Discovery to Product: Emerging Technologies at UW-Madison get boost from state funds

Emerging technologies produced at UW–Madison will benefit from a $300,000 matching grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and an on-campus award program administered by UW–Discovery Madison’s to Product (D2P) (WEDC). D2P’s annual State Economic Engagement and Development (SEED) initiative will support eight startups formed by UW–Madison researchers pursue innovative research and commercialization. WEDC’s contribution […]

UWM Research Foundation awards new Catalyst Grants

Three new UWM research projects will divide $150,000 in Catalyst Grant seed funding from the UWM Research Foundation. Now in its 14th year, the Catalyst Grant Program, supported by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, has awarded over $5.5 million in seed funding for more than 100 projects. These projects have led to 55 issued […]

Madison’s tech sector booms, driven by UW innovation

The strong growth of Madison’s technology sector is drawing attention nationwide. The boom is fueled in part by UW–Madison, which provides cutting-edge research, entrepreneurial graduates and researchers, and a well-educated local workforce that motivates some employers to open offices in Madison. In 2020, the country’s biggest tech migration increase took place in Madison, according to […]

UW-Milwaukee battery spinout SafeLi rebrands as COnovate, lands $50K investment

COnovate, Inc., a Shorewood company developing materials for lithium ion batteries, is receiving $50,000 in a seed investment from BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, the Milwaukee-based nonprofit and an early-stage investment organization. COnovate was formerly known as SafeLi LLC, a startup founded in 2016 by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professors Carol Hirschmugl and Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska. The company’s material, named Cophite, is designed […]

WARF pledges $100 million in grants, moves Innovation Day online

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation announced Wednesday it would provide over $100 million in grants for university institutions and it would move its annual Innovation Day in November online. WARF — a nonprofit organization — provides funding and supports research and inventions at UW-Madison, assisting in licensing and patenting as well. The organization announces annual grants, […]

Winnow Fund to start investing in student entrepreneurs in Wisconsin

A new venture capital fund will start investing in Wisconsin’s university and college entrepreneurs this fall after closing on $6 million in fundraising. The Winnow Fund, a seed-stage venture capital fund led by Richelle Martin, announced the fundraising in a news release Monday. The Winnow Fund plans to start investing in November. The fund plans […]

UWM Research Foundation developing $400,000 fund for startups

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee-Research Foundation is raising a $400,000 pool to help commercialize innovations developed at the university. The fund will be used to invest in startup companies involving UWM faculty, students or staff who have licensed intellectual property through the foundation. The foundation has received a $200,000 matching grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development […]

Submissions invited for UW/WARF COVID-19 Accelerator Challenge – WARF

$100K fund to accelerate solutions in development at UW–Madison MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation announced it will dedicate resources and a portion of its WARF Accelerator funds to inspire and advance technologies poised to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The UW/WARF COVID-19 Accelerator Challenge invites Principal Investigators (PIs) and their teams to submit […]

Xconomy: Venture Investors Bets on Healthcare, and Milwaukee, With $75M Fund

Venture Investors is going all-in on healthcare with its latest venture fund. Launched in 1982, Venture Investors (VI) is the oldest venture firm in Wisconsin, and one of the older VCs in the US. Historically, early-stage life sciences and healthcare startups have made up the majority of its investments, but it has also backed young […]

Tom Still: Common ingredients for university based startups

An overused word to describe the connections between technology, startups and angel or venture capital investments is “ecosystem,” which implies that startups and the people who help support them are akin to a naturally occurring rain forest. If only it was that simple. Mother Nature can’t spawn what it takes to build a healthy structure […]