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Reminder: Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition entries due THURSDAY


Governors Business Plan Competition 2013 Reminder: Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition entries due THURSDAY

The 10th Annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2013 competition until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. To enter, become a judge, or a sponsor, visit Finalists will share in more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.


Debut of the BizStarts Investor Forum: four companies, real pitches, real investors


 BizStarts’ primary goal is to help companies launch. For that, many need to secure investment to create the jobs and have the resources to scale up and grow. For the Venture Track companies deemed “ready” for investment, BizStarts now features the Investor Forum, the culmination of the program and a true opportunity for entrepreneurs to make their real pitch to investors and investor groups just could help them achieve their dreams… and grow our regional economy!

Four companies, 3D Dairy Foods, Novo,, and RapidForce, took the floor at the offices of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, s.c. on December 7th and made their pitch. Investors and investor groups from the Milwaukee and Madison areas attended, resulting in further discussions (BizStarts, as a non-profit,
has to 
hand it off from there!) We will report on results as they come in.

Read Journal Sentinel coverage here.



January Pitch Preview Review

BizStarts Pitch Previews, sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, s.c.,  provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to present their s

tartups and get feedback on their presentations from seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals. The valuable feedback they 

receive helps them prepare for launch, leverage potential and hear straightforward advice on success.

Our January 22 Pitch Preview Companies were:  
Dossette, LLC 


Founder: Joseph Trygar
Dossette provides industrial packaging machinery in pharmacy automation with a technology design and manufacturing system to improve medication dispensing. The company develops, sells, markets, and represents unique systems specifically focused on pharmacy automation to ensure safety, ease of use, low cost, and ROI to drive a continuous partnership with healthcare providers. An automatic cartridge loading system can dispense different medications in a variety of delivery methods without changing tooling.   
Founder: Bill Finn
A trade show innovation, BoothTag utilizes a mobile app to empower attendees to connect with exhibitors, content and each other, measuring the value of the exhibit.  The game mechanics drive event interaction by using QR


codes at every exhibitor’s booth to capture attendees’ interest and provide data for exhibitors. The event engagement platform creates destinations, motivates connections, rewards attendees and leverages attendance data for exhibitors.  BoothTag elevates trade show apps from brochure to business driver to deliver ROI for exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and event producers. 
Founder: Steve Hushek


MedTrak was developed to provide surgeons with iMRI imaging during surgery. It provides a transport system to move the patient from the surgery location and the imaging location. MedTrak provides the benefits of a fixed patient with the cost efficiency of a fixed magnet system, the only iMRI system that provides continuous anesthesia and electronically controlled patient transfer.  This innovative patient transport significantly reduces or eliminates the risks associated with moving a patient, providing continuous anesthesia and smooth, controlled motion while costing significantly less than a moving magnet.  This innovative transport can greatly improve patent post-surgical recovery and outcomes.

BizStarts Venture Track Company News: NexVex Launches; Speech Tails featured in WisBusiness

NexVex Inc., the online marketplace for roof replacements and contractor sourcing, announced it has received its first round of financing from angNexVexel investors in the M7 region and is now officially open for business! 

Founder Will Bazeley describes NexVex as “ for roofs.” They decided to locate the company in the Milwaukee region in part because of the support system offered to entrepreneurs through BizStarts Milwaukee.

“BizStarts provided mentors and expert guidance with shaping up our business plan, as well as connections to investors” he said.

NexVex will initially employ four professionals and expects to add employees as it adds markets.

Read their full press release here!

Meanwhile, Patrick Walters, CEO of Speech Tails, SpeechTails was interviewed in a recent episode of “WisBusiness: The Show.” Liz Schrum discusses Speechtails’ role in providing pathways to speech therapy for children. Also, Tom Still’s commentary touches on the 2013 prospects for an early stage capital plan for Wisconsin and the Stock Report covers state banks and farmland tax credits.  Click here to view.


Farewell to Fred as he heads for Florida

Fred Brooks1 Fred Brooks, BizStarts’ own “Entrepreneur In Residence” during the past two years, is off to retire and perfect his golf game in Florida (apparently, he saw next week’s forecast for us.)  Fred’s work with BizStarts and the over 200 entrepreneurs he has talked and met with, coached, encouraged and mentored is greatly appreciated; he’s made a big difference for a lot of people. From all of us at BizStarts, thank you Fred, for sharing your skills and wisdom with so many!

thevillagesJust in case you want to see what Fred will see every day.


New sponsors add to BizStarts’ support

New this month are IPO Level sponsor Michael Best & Friedrich, LLC, Seed Level sponsor Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation, and renewing IPO sponsor Ernst & Young.  
The Wisconsin Business Development Program “Working Together” 
will be in Brookfield on February 14th and in Milwaukee on March 13th.  Additional information is available on their website:  

Michael Best wbd Ernst&Young


Act 255/QNBV approved for The Good Jobs and Mobile Ignitergoodjobs

Congratulations to The Good Jobs and Mobile Igniter, two companies from our region to recently receive the Act 255/ Qualified New Business Venture tax credit status. This means any invest


or in these two companies will receive a 25% tax credit for their investment.


CatalystMarchpaulsen Executive Director Eric Paulsen somehow gets quoted in Forbes                               

This month, Forbes magazine ran a story entitled “With Strong Community Support, Startups Create More Than Jobs“. Not only is it an interesting article, but BizStarts’ Executive Director Eric Paulsen is quoted, noting entrepreneurs’ role in wealth creation. Read the full article here.


John Torinus blog feature: “True North for Investing Public Funds in Ventures”


Chairman John Torinus’ blog features a story on getting the basic principles right as Wisconsin gets closer to considering an early stage investing bill. Read John’s take on how to proceed on solid ground regarding private investment funds, how to treat state investments, public matching funds, and more. Check it out here.

Check out John’s other blog, just released January 29th (when it wa nice and warm): “State should venture only as a limited partner


Good Reads                                        

From Upstart Business Journal: If you’re an entrepreneur, what is it about your experience that causes you to feel more stress and optimism? What the most recent good and bad news from a recent Gallup poll can tell you:  What does it feel like to be an entrepreneur?Ten Business Resolutions to make 2013 Your Best Year: Quote of the Month: “Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” Henry J. Kaiser, industrialist and the father of modern shipbuilding, 1882-1967


Mark Your Calendars


January 31: Waukesha County Technical College Entrepreneur Speaker’s Series: “Access to Capital”  Register 


January 31 5:00pm: Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition entry deadline


February 20: Waukesha County Technical College Entrepreneur Speaker’s Series: “Customer Loyalty”  Register


March 20, 7:45am-10:00am: Mount Mary’s Voices of Leadership: “Innovation and Impact” 

More Info


April 24, 4:00-6:30pm: BizStarts’ Collegiate Business Plan Competition Competition Information

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