Governor’s Business Plan Finalists Chosen

gov_bus_plan_logoThe Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Content has selected 13 finalists from a field of over 200 startups. A majority of this year’s finalists are from the Madison area, including AltusCampus, bluDiagnostics Fertility Finder, ConfPlus, CountAbout, Élevé Technical Innerwear, KIINCE, Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling, OnLume, and Hunt Butler. The competition will conclude at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. Read more here.

Fetch Rewards Raises $4M in funding

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 11.17.21 AMFetch Rewards raised $4 million in Series A funding recently. The company, which has developed an innovative app for grocery shoppers, will use the money to scale their business from 10 stores to as many as 100. The service allows customers to track their purchases as they go and apply coupons when they are available. Shoppers also accumulate points for using Fetch, which can be redeemed to buy special in store items. To date, Fetch has raised $8.5 million.

Read more about Fetch Rewards recent funding here.

2015 Startup Weekend Madison Recap

RGB-StartupWeekend_LogoGFEThe 2015 Startup Weekend Madison was a huge success. This year’s 54-hour marathon event featured nine teams who worked tirelessly all weekend to create incredible projects. Congratulations to everyone who participated and we hope you enjoyed the experience. You can check out some pictures from the event here, as well as a list of all the teams here.

This year three awards were not enough. The high quality of presentations led the judges to add on a fourth award, which they named the “YOLO award.” This award was designed to recognize YOLO Pops for their innovative Jello Shot Sticks that won over everyone at Startup Weekend.

All teams did an exceptional job and we wish you all luck as you continue to pursue your goals! The top three teams this year were:

1. Blinky: An accessory for bikers, Blinky plans to revolutionize biker safety. You no longer need to worry about dangerous hand signals because Blinky will alert people behind you which way you are turning with flashing arrows. In addition to winning first place, they also won the crowd favorite award.

2. Cranberry: In order to improve the health care system, Cranberry has created an At-home UTI testing device. The goal is to connect you to a prescription in minutes rather than spending time and money on doctor visits. Cranberry is well on the way to solving an issue that could save health care providers millions in wasted costs.

3. MD Forms: Have you ever spent too long waiting to see a doctor? MD Forms has created a solution that will ensure more efficient doctor visits. Their technology will allow patients to spend more time with the doctor and less time filling out forms through their patient generated notes for clinicians.

gener8tor Graduates Winter 2015 Class

gener8torMadison and Milwaukee based startup accelerator gener8tor graduated their most recent class of 5 startups. Gener8tor’s Premiere Night took place May 14 at the Barrymore Theater in Madison, where the 5 companies took the stage along with Jack Salzwedel (CEO of American Family Insurance) and the UW Band. Graduates of gener8tor’s latest class include AltusCampus, Bright Cellars, Carson Life, GrocerKey, and Passage.

Watch the full Premiere Night video here. More information on gener8tor’s latest class and Premiere Night can be found here.