Kiplinger has rated Madison as the top city for young adults. The rankings looked for cities with a strong job market with growth potential, affordable housing for twentysomethings living on an entry-level salary and a vibrant social scene. Madison edged out Austin, Boston, D.C., and Denver to take the top spot. Kiplinger called Madison “…an educated, tech-savvy city, filled with recent grads who have enough energy to launch a dozen start-ups and still have time to check out that brewpub down the block” and specifically mentioned how the Madison “…entrepreneurial community fosters homegrown start-ups.”
Sector67 is hosting the Wisconsin 3D Printing Camp on Saturday (July 21). The free “unconference” will focus on the emerging technology of 3D printing and bring together 3D printing enthusiasts from across the US. Participants who own 3D printers, or who have created cool products using them, are encouraged to bring them. And the unconference welcomes anyone else to join. Come for the whole day, or just part. More information is available here.
Capital Entrepreneurs founding member PerBlue launched the latest mobile game of their “Parallel” franchise today. Parallel Zombies is a zombie infested location-based RPG exclusively for Android. Gamers will team up with other survivors, either their friends or nearby players, using GPS technology to complete missions and help save the world. Download the game here, or read more about Parallel Zombies on Pocket Gamer and Gamezebo.
The Madison Economic Development Committee got a glimpse into the burgeoning Madison startup scene and heard the “State of the Startup” last night. The Madison EDC meeting was devoted entirely to a discussion on “Building Madison’s Tech Startup Community” and featured a panel of Capital Entrepreneurs members Chris Meyer (Sector67), Brad Grzesiak (Bendyworks), Preston Austin (Murfie), Forrest Woolworth (PerBlue), and Bryan Chan (SupraNet).
The panel highlighted many of the great things already happening in the Madison startup community, and outlined roles the city could play to make it even better. Read more about the meeting here.
Capital Entrepreneurs member company Asthmapolis recently received FDA clearance for their asthma sensor system. The small GPS enabled sensor attaches to the top of asthma inhalers and captures when and where the inhalor is used. This opens up many possibilities to use the collected data to track inhaler usage, asthma outbreaks, and much more. Check out more info on this here.
The 3rd Annual Forward Technology Festival is on the way. FTF 2012 will run from August 16 – August 25 and is a ten day long series of events that showcases Madisonâ€™s entrepreneurship and creative community. The festival is headlined by the Forward Technology Conference, which will take place Wednesday, August 22.
Capital Entrepreneurs will again be hosting an Open Social as part of the Forward Technology Festival, and will also be hosting a Pitch Panel event as part of this year’s festivities. More info to come!