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Entrepreneurs 2018-01-04T20:10:27+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

Loans and tax credit investments have enabled Isomark LLC to continue developing and testing its Canary™ product, a breath-based test that can detect infection within two hours of its onset.

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​Since its inception in 2004, more than 2,600 entries have been received for the Governor’s Business Plan Contest, with winning companies receiving about $1.7 million in cash and services.

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​MARKETPLACE, the state’s premier gathering for minority, woman and veteran business owners, brings together current and aspiring business owners with service providers and buyers and is growing each year.

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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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“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