Investors increasingly see Wisconsin as a viable place to do business, as evidenced by a 67 percent surge in early-stage company investments from 2014 to 2015, a sign that the state’s efforts to bolster the startup and early-stage ecosystem are working. Not only that, but the 2015 Wisconsin Deal Flow Snapshot

Venture capital investments grew $102 million from 2014 to 2015, the majority of which came from a net increase of $88.86 million in venture capital deals over $5 million. Moreover, the total number of deals also saw an increase; 2015 ended with 120 closed deals compared to the previous year’s 88.

It is also important to note that SHINE Medical Technologies brought in a $125 million funding round in 2014, an investment that was an asset for the state but not included in the report because it is almost five times larger than the next largest round size, making it a significant outlier.