Congratulations to Ankit Agarwal and the entire team at Imbed Biosciences for earning a new $1.5 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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Congratulations to Imbed Biosciences on its recent closing of a $2 million Preferred Series A equity financing.
Congratulations to Murfie on its recent closing of a $1.1 million Preferred Series AA equity financing.
Congratulations to Wellbe on its recent closing of a $5.4 million Preferred Series A2 equity financing.
Congratulations to Rowheels on the hiring of Gaurav Mishra as CEO as it prepares to go to market with its new Rowheels Revolution integrated "pull/row" manual wheelchair product.
Congratulations to our portfolio company PegEx on its recent closing of an $8 million Preferred Series B equity financing.
The University of Wisconsin Alumni Association's publication, OnWisconsin, recently included a recognition article on Mike (see here).
We are pleased to announce the final closing of our $2 million Sidecar Fund.
Imbed Biosciences recently closed a $1.6 million Preferred Series AA2 equity financing round led by WISC Partners and designed to bridge the company to a larger Series A round in 2018.
As promised, for all attendees to the 2017 Early Stage Symposium, click on the tab below to download our recommended roadmap to preparing for and then executing a successful equity financing round.
Good news from our good friends at the Wisconsin Technology Council:
Arrogance and inexperience are charming, even useful, in a poet, but not so much in an entrepreneur.
Thank you to Jeff Buchanan of Xconomy for his article on the closing of our first fund:
We are pleased to announce that on May 28th we executed the Final Closing on our first fund.
Thank you to Jeff Buchanan of Xconomy for his article on Pegasus Sustainability Solutions, our latest investment:
Madison, Wisconsin (April 5, 2016) – Strategic operating capital fund, WISC Partners, has made an initial investment of $1.2 million in Pegasus Sustainability Solutions, a venture in Fitchburg that is building an online marketplace for buyers and sellers in markets such as hazardous waste (an $11 billion market), medical waste ($4 billion), and environmental remediation ($12 billion).
On February 24th, WISC Partners received certification from Wisconsin Economic Development Council ("WEDC") as a Qualified Venture Fund ("QVF") under Wisconsin Act 255.
Thank you to Jeff Buchanan of Xconomy for his article on Rowheels, our latest investment:
Allen Dines sits down with Brennan Nardi to discuss the development of the early stage venture community in Madison:
Thank you to Jeff Buchanan of Xconomy for his article on our emerging ecosystem of early stage investors and ventures:
We are pleased to announce that we have executed an Initial Closing of our Fund I.
As promised, you may download our 2015 Early Stage Symposium presentation slides below.
We are looking forward to lending our support to the 2015 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison on November 4th and 5th.
This episode of “WisBusiness: The Show” features an interview by Liz Schrum with Mike Splinter, the chairman of semiconductor company Applied Materials and a GP at WISC Partners, about Wisconsin's startup environment and the UW System's impact on the state economy.
Thank you to Judy Newman for today's article in the Wisconsin State Journal on how WISC Partners is contributing to our entrepreneurial and investor community:
Another insightful article from Tom Still, this one in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, on how the entrepreneurial and investor communities are taking shape in Wisconsin:
Congratulations to Mike Splinter on receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the full story:
Dines keeps working to boost emerging Wisconsin companies
Ankit Argarwal, CEO of Imbed Biosciences, has received recognition as the Emerging Business Leader of 2015.
David Guinther and Allen Dines of WISC Partners will outline our investment priorities and post-investment engagement approach at the Thursday, Feb. 12, meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network’s Milwaukee chapter in Wauwatosa.
Not a venture capital fund? Allow me to explain by starting with a few insightful quotes:
In 2014, WISC Partners progressed from a startup fund to a fully functioning investment operation. With this New Year’s message, I would like to highlight our accomplishments and tell you about our plans for 2015.
On November 20th, David Guinther and Allen Dines participated in a Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery/WARF panel discussion on how early stage company investors view our opportunity here in Madison and throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Congratulations to Mike Splinter on receiving a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin this past weekend. For the full story:
Part of mission is to give back to the state of Wisconsin in ways that support the development of a vibrant entrepreneurial and investor community.
The reason that your “elevator pitch” matters is because it demonstrates the degree to which you have truly thought through what you are proposing to do.
Entrepreneurs, do you look forward to your Board meetings? Are they insightful, productive, and inspiring? Or are they more of a distractive obligation?
Most management teams, including early stage ones, are disciplined enough to define, lay out, and then execute against a strategic business plan reflected in revenues, resources, costs, and cash flow. We call this a Business Plan.
I was asked this question recently, and it is a good one. For me, as either a prospective investor or prospective board member, there are a number of characteristics that I look for:
There are certain dynamics to raising capital via equity that all entrepreneurs must consider upfront in order to be successful. By getting to know them, you will greatly improve your odds and outcome.