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M-WERC announces five new members

News Release 2017-08-18 10:08:21

M-WERC announces five new members
Additions bring participation to more than 90 organizations

[Milwaukee, Wis.] – The Midwest Energy Research Consortium is excited to welcome five new members to the M-WERC team. SAS Institute, Alliant Energy, Madison Gas and Electric, OSIsoft and Tetra Tech have all joined.  M-WERC also thanked Kohler Company for their renewed support of our organization.

The SAS Institute is the world’s largest privately held software business and is based out of Cary, North Carolina. They are a founding member of the Smart Cities Technologies working group.

Alliant Energy Corporation is a public utility holding company headquartered out of Madison, Wisconsin and will be active in the DE/ES Working Group.

Madison Gas and Electric Company (MGE) is also a public utility serving the greater metropolitan Madison area for more than 150 years. They are active in the DE/ES Working Group.

OSIsoft, a global leader in operational intelligence, delivers the PI System--an open enterprise infrastructure to connect sensor-based data, operations and people to enable real-time and actionable insights. They are a founding member of the Smart Cities Technologies working group.

Tetra Tech MA, Inc. provides leadership in energy efficiency and demand response program evaluation, as well as engineering, program management, and construction management services. For 30 years, Tetra Tech has leveraged their consulting and data analytics expertise across a variety of sectors including energy, water, transportation, aviation, resource management, and international development. They have been active in the EWN Roadmap and Working Group.

IEE WG to Host Unique Conference

Blog 2017-08-10 11:26:21

IEE WG to Host Unique Conference

“The Business Case for Industrial Energy Efficiency” on 9/21

The Industrial Energy Efficiency Working Group (IEE WG) will host a unique conference on September 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at M-WERC. The “The Business Case for Industrial Energy Efficiency” conference is designed to be a highly efficient, "one-stop" application oriented conference, for small to medium sized manufacturers.

This conference is geared for owners, executives and key decision makers of small-mid size manufacturers, utility account managers and industrial energy efficiency consultants and trade allies. It will cover case studies, and multiple examples of leveraging external resources, and smart investments. The case studies will be presented by several Wisconsin small to med-size manufacturers who have made attractive investments in Energy Efficiency. Presentations will also be made by Wisconsin utilities and a number of leading M-WERC- IEE WG member organizations such as WMEP, Focus on Energy, Franklin Energy, Godfrey & Kahn and the WI Office on Energy Innovation.

This conference is designed to be a highly impactful opportunity to rapidly develop an actionable and money saving IEE strategy for small to mid-sized manufacturers while directly connecting participants to the leading IEE expert organizations from the IEE WG that can help your organization get project traction fast. Participants in this conference will learn how to:

  1. Reduce energy bills while improving production quantity and quality
  2. Identify the most cost effective IEE options
  3. Develop strong business cases for IEE investment
  4. Identify incentives and financing available to support investments
  5. Develop methods to justify and sell energy efficiency projects to management/leadership 

The event is being sponsored by M-WERC, WMEP, WEDC, the WI Office of Energy Innovation and Focus on Energy. Thanks to their sponsorship, the conference will be free to all small to mid-sized manufacturers and M-WERC Members and Partners. A registration fee will apply for other particpants of $85 before 9/1 and $125 thereafter.

The full conference program is available HERE

To register, please click HERE

The IEE WG is the oldest M-WERC Working Group formed in 2015. The WG’s mission is to double the number of IEE projects by helping to overcome major impediments to project development. The WG is lead by Randy Bertram of WMEP and Steve Hiersche of Franklin Energy. You can learn more about the IEE WG at http://mwerc-iee-wg.org/.

 

Foxconn announcement great news for region

News Release 2017-07-27 04:50:10

Move signals resurgence of Milwaukee area as home to makers and engineers

[Milwaukee, Wis] – Today’s Foxconn event in Milwaukee comes just one day after President Donald Trump’s announcement at the White House that one of the industry's leading advanced manufactures chose this region as their new home.

Foxconn’s move to Wisconsin is especially exciting for the more than 80 members and supporters of the Midwest Energy Research Consortium as they spearhead the growth of the energy power and controls industries in the Midwest.

“Today’s announcement is certainly great news for our region,” said Alan Perlstein, M-WERC Executive Director and CEO. “As the go-to membership organization for some of the leading organizations in the energy, power and controls space, the M-WERC regional cluster of business and academic institutions is excited to welcome Foxconn to Wisconsin.”

M-WERC is also proud of their efforts to lead the rebirth of Milwaukee’s long heritage in the energy, power and control sectors. For a historical perspective on who and what made this part of Wisconsin what it is today take a look at the clip below that M-WERC help produced on the history of this sector.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIUG4vQWsX8&feature=youtu.be

M-WERC executives meet with officials from Germany

Blog 2017-07-17 12:53:36

In late June M-WERC's Jeff Anthony attended the German-American Chamber of Commerce Wind Energy Business Conference in Chicago.  M-WERC has partnered with GACC-Midwest on previous events and helped sponsor and promote this event last week. The event was organized to present an update on the wind energy industry in Germany and in the US to attendees. Presenters included companies and the wind energy trade associations from a number of countries, as well as the Fraunhoefer Institute and MISO.  

Wind energy is expanding rapidly in both countries, moving past concerns about renewable energy integration, which has effectively been addressed in both countries and is no longer a concern.  Challenges now include building enough transmission infrastructure to move wind energy from windy areas to markets, and countering some of the NIMBY and anti-wind organizations that still exist despite the widespread proven benefits on wind energy.  

The featured presenters and highlight of the event were six German companies that travelled to the US to explore business opportunities in the US wind energy industry.  GACC gave them opportunities to present at this event and arranged visits with various organizations here in the US.  M-WERC attended this event in part to meet these companies and to introduce them to the energy, power and controls sector.  We are working with the M7 economic development organization to make further introductions and contacts. If you're interested email janthony@m-werc.org.

Upcoming Industrial Energy Efficiency event

Blog 2017-07-17 12:51:31

The M-WERC Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Working Group is pleased to announce a unique conference on September 21, 2017. The conference called The Business Case for Industrial Energy Efficiency, is designed to be a highly efficient, one-stop application oriented conference. The event is targeted to owners, operations managers, engineering managers and purchasing managers of small to medium manufacturers.

The conference is designed to be a highly impactful opportunity to rapidly develop an actionable and money saving strategy for your business while directly connecting participants to the leading industrial energy efficiency expert organizations working with M-WERC.

Participants in this conference will learn how to:

  • Reduce energy bills while improving production quantity and quality
  • Identify the most cost effective industrial energy efficiency options
  • Develop strong business cases for industrial energy efficiency investment
  • Identify incentives and financing available to support investments
  • Develop methods to justify and sell energy efficiency projects to management/leadership 

This conference is different than other similar conferences because:

  • It is designed exclusively for small to medium manufacturers
  • It will provide independent, objective, non-biased/ non-commercial insight
  • Will offer a one-stop connection to top regional experts
  • Will feature regional customers and real case studies
  • There will be no sales presentations

There is no cost to M-WERC members or small to medium manufacturers.

Update on M-WERC smart cities initiative

Blog 2017-07-17 12:49:47

M-WERC launched a new working group on June 6, focusing on Smart Cities Technologies. The group focused on the Internet of Things, connectivity solutions, advanced sensors and big data as they start to transform how cities and municipalities provide a connected urban environment for their workers, residents, and visitors.

The first meeting included more than 100 participants and with a special presentation by the City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

The working group held a formative / kickoff meeting in the afternoon, with 40 attendees representing some of the leading service and technology providers in the industry. The meeting featured an overview by consultant Melanie Nutter about what cities around the world are doing to become Smart Cities. If you are interested in joining this working group, please contact Nate Conroy at M-WERC.

You could also take a look at our recently published report that documents efforts undertaken in 2016 by the City of Milwaukee and M-WERC to explore opportunities to expand Smart Cities activities in Milwaukee. 

Regional Energy Water Nexus effort draws attention

Blog 2017-07-17 12:46:13

The Energy Water Nexus working group held their third meeting last week on June 23 at the M-WERC office. 

Stephen Memory of AO Smith and David Garman of UWM lead the group as they finalized areas of focus and plans for the remainder of the year. Given the State of Wisconsin's support of M-WERC and The Water Council, collaborative efforts between these two organizations through this working group has received rave reviews not only here in Wisconsin but throughout the country as people are looking to our region as the hub of these two technology focus areas. 

