Gener8tor Begins Free Accelerator Program

gener8torGener8tor has announced a free accelerator program for early stage startups tied to Wisconsin State Universities. The six week course, called gBETA, is designed to provide resources and mentoring to young companies in both the Madison and Milwaukee area. It will function similar to Gener8tor’s three month long accelerator; however, companies will not exchange any equity for participating.

Gener8tor Co-Founder Troy Vosseller wanted to create a free course for entrepreneurs that are attending Wisconsin state schools, recent graduates, or current faculty. His goal was to give back to the community and help these startups move their ideas forward. Additionally, successful graduates of this program could serve as qualified candidates to continue on to Gener8tor’s longer accelerator program. The first graduating class of 5 companies will culminate their 6 week long summer program in Madison with an invite only pitch event on August 13th. You can read more about gBETA here.

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.

gener8tor Announces Winter 2015 Class

gener8torStartup accelerator gener8tor kicked off their Winter 2015 class that will be held for the next 12 weeks in Madison. gener8tor recruits, mentors and trains entrepreneurs leading high-tech business ventures from around the world. Since June 2012, the 28 startup graduates from gener8tor’s previous five accelerator programs have gone on to raise nearly $35 million in financing and created over 250 jobs.

“The Madison 2015 program brings our most diverse mix of companies ranging in geography from Wisconsin to Florida in industries ranging from healthcare to wine,” said Troy Vosseller, co-founder of gener8tor. “We’re excited for these five great companies to join the Madison and gener8tor startup communities.”

Out of over 400 applications, the following 5 companies were chosen for this class:

GrocerKey – An e-commerce platform that helps grocery stores build an online store and implement profitable pick up and delivery systems.

Bright Cellars – A subscription wine experience that matches members with personalized monthly selections using an algorithm created by its MIT-grad co-founders.

Carson Life – A health and beauty products company focused on the Hispanic market.

Passage – Helps specialty events take control of their ticketing & payments both online and at the door.

AltusMedical Group – A healthcare software-as-a-service company focused on achieving better patient outcomes through continuing medical education.

More information on gener8tor’s newest class is available here.

Gener8tor Raises $2M+ Fund

gener8torMadison and Milwaukee based startup accelerator gener8tor has announced the completion of their latest fund – “gener8tor Fund II”. The $2.1 million raised will provide funding for continued operation and investments of the gener8tor accelerator program. Funding was led by CSA Partners, Venture Management, and Wisconsin Investment Partners.

Gener8tor’s 28 portfolio companies to date have raised nearly $30 million in funding. Applications are due for the next accelerator class on January 1. More information on the new fund is available here.

Gener8tor Accepting Applications for Winter 2015 Class

gener8torApplications for gener8tor’s “Madison 2015” program are now open. gener8tor is a startup accelerator that invests its community, capital, expertise, mentorship and network in capable, early-stage entrepreneurs with innovative business models.

gener8tor is seeking to invest in technology-enabled businesses including software, IT, web, SaaS, e-commerce, and hardware. Accepted companies receive up to $120,000 of guaranteed funding and 12 weeks of mentorship-driven programming. gener8tor is a proud member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) and is sponsored by American Family Insurance. To date, gener8tor’s 28 portfolio companies have raised nearly $30 million, with average follow-on funding exceeding $800,000 per company.

There is an Information Session in Madison on December 2, and more info is here. Applications are now being accepted through January 1 here.

gener8tor Summer 2014 Class Announced

gener8torMadison and Milwaukee based startup accelerator gener8tor has announced their Summer 2014 class of companies. This is now the fifth gener8tor class, and since launching in 2012 gener8tor’s 23 portfolio companies have gone on to raise nearly $25 million in financing and created over 150 jobs.

gener8tor selected the five companies for the current class from over 450 applicants. The 12-week program just kicked off, and the gener8tor Summer 2014 Class includes:

Beekeeper (Madison, WI) – Beekeeper Data allows companies to make smarter decisions with their vast amounts of data. Beekeeper’s collaborative software platform democratizes data analytics in the same way the Github has democratized software engineering.

HITLIST (Provo, UT) – HITLIST takes the annoyance out of advertising. The HITLIST SaaS application uses gamification techniques to provide online publishers with an embedded display ad widget to increase user site duration, user engagement, and customer targeting.

Modern Movement (Madison, WI) – Modern Movement is creating the next generation of balance training products. Beginners to elite athletes, including those on the U.S. Ski and Snowboarding teams, are using Modern Movement products to improve their balance. The new, patented designs will combine instability and 3-dimensional movement with sensor-based performance measurement and tracking.

Project Foundry (Milwaukee, WI) – Project Foundry is an intuitive, web-based platform that helps students and teachers manage and expedite authentic personalized learning. Project Foundry is the most complete workflow management system available for project-based learning.

