Venture Capital

Whether or not proposed changes to the federal Small Business Innovation Research grant program would help Wisconsin is anyone's guess. But the merits of a provision to allow venture capital-owned entrepreneurial firms to apply for grants continues to generate a great deal of debate, according...

Angel investments and venture capital have done more than other investment classes to promote company formation, and it looks as though the slowing economy will not derail their momentum. In advance of an annual report on early-stage investment activity in Wisconsin, columnist Tom Still notes...

In 2007, angel investors became more cautious nationally, according to an annual analysis of the angel capital market conducted by the Center for Venture Research. Their caution comes amid volatility in the economy, and as the state of Wisconsin tries to make it more attractive...

The state of Wisconsin has qualified two more early-stage technology companies for its Act 255 angel and venture investor program. Joining 73 other certified Wisconsin companies are FluGen of Madison and Sonoplot of Middleton, and investors who make financial commitments to these companies are eligible...

Origin Investment Group has provided $200,000 in angel capital to eContractorBids.com, an Onalaska-based service that allows business and government entities to solicit bids from local contractors. The LaCrosse-based Origin Investment Group was established with the support of the Small Business Development Center based at the...

Okay investors, you have a choice of placing your venture capital bet on one of two companies, each developing a promising therapy for prostrate cancer. Which do you choose? WTN columnist Steven Clark offers an example of how a good scientific understanding of emerging...

Milwaukee is one of the top metro areas in the country to watch for technology growth, according to a study by a public policy professor at George Mason University. Philip Auerswald led the study in 2004 and 2005 that aimed to create a method for...

Senate obstacles and growing budget deficit notwithstanding, the state's new Commerce secretary believes that legislative leaders support Gov. Jim Doyle's new Accelerate Wisconsin plan. Jack Fischer, who has spent more than 30 years in the private sector, is optimistic that lawmakers understand the importance of...