The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) is proud to announce WERCBench Labs Pitch Night on Tuesday, May 1 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the M-WERC Energy Innovation Center located at 4201 N. 27th Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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M-WERC’s Energy Innovation Center is being developed in in 2018 with a series of new buildout activities, new capabilities, and new tenants. M-WERC recently hired Vito Gervasi as our Lab Supervisor for the Energy Innovation Center in December and he is helping to coordinate the development of the facility, starting with the second floor this year.
The WERCBench Lab Advanced Innovation Program (AIP) has begun and we are excited about this session's participants. There are seven businesses in the program for this eight-week session and they represent energy, power, and control startups from the Midwest area.
The M-WERC EWN WG has had a very productive first quarter. During our February meeting we finalized our efforts to identify the top priority, most impactful, IEE enabling technologies for small and medium manufacturing.
Just prior to our member meeting in Madison last week, a report was released on the potential for significant jobs growth in the energy sector, specifically in the sensors and controls section for advanced energy. M-WERC was a contributor to the report and we see our member companies well-positioned to lead industry expansion.
As we head into 2018 we’re excited to build on what proved to be an aggressive programing schedule for members this past year. As we look forward we’re committed to planning our events farther in advance so that we can arrange for speakers and topic much earlier and so that you our members can get these on your calendar for the entire year.
As we begin 2018, we want to share some of the new aspects of M-WERC activities with you in this newsletter. First, we kicked off the new year with our first event of the year, a special event on Grid Modernization. This is a hot issue in the electric industry, and a topic getting more attention in Wisconsin, being led in part by PSCW Chairperson Ellen Nowak, who was our keynote speaker last week at our event in Madison, WI.
WERCBench Labs is now accepting applications for the third year of our Advanced Innovation Program (AIP). This is the follow-on program to the Early-Stage Start-Up program that just completed its third year.