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There’s no single reason why early stage financing in Wisconsin soared to new heights in 2021.
Intel’s decision to build two semiconductor factories northeast of Columbus, Ohio, was disappointing news for Racine County and southeast Wisconsin in the short run but perhaps reassuring for the region in the longer term.
Two hundred miles south of the Wisconsin border on the University of Illinois campus, a $200-million initiative announced Oct. 19 offered ample evidence that our neighbors are gearing up to compete for an infusion of federal science and technology money.
The mandatory shot scenario has resurfaced among private companies due to the spread of the Delta variant; stubborn vaccine hesitancy in parts of the country and Wisconsin; and fear of exposing all workers, their families, customers and vendors to COVID-19.
A wave of economic and workforce transition is on its way. Wisconsin can choose to ride the crest or watch as it passes by.
This may sound counter-intuitive given the state is still dealing with the largest pandemic in a century, but Wisconsin hospitals aren’t all that busy.
Erickson’s hire signals that UW-Madison is embracing its larger statewide role and understands how computer science, data and information can help to transform the Wisconsin economy.
Dramatic changes coming.
That’s more than okay.
There are reasons for investors, entrepreneurs and others to tap the rise in activity across the Upper Midwest.
Epic, Fiserv and Exact Sciences are in the news.