CEO and Co-Founder of Nordic to Keynote gener8tor Launch Day

gener8torMark Bakken, a nationally recognized healthcare IT expert, entrepreneur, and CEO of Nordic Consulting will be the keynote speaker at gener8tor’s Launch Day event on April 3. An experienced IT executive and seasoned entrepreneur with more than 20 years of IT consulting experience, Bakken will speak from his entrepreneurial experiences at the event.

The gener8tor Launch Day event will feature five start-up companies who have completed gener8tor’s Madison Winter 2014 accelerator program pitching their businesses to potential investors. Featured companies include Edison DC Systems, Review Trackers, Driblet Labs, Men’s Style Lab and LivBlends. The event will take place on April 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at the Barrymore Theatre.

 

Tonight! Madison’s Spring Tech Kickoff and CE Open Social

CELOGOJoin us for Madison’s 2nd Annual Spring Tech Kickoff and Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social TONIGHT (Wednesday, March 26) from 6-8pm at US Bank Building on the Capitol Square.

A lot has happened since last year’s inaugural spring event, and even more is coming this year. Come celebrate achievements and let’s share a little about what’s new in an open informal event. This is open to anyone, a place where folks who want to connect and participate can easily plug in and help move our community forward.

We’ll enjoy MobCraft and Karben4 beer, Square Wine, and snack on delicious Salvatore’s Tomato Pies snacks as Urban Land Interests hosts us on the 9th Floor of the US Bank building.

Please register here if you’re planning to attend. It’s free.

2014 Startup Weekend Madison is Near!

RGB-StartupWeekend_LogoGFEThe third annual Startup Weekend Madison event returns the weekend of April 4-6, 2014. 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.

REGISTER NOW!

Here’s some of what’s in store:

  • Food: Enjoy 7 delicious catered meals throughout weekend.
  • Speakers: Hear from Henry Schwartz, Co-Founder of the crowd-sourced brewery MobCraft as well as Kelda Roys, Founder of the real estate tech startup OpenHomes.
  • Mentors: Get advice from experienced entrepreneurs and service providers who will be there to help.
  • Connect: Meet other entrepreneurs of all levels and skill sets.
  • Fun (and Educational!): You’ll have a great time, and learn a ton over the weekend.

Startup Weekend is a true risk-free environment and a great opportunity for both new and seasoned entrepreneurs to gain valuable entrepreneurial experiences and put their unique skill sets to use, meet great people, and have fun. The last 2 events brought together 100 people for a weekend to work on some exciting projects. People of all different backgrounds and with all different skills are encouraged to participate.

Organizing partners for the event include Capital Entrepreneurs, Sector67, The Doyenne Group, UW-Madison, MATC, Edgewood College, and Madworks Coworking. Sponsors include Google, Neider & Boucher, American Family Insurance, WEDC, gener8tor, Earthling Interactive, Fine Point Consulting, and University Research Park.

Madison’s Spring Tech Kickoff and CE Open Social

CELOGOJoin us for Madison’s 2nd Annual Spring Tech Kickoff and Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social on Wednesday, March 26 from 6-8pm at US Bank Building on the Capitol Square!

Techies, Entrepreneurs, Startup folks, and everyone else in our amazing town and its amazing universities and schools driving the amazing energy springing up in and around tech in Madison – You and your colleagues are invited to this event!

A lot has happened since last year’s inaugural spring event, and even more is coming this year. Come celebrate achievements and let’s share a little about what’s new in an open informal event. This is open to anyone, a place where folks who want to connect and participate can easily plug in and help move our community forward.

We’ll enjoy MobCraft and Karben4 beer, Square Wine, and snack on delicious goodies as Urban Land Interests hosts us on the 9th Floor of the US Bank building. The last unfinished space we partied in became the landing pad for Zendesk in Madison soon after. This one has a better view of the Capitol, so who knows who we might pull in!

Please register here if you’re planning to attend. It’s free.

Presented by: Capital Entrepreneurs, The Forward Technology Festival, and Madison’s Coworking Community leaders – Sector67, 100State, MadWorks and Horizon Coworking.

*Complimentary Parking is provided by ULI in the ramp below 1 South Pinckney St – enter on Webster St.

Drifty Raises $1M; Featured on TechCrunch

drifty-logoDrifty, the makers of tools for mobile developers building websites and apps, has just announced closing on $1M in seed funding from Arthur Ventures.  This funding will be utilized to help the company grow its team and to continue it’s development on their Ionic software framework.

