Dan Ebert named Executive Director of M-WERC

As the organization continues to grow and expand, M-WERC is excited to announce a series of leadership changes. Most notably – starting immediately, the day-to-day responsibilities of M-WERC Executive Director and CEO Alan Perlstein will transition to Dan Ebert as he is named Executive Director of the organization. Perlstein will remain with the organization as CEO through June of 2019. Perlstein will remain engaged with the board of directors expanding regional strategic partnerships and fundraising.

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Northwestern Mutual named presenting sponsor of WERCBench Labs Demo Day

Five start-up companies with technologies ranging from energy storage to power generation are finishing the final weeks of MWERC’s WERCBench Labs accelerator program. “WERCBench Labs has built a reputation as one of the region’s top accelerator programs for entrepreneurs to test their ideas and grow their businesses relating to energy, power and controls,” said Managing Director, Jacquin Davidson who leads the program.

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Updates from M-WERC in Madison

M-WERC continues to expand its presence in Madison on the UW-Madison campus. Early next month M-WERC staff, researchers and administration from the Grainger Institute for Engineering will gather to plan for the coming year. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@MWERC) for pictures of the event and additional updates on our activities in Madison. 

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Milwaukee recognized as a great place to start a business, especially in the Energy, Power, and Control sectors

Milwaukee is among the national leaders in places business startups want to go, according to a first-ever Surge Cities Index released this week and compiled by Inc. magazine and Startup Genome, an Oakland-based innovation policy company. Compared with the other 50 cities on the list, Milwaukee ranked No. 3 for net business creation, No. 8 for job growth, and No. 16 in early stage funding deals.

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WERCBench Labs Accelerator plays a role in helping Wisconsin’s top-10 ranking for start-ups and business survivorship

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) issued a report highlighting the exciting startup activity in Wisconsin. WEDC’s recap on its entrepreneurship program’s impact that year reveals it helped in raising $505 million in new capital, a 26 percent increase from 2016 when the impact was $385 million, and supported start-ups that employed 2,662 people that were paid an estimated $134 million in annual wages, according to the report. 

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