Stock Mfg. Co. (Chicago, IL) – Stock is a vertically integrated, domestically made clothing brand that blends an innovative sales model with old school, American craftsmanship. By skipping the traditional retail middlemen that inflate the cost of clothing, and selling directly to customers, Stock is able to deliver premium, American-made garments at price points that are affordable to the average consumer.

Read the full announcement here

gener8tor Madison Office Hours, Meetup and Application Deadline

gener8torgener8tor has a handful of upcoming events leading up to the application deadline for the Summer 2014 class on June 1st.

They are holding Madison Office Hours on Wednesday, May 28th from 10am-1pm as well as a Meetup starting at 5:30pm at their office on the Capitol Square. Learn more about their Milwaukee 2014 accelerator program, pitch your startup, get feedback and ask questions at these events. The application deadline for gener8tor’s Summer 2014 class is June 1st. Apply to gener8tor for your chance at up to $70,000 in startup funding and 12-weeks of intense, mentorship-driven programming. To apply, go here.

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.


gener8tor Rated as a Top Startup Accelerator

gener8tor-logogener8tor has been rated as one of the “Top 9 Hot Startup Accelerators” by CNN Money. gener8tor is based in Madison and Milwaukee, and hosts two 12 week accelerator programs each year. gener8tor was represented by their focus in Hardware, which pulls from the area’s local manufacturing network and offers access to electrical and mechanical systems, industrial design machinery and 3D printing. gener8tor recently announced their Winter 2014 class which is ongoing now in Madison.

Check out the full Top 9 Hot Startup Accelerators list by CNN Money here.

gener8tor Announces Winter 2014 Class

gener8tor-logogener8tor kicks off its Winter 2014 class in Madison this week. This is the fourth class since gener8tor launched in June 2012. Since that time, 18 companies have graduated from the program and gone on to raise more than $10 million in funding and create nearly 100 jobs.

The Winter 2014 gener8tor class had 380 applicants, of which 5 companies were chosen to participate. Those companies are:

Edison DC Systems – High efficiency direct current power systems for data centers.
Liv Blends – A Nespresso machine for freshly blended beverages.
Men’s Style Lab – A concierge clothing service.
Driblet – A smart water management solution.
Review Trackers – A review monitoring solution for multi-businesses.

For more, read the full press release here.

OnRamp Wisconsin Event

onramp-logoIn an effort to increase connections between Wisconsin’s startups and established corporations, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and gener8tor in partnership with Capital Entrepreneurs, Startup Milwaukee, and Digital Fertilizer launched OnRamp Wisconsin – an event that gives young companies the opportunity to pitch their products and services to established corporations.

The inaugural OnRamp event was held December 6, 2013 at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel headquarters. The event was intended to help startups in the critical effort to find sales channels and to provide a way for established companies to engage with the entrepreneurial community. Participating corporations include the Milwaukee Bucks, American Family Insurance, Assurant Health, Granite MEDSystems, Menasha Corporation, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Nordic Consulting.

Read more coverage about the event here and check out pictures from the event here.

gener8tor Founders’ Series: Propeller Health

propeller-health-logoPropeller Health co-founder Mark Gehring will be speaking at the Founders’ Series meetup hosted by gener8tor on Wednesday, November 6 at 6pm at their office in Madison. Mark Gehring is a co-founder of Propeller Health (formerly Asthmapolis), the leading mobile platform for respiratory health management. Through sensors, mobile apps and services, Propeller Health helps reduce the cost of care while delivering better quality of life for individuals with chronic respiratory disease.

For more information about the event, go here.

gener8tor Accepting Applications for Winter 2014 Class

gener8torThe Madison and Milwaukee based startup accelerator gener8tor is now accepting applications for their fourth class, which will take place this Winter in Madison. gener8tor is seeking to invest in technology-enabled businesses, including software, IT, web, SaaS and hardware.

Accepted companies receive $70,000 and 12-weeks of mentorship-driven programming. gener8tor is a member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) and is sponsored by American Family Insurance. The application deadline is December 1, and you can apply here.

gener8tor Summer 2013 Launch Day

gener8tor_logo_120308Graduates from Wisconsin’s premier startup accelerator program will pitch their companies to an audience of investors and fellow entrepreneurs tonight (August 29), at gener8tor‘s Launch Day event in Milwaukee.

The 5 high-tech startups in the Summer 2013 class received capital, mentorship, and connections throughout the 12 week gener8tor program. The Launch Day event will feature 5 minute pitches by the companies, as well as a keynote by serial entrepreneur Brian Wiegand. The presenting companies include:

Docalytics – An easy to implement, cross-platform technology that enhances how businesses use their marketing and sales documents to interact with and capture actionable data from their prospective customers.

MailLift – Integrates with your Customer Relationship Management, helpdesk, and other tools allowing handwritten letters to be automated.

OpenHomes – Provides modern, professional tools for the “for sale by owner” market.

Optyn – Makes marketing simple for small businesses by providing easy, automated tools to acquire and engage their customers. – Provides health cloud solutions for application developers, enabling rapid application development, enhanced data integration and industry-standard security.

