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August 5, 2021

Dear readers:

Businesses large and small are now taking the lead when it comes to fighting the spread of COVID-19 and its Delta variant. Why? No one wants to go back to the days of shuttered stores, restaurants and production lines, so private establishments of all types are setting reasonable expectations so that government mandates do not re-enter the debate in Wisconsin. Read more in our news section below. Also, remember to sign up by Aug. 10 for our golf tournament and check out my latest “Inside Wisconsin” column.

Sincerely, Tom Still
President, Wisconsin Technology Council

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spent 14 years in that chair before twice running for president and later becoming President Trump’s Department of Energy secretary. Never a fan of legalizing recreational drugs, Perry came out of semi-retirement this spring to back a Texas Democrat in her bid to require a state clinical study of using psilocybin – found in “magic mushrooms” – to help veterans with mental health problems. Click here to read the full column.
The United States has long been a leader in space and will continue to do so. This is why in his first 100 days in office, President Biden renewed the National Space Council, which is led by Vice President Harris, to synchronize the nation’s civil commercial and national security space activities.

As we work collaboratively with industry, it is critical that we ensure the United States sets data driven standards backed by research and advanced policies that bolster our nation’s economic competitiveness and national security to establish peaceful norms and responsible behaviors in space. Click here to read the full guest column.

Angel and venture capital's significance to the Wis. economy topic of meeting: Idea Fund of La Crosse on Aug. 9

Meet Tech Council Investor Networks Director Joe Kremer, who will review the annual report and answer questions from entrepreneurs, investors and others in attendance. Click here to access a release and clickable/printable PDF of the event sites.

The scramble tournament will feature an 11 a.m. shotgun start, lunch, carts, prizes and an end-of-day buffet dinner in the just-opened Lake Arrowhead Clubhouse, which overlooks the course. Individual rates and foursomes are also available. Not a golfer? Join us for the buffet and cash-bar social hour following the tournament and take advantage of the swimming pool next to the clubhouse and area activities before joining the group for the evening festivities. Click here to read more details.

Not since the dawn of the space age has so much attention been paid to what is happening in the “near space” of Earth’s atmosphere as well as the galaxies and star systems far beyond the current reach of manned exploration. Join us Tuesday, Sept. 14 for an in-person luncheon at the renovated Sheraton. Panelists are Steve Ackerman, vice chancellor for research and graduate education and a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the UW-Madison; and Eric Wilcots, dean of the College of Letters and Science and Mary C. Jacoby professor of Astronomy at the UW-Madison. Click here to learn more and register.
Have an opening? Let us know: It's a complimentary member benefit to list your openings!
Please look through our listings for openings and opportunities updated weekly.
Email Laura@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com to have yours included.


This week features opportunities with Marshfield Clinic, KW2, Greater Green Bay Chamber, First Business Bank, bb7, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Ziegler, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Versiti, Kiio, American Family Insurance, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement and WiSys.
Journal Sentinel: Supporters of fund of funds proposal hoping for standalone bill later this year
Legislature Fiscal Bureau: Venture Capital Fund of Funds Program (WEDC)
MKE Business Journal: Wis. lawmakers omit $100 million venture fund from latest budget; experts say there are other paths forward
Tom Still: Need for 'fund of funds' in Wis. remains in wake of state budget committee's decision

Seventy-five people and organizations support the state budget proposal to invest in a venture capital “fund of funds” much like those in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and other states.
Want to join us? All we need for now is your name, your logo (if you have one) and your willingness to tell your state legislators why it’s good for Wisconsin. 

Visit the website: wisconsinfundcoalition.com. Contact: James Fenley at jfenley@thesjlgroup.com
The mission of the WHBF is to foster and promote one of Wisconsin’s most valuable assets – its high-quality, highly innovative healthcare sector. It will accomplish the mission by creating a forum for members of the business community, hospitals, health systems and others to communicate about challenges and work collaboratively to improve the health and wellness of their employees while better managing costs. Click here to learn more about the WHBF.
Department of Health Services updateClick here to access all current DHS data.
 
52.4% of total eligible Wisconsin residents have received first dose, 49.6% of have completed their series and 81.8% of 65+ residents are fully vaccinated. 29.5% of Wisconsin 12- to 15 year-olds are fully vaccinated. Dane County continues to be a country-wide leader in vaccination rates with 82.3% of adults receiving at least one dose.
 
> With COVID-19 cases rising, getting vaccinated is highly recommended to stop the spread.