On June 2, Alan Perlstein and John Bobrowich traveled to Boston where they met with leaders of the MA Clean Energy Center who characterized our EWN public report as "groundbreaking."

The MA Clean Energy Center is particularly interested in identifying and developing EWN technologies that save both water and energy. Given the significant cost of water and electricity on the east coast markets like those present great opportunities for technologies that emerge from this collaboration. 

In addition to the June 2 presentation David Garman and Alan Perlstein led a session on the Energy Water Nexus in Chicago during the Quarterly Meeting hosted by the Alliance for Regional Development on June 6. Nearly 50 persons participated in the session including representatives of Alliance for Water Efficiency and Alliance for Water Stewardship.

The Energy Water Nexus working group's next meeting will be on July 20, immediately following the M-WERC Annual Meeting. For more information on the Energy Water Nexus working group, or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Nate Conroy at nconroy@m-werc.com.

The Energy Water Nexus working group activities for the remainder of 2017 will focus on:

  • Creating Awareness of EWN for Regional Industry and Heavy Users
  • Integrating focus areas into all relevant Water Council and M-WERC Activities/Programming
  • Developing Supportive & Collaborative Partnerships
  • Attracting New Members to the working group
  • Establishing Industry Development Supportive Programs
  • Promotion of Ideas, Technologies and Business Models that Save Energy & Water
  • Develop Funding Models for Regional Energy Water Nexus Development

Partnership expands supply chain marketplace

Blog 2017-07-17 12:35:38

Recently, M-WERC partnered with The New North on developing Wisconsin Supply Chain initiative featuring a free new tool was rolled out to support growth strategies: The Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace.

The Supply Chain Marketplace is an online sourcing tool that connects buyers and suppliers.  Originally designed to assist companies within the defense industry who were experiencing an economic decline due to the cyclical nature of government contracts, the marketplace expanded to include seven specific industries: Aviation & Aerospace, Food & Beverage, the Water Industry, Defense, Lakeshore Manufacturing, Wisconsin Wind Works, North Coast Marine, Forest Products and Automotive, and Energy Systems.

Supported by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, a new partnership with the Midwest Energy Research Consortium has exciting potential for further growth of the Supply Chain Marketplace.  The goal is to leverage the assets and skills of both organizations to introduce businesses to the SCM. 

Participants create a profile, specifying the sectors which they serve.  Those in search of a supplier can post a Request for Proposal (RFP) within the Supply Chain Marketplace and their RFP automatically will be shared with suppliers in the relevant categories. It’s that easy.

The marketplace already has a track record of increasing sales, locally and beyond, as buyers readily identify potential suppliers, often right in their backyard.

Initial research has shown a very strong demand on a national basis for suppliers in the energy, power and controls sector – many of which are based in Wisconsin and M-WERC members developing exciting partnership opportunities for the New North and Midwest Energy Research Consortium.

New North Inc. and M-WERC are collaborating to have a strong presence at the Power-Gen International Trade Show, Dec. 5-7 in Las Vegas.  At the show, a marketing booth will highlight the robust supplier network in Wisconsin within the energy, power, and control sector.

“We believe that the partnership between the Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace and M-WERC has the potential to drive new business in new and unique ways as suppliers are matched with companies in need of their products and services,” said Connie Loden, senior project manager for New North Inc., who oversees the Supply Chain Marketplace.  “Matches already are being made.”

Loden cites a recent example where a member of the Water Council and M-WERC hosted a group of buyers from the Middle East to look at sourcing of energy-system engineering, components and parts.  As part of that meeting, New North introduced the assembled buyers to the marketplace, as a resource tool for them in meeting their export needs for energy-plant developments in the Middle East.

Wisconsin organizations within the energy, power, and controls sector should waste no time in creating a profile, which will allow them to be part of the Go-To-Market presence at Power-Gen.

Other positives of participating in the marketplace include the ability to showcase company competencies, to be a part of database searches via keywords and categories, a connection tool for B2B activities, and ready supplier identification.

Regular events are held for the benefit of SCM participants – matching buyers to suppliers, such industry cluster meet-ups hosted by companies such as Kohler Power and Gearbox Express.

Nearly 400 organizations already have established marketplace profiles.  For more information or to sign up please visit www.wisupplychainmarketplace.com.

Who's involved in the Korean startup program

Blog 2017-06-28 08:33:07

We're excited to make the announcement that the Daegu Gyoungbok Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST),  Greenpoint Asset Management and the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC), are  partnersing to creating a new business accelerator. A copy of the media annoucenment can be found later in this blog post. For background here are some descriptions of the players involved. 

Who is Greenpoint Asset Management?

Greenpoint Asset Management is a group of broadly experienced finance professionals dedicated to delivering the highest quality investment opportunities to global investors.  Their investment strategies include: Private Equity, Income, Hedge Funds, Currencies, Fine Art, and Real Estate.

Who is DGIST?

The Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) is a public science and engineering university located in Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea.  The University's six departments include Emerging Materials Science, Energy Systems Engineering, Information and Communication Engineering, Robotics Engineering, Brain and Cognitive Sciences and New Biology.

What is WERCBench Labs?

WERCBench Labs was launched in 2015 as a program to aid start-up companies in the Energy, Power and Controls sector.  The program was designed to take scientists and engineers and turn them into entrepreneurs who could commercialize the technology developed at our research universities. Based on the "Lean Start-Up" Curriculum, the program recruited entrepreneurs and accelerated them to achieve success as sustainable, revenue-generating companies.  The WERCBench Labs accelerator funded four cohorts of ten companies which created 40 jobs.

What is the Energy, Power and Controls Sector?

The Energy, Power and Controls (EPC) sector is the largest and fastest-growing industry sector in the State of Wisconsin.  The sector includes companies that provide advanced products and systems which are used in the generation, transmission, storage, distribution, control and management of energy and power.  In Wisconsin there are 900 companies that support 100,000 jobs and $38 billion worth of revenue per year.  Across the eight (8) state Midwest Region there are in excess of 526,000 jobs in the EPC sector.

 

 

Here's a copy of the release that went out on July 28.

M-WERC partners with Korean University DGIST

Program looking to attract area students to lean startup process

Milwaukee, WI – The Daegu Gyoungbok Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), in partnership with Greenpoint Asset Management and the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC), are creating a new business accelerator with a significant international business component that will promote foreign direct investment in Wisconsin and exports to the Far East.

The accelerator will establish a base of international business relationships that will help early stage high-tech companies from both the United States and South Korea take advantage of Milwaukee's growing export platforms to accelerate their customer discovery processes both domestically and abroad.

In recent years, Milwaukee and the M7 region have focused on the benefits of export platforms as a model for economic development and growth.  By working together with DGIST, M-WERC and Greenpoint Asset Management, startup companies from both the US and South Korea will have a chance to explore various business initiatives.

Program participants will have the opportunity to pursue one or more of the following goals:

1) Sell products directly to end customers in the US or the Western Hemisphere.

2) Find channel distribution partners who can sell products in the US or Western Hemisphere.

3) Develop joint go-to-market strategy or Joint Venture with partners in US and South Korea.

4) Set up a factory in Milwaukee.

5) Raise angel or venture capital financing.

6) Find new sources of products, which can be purchased here and brought back to Korea.

The program, all ten Korean teams will interface with the third cohort of M-WERC's WERCBench Labs business accelerator program in M-WERC’s Milwaukee headquarters. The four-week-long Korean program begins in October and runs contiguously with the US-based twelve-week program.

For more information on Greenpoint Asset Management, DGIST, M-WERC and WERCBench Labs check out our recent blog post that talks more about this program.

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WERCBench Labs open for applications

Blog 2017-06-26 10:06:15

WERCBench Labs, an entrepreneurial, immersive technology accelerator program provides a unique opportunity for start-ups.

If you want to create amazing technology products that change the world please join us for a one of a kind immersive program for technology innovators.  WERCBench Labs provides a unique opportunity for start- ups to grow their business. We are especially looking for builders, makers and entrepreneurs focused on the technologies identified below. Please send any questions to WERCBench@m-werc.org. 