Drifty, founded in 2012 by Ben Sperry (CEO) and Max Lynch (CTO), helps mobile developers build apps and websites with a suite of tools, including Ionic, Codiqa, and Jetstrap. Ionic is the newest of these tools, and it works by letting developers build apps using web technologies like HTML, CSS and AngularJS.

Full TechCrunch article on Drifty’s funding can be found here.

 

Startup Weekend Madison is back April 4-6!

startup weekend_kauffman_greenStartup Weekend returns to Madison April 4-6, 2014. This is the third Startup Weekend Madison event. The last 2 each brought together 100 people for a weekend to work on some exciting projects.

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. To get a better idea about the event, check out a brief video trailer here.

Sign up by Friday, March 14 to save 25%! If you’re a student, use the promo code ‘STUDENT’ to save 50%! REGISTER NOW

Startup Weekend is a true risk-free environment and a great opportunity for both new and seasoned entrepreneurs to gain valuable entrepreneurial experiences and put their unique skill sets to use, meet great people, and have fun. People of all different backgrounds and with all different skills are encouraged to participate. Organizing partners for the event include Capital Entrepreneurs, Sector67, The Doyenne Group, UW-Madison, MATC, and Edgewood College.

4490 Ventures Fund Launches

SWIB-WARFlogoWisconsin’s new $30 million venture capital fund, 4490 Ventures, has officially launched, with San Francisco Bay Area VC investor Greg Robinson to lead the fund. 4490 Ventures, which focuses on information technology startups, was announced nearly a year ago by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). With Robinson on board, the fund is now officially able to begin making investments.

Robinson was previously one of two partners at Peninsula Ventures, an early-stage VC firm in California. As the leader of the 4490 Venture fund, Robinson will, according to a press release, “identify investment themes, source new investment opportunities, serve on boards of new investments he leads, and act as a mentor and advisor to young start-up companies”.

More on 4490 Ventures from Xconomy here and Madison Startups here.

CE Members Named to 2014 Top 40 Under 40 List

40under40This year, four Capital Entrepreneurs members were named to the InBusiness 40 Under 40 list for 2014. The 40 Under 40 list honors emerging business stars under 40 years of age in the greater Madison area.

Brad Grzesiak, co-founder and CEO of Bendyworks. Grzesiak is also very involved in Madison’s tech scene as an early member of Capital Entrepreneurs and a chair of Madisonium, a group working to raise Madison’s visibility as a tech/Internet hub. Recently, Grzesiak was named to the city of Madison’s Digital Technology Committee.

Max Lynch, founder and CTO of Drifty Co.  Lynch looks to reinvest in young tech entrepreneurs to “build software companies focused on profitability and sustainability.” He aims to have Drifty Co. “impact the world” and “put Madison on the map for Internet companies like Mailchimp and 37signals.”

Daniel Neely, founder and CEO of Networked Insights.  Neely became CEO of Networked Insights at the age of 29 and has since grown the company to over 150 employees. He has also earned a board position with UW Business School’s Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship program.

Ben Raboine, CTO of Optimal Media Group. Raboine founded his first company at the age of 21 and is currently an equal partner in six LLC enterprises: Raboine Web Matrix, Optimal Media Group, Custom Offsets, Vistrata Health, Mysteria Games, and SeeMeNow. Raboine hopes to one day become an angel investor to help more fellow Madison and Wisconsin entrepreneurs.

Wellbe is a Finalist in Two Nationwide Contests

wellbe-logo_3Wellbe, a Madison health IT startup, is a top contender in two nationwide contests, each of which carries a grand prize of up to $100,000.

Wellbe, founded in 2008 by James Dias, has developed Guided CarePaths, a series of online tools used to help prepare patients for surgery and keep them on track for recovery. Wellbe’s program is currently being implemented by four hospitals, including UW Hospital, and has helped over 5,000 patients.

In an effort to get a sense of what the health care industry thought of CarePaths, Dias applied to the competitions, and was pleasantly surprised when Wellbe was named a finalist in both the Henry Ford Innovation Institute HealthTech Challenge and the Patient Education App Challenge by Box, Dignity Health and The Social + Capital Partnership.

Read more about Wellbe’s competition success here.