Welcome to the second edition of Innovate Wisconsin.
In this annual publication, we highlight the amazing innovations coming from businesses throughout the state.
Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics is one of the nation’s leading stem cell technology companies. Promentis Pharmaceuticals developed a drug to treat a wide range of adult impulse control diseases. Exact Sciences developed leading-edge technology to detect colon cancer. Those are just some of the many examples of the incredible impact Wisconsin entrepreneurs have made or will make on the world.
Innovate Wisconsin is here to tell those stories. But it is also here to dig in to some of the challenges Wisconsin’s innovators are facing. How will they attract enough funding to capitalize on their great idea? Are the state’s schools doing enough to fill the talent pipeline Wisconsin’s innovative companies will need, and can those schools develop the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators to help our state’s economy grow?
Sure, Wisconsin faces its share of challenges, and is often overlooked nationally, but the state punches above its weight in terms of innovation. For example, one of the state’s most innovative companies, SwanLeap, topped the Inc. 5000 list last year, bringing Wisconsin some much-deserved recognition.
Those stories and more are told here, at Innovate Wisconsin.
Thank you to WEDC and to all of our advertisers and supporters for making this year’s edition of Innovate Wisconsin possible.
Also, our cover was created by a MIAD student who works in their Innovation Center. Be sure to download the Zappar app to animate the cover of this magazine. Just follow the directions on page one. Check it out and enjoy!
Dan Meyer, founder and publisher, BizTimes Media