• Energy Efficiency


• Power Generation


• Power Transmission


• Power Generation


• Power Transmission


• Distributed Generation


• Microgrids


• Energy Storage


• Power Conversion


• Controls and Automation


• Energy Water Nexus (EWN)

 

Applications must be submitted by June 30th and are available online at https://www.f6s.com/wercbenchlabs-yearthree/about

M-WERC will once again run its 12-week mentor-driven, technology immersive program using the Lean start-up curriculum and put participants on an aggressive custom- er discovery and business model canvas exploration. The program runs from September through December 2017.

Teams selected for the program will receive $20,000 as well as direct access to mentors and coaches from one of the Midwest’s largest angel investor networks. Acceptance into the program includes free use of the lab and prototyping space with a dedicated work cell as well as of cell and co-working space for your team. We’re especially excited about the opening of our newly constructed lab and prototyping space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Highlights of the space include compressed air, high voltage electricity, 3-D printers and general fabrication, welding, and brazing equipment. In addition to the general tools and fabrication materials in our lab, teams selected for the program are eligible for a stipend of up to $5,000 to purchase additional tools.

Unique to our program, WERCBench Labs teams are assigned an individual mentor and coach as well as having access to over 90 other mentors from some of the worlds top companies such as Rockwell Automation and Johnson Controls. Access to leading companies in the Energy, Power and Controls sector, enabled by the M-WERC regional cluster of business and academic institutions provides unparalleled opportunities for start-ups and entrepreneurs in the energy industry.

Energy Water Nexus update

Blog 2017-06-26 09:45:30

The Energy Water Nexus working group held thier third meeting last week on June 23 at @MWERC. Stephen Memory of AO Smith and David Garman of UWM lead the group as they finalized areas of focus and plans for the remainder of the year. Given the State of Wisconsin's support of M-WERC and The Water Council, collaborative efforts between these two organizations through this working group has received rave reviews not only here in Wisconsin but throughout the country as people are looking to our region as the hub of these two technology focus areas. 

On June 2, Alan Perlstein and John Bobrowich traveled to Boston where they met with leaders of the MA Clean Energy Center who characterized our EWN public report as "groundbreaking."

The MA Clean Energy Center is particularly interested in identifying and developing EWN technologies that save both water and energy. Given the significant cost of water and electricity on the east coast markets like those present great opportunities for technologies that emerge from this collaboration. 

In addition to the June 2 presentation David Garman and Alan Perlstein led a session on the Energy Water Nexus in Chicago during the Quarterly Meeting hosted by the Alliance for Regional Development on June 6. Nearly 50 persons participated in the session including representatives of Alliance for Water Efficiency and Alliance for Water Stewardship

The Energy Water Nexus working group's next meeting will be on July 20, immediately following the @MWERC Annual Meeting. For further information on the EWN WG contact Nate Conroy at nconroy@m-werc.com.

The Energy Water Nexus working group activities for the remainder of 2017 will focus on:

  • Creating Awareness ofEWN for Regional Industry and Heavy Users
  • Integrating EWN WG Focus Areas into All relevant TWC and M-WERC Activities/Programming
  • Developing Supportive & Collaborative Partnerships
  • Attracting New Members to WG & EWN
  • Establishing EWN Industry Development Supportive Programs
  • Promotion of Ideas, Technologies and Business Models that Save Energy & Water
  • Develop Funding Models for Regional EWN Development

Working Group Updates - Energy Water Nexus

Blog 2017-06-22 02:09:17

Energy-Water Nexus

Highlights of the activity of second Energy-Water Nexus (EWN) working group meeting held on April 25 included finalizing the charter, the selection of Stephen Memory from A.O. Smith and David Garman from UWM as working group co-chairs and the development of a comprehensive list of actions for 2017. 

Please join us for our third meeting of the Energy-Water Nexus (EWN) working group on June 23. 

This third working group meeting will:

  • Review the meeting calendar for 2017
  • Finalize all areas of working group focus for the remainder of the year
  • Complete the working group Action Plan
  • Identify new upcoming working group activities

If you would like more information about this working group, please John Bobrowich by email at jbobrowich@m-werc.org.

Working Group Updates

Blog 2017-06-22 01:53:58

Smart Cities Technologies

M-WERC launched a new working group on June 6th, focusing on Smart Cities Technologies. This group focuses on the Internet of Things, connectivity solutions, advanced sensors and big data as they start to transform how cities and municipalities provide a connected urban environment for their workers, residents, and visitors.

The first meeting included more than 100 participants and with a special presentation by the City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

The working group held a formative / kickoff meeting in the afternoon, with 40 attendees representing some of the leading service and technology providers in the industry. The meeting featured an overview by consultant Melanie Nutter about what cities around the world are doing to become Smart Cities. If you are interested in joining this working group, please contact Nate Conroy at M-WERC.

M-WERC launched a new working group on June 6th, focusing on Smart Cities Technologies. This group focuses on the Internet of Things, connectivity solutions, advanced sensors and big data as they start to transform how cities and municipalities provide a connected urban environment for their workers, residents, and visitors.

The first meeting included more than 100 participants and with a special presentation by the City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

The working group held a formative / kickoff meeting in the afternoon, with 40 attendees representing some of the leading service and technology providers in the industry. The meeting featured an overview by consultant Melanie Nutter about what cities around the world are doing to become Smart Cities. If you are interested in joining this working group, please contact Nate Conroy at M-WERC.

M-WERC Maker Space

Blog 2017-05-31 03:09:50

 

M-WERC is excited to announce progress on our Prototyping and Manufacturing Maker space.  There is 6,000 sq ft of newly renovated build and test space available at M-WERC's 27th street facility, with 19 plus designated work areas. There is tooling and infrastructure in place including  power, air, water and ventilation systems that allow unique infrastructure for start up companies focused in the ENERGY, POWER, CONTROLS AND Advanced Manufacturing activities. Electrical testing equipment, a dynamometer, lathes, band saw, drill press, 3D printing capability and had tools with work benches are also available in the space.

We are beginning to lease work areas this month, with our first three start up companies planning to take space in June. Please contact us by email if this may be of interest! janthony@m-werc.org

M-WERC Launches Smart Cities Initiative

Blog 2017-05-22 08:43:32

 

M-WERC Launches Smart Cities Initiative

On June 6th, M-WERC will be holding a Smart Cities workshop to explore what Smart Cities Technologies are revolutionizing how citizens, workers, and visitors interact in the urban environment. Join us at this event to learn what other cities in the U.S. are doing with these new technologies – click here to learn more and register to attend. Mayor Tom Barrett will address the audience attending this event to share the vision that the City of Milwaukee has on this subject. That same day, we will be kicking off a “Smart Cities Technologies Working Group” with the City of Milwaukee.

The City of Milwaukee has embarked on several Smart Cities and Internet of Things (IoT) activities, but desires to learn more about what other cities were doing in this area, and to use such information to create a framework and plan by which further activities could be guided and optimized. As a result, the City partnered with M-WERC so that the Consortium could engage its member base and identify new companies to participate in future efforts—acting as a “technology partner” for the City.  Both the City and M-WERC participated in the Envision: America program in 2016 as a means to jump-start efforts and identify lessons-learned and best practices from other cities undertaking similar initiatives. 

Smart Cities is a term that has recently been adopted on a widespread basis to cover a range of technologies and solutions that are intended to improve city services and enhance the quality of life for urban residents and visitors. Closely related topics include the Internet of Things (IoT) and adoption of 21st century city-scale advanced infrastructure.

Contact M-WERC if you are interested in learning more about the workshop or the working group meeting, both happening on June 6th.  Learn more here:

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=pnswl4rab&oeidk=a07ee5g9qf506b28abe

M-WERC announces year three of technology accelerator program WERCBench Labs

News Release 2017-05-15 12:01:22

 

M-WERC announces year three of technology accelerator program WERCBench Labs
Applications sought from early-stage companies seeking funding, facilities and mentors

[Milwaukee, Wis.] - Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2017 WERCBench Labs Program. M-WERC is looking for up to 10 start-up teams to participate in the program. The Fall 2017 program will be similar to the two-previous early-stage, start-up programs previously held in the summer 2015 and fall 2016. Each of those two programs graduated nine teams.

“WERCBench Labs is an entrepreneurial immersive technology program providing a unique opportunity for start-ups to interact directly with our roster of more than 90 world-class, experienced and technical mentors,” said Jeff Anthony, managing director for WERCBench Labs.  “The teams we select will have access to unparalleled expertise in our member companies, seasoned instructors, newly-created lab and prototyping facilities, and small-scale production equipment”.

