2013–STRONG YEAR FOR VENTURE DEAL FLOW IN WISCONSIN

With world-class research and development, a large portfolio of patented technologies and a growing number of high tech startups, more and more investors are turning to Wisconsin for deal flow. Starting with this newsletter, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will be sharing quarterly updates on the investment landscape in the state to ensure you’re up-to-date on the latest funding news.

Led by the health care and life sciences sector, 35 Wisconsin companies saw 40 venture financing deals in 2013 that generated $80.9 million in financing—making it the third strongest year for venture deal flow in the past decade. Capital flows peaked in the first quarter of 2013, when $51 million was invested. However, the second quarter saw the most deals at 16.

This report features Wisconsin deal flow data in 2013 including an interview with Troy Vosseller, co-founder of gener8tor, Wisconsin’s most active accelerator last year. Read the full report and find additional investment news and resources in Wisconsin below.

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INVESTOR PROFILE

Great Oaks Venture Capital (GO) focuses on early stage digital technology companies. Apart from Silicon Valley and New York City, the largest concentration of GO portfolio companies are located in Wisconsin. Notable early stage investments include StubHub, Trulia, ModCloth and Houzz.

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Investor Profile

FUNDING SOURCE

Get a first-hand look at the new Ideadvance Seed Fund from Idella Yamben, who provides insight into how the program supports entrepreneurs and the commercialization of ideas and technologies from UW System faculty, staff and students.

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COMPANY PROFILE

H20score is an online portal that helps municipal water utilities engage customers and stabilize revenues. McGee Young shares his inspiration for his revolutionary sustainable water concept, along with some advice for fellow entrepreneurs in Wisconsin.

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Qualified New Business Venture Certifications from WEDC

To discover more about the innovation happening in Wisconsin, contact Scott Mosley at 608.210.6717 or scott.mosley@wedc.org.

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