More information about the gener8tor Launch day and companies is available here.

StartingBlock Madison Announced

startingblock-madison-buildingA startup hub in downtown Madison that will be anchored by Sector67 and gener8tor has just been announced. StartingBlock Madison’s goal is to create a centralized location for the Madison region’s entrepreneurial activities. The facility will provide Madison-based startups with affordable, flexible office and co-working space, accelerator support, peer and mentoring resources, education and training, and community building activities that will make the entrepreneurial community more accessible.

Leaders from the Capital Entrepreneurs community have been closely involved in shaping the project, and have also been working with leaders from the civic and broader business community. The project will create up to 90,000 sqft of space in the Capitol East District dedicated to early stage and growth companies. StartingBlock Madison’s facility will provide:

  • A permanent home for Sector67, Madison’s successful hackerspace/prototyping center for next-generation manufacturing technologies;
  • A location for gener8tor, a startup accelerator that provides expertise, mentorship, and capital through a 12-week intensive curriculum;
  • Subsidized office space with short-term leases and flexibility for young startups;
  • Quality at-market office space for high growth companies;
  • A healthcare IT incubator to support the growing number of healthcare IT startups;
  • Space for other entrepreneurial resources, such as funders, investors, law firms, and other professional service providers; and
  • Community and auditorium space for Capital Entrepreneurs and other entrepreneurial activities and events.

Based on a survey of Capital Entrepreneurs companies, Madison startups want to be co-located near other startups in the downtown area. They also value having an abundance of “third spaces” and people nearby beyond the walls of their office. The vibrant urban neighborhood around the StartingBlock site with its many restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and diverse housing options made it a great fit for this project. The surrounding area also holds a lot of growth potential to develop into a strong startup, tech, and creative district.

This project builds on the success of other business incubators already in the neighborhood, and took inspiration from other successful projects from around the country such as Chicago’s 1871. Check out articles on StartingBlock Madison in the Wisconsin State Journal, Isthmus, NBC15, and on Nibletz.

gener8tor Founders’ Series: Vidmaker

vidmaker logoDale Emmons, the Founder and CEO of Vidmaker, will be speaking at the Founders’ Series Meetup hosted by gener8tor in Madison on Wednesday, June 12 starting at 6pm.

Vidmaker provides an online video editor that lets you work with video on any device, anywhere and with anyone. The company is a graduate of TechStars Cloud 2012. Dale currently serves as the CEO at Vidmaker, and prior to that Dale was a software engineer at Sony Creative Software in Madison.

For more information and to RSVP, go here.

gener8tor Announces Summer 2013 Class

gener8torgener8tor just kicked off it’s Summer 2013 Program in Milwaukee. The 12 week program will provide 5 teams capital, mentorship, expertise, and more and will culminate with a Launch Day event on August 29 where each team will pitch their company to a crowd of community members and potential investors.

“The Summer 2013 Program consists of some of the most innovative startups from around the country. We’re really looking forward to helping these companies grow and achieve their full potential.” – Troy Vosseller, Co-Founder of gener8tor

Over 250 companies applied, of which 5 teams were chosen. The teams include:

OpenHomes (Madison, WI) – OpenHomes is a safe, affordable, modern way to buy or sell a home. OpenHomes uses technology to connect homebuyers and sellers as well as helping real estate agents serve their clients better and more efficiently.

Catalyze.IO (Milwaukee, WI) – Catalyze.IO offers cloud-delivered backend infrastructure for health and wellness applications to make it easier, cheaper and faster for developers to create solutions for healthcare.

DeckPresenter (Austin, TX) – DeckPresenter is a web presentation tool built for businesses designed to host, manage and track PowerPoint decks.

Docalytics (Minneapolis, MN) – Docalytics builds online tools to help marketers get more from their content marketing activities.

Optyn (Chicago, IL) – Optyn optimizes the marketing relationships between businesses and consumers.

gener8tor Founders’ Series: Belly

belly-logoThe VP of Business Development from Belly will be speaking at the Founders’ Series Meetup hosted by gener8tor in Madison on Wednesday, May 8 at 5:30pm.

Belly is a universal loyalty program that offers unique and exceptional rewards to local businesses through a single customer loyalty card. Belly replaces traditional ‘Buy 10, Get 1 Free’ punch cards with a rewards platform that is tailored to each business’ personality, connecting customers on a much more personalized level to the places they already love. Customers can use a physical card, iPhone App or Android App to scan in on the provided in-store iPad to earn points at every store where Belly is accepted. Belly is based in Chicago and has over 4,000 merchants using their service.

Ryan Jeffrey currently serves as the VP of Business Development at Belly. Ryan was also a Junior Board Member at Spark Ventures and an Analyst at Lightbank in Chicago, and is a UW-Madison graduate.

For more information and to RSVP, go here.

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 The application deadline is May 5th and the program kicks off on May 31st.

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: