Capital Entrepreneurs Week Starts Today!

Capital Entrepreneurs Week kicks off today and runs through May 6. Capital Entrepreneurs Week brings two of the premiere startup events in the world to Madison – Startup Weekend and 3 Day Startup. The week-and-a-half of entrepreneurship and startup focused events includes speakers, sessions, and more. The burgeoning Madison startup scene has seen a lot of success, and Capital Entrepreneurs Week will showcase much of this energy.

“Younger startups are now growing to become a cornerstone of the Madison economy.” – Mayor Paul Soglin

Supporting organizations and partners for the week include Capital Entrepreneurs, Sector67, Accelerate Madison, City of Madison, University of Wisconsin, Edgewood College, Madison College, Young Entrepreneur Council, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and VETransfer.

Here are the events on tap:

Wednesday, April 25Kickoff Event: Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social
Thursday, April 26Session: Shotgun Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Friday, April 27 – 29Featured Event: Startup Weekend
Monday, April 30Speaker and Q&A: Jason Fried, Co-Founder of 37signals
Monday, April 30Session: Food and Beer Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, May 1Speaker and Q&A: Craig Culver, Co-Founder and CEO of Culver’s
Tuesday, May 1Session: Sector67 Meeting
Wednesday, May 2Session: Raising early-stage capital from friends and family
Friday, May 4 – 6Featured Event: 3 Day Startup

Full details for the week are available here.

Sconnie Beer Launches

CE member Sconnie Nation has launched the latest addition to the Sconnie brand: beer. Kegs of Sconnie Beer rolled out to multiple downtown Madison bars last week, and 16-ounce cans will also be available at a later date. Sconnie Beer is an American lager similar to Miller High Life or PBR.

Read more here.

Vidmaker Demos At TechStars

CE member Vidmaker recently demoed their cloud video editing platform at the debut of the first class from TechStars newest accelerator located in San Antonio. Vidmaker joins CE companies SPILL and Murfie as past and present TechStars participants.

Vidmaker makes it easy to manage and edit videos on any device, anywhere and with anyone. The service has an integrated web based video editor, Google Docs-style video collaboration, a built in community stock footage library and tons of other features that make the process of creating, editing and publishing video content a joy rather than a chore.

Read more about the TechStars demo day here.

Entrustet Acquired by SecureSafe

Capital Entrepreneurs member Entrustet was acquired by Switzerland based SecureSafe, the market leader in Digital Estate Planning and online data safes.  Announcing the acquisition today, DSwiss CEO, Christian Schwarzer, said the acquisition also “shows our business partners, investors and other competitors that we plan to stay at the top of this market.”

According to Schwarzer, since launching in 2008, Entrustet has built-up relationships with estate planning attorneys who integrate digital assets into clients’ estate plans throughout the US which will “prove invaluable to DSwiss as it strives to expand into the US market. Currently, the SecureSafe service has attracted many US customers who appreciate the benefits of Switzerland’s well-known privacy and data protection policies.”

“The Entrustet service allows people to quickly, easily and securely prepare the last wishes for their digital assets and is a complement to SecureSafe’s existing data inheritance features. By consolidating the two companies, SecureSafe (formerly known as DataInherit) becomes the premier service for offering high security data storage both now and for the future,” Schwarzer said.

Entrustet, cofounded by Jesse Davis and Nathan Lustig, was a founding member of Capital Entrepreneurs back in May 2009 just after Davis and Lustig graduated from UW. The deal also received coverage from The Economist in an article called Deathless Data. Entrustet is the second CE company to be acquired out of the original founding companies.  It shows that Madison is continuing to develop into a great place to start a startup.


Spinback Founders To Speak

CE alumni Andrew Ferenci, Corey Capasso, and Dan Reich will be telling the story of their social commerce and analytics startup Spinback Tuesday, April 10. Andrew (entrepreneurship), Corey (entrepreneurship), and Dan (computer science) each had their own CE company in Madison, then moved to New York City where they started Spinback which was sold to Buddy Media after turning down investments from several distinguished investment firms.

Details are as follows:
4/10/2012 — Talk: 5:30PM – 6:30PM, Reception: 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Location: Plenary Room, Grainger Hall (UW campus)

Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Toolkit Now Available

The Wisconsin Technology Council in partnership with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp has put together the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Toolkit designed to introduce entrepreneurs to the many resources available to them. Wisconsin has become more well known as a great environment for startups (especially Madison in particular) over the last few years. This Toolkit offers a great introduction to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and is a great guide for new entrepreneurs. Are you an entrepreneur in the Madison area? Let us know – Capital Entrepreneurs is here to help you. The full Toolkit is available here.

PerBlue Launches Parallel Mafia

CE founding member PerBlue launched their latest mobile game today. The deep, location-based RPG titled Parallel Mafia is the first major addition to PerBlue’s family of “Parallel” games since 2008. Parallel Mafia joins the successful Parallel Kingdom, which now has over 1 million players worldwide.

Set in a futuristic and crime-ridden world, Parallel Mafia players battle chaos and corruption to conquer their real world location. By completing jobs and claiming territory, mobsters gain influence and rise through the ranks to become a Mafia Boss. These mafiosos arm themselves with cyborg technologies and attempt to spread their influence, all while avoiding the heat of the menacing Apex Agency.

Check out the official press release and additional media coverage here.

Announcing Capital Entrepreneurs Week

We’ve got an action packed week of events coming your way! We’re bringing two of the premiere startup events in the world to Madison, along with multiple other startup focused events, and it’s all happening April 25 – May 6, 2012.

Capital Entrepreneurs Week is anchored by Startup Weekend and 3 Day Startup. The events are happening back-to-back weekends, each with a goal of getting people to work on projects and form real companies – all over a weekend. Supporting sponsors for these events include Google, Qualcomm, Epic, Earth IT, and Neider & Boucher. Organizing partners include UW, MATC, Edgewood College, Capital Entrepreneurs, and Sector67.

Great prizes are available, and more importantly, participants are in for a great experience. Have an idea you want to bring to life? Want to be involved in working on an awesome project? Register now for Startup Weekend (3 Day Startup registration has closed).

More Capital Entrepreneurs Week events will be announced very soon – stay tuned!