Participants will also have access to the leading companies in the world on Energy, Power and Controls technology enabled by the M-WERC regional cluster of business and academic institutions, providing unparalleled opportunities for start-ups and entrepreneurs in the energy industry. 

M-WERC will once again instruct participating teams in this mentor-driven, technology immersive program through the lean start-up curriculum. Participants will complete a rigorous and aggressive customer discovery and business model canvas exploration during the 12-week program.  Classes will run from September through November, with a Demo Day in mid-December 2017. 

New this year, teams will have access to a new laboratory and fabrication space at M-WERC’s headquarters in the Energy Innovation Center, a former research building located at 4201 N. 27th St. in Milwaukee.

Applicants are encouraged to request a full Application Package by emailing WERCBench@m-werc.org. Completed applications must be submitted online at the following link: https://www.f6s.com/wercbenchlabs-yearthree.  Applications are due by midnight CDT on Friday, June 30, 2017. 

Clean Energy Trust

Blog 2017-05-09 09:23:13

MWERC's own Jeff Anthony is in Chicago as a judge for the The Clean Energy Trust (CET) Challenge, the flagship program of the Clean Energy Trust which invests $1 million in promising early-stage cleantech startups.

The event, similar to our own WERCBench Labs, combines live pitches with presentations by leading clean energy thinkers and doers. Check out our Twitter feed @MWERC to see pictures from the event. 

M-WERC hosts 7th annual tech symposium

News Release 2017-04-11 02:14:55

 

M-WERC hosts 7th annual tech symposium
Industry and academics gather at Briggs & Stratton

[Wauwatosa, Wis.] – Dr. Dan Thoma of the Grainger Institute at UW-Madison kicked off the meeting with a key-note presentation on Technology-Driven Innovation where he touched on M-WERC’s unique role helping bring industry partners together with academic partners.

The event, held at the corporate offices of Briggs and Stratton featured a unique breakout session focused on aligning the needs of industry with the research pipeline capabilities of our region’s academic institutions and consulting firms.

“We’re excited about information we’ve collected from our members,” said M-WERC Executive Director and CEO Alan Perlstein. “This year’s technology symposium was another successful event connecting the needs of industry with the resources of our region’s academic institutions.”

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What is the Advanced Innovation Program?

Blog 2017-03-15 10:02:01

What is the Advanced Innovation Program?

Last month, M-WERC announced their latest innovation program, the Advanced Innovation Program, or AIP.  This program is the second phase of WERCBench Labs, and will help startup teams develop the skills that will prepare them to present to investors. Instructors will position the start up teams to be attractive to investors, develop plans for revenue growth, and expand their set of networking capabilities to prepare for presentations to investors, concluding the program.

In this program, M-WERC is fortunate enough to have seven teams from the last round of WERCBench Labs participating, among others. Teams participating in this Advanced Innovation Program are:

  • C-Motive Technologies
  • H2Q Solutions
  • Iconac
  • Improovment
  • PURESINE
  • STEMhero
  • TERRAOAK

CEO of Davidson Associates, Jacquin Davidson will be leading the program along with Dave Zachman of The Commons.  Dave has worked with many of the AIP teams before in M-WERC’s WERCBench Labs program.  Jacquin brings 35 years of professional and entrepreneurial experience to our teams, most recently serving as the Executive Director at Biz Starts.  M-WERC staff, in addition to Jacquin and Dave will help round-out the instruction team for the program.

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Startup Teams listen to a presentation during the initial Advanced Innovation Program launch

You can learn more about WERCBench Labs and M-WERC’s other programs by visiting www.wercbench.com.

WERCBench Labs announces next program offering

News Release 2017-03-09 11:37:14

 

M-WERC’s WERCBench Labs announces next program offering
Eight week class to focus on getting teams ready for investors

[Milwaukee, Wis.] – Today, The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) announced the seven start-up teams set to participate in the next program phase of the second WERCBench Labs. This AIP – “Advanced Innovation Program” – will help these selected start ups develop the skills needed to successfully present their projects to investors.

The class will be lead by Jacquin Davidson, who most recently served as the Executive Director at Biz Starts. Davidson, CEO of Davidson Associates brings 35 years of professional and entrepreneurial experience. Dave Zachman from The Commons will return as an instructor and M-WERC Staff will make up the remainder of the  instruction team for this program.

The program will focus on positioning the start-up teams to be attractive to investors, develop robust plans for achievable revenue growth for each start-up company, expand their set of advisers and networking capabilities to develop a governance structure, and make a series of presentations to investors in the last few weeks of the program.

Teams participating in this year's class include:
Iconac
Improovment
PURESINE
STEMhero
H2Q Solutions
TERRAOAK, INC.
C-Motive Technologies

To learn more about WERCBench Labs and upcoming programs visit us at www.wercbench.com or email WERCBench@m-werc.org for more information.

M-WERC and The Water Council release joint roadmap on the Energy Water Nexus

News Release 2017-02-23 09:55:48

M-WERC and The Water Council release joint roadmap on the Energy Water Nexus
Research provides opportunity for regional collaboration

[Milwaukee, Wis.] – Today, the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) and The Water Council are pleased to announce the release of their first-of-its kind Energy-Water Nexus (EWN) Roadmap report. A summary of the report, made available to the public, is also being released today and is designed to provide an overview of the more comprehensive roadmap available to members of each organization.

The EWN Roadmap project focused on the interdependency between energy and water and identified opportunities for the Midwest region; M-WERC, The Water Council and their members to further develop leadership roles in this emerging market space.

The report seeks to provide a usable tool for members of both organizations to identify specific EWN applications, benefits, target markets, industry categories, technologies, products and active companies within the market space. Additionally, this report will allow members to focus on, reposition and analyze their products and services within the framework of the growing global markets.

“The research confirms that the energy water nexus is going to grow and our region’s employers and researchers are well positioned to lead the effort,” said M-WERC executive director and CEO Alan Perlstein. “This project has been a great inaugural collaborative enterprise for both of our organizations.”

“The energy water nexus market is growing and posed for rapid and disruptive growth in the coming years,” said Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of TWC.  “This report and our unique view of the EWN industry, was shaped by a series of five workshops attracting over 400 members of M-WERC and TWC over 12 months.”

On March 15, M-WERC will launch and fund a new EWN working group to serve as a platform for implementing the more than 20 recommendations from the EWN Roadmap Report. For information on how to participate in the working group, or to purchase access to the complete EWN Roadmap, please contact M-WERC at membership@m-werc.org.

The Energy Water Nexus Roadmap project involved a large cross section of both TWC and M-WERC members. In addition to executives from those organization and the principal authors listed below, the team included more than 20 of the worlds leading industry and academic authorities on the Energy-Water Nexus. A full list of the project’s participants, including those mentioned below, is available in the summery of the report available at the link below:

  • Alan Perlstein, M-WERC
  • Dean Amhaus, The Water Council
  • Cate Rahmlow, WEDC
  • John Bobrowich, M-WERC
  • Mark Siira, Power Innovation
  • Elizabeth Thelen, The Water Council
  • Robert Eckard, RSE Analytics
  • David Garman, UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences

 

The online version of the public report is available at m-werc.org.

Energy-Water Nexus Industry Roadmap

News Release 2017-02-21 06:17:28

Letter from M-WERC and The Water Council

The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) and The Water Council (TWC) are proud to issue this public version of our first joint industry roadmap report collaboration. This roadmap report focuses on the Energy-Water Nexus (EWN) industry and is designed to provide a sample for the public at large of this highly informative roadmap report along with an exciting opportunity for our region.

The EWN market is growing and poised for rapid and disruptive growth. It is our projection that the market will grow dramatically from the current $240 Billion to nearly $500 Billion by 2025. Our unique view of the industry was shaped by a series of five workshops attracting over 400 member participants of M-WERC and TWC over a twelve-month period. Deep insight for the report was provided by dozens of experts from the Midwest region and beyond.

This roadmapping effort has resulted in a truly landmark report as it significantly expands the baseline EWN opportunity set to include many large water and energy embedded consuming applications in agriculture, industry, buildings and residences outside of the traditional water and energy cycles. The report also defines and classifies six market segments and numerous products that make up the industry. The report provides additional value by drawing focus on the most potentially impactful applications which we classify as the EWN core market. Unlike other EWN reports, our project contains detailed market projections, by market segment, from both top down and bottom up projections. The report highlights key cross cutting technologies in sensors, drives, & controls systems, data management that are growth engines for EWN markets.  

