INNOVATION PROSPERS WITH OUR STATE’S SUPPORT

Making great ideas into better realities is possible in a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem like Wisconsin’s. Built on a foundation of constant improvement and advancement, our state strengthens new business innovation through supporting startups from seed to growth stage.

We know there can be obstacles along the path from idea to commercialization. WEDC’s entrepreneurial programs are designed to further advance startup activity by supporting the full path from startup to commercialization. By working with our statewide network of partners, our initiatives spur entrepreneurial activity by providing direct capital infusions and incenting investments through angel and venture tax credits, mentoring, training and other important resources. Plus, you’ll have access to the location you want, the talent you need, and the investment in research and development that will keep your business at the forefront of innovation.

Fasetto Success Story

FASETTO

Superior, Wisconsin

To begin shaping the future of file-sharing, Fasetto first needed to attract startup funding.

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​Offering an innovative approach to hydroelectric power, Cadens LLC has grown to fill a significant gap in the renewable energy market through SBIR funding and participating in accelerator programs.

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​Designed to advance the statewide climate for entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneurship Support Program supports activities such as prototyping assistance, legal services and outreach to entrepreneurs in underserved communities.

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​The Qualified New Business Venture (QNBV) Program aims to support startups and help early-stage companies secure new investment and accelerate their potential for growth and job creation in Wisconsin.

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Born out of a Kickstarter campaign, Fasetto still needed help getting off the ground beyond that initial funding. When it came time to attract additional capital, they reached out to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation WEDC.

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WEDC NEWS

WEDC board chair Lisa Mauer names members of new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee

September 11, 2019|Comments Off on WEDC board chair Lisa Mauer names members of new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee

Lisa Mauer, the chair of the board of directors of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), today named 15 members to the new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee, which will meet later this month. Read More

Huffcutt Concrete LLC expands operations in Lake Hallie

September 10, 2019|Comments Off on Huffcutt Concrete LLC expands operations in Lake Hallie

Officials from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), local leaders and company officials today celebrated a ribbon cutting as Huffcutt Concrete LLC officially opened its new facility in Lake Hallie, a $20 million project that expects to add 150 new jobs over the next five years. Read More

“The QNBV Program played a direct role in keeping these investment dollars in Wisconsin and working to grow Wisconsin jobs.”

ANDREW NUNEMAKER • CEO, DYNAMIS

“The QNBV program has definitely helped Esker to attract qualified angel investors. These tax credits are looked on favorably by investors, which has resulted in a level of funding that enabled the company to hire full-time employees and purchase much-needed equipment and development tools.”

BRAD RAKE • PRESIDENT AND CEO, ESKER TECHNOLOGIES LLC

“We brought the company here because Wisconsin has a rich biotech and entrepreneurship understanding. WEDC encourages this type of critical technologies that contribute strongly to the economic development of the state. We came to Wisconsin to be part of the biotech hub they support.”

AYLA ANNAC • CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, INVIVOSCIENCES

“I’d like to thank WEDC for this additional investment, which will help ensure that Whitewater continues to be a hotbed of entrepreneurial spirit. The many startups that this program has already assisted is truly amazing. We’ve supported many new innovative businesses that would not have had a chance to get started without this very timely help.”

JEFF KNIGHT • CHAIRMAN, WHITEWATER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

“Working with WEDC has brought a level of support from the state of Wisconsin that I was hoping to receive when moving my startup company from Washington, D.C., to northeast Wisconsin. As my company continues to grow and create more jobs in Green Bay, I am glad to have WEDC on our side.”

ASHLEY PRANGE • FOUNDER, AU NATURALE