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QNBV Program Celebrates 10 Years, 178 Certified Companies in 2014

In this issue of InVest, your source for news on deal flow and venture investment activities throughout the state, we’re taking a look at the operations and successes outlined in the 2014 Qualified New Business Venture Program (QNBV) report.

Since its implementation 10 years ago, the QNBV Program has helped create an environment in Wisconsin that is both conducive to new business development and attractive to global investors. Over the past decade, 298 companies received QNBV certification to help their business grow and bring their innovative ideas to market.

In 2014 alone, 21 new companies received QNBV certification, bringing the number of companies currently in the program to 178. Through the program, investors received $12.8 million in tax credits in 2014 in return for investing $51.1 million into promising young companies. Meanwhile, the companies were able to attract an additional $123.1 million in outside investment—a 14:1 return on WEDC’s investment.

Find additional investment news and resources in Wisconsin below.

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