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.
The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) is pleased to continue expanding its scope by welcoming seven new members. M-WERC continues to rapidly expand its charter, membership, and geographic scope with the addition of Advanced Ionics, Argonne National Laboratory, ClearFlame Engines, Cyber Powered Home, Deeplight Systems, Premise Inc., and Radiant Panel Technologies.
In an effort to help M-WERC members maximize leverage of their research dollars, we have announced a series of strategic partnerships with globally recognized consortia that support pre-competitive research activities.
M-WERC and our research members have moved forward this fall on two of our three research pipelines, the Advanced Manufacturing and Material Systems - Advanced Die-Casting Initiative (ADI) and Extreme Power Conversion. Both Phase 2 of the ADI and Phase 1 of the Extreme Power Conversion Research pipelines will move forward in the next 60 days.
M-WERC celebrated the grand opening of the new second-floor home for its operations earlier this fall in the M-WERC Energy Innovation Center at 4201 North 27th Street in Milwaukee. Advanced Ionics and Present Power Systems – two of the seven startups that participated in the fourth cohort of the WERCBench Labs accelerator program – are calling the new space “home.”
M-WERC’s working groups play an essential role in our approach to drive leading-edge research and technology development, resulting in innovative products, market leadership, employment opportunities, and vibrant technology transfer. Let’s review what our working groups have been up to this fall.
The Midwest Research Energy Consortium (M-WERC) is proud to host its third annual Microgrids Conference this Wednesday at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, home to a recently installed microgrid by M-WERC member Faith Technologies. The M-WERC conference will explore topics across the Microgrids field focusing on “Why, How, and What” – key questions that need to be asked when considering the implementation of a microgrid project.
With an emphasis on growing the industries in the Energy, Power, and Controls sector, M-WERC hosted its end-of-the Fiscal Year member meeting in September. Members met throughout the afternoon focusing on economic development, supply chain, and workforce development aspects to grow the sector.
Officials from the Wisconsin’s Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the city of Milwaukee, and UW-Milwaukee all participated in the Midwest Energy Research Consortium’s (M-WERC) open house to celebrate the expansion of the M-WERC Energy Innovation Center. More than 150 participants toured the new space and learned more about M-WERC's strategic initiatives.