERCBench Labs, run by the Mid-west Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC), matches early-stage companies with mentors in the state’s energy, power and […]

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From small-town boutiques to high-tech health care companies, entrepreneurs and the companies they create are vital to the success of Wisconsin’s economy. However, to cultivate a thriving startup ecosystem, attention is required not just on the state level but the local level. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) new Entrepreneurship Support pilot program offers support […]

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Women-owned businesses are among the fastest-growing segments of the entire U.S. economy, according to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. While the trend of women’s entrepreneurship on the rise is seen across all sectors and geographies, in Wisconsin it is especially pronounced in the state’s historic districts and downtowns, according to new research from […]