In addition, on March 15, M-WERC will launch and fund a new EWN Working Group for M-WERC and TWC members. The working group will serve as a platform for implementing over 20 specific recommendations from the EWN Roadmap Report.

The roadmap project has been a great inaugural collaborative project for both of our organizations. We would like to thank each of our respective members, the EWN Steering Committee and the joint M-WERC/TWC project team for their very impactful efforts.

Public Summary

Alan S. Perlstein

Executive Director & CEO

Midwest Energy Research Consortium 

Dean Amhaus

President & CEO

The Water Council

 

 

M-WERC hosts 2017 Energy Storage Conference

News Release 2017-02-20 07:52:48

 

M-WERC hosts 2017 Energy Storage Conference
Tours of Johnson Controls sponsored energy storage labs at UWM to follow

[Milwaukee, Wis.] - The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) hosted the 2017 Energy Storage Conference Wednesday morning at UWM’s Zelazo Center.

M-WERC welcomed nearly 150 members and guests to the event. The conference featured keynote speaker George Crabtree of Argonne National Laboratory. There were also sessions covering energy storage technology, the advancement in energy storage research and the growth and expansion of energy storage applications. 

“M-WERC remains at the center of the energy, power and controls industries in the region,” said M-WERC COO Jeff Anthony. “We’re excited to be able to convene such a notable group of industry professionals as we help expand the energy storage market.”

Speakers for the sessions included:

  • William Tokash, Navigant Consulting
  • Michael Allen, Cleantech Law Partners
  • Deyang Qu, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Tom Jahns, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Kedar Dimble, A.O. Smith
  • Chris Kuhl, Edison Energy
  • Ben Polito, Pika Energy
  • Jeremy Niederjohn, Johnson Controls

The event concluded with networking and Tours of the Johnson Controls sponsored energy storage labs at UWM. 

WERCBench Labs - Spotlight - Terraoak

Blog 2017-01-20 02:04:24

Terraoak aims at saving lives and the environment through a patent-pending stove that significantly reduces smoke pollution and generates electricity from heat.

The inspiration came from Max’s (CEO & Cofounder) personal experience of losing his grandmother, owing to vision problems and respiratory issues from smoke pollution.

Globally, 3 Billion people rely on firewood to prepare meals. And every year 4.3 Million people—approximately the population size of Kentucky—die from smoke pollution from open fires and inefficient cookstoves.

Inspired and driven to save lives, Max and Godwin (CTO & Cofounder) developed a solution to solve this growing global problem: Genesys Cooker.

The beauty of the Genesys Cooker is that is offers a multi-pronged solution—it is able to reduce smoke pollution from cooking and equally generate efficient electricity so the end-user can conveniently recharge mobile devices. This is what differentiates the Genesys Cooker from other existing stoves, in addition to the pending Utility Patent on its proprietary technology.

After the team developed this stove, they realized that, aside from the international market, the electricity-generating feature of their product would also appeal to a market in the U.S. comprised of campers, tailgaters, etc.
This prompted them to aim at launching a version of their stove that could be used outdoors by campers.

Therefore, the goal for attending the MWERC Accelerator Program is to launch their product with the early adopters in the camping market. The revenue generated from the outdoor market would help facilitate Terraoak’s efforts in developing societies across the globe.
Like Toms and Warby Parker, Terraoak will also be implementing a one-for-one model—whereby for every sale here in the U.S., a stove would be donated to a household in need in developing societies. To help facilitate their international efforts, Terraoak has partnered with the U N’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Terraoak has also achieved traction including, but not limited to, funding from Duke Energy, The Resolution Project and Yale. They also won a video Innovation Competition for the Genesys Cooker from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

At Terraoak, Max & Godwin are dedicated to saving lives and the environment through cutting-edge innovation in clean tech products.

If you believe in Terraoak’s mission and want to learn more about how you can support their product launch, here, in Wisconsin, contact the team at: info@terraoak.com.

WERCBench Labs Demo Day - January 26, 2017

Blog 2017-01-19 11:39:42

This week was the last week teams met at M-WERC’s Energy Innovation Center for WERCBench Labs.  After the 12 weeks of work teams put into the program, they are ready to give their 5-minute pitches to investors, city leaders, mentors, and peers at Demo Day on January 26, 2016.

Held at the Milwaukee Public Library, Demo Day offers an insider glimpse into the future of transformative technologies from the nine WERCBench Labs teams:

  • H2Q Innovation is working on a technology to create an intelligent controlling system that regulates factors such as heat, lighting, nutrients and humidity to automatically gain a desired production of crops.
  • ICONAC lets utilities identify potential watermain failures and find them faster once they do occur. ICONAC’s safe, non-intrusive technology makes today’s costly and hazardous invasive and destructive testing methods obsolete.
  • Improovment is developing sensor-based technology providing a solution to provide Manufacturers insight into the utilization and flow of their work cells and plant floor. 
  • Process Machine & Automation represents DATTUS, an IoT (Internet of Things) technology that offers predictive failure analysis helping manufacturing facilities to reduce or eliminate unscheduled downtime.
  • PURESINE is developing an integrated compact solution for residential solar with a potential to maximize efficiency and improve returns on investments.
  • Revolt has invented a proprietary home solar and energy storage system that is much lower cost and easier to install.
  • SciArt, LLC provides a high-performance topology/design optimization tool for design engineers, specifically aimed at weight reduction of engineering structures.
  • STEMhero’s proprietary customer engagement and behavior change software is used by paying teachers and utility sponsors in over 20 states and 3 continents.
  • Terraoak provides innovative clean tech solutions including a patent-pending stove that significantly reduces smoke-emissions and generates electricity from heat, and a biomass fuel for a wide variety of end uses.ically aimed at weight reduction of engineering structures.

Attendees will also hear prom George Konstantakis, President of Brooks Stevens, and one of our WERCBench Labs mentors.  He will set the tone for our event by addressing “Innovation and Entrepreneurs,” based on the role of innovation at Brooks Stevens, one of the leading product development firms in the U.S.

Registration is open until January 23rd, and you can register to attend Demo Day for free HERE.

STEMhero celebrates completion of WERCBench Labs program

News Release 2017-01-19 11:30:20

January 23, 2016
Contact: Nate Conroy
nate@stemhero.org

STEMhero celebrates completion of WERCBench Labs program
STEMhero software puts students water and energy data at the heart of STEM learning in schools

[Milwaukee, Wis]. – STEMhero pitched proprietary customer engagement and behavior change software that puts student's own water and energy consumption data and efficiency actions at the heart of STEM learning in local schools to hundreds of guests at Milwaukee Public Library on Thursday, January 26th.

“Many accelerators talk about their massive mentor list but don't help entrepreneurs leverage those mentors. WERCBench labs set up the mentor relationship from the start and made it a point to see that entrepreneurs took advantage of services made available to them,” said Nate Conroy.  “We’re excited to showcase our hard work with those mentors to community leaders, investors and stakeholders at Demo Day.”

Following Demo Day, STEMhero will be able to fulfill new customer contracts and further hone their business model, including pricing structure.  You can register to attend Demo Day HERE.

WERCBench Labs - Spotlight - H2Q Solutions

Blog 2017-01-06 10:57:39

At H2Q Solutions we offer high quality fresh produce for Local boutique restaurants, and regular people in the community. We insure this through our built in, automated control system. This automated system regulates the necessary nutrients, water, and lighting needed to grow your plants while monitoring the temperature, pH balance, and humidity. Smart watering features makes you feel comfortable about the well-being of your plants. Especially when you are gone or on vacay. It’s like giving your plant a personal trainer.

Not only do we Focus on QUALITY but also QUANITY. Our system produces vegetables 4x faster than any other conventional gardening method. It’s easy all you have to do is type in your desired plant, Plant the seed and walk away. Within weeks you have fully harvest heirloom tomatoes, lettuce, asparagus in the winter, baby carrots, micro greens, spinach, and herbs.

