Speed Match-up Event for Entrepreneurs

myentrepreneurnet-logoIf you are dreading another networking event where you find yourself trapped in a corner with a person you have nothing in common with, there is a solution…

Applications are now being accepted for MyEntrepreneurNet‘s Entrepreneur Speed Matching Event being held at the Dreambank on April 23rd. MyEntrepreneurNet is a searching and connecting platform for entrepreneurs in Madison that profiles and then connects you with likeminded entrepreneurs in the community based on business types, interests, locations, commitment, personality, etc. MyEntrepreneurNet works to create as much support amongst entrepreneurs as possible so you can find potential partners, reach out to experts in different fields or create mastermind groups around certain topics.

On the 23rd of April we are holding a matching event at the Dreambank that will match entrepreneurs (who have completed profiles) in the flesh. Everyone you are introduced to will have something in common with you, so you won’t have to use that mundane question ‘So… what do you do?’. It is strictly for entrepreneurs only, NO pitching allowed.

MyEntrepreneurNet is grateful to the Dreambank for its support in organizing and supplying the space for the 23rd. We hope to see you there.

To learn more and RSVP for the event click here. The application deadline is April 19th so that the data can be compiled and sorted.

Epic, Healthcare IT, City Leaders, and the Startup Community

wi state journal logoThe Wisconsin State Journal featured a number of articles this weekend on the Madison startup community.

The second of a two part article highlighting “Life After Epic” ran on Sunday and focused on the important role the Madison entrepreneurial community has among Epic alums. These entrepreneurs are creating both healthcare and non-healthcare related startups, and are a quickly growing part of the Madison startup community. Check out the full Life After Epic article here.

“Churn like this is a great thing for the Madison tech community as a whole.” – Forrest Woolworth, Co-Founder of Capital Entrepreneurs

Madison’s increasing role as a great place for healthcare IT innovation was highlighted by another article. These companies have already created hundreds of jobs, and the article touched on a “grand vision” for making Madison into an even better place for healthcare IT. Check out the full healthcare IT article here.

“I love the vibrancy that these bright folks bring to our community in general and bring to health care.” – Frank Byrne, President of St. Mary’s Hospital

An article featuring Madison city leaders including Mayor Paul Soglin and Alder Scott Resnick focused on plans of how to make the city more startup friendly. Check out this full article here.

Asthmapolis Raises $5 Million

Asthmapolis_Logo_WebsiteAsthmapolis has just closed a $5 Million Series A round of funding from The Social+Capital Partnership. Asthmapolis makes an FDA approved “smart” asthma inhaler that helps patients and health providers better monitor, visualize, and understand the behavior of asthma by utilizing a sensor that attaches to an inhaler.

Asthmapolis, on the other hand, is on a mission to hack your inhaler.

Asthmapolis will use the funding to build new sensors that work with other inhaled medications, accelerate plans to secure regulatory clearances in countries outside of the US, and also help market their products. For more information, check out articles on TechCrunch and MobiHealthNews.

gener8tor Now Accepting Summer Applications

gener8tor-logoApplications are now being accepted for gener8tor’s Summer 2013 program in Milwaukee. gener8tor is a startup accelerator program that invests its community, capital, expertise, mentorship and network in capable, first-stage and second-stage entrepreneurs with innovative business models. gener8tor works with the startups in its portfolio to create successful, scalable companies.

Check out a few recent stories on previous gener8tor participants on TechCrunch, IBMadison, and TheNextWeb.

A member of the Global Accelerator Network, genre8tor follows the seed-stage, mentorship-driven accelerator model. gener8tor is thankful for the support of American Family Insurance as its premier program sponsor.

Learn more and apply online for the gener8tor Summer program in Milwaukee by visiting www.gener8tor.com. The application deadline is May 5th and the program kicks off on May 31st.

Slow Money Wisconsin Business and Investor Showcase

slow money wisconsin logoAttend the first annual Slow Money Wisconsin – Business and Investors Showcase! The Business and Investors Showcase is an event aimed at establishing relationships between investors and entrepreneurs who are scaling up their ventures to create the next generation of local food and farm establishments.

The event is scheduled for April 25th and April 26th. Learn more. Register Now!

Entrepreneurs needing investment to present at the Showcase are wanted! This event is an opportunity for entrepreneurs who are in the food and fiber value chain and are seeking investor financing to present your business proposition to potential investors and collaborators from around the state.

Madison FoodCamp Returns April 13

food camp logoMadison FoodCamp (the foodie equivalent of the tech focused BarCamp) returns April 13, 2013. FoodCamp is a one day, DIY food focused “unconference” of learning and knowledge sharing. The event is low-key, with mostly hands-on workshops where the presenters are just regular people.

This is a great event for aspiring food entrepreneurs. Sessions are expected to include many food related topics, including workshops on gardening, composting, pickling, fermenting, chicken raising, bee keeping, foraging, CSAs and more. Attending FoodCamp is all about engaging with your fellow Madisonians – Ask questions, offer up your own experiences, and be active in the learning process. For more information and to register, go here.

gener8tor Launch Day + After Party

gener8tor-logoJoin gener8tor, Capital Entrepreneurs and the Forward Technology Festival after the gener8tor Winter 2013 Launch Day event at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery! Come celebrate the launch of the latest innovative class of entrepreneurs, and the progress made in supporting entrepreneurship in the Midwest. Food and beverages will be provided. The event is sponsored by Venture Investors.

Date: Thursday, April 4th
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Register here: http://www.meetup.com/gener8tor/events/110561722/

Startup Weekend is this Weekend!

startup weekend_kauffman_greenStartup Weekend returns to Madison this weekend, April 5-7, 2013. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. Nearly 100 people have already registered to attend, but there are still a few spots available so be sure to register soon!

Speakers at the event include Mark McGuire (Co-founder of Jellyfish.com, Alice.com, and Nextt), Alisa Toninato (Founder of FeLion Studios), Monty Schmidt (Founder of Sonic Foundry and wuntusk), and Natasha Vora (Co-Founder and CEO of Iristocracy.com), and there will be a bunch of great mentors available to help out teams.

Organizing partners for the event include Capital Entrepreneurs, Sector67, The Doyenne Group, UW-Madison, MATC, and Edgewood College. The event is sponsored by WEDC, Google, American Family Insurance, Neider & Boucher, and gener8tor.

Check out the 2013 Startup Weekend Madison website for more info and to register: http://madison.startupweekend.org/