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Entrepreneurs 2018-04-25T14:00:40+00:00

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.

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WEDC SUCCESS STORIES

​In developing and marketing its innovative CultureTrax product, Madison-based Cellara benefited from the support of BioForward and resources offered by the WEDC.

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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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V-Glass has leveraged ​assistance provided by Wisconsin into federal grants totaling over $1.3 million to develop its game-changing insulated window technology.

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With seed funding through the Capital Catalyst Program, Swoop-Med LLC is developing powerful new methods and tools for data analysis.​

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WEDC NEWS

Eagle River site earns Certified In Wisconsin designation

April 24, 2018|0 Comments

A 21-acre parcel of land in Eagle River has been designated by the WEDC as a Certified In Wisconsin® development-ready site, a move aimed at attracting corporate development projects to the city. Read More

City of Evansville receives $250,000 state grant to support downtown project

April 24, 2018|0 Comments

The City of Evansville is receiving a $250,000 state grant to help finance construction of a new downtown building that will replace a tavern destroyed by fire in 2016. Read More

Four state agencies poised to launch new marketing initiative as legislation authorizing $6.8 million for effort is signed into law

April 16, 2018|0 Comments

WEDC and three other state agencies are moving forward with plans for a $6.8 million marketing campaign aimed at attracting talent to Wisconsin after Governor Scott Walker today signed legislation authorizing funding for the initiative. 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