Venture Capital

A joint U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Energy grant will enable Madison's Virent Energy Systems to partner with an Arkansas firm to increase production of a renewable chemical. Virent's goal is to provide a profitable market for glycerol, a co-product of the biodiesel...

Wisconsin has many economic assets, but it still may not be able to compete with the more nimble and more moneyed east and west coasts. In this latest installment of WTN's Visions Series, Baird CEO Paul Purcell recommends nixing intra- and inter-state rivalries as he...

Monica Doss remembers the early 1980s very well. With $35,000 in the bank and virtually no venture investment in North Carolina, the Council for Economic Development began to reshape the entrepreneurial culture of an entire state, one that now is represented by the famed Research...

A new online company that is seeking to change the way buyers and sellers connect online has received an impressive $5 million in venture capital from two private equity firms. In a move that could provide more momentum to Wisconsin's high-tech sector, Jellyfish.com plans to...

If you're like a lot of technology and life-science executives, you wonder where your next venture round will come from, and who is competing for those same dollars. If you're not familiar with investors, Private Placements columnist Matt Storms suggests you consider intermediaries known as...

Madison's bioscience business community is widely known as one of the premier locations for research collaboration and growth, but the arrival of Northwestern University's Caden Biosciences could be a sign that Madison has reached a "critical mass" of talent and technological resources....

A recent visit to the Land of the Rising Sun has Yer Biotech Blues columnist Michael Rosen thinking international. Given the resurgence of the Japanese biotechnology industry, he believes the time is right for companies in the Midwest to build stronger ties to both the...

California's Silicon Valley is still the king of tech, even though it has many worthy geographic rivals for that title. What sets apart the patch of land between San Jose and San Francisco? According to DEMO Letter columnist Chris Shipley, it starts with an economic...

The intersection of biotechnology and information technology is crossed by a number of Wisconsin companies, particularly those immersed in genomics, but the combination is more customer centric than glamorous. And, as venture capitalists and executives alike will concede, such multi-disciplinary capabilties are not as important...

Since its inception in 2002, BellBrook Labs has been funded in part by federal grants, and that trend continued with the recent awarding of small business innovation grants totaling more than $800,000. The company will use the funding to upgrade and modify its enzyme screening...