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Start-ups in Wisconsin

A place to pin all things start-up related that happen in Wisconsin... and a few from elsewhere.

Propeller Health closes Series B @ $14.5M. Nice.

BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation announced Wednesday that it will invest $50,000 in each startup that goes through the gener8tor program and meets the non-profit organization’s main investment criteria of creating high-quality jobs in Wisconsin.

NEXTCITY article on gener8tor: Great tech companies arise from great tech scenes, which concentrate talent, investors, know-how and the basic research that drives ventures — and a business in Wisconsin, Gener8tor, is stitching those elements together for not one, but two cities, Madison and Milwaukee.

gener8tor doing GREAT things! Photo: gener8tor principals Dan Armbrust (from left), Troy Vosseller and Joe Kirgues work at the accelerator’s Milwaukee office.

Gener8tor has notable success nurturing start-ups

Milwaukee company and gener8tor grad Scanalytics is going to Redmond! They were selected for venture accelerator program sponsored by American Family and Microsoft. Go Joe!

Milwaukee company selected for venture accelerator program

Why We Started OnRamp - By Joe Kirgues (published by JSOnline).

Why We Started OnRamp - JSOnline

Technology companies often have trouble describing new products in terms potential users will understand. St. Paul-based software firm Docalytics - a Wisconsin gener8tor grad - is no exception. The company's signature product -- which, at its core, is an interactive web-based document viewer -- has been difficult to explain to prospective clients.

Docalytics' service removes gates from content marketing

Nordstrom's Trunk Club acquisition a success for gener8tor grad Men's Style Lab's growth. See founder Derian's reaction on his blog,

Y Combinator Mixes In Smoothie Startup LivBlends | TechCrunch

Y Combinator Mixes In Smoothie Startup LivBlends | TechCrunch

EatStreet co-founders Matt Howard, Eric Martell, and Alex Wyler are taking orders in the restaurant industry.

gener8tor Alumn, Wisconsin born weather startup Understory raises $1.9M, moves HQ to Boston.

Startups Still Abandon Wisconsin, But Growing Cluster Keeping More Here | Xconomy

gener8tor grad Adobo closes $1M-plus fundraising round - Milwaukee - Milwaukee Business Journal

James Oliver, Jr. has a blog about his journey to get his company, WeMontage, On Shark Tank. He attended an open pitch call to pitch the producers of Shark Tank in Columbus, OH on May 16th 2014 and chronicles his story on this storify board. Check it out!

WeMontage on the TODAY Show! WeMontage was recently featured on the TODAY show in Mario Armstrong's Top 3 segment. Sweet!!

Mobile gaming company PerBlue has raised $3M in a Series A-2 funding round lead by Chicago based Lightbank. This funding marked Lightbank’s first investment in a Wisconsin based startup.

PerBlue Raises $3M in Funding

Madison-based FluGen, which is developing a new influenza vaccine, has raised $3.4 million of the $7 million it will need to complete the first phase of its clinical trials. The company, which is about to begin testing its vaccine on ferrets, is hoping to apply to the FDA in 2015 to begin testing the impact of its vaccine and dosing levels on humans. FluGen has raised $12 million since the company was founded in 2007.

FluGen Inc. Focused on Efficacy

Fishidy Raises $1.5M in Funding

Fishidy Raises $1.5M in Funding

Madworks at UW Campus provides a wide range of services to entrepreneurs from the University of Wisconsin and the general public. In the short term, Madworks will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in a summer accelerator program that can provide up to $10,000 in funding and $15,000 in support services to start up companies seeking commercial viability for their endeavor. There is no limitation on the market focus of companies looking to be part of this summer accelerator.

Madworks Coworking at University Research Park

The Madworks Accelerator has announced the first class of companies to participate in its summer 2014 seed accelerator program. Madworks is an early stage seed accelerator which will provide mentoring, training and financing of up to $10,000 to early stage companies. On Wisconsin!

Madworks Accelerator Announces Inaugural Class
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