H2Q is committed to providing the highest quality, fresh and natural, health and wellness products. Using a strategy to take externally produced food to food grown safely indoors. No pesticides, GMO’s, Fungicides, Insecticides, hormones. It’s all nature at its purest. The Mission is not only to have great tasting food, but have efficient and friendly service because customer satisfaction is paramount. The members of H2Q Solutions are a part of another organization Young Enterprise Society(Y.E.S.), which has had a working relationship with M-WERC for about two years. H2Q was formed through this relationship. 

The greatest additive to this program is that through Mentorship and working together with teams your able to learn a lot from not only here in Wisconsin, but around the world fostering great business and personal connection.

WERCBench Labs Weeks 8 & 9 Highlights

Blog 2016-12-15 09:53:00

Last Tuesday was week 8 of WERCBench Labs.  Before class started, teams were able to enjoy a Lunch N Learn from members of the Wipfli team.  This was a great conversation between start-up teams, mentors, and the Wipfli team on taxes, auditing, and accounting.

After the Lunch N Learn, teams got updates from M-WERC staff and the teams shared updates on their customer interviews.

When all of the updates were out of the way, they moved on to their lesson from Dave Linz on investors and partners after a brief review of previous lessons.  Part of week 8’s lesson was a round table discussion on customers with regard to pricing structures.

Week 9’s lesson was held a day late to allow teams to attend M-WERC’s open member meeting yesterday at Discovery World’s Pilot House.  After taking in gorgeous views of the city of Milwaukee, teams, members, and guests heard two panel discussions on Smart Cities Technology and were able to attend the M-WERC holiday event.

Before class started this week, teams had the opportunity to tour the renovated facilities with M-WERC staff.  Following the tour, teams heard updates from the M-WERC staff and the following start-up teams:

  • Sciart, LLC
  • ICONAC
  • Terraoak
  • H2Q

Both Dave Linz and Dave Zachman taught class this week.  The main objectives this week were to be able to identify resources for handling cost structure, determining key milestones to establish whether or not the company is profitable and sustainable, and identify important factors for moving forward in the following weeks.

Next week will be the last class held before the holidays and will resume in January.

Stay tuned for weekly blog posts on the progress of teams at WERCBench Labs, as well as regular team updates and mentor features.  For more information on WERCBench Labs, visit www.wercbenchlabs.com.

M-WERC Hosts December Member Meeting

News Release 2016-12-14 08:05:06

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Contact: Joshua Morby, 414-791-9120
jmorby@m-werc.org

M-WERC Hosts December Member Meeting
Features Panels on Smart Cities Technologies

[Milwaukee, Wis.] - The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) hosted their open member meeting Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Discovery World’s Pilot house.

M-WERC welcomed over 200 members and guests to yesterday’s event. The discussions of two panels focused on Smart Cities Technologies and will result in a Smart Cities action plan to further the adoption and growth of these technologies.

The two panels included the following industry experts:

  • Lisa A. Brown, Johnson Controls Inc.
  • Roger Drummond, Current—Powered by GE
  • Erick Shambarger, City of Milwaukee, ECO
  • Mike Mihuc, OSIsoft, LLC
  • David South, West Monroe Partners
  • Matt Newman & Wes Geisenberger, Oracle

Following the panel discussions, M-WERC hosted their holiday event, where attendees were encouraged to visit exhibitors, including M-WERC tables and the Smart Cities Working Group.

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WERCBench Labs Week 7 Highlights

Blog 2016-12-07 09:25:57

This week, WERCBench Labs teams began the second half of their 12-week program here at M-WERC.

Before class started this week, teams were fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a Lunch N Learn with two of Godfrey & Kahn’s attorneys on the topics of capital, crowd funding, and financials. John McDonald and Kristin Irgens took an hour to cover these topics. Instead of lecturing, John and Kristin led a great discussion, and teams also had some great questions for them.

After the Lunch N Learn, teams got their weekly updates from M-WERC staff and went through their interview status before beginning class. The teams with the most customer interviews this week are TERRAOAK and STEMheo, leading the pack with 58 and 53 interviews logged, respectively. 

All teams were set to give their five-minute pitches in preparation for Demo Day in January. Team pitches are getting better and more refined each week, and the M-WERC team can’t wait to hear their final pitches come January.

We’re into the second half of the WERCBench Labs program, and Dave Linz was our instructor, taking over for Dave Zachman. After a brief review of everything teams have learned so far, Dave started covering the topics of business models and revenue streams. He also stressed that it is important for teams to refocus their efforts for the last weeks of class, especially since many teams are behind in customer interviews.  As always, when the lesson was over teams had the chance to meet with their mentors.

Stay tuned for weekly blog posts on the progress of teams at WERCBench Labs.

For more information on WERCBench Labs, visit www.wercbenchlabs.com.

WERCBench Labs Spotlight - SciArt

Blog 2016-12-01 03:27:44

SciArt first crossed paths with M-WERC back in July when we were looking for advice on how to move forward with our startup. Based on advice from Jim Mathes and Teresa Esser of M-WERC, we applied to WERCBench Labs, and gained access to a vast network of mentors in the energy research consortium.

Joining WERCBench labs is one of the best things we could have done. We just finished week six of WERCBench labs, and for the past several weeks, we primarily focused on our value proposition, sales pitch, and customer segments. Going over these topics has been immensely helpful in refining our business model canvas with a clear vision of our beachhead market strategy. Besides this, we were also required to interview ten potential customers every week. While this task seemed daunting at first, it has been getting easier with every passing week, and has also been very helpful in defining our customer base and refining our value proposition.

SciArt’s technology accelerates the design development process for prototyping physical products. Engineers input the specifications, requirements, and limitations for a product, and SciArt's software rapidly returns a range of optimal designs that meet those requirements. The software reduces manufacturing costs by eliminating unnecessary material while maintaining the structural integrity, at an average rate of 60x faster than current solutions.

WERCBench Labs Week 6 Highlight

Blog 2016-11-16 09:05:24

It’s week 6 here at WERCBench Labs, and the teams continue to dig deep into their products and companies with instructor Dave Zachman of The Commons.

Like weeks prior, many teams come to the Energy Innovation Center before class begins at 1:00 PM to continue work, meet with mentors, or bounce ideas off of other teams.  This week, we are seeing many new faces, both those of team members and mentors!

Before the weekly lesson begins, teams report on the number of customer interviews they’ve completed.  At the halfway point, instructors expect teams to be sitting at around 50 interviews!  TERRAOAK has completed the expected 50, and Iconac and STEMhero are close behind at 43 and 30, respectively. 

This week we heard team updates from the following teams: SciArt, TERRAOAK, Process Machine, and Iconac.  Just like last week, and from this week on, teams are expected to keep their presentations to five minutes in order to get regular practice for their final presentations for Demo Day in January.  The teams are doing a great job making excellent strides to provide the audience with concise information on their products and services.

After team updates, Dave reviewed the elements of a good pitch so teams can prepare for their next presentation, the week after next.  He also reviewed each team’s MVP, and we got to see some great examples!

The bulk of this week’s lesson focused on high value selling, and how teams can solve problems for their customers by asking questions and providing value.  Teams practiced their techniques, and then broke off into groups to work with their mentors for the remainder of class.

Stay tuned for weekly blog posts on the progress of teams at WERCBench Labs, as well as regular team updates and mentor features.  For more information on WERCBench Labs, visit www.wercbenchlabs.com.

WERCBench Labs Week 5 Highlights

Blog 2016-11-16 09:02:03

WERCBench Labs teams are almost to the halfway point! This last week was week 5 of the program, and teams were taught once again by Dave Zachman from The Commons. 

This week was much like last week and the week’s prior.  Dave and the M-WERC team went through general updates and announcements before WERCBench Labs teams went over their customer interviews for the week.

After teams went through the content and number of customer interviews, we had five teams this week report of their companies.  STEMHero, H2Q, Puresine, Revolt, and Improovment were this week’s team to present. 

Before starting this week’s updates, Dave suggested to the teams that they should, “begin with the end in mind.”  Teams will present at WERCBench Labs Demo Day in January, each with five minutes to present.  So that teams are ready, they each got five minutes to present today.  After each presentation and again using the “I like, I wish, I wonder” format of feedback, other teams and mentors made suggestions and comments on the other teams’ progress.

The lesson this week was focused on competition and competitive differentiation.  Teams worked to determine how their product differs from competitors based on the following criteria:

  • Competitive uniqueness, something their product does that no other competitor does;
  • Competitive advantage, what you can prove your product does better than competitors;
  • Competitive parity, what all competitors do; and
  • Competitive disadvantage, what competitors can offer that you can’t.