Find in-state pharmacies and community clinics offering the vaccine.
The Entrepreneurs’ Toolkit is designed to give Wisconsin innovators a guide to resources available in Wisconsin and beyond. Resources include: Getting started, finding money, locating your business, education and tech transfer, regulations, networking and selling to government with a dedicated section for women, minorities, tribes and veterans. Click here to access our Entrepreneurs’ Toolkit.
  • WiSys presents Innovation in STEM Education Meetup on Tuesday, August 10. Researchers and educators interested in advancing effective approaches for preparing the STEM workforce will connect in this outcomes-driven event, meant to seed inter-disciplinary, cross-campus and university-industry collaborations.
  • D2P Open House: Join us for a Virtual Open House beginning on Wednesday, August 11. Do you have an idea for an innovative product, service, or novel approach to a social problem? Every month, we host open houses for campus innovators.
  • UW-Madison’s Innovate Network offers Biotech Spotlight: AI & Advanced Computing Driving Innovation in Biohealth on Monday, August 16. Hear from some of the region’s most innovative startups working in the intersection of biotech and computing.
  • StartingBlock presents Brews and Views Open House on Tuesday, August 17. Meet the team and the board of directors while learning about services, events and their ecosystem mission.
  • Quarles & Brady offers Force Majeure and Supply Chain Disruption in the COVID-19 Era webinar on Thursday, August 19. This session is designed for in-house counsel, corporate executives, and industry professionals.
  • WARF’s annual Innovation Day: Save the Date: Get an inside look at UW-Madison products, services and technologies that will shape the future of our world on Tuesday, November 2.
Experience for yourself why the Innovation Network has been a Tech Council tradition for more than a decade. ​With more than two-dozen events annually, you'll expand your network while learning from top-notch speakers at a variety of events. When you become a member, your membership applies to all chapters, statewide. 

Your $750 Investor Networks membership entitles you to one free pass to our two major conferences (Entrepreneurs' Conference and Early Stage Symposium), as well as regular Tech Council Innovation Network events.

Please contact Angela Schlobohm, development & member relations director about Innovation Network membership: angela@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com and Investor Networks director Joe Kremer at joe@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com.
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ECONOMY
WMTV: Wisconsin bank CEOs report more favorable economy than end of 2020
Sen. Tammy Baldwin: Projects and funds for Wisconsin were included in bipartisan federal bills
BizWomen: Women’s workforce exits cost U.S. economy $650 billion annually
WisPolitics: Wisconsin could see nearly $6.2 billion over five years under the infrastructure bill
VentureBeat: 85% of commercial apps have ‘critical’ vulnerabilities, study finds
 
ENTREPRENEURS + INNOVATION
WEDC: Grant program to help small businesses find homes in Wisconsin
WisBusiness: FluGen reporting positive results from vaccine study
Insight: Entrepreneurship as an equalizer: Blueprint Green Bay making mark in region
WisconsinINNO: FOR-M awards $10,000 grants to Milwaukee-area startups
Wisconsin State Journal: Psychedelic drug nonprofit to get its own facility in Fitchburg
2021 Wisconsin Innovation Award finalists announced
Madison.com: Midwest Prototyping in Blue Mounds sold with eye on further growth
Madison Startups: NorthStar, GE Healthcare sign exclusive agreement

INVESTING
WisBusiness: La Crosse investor sees opportunities for entrepreneurs to leverage expertise
In memoriam: The passing of Roger Ganser by John Neis
WisconsinINNO: Madison's Rentable raises $22.5 million, gearing up to double its 90-person team
WisBusiness: CUNA's venture capital arm is putting $15 million into CMFG Ventures Discovery Fund
Crunchbase: How to raise capital as power shifts from VCs to founders
WisBusiness: Winnow Fund makes first investment in Wisconsin-based KaPloint
NVCA Venture Capital Policy Pulse: Startup Visa with Scott Raney & Sophie Alcorn
WSJ: SPACs target emerging markets as U.S. competition mounts
Crunchbase: VC investment and unicorn creation show no signs of slowing
 
HEALTH
InsideWis: To compel worker vaccinations or not: Businesses may be forced to choose
WisBusiness, WisPolitics Health Care Report for August 4
WDJT: 'If you're unvaccinated, it will find you:' Experts warn about dangerous strain of COVID-19
NYT: How Delta is changing advice for the vaccinated
WisBusiness: Wisconsin’s public health organizations struggling with new COVID-19 challenges
Urban MKE: Businesses must lead in mandating shots
 
EDUCATION
MKE Business Journal: Concordia’s Daniel Sem bridges science, entrepreneurship
Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison will require masks indoors regardless of vaccination status
Wisconsin Examiner: Public school advocates meet after bruising budget battle
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