Demo Day provided another great opportunity to showcase M-WERC’s new space in Milwaukee on the second floor of the Energy Innovation Center. The location has really evolved to be ideal for us as an organization as well as the partners and tenants renting offices in our space.
With offices located in Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau, J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. is one of the Midwest’s most trusted builders. From minor renovations to program management of the most sophisticated and complex facilities, Findorff is committed to bringing the highest level of service and craftsmanship to every project they build.
We just wrapped up our Demo Day highlighting the completion of the fourth cohort of the WERCBench Labs Accelerator program. Check out what M-WERC has in store for the rest of the month of March as well as later this spring. As you will see our working groups are clicking on all cylinders!
Punctuating another innovative and productive WERCBench Labs Accelerator program season, M-WERC hosted a successful Demo Day March 5 at our Energy Innovation Center in Milwaukee. Each participating startup presented to the audience and competed for cash prizes highlighted by ClearFlame Engines, which took first place and won $10,000.
M-WERC’s unique working group structure has been designed to provide market insights that benefit members. This month we are featuring the Distributed Energy/Energy Storage working group which was formed to expand and focus market and industry development efforts.
At M-WERC we talk a lot about using science and technology driven innovation to power Wisconsin’s economy – but for us it’s more than just rhetoric. We want our actions to speak louder than our words. We are driving change and our members are seeing results.
LEM, an M-WERC member, is the market leader in providing innovative and high quality solutions for measuring electrical parameters. Its core products – current and voltage transducers – are used in a broad range of applications in drives and welding, renewable energies, UPS, power supplies, traction, high precision, conventional and green cars businesses.
Exciting work focused on Technology Innovation continues at M-WERC, primarily driven from our Madison office which is located in the Grainger Institute for Engineering on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
M-WERC’s efforts to provide our valuable market insight are rooted in the industry roadmaps we’ve produced. As an organization member interested in this data, the last few years have resulted in a series of working groups designed to implement recommendations that came from the research.
Please accept our invitation to join us at our Demo Day from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 as we showcase the WERCBench Labs Accelerator Program at our Energy Innovation Center in Milwaukee (4201 North 27th Street).
One of the core objectives for M-WERC is to ensure members and colleagues are provided with numerous opportunities throughout the year to attend educational, informative, and timely events that provide participants with great networking opportunities to cultivate relationships and broaden horizons.
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.
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.
M-WERC’s working groups met throughout the fall to plot and plan for an exciting 2019 and beyond. We are proud of the successful conferences we hosted in 2018 and look forward to many practical, useful, and informative events this year!
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.
Program activities resumed on January 8 for all seven startup companies involved in the WERCBench Labs Accelerator, a program launched 2015 to support start-up companies in the energy power and controls sector in Milwaukee.
Lead by M-WERC’s Madison office, work continues our new Technology Innovation research program. Efforts remain focused on three primary areas — advanced manufacturing and materials systems, extreme power conversion and systems intelligence.
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.
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.