After the lesson, teams broke out into groups with their mentors to work more on their own competitive differentiation and come up with the problems that their product can solve for end users.

Stay tuned for weekly blog posts on the progress of teams at WERCBench Labs, as well as regular team updates and mentor features.  For more information on WERCBench Labs, visit www.wercbenchlabs.com.

WERCBench Labs - Spotlight - STEMhero

Blog 2016-11-09 08:33:47

STEMhero is a cloud based software and curriculum that makes energy and water consumption analysis the foundation for students learning math and science.

We started STEMhero after being struck by the fact that many utilities are expecting a large portion of their workforce to reach retirement age within the next decade. At the same time, water and energy data, as a team of teachers we also recognize that water and energy data could provide the type of hands-on and personally relevant STEM learning that teachers around the world are looking for.

We aim to close the science, technology, education, and math (STEM) workforce gap for water and energy utilities by making water and energy consumption analysis a key part of every student’s STEM education. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering & Math.

For a startup, one of the reasons why you look to get into an accelerator is to be pushed to validate your assumptions with potential customers. Another big aspect of doing an accelerator is to talk with people that know more than you do, even if it’s before your team feels ready.

WERCBench Labs as an accelerator has indeed set the bar high by pushing us to interview upwards of 100 potential customers to validate – or more likely invalidate potential hypothesis for our business proposition.  This means reaching out to a ton of people who have experience in community relations and conservation programming with utilities.

The WERCBench Labs program could not have come at a better time, because our background (coming out of the BREW accelerator at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee and the education technology accelerator 4.0 schools in New Orleans) gives us confidence that STEMhero is offering a product of value for teachers and water providers. We now get to investigate how those values are similar and different within the energy sector.

To all of our readers who have experience with community engagement or conservation programming with utilities – sorry for the interruption ahead of time, but expect a call from us soon!

WERCBench Labs Mentor Highlight-Aimee Anundsen

Blog 2016-11-07 11:23:11

One of nearly 100 world-class mentors, entrepreneur Aimee Anundsen brings years of experience to the WERCBench Labs teams.

In her most recent enterprise, Aimee owned and operated City Cruiser in San Diego, CA; a start-up company based on the pedal-tavern concept she discovered during a visit to Milwaukee. The business model was developed on a new customer segment, utilizing the product for out-of-home advertising. This resulted in a contract with NBC Universal for The World's End film during Comic-Con International and culminated to the successful sale of the business three years later.

In additional to advertising and business development, Aimee has experience in manufacturing party bikes and has distributed in the US as well as international markets Since her move here earlier this year, Aimee has continued to work in advertising at TMJ4, part of the Scripps media organization.

Aimee got involved with WERCBench Labs after attending a lunch with M-WERC’s Director of Public Affairs, Josh Morby.  She is excited about WERCBench Labs approach, and eager to add value as the teams progress in their ventures.

WERCBench Labs - Mentor Spotlight - Scott Rex

Blog 2016-11-04 10:00:47

Scott Rex is another of one of nearly 100 world-class mentors for M-WERC’s WERCBench Labs program. 

Scott brings a wealth of knowledge to our teams from years of experience in a very opportunistic career path.  Scott started out his career as a journalist, and after 10 years, started working a corporate marketing job where he edited a tech newsletter.  After learning so much about technology, Scott decided to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville to gain more experience on the business side of things.  Scott opened his own consulting firm in 2002, and after deciding he needed to get out of the house more, decided to make the move to academics.  He currently teaches in the Marketing Department at Marquette University here in Milwaukee.

Scott’s involvement with M-WERC began after he was involved with Greg Meier and Nick Wichert, who were running an accelerator program that helped veterans wanting to start companies. Greg and Nick now serve as Managing Directors of Business Innovation at M-WERC’s Energy Innovation Center, and thought Scott would be a great fit for the WERCBench Labs program.

Supporting local businesses as well as the startup community in Milwaukee is very important to Scott, and he is excited to have the opportunity to work with this year’s WERCBench Labs teams.

WERCBench Labs Week 4 Highlights

Blog 2016-11-04 09:30:05

Before classes of week four of WERCBench Labs even began, teams arrived at the M-WERC offices, because this week they had the opportunity to hear mentor Ted Barthel speak at this week’s lunch & learn.  Barthel is a patent attorney at Husch Blackwell, and was able to come chat with our teams about intellectual property.  This was a great session, with lots of discussion and utilization of Barthel’s knowledge.

As always, the first thing on the schedule was to go over customer interviews for the week prior.  After teams went through their interviews for the week, we heard updates from Iconac, Sciart, Process Machine, and Terraoak.  The feedback during the updates followed the “I like, I wish, I wonder” format in order to promote valuable discussion.

After the lunch & learn and updates, teams took a quick break and reconvened for their first lesson with Dave Zachman from The Commons.  Dave’s teaching style is not to lecture, but to offer a platform for a dynamic discussion between teams and mentors.

This week’s lesson was on Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and Product-Market Fit.  During the lesson, teams also reviewed market segmentation, relationships & channels, and value propositions.  Dave also taught teams about a Leap of Faith Assumption (LOFA) and how it can be applied to their startups.

For the team breakout session this week, they worked with each other and their mentors to get feedback on their short pitch and value propositions.  After class wrapped up, many teams and mentors stuck around to continue discussion on their startups.

Stay tuned for weekly blog posts on the progress of teams at WERCBench Labs, as well as regular team updates and mentor features.  For more information on WERCBench Labs, visit www.wercbenchlabs.com.

WERCBench Labs - Spotlight - Improovment

Blog 2016-11-03 08:39:30

We just finished week 4 of the WERCBench Labs Program and it just seems like last week we had the excitement of finding out that we had been accepted to the program. After attending the inaugural WERCBench Labs Demo Day last fall, we immediately saw the value in the program and wanted Improovment to be a part of it.

Fast forward a year later and here we are - a part of the program. So far it has been great. The program has provided a framework to help us with the chaos of a startup. Currently, we are focusing on refining our value proposition through customer discovery. This requires us to get out of the office (I think the phrase we have heard the most so far is, “Get out of the building!” ), talk to real customers, and interview them to learn about what their actual needs and pain points are. Following this process will allow us to identify which specific market we should be going after and what specific solution we should build for them.

The biggest benefit with the program thus far is the access to the large network of Companies and Mentors MWERC has provided in order to help us get our idea in front of as many people as possible. It is very difficult as a startup to instantly get connections and subsequent meetings with potential clients. By leveraging the MWERC network and using what we are learning from our mentors, we are able to greatly accelerate the process of refining our idea and implementing our solution at customer sites. We are excited about our progress so far and look forward to the rest of the program

Chris Welker and Mike Cymerman
Co-Founders of Improovment
About Improovment

We provides an Internet of Things solution for Manufacturers by applying smart mat technology and analytics to give insight into the utilization and flow of their work cells and overall plant floor.

We are currently looking to interview Manufacturing Engineers, Operations Managers, Process Improvement Experts, and Plant Managers.  These are interviews not to pitch our product, but to learn about the market and its needs. If interested, we would appreciate meeting with youfor 20-30 minutes.

Contact Michael Cymerman at michael@improovment.us

WERCBench Labs - Spotlight - ICONAC

Blog 2016-11-02 07:41:10

ICONAC learned about M-WERC though our participation in the M-WERC/Water Council Energy-Water-Nexus (EWN) road mapping process.  Our innovative pipe assessment technology helps reduce water and energy loss by utilities and is an EWN product by design. Applying for WERCBench Labs after completing the BREW and Governor’s Business Plan Competition was a natural next step in our evolution as a company.  

Recently, we had an opportunity to apply lessons learned at WERCBench’s weekly workshops when we flew to Toronto to meet with several water utilities at their request. Everyone confirmed that there is a pressing need for reliable condition assessment and leak detection, especially on high-value transmission mains and plastic pipes where the data quality provided by existing methods is often suspect.

ICONAC’s physics-based technology solves this problem at a competitive price. Reducing water loss not only is good for the environment but also reduces operating costs, property damage and service disruptions.   Additionally, the sub-survey level condition information provided by ICONAC’s technology can help target specific pipe segments whose replacement or refurbishment will yield the most significant returns and verify work quality of both newly installed and repaired water mains. 

WERCBench Labs Week 3 Highlights

Blog 2016-11-01 10:37:03

Last Tuesday built into week 3 of M-WERC’s WERCBench Labs! Classes began at 1 o’clock, but many teams arrived early to network with each other and their mentors.  As always, everyone introduced themselves for those who haven’t attended yet, followed by team updates from STEMhero, Revolt, H2Q, Puresine, and Improovment.

Before this week’s lesson began, teams took some time to share stories of their customer interviews, both the good and the bad.  It was great to hear how teams talked about their interviews and shared advice with each other for those they will do moving forward.  Teams log their customer interviews, and the teams above updated us in order of which had the most interviews logged.

This is the last week that teams will have Brian Thompson and Ilya Avdeev as their lead instructors for class.  The focus of this week’s lesson was on defining customers, both customer segments and archetypes.  Teams participated in an activity to draw up their customer archetypes, and after a short break, shared these with the rest of the class.

After the lesson wrapped up, teams got to meet with their mentors for the remainder of class.

Next week Ted Barthel will be guest speaking about intellectual property at a lunch and learn before class starts.  Also happening next week is Milwaukee StartUp Week, “an entrepreneur-led event that brings entrepreneurs, investors, local leaders and startup enthusiasts together to build momentum and celebrate Southeast Wisconsin’s unique entrepreneurial identity.”

Stay tuned for weekly blog posts on the progress of teams at WERCBench Labs.  For more information on WERCBench Labs, visit www.wercbenchlabs.com.

WERCBench Labs Week Two in the Books

Blog 2016-10-19 11:03:28

After pizza and a tour of the M-WERC facilities, teams joined together for the second week of WERCBench Labs instruction.  Teams started by getting their weekly update, and hearing more team reports from Process Machine, SciArt, and Terraoak.

The weekly lesson for teams this week was on value propositions and competition.  Throughout the lesson, teams worked to carefully define their unique value in the market.  They were also encouraged to regularly engage with other teams, because (as their instructors say), “you’re going to learn more from each other than from us!”  Teams are also encouraged to regularly use the phrases, “I like,” “I wish,” and “I wonder” when talking to each other about their companies.

Following a short break, teams did a Mad Libs activity.  It was a fun way to define and articulate their value propositions and customer segments.  The group of teams also practiced what good and bad questions would be for their ongoing customer interviews.  The better the questions, the better the feedback!

This week’s lesson wrapped up early, leaving extra time for teams to chat with each other and their mentors.  It was a great opportunity to actively utilize what they learned in today’s lesson.

Stay tuned for weekly blog posts on the progress of teams at WERCBench Labs, as well as regular team updates and mentor features.  For more information on WERCBench Labs, visit www.wercbenchlabs.com.

M-WERC Fall 2016 Newsletter

 2016-10-18 09:59:51

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M-WERC Fall 2016 Newsletter

From the Desk of the Executive Director

Summer is winding down, and the crisp breeze of autumn air begun to show itself as we head into the fourth quarter of the year. Since our last newsletter a number of exciting developments have happened at M-WERC. As members, it is in no small part that you are responsible for a number of the great accolades we have received and the bright future we have on the horizon.

As you are all well aware the fiscal year ended on June 30, and at M-WERC we are once again excited to share that FY16 was nothing short of a tremendous success. M-WERC finished the year with a slight net surplus and we will continue to build toward a successful FY17. We look toward greater opportunities for growth and the exciting developments, as well as challenges that will bring for the organization into the next year. To answer many of those challenges and opportunities we have grown our staff over this last year and continue looking for other ways to expand our influence in the energy, power, and control industries.

Throughout FY16 and the integration of a pre-planning grant with WEDC, M-WERC was instrumental in starting to build out a completed redesign to repurpose the former Eaton building into a new EIC multipurpose workspace.

Once finished, this newly designed area will enable start-ups to have access to mentors, M-WERC member companies and service providers.  Through hours of intense work within M-WERC, this design is destined to be a reality in the near future.

During the last fiscal year, working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy as well as the Milwaukee Sustainability Office, M-WERC has been a part of the growing trend throughout Milwaukee to shift the tone of building in the city toward more energy efficient and green centered building projects.

In order to further foster this growth, M-WERC has continued working with EPRI and We Energies throughout the city to showcase the strides that have been made in the eco-enviro-tech zone through microgrid technology merging with distributed generation and the central power grid. These reciprocal relationships allow for innovation and controls to work hand in hand and create the ability older utilized technology to work with emerging fields.

Over the past quarter we continued to further the WMEP extension program to assist with industry roadmaps, in doing so we have implemented market strategies and showcased designs for more energy storage and efficiency as well as distributed generation enhancements.  This is quickly becoming the crossroads where industry, government and non-government entities implement these strategies and advance the energy, power and control marketplace in the future.

M-WERC has grown to 86 members, supporters and partners and is in a great position to roll out our second strategic plan. This three-year plan will enable us to move toward further growth by linking innovation with technological innovation. Our next venture is to move toward pilot scale sites for hardware demonstration and community engagement.

Through EPRI and We Energies’ partnership with M-WERC we are making next generation facilities not only a possibility but also an attractant for the community to recruit new companies in need of larger power consumption as well as a commitment to clean energy through the use of the detailed design and implementation of the microgrid program.

The microgrid program is a first of its kind in the United States to link distributed generation to the central grid and gain the support of an investor owned utility to attract and maintain industrial consumption at this level.

The year to come shows a lot of potential for M-WERC and our partners. We will continue to grow and innovate through outreach and solid relationship building within the energy, power, and control community as well as working through non-profit networks to spread the message of innovation throughout the Midwest.

Sincerely,

Alan Perlstein
Executive Director and CEO

Mid-West Energy Research Consortium

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WERCBench Labs Update

Nine start-up teams from three different countries (as well as one based here in Milwaukee) will take place in the 2016 fall program of WERCBench Labs.

This year’s teams bring technologies that range from how to better integrate solar power systems to smart stoves carrying a multi-solution platform for developing countries.

Thanks to the support of the state of Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), M-WERC is able to run and fund this unique start-up program. Each team will receive a $10,000 grant at the beginning of the program. Teams that meet all program expectations and complete the program will receive an additional $10,000 in the form of an investment, using a royalty-based financing mechanism.

“WEDC congratulates the new teams and we look forward to seeing the progress of these entrepreneurs as they work closely with some of the top mentors in the field to spur innovation,” said Tricia Braun, deputy secretary and chief operating officer of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development organization.

“WERCBench Labs is a great example of how WEDC can help extend the investment of private industry to support future long-term competitiveness and economic growth in Wisconsin.”

“We’re especially excited about they way this year’s class of entrepreneurs aligns with M-WERC’s mission to support the energy, power and controls industries here in Wisconsin,” said M-WERC Executive Director Alan Perlstein. 

“This second group of start-up companies and cutting-edge technologies is also a great complement to the class that graduated in August,” said Jeff Anthony Managing Director of WERCBench Labs.  Anthony will lead and coordinate all of the efforts of the program, which started October 6 and ends in January 2017. 


New this year, WERCBench Labs will partner with The Center for Technology Commercialization, The Commons and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. The WERCBench Labs team is also exploring future partnerships to support the building and testing of emerging technologies. 


Participants in the program will also have access to M-WERC’s network of more than 90 world-class mentors. Teams involved in this years program include:

Revolt has invented a proprietary inverter technology that will enable homes and businesses to go off-grid at a dramatically lower cost.

Iconac helps water utilities and district heating/cooling systems solve the buried infrastructure information gap through their Toanl Pipe Assessment technology.

Improovment is developing sensor-based technology providing a solution to provide Manufacturers insight into the utilization and flow of their work cells and plant floor. 

Navasard Technologies invented PURESINE, a fully-featured solar system in the form factor of a solar panel with a potential to maximize efficiency and improve returns on investments.

Process Machine, by bringing new technologies to the industry provides technology solutions for Smart Grid, Smart Building, Water & Waste Water, Smart Rail, Smart City applications. 

SciArt, LLC provides an cloud based design generation tool for design engineers to optimize strength and functionality or projects.

STEMhero Empowers students and connects teachers to solve the water and energy crisis.

Terraoak provides innovative clean tech solutions through a patent-pending stove that significantly reduces smoke-emissions and generates electricity from heat.

Hydroponics Innovation