Entrepreneurs

Toni Sikes, an entrepreneur who built the nation’s largest online arts retailer from a warehouse on Madison’s near East Side, will receive the sixth annual “Seize the Day” award at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. The award, which celebrates entrepreneurial leaders who have been crucial to Wisconsin’s...

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Venture Investors’ Managing Director Winslow Sargeant, Ph.D. to a key administration post as Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration. Dr. Sargeant is currently Managing Director at Venture Investors LLC, a venture capital firm that is...

The MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum, one of the nation’s largest regional platforms to showcase healthcare start-ups and emerging growth companies, will attract more than 200 private equity investors to Madison in November. Gov. Jim Doyle announced Wisconsin’s selection for the Nov. 10-12 forum during the 2009...

Fears of paycuts, layoffs and mergers -- Ravi Gupta has seen it all before. Before starting his own environmental consulting business 10 years ago, Gupta was the local manager for an international firm riddled with rumors of financial turmoil and internal politics. The company closed his office...

SO far, San Diego remains a fertile breeding ground for entrepreneurs, despite the problems in the broader economy. Connect, a nonprofit organization led by Duane Roth, right, helped husband and wife Rolf Muller and Judy Muller-Cohn obtain a $1 million investment to start Biomatrica, their business That...

Halfway into a five-year, $5 million grant to spur entrepreneurship, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has started a host of programs designed to help get students into business. The university has used the money to roll out new initiatives, from an arts enterprise club to a specialized...

University of Wisconsin-Madison cancer researcher Jing Zhang received a Shaw Scientist Award last week from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to support her novel research on the roles cancer stem cells may play in the causes and treatment of cancer. The Shaw Award - a $200,000 unrestricted...

Who gets diluted by the employee incentive pool? Typically, once an entrepreneur and prospective investor decide they want to make a deal, they negotiate a valuation and work out a variety of other key terms for the investment. One of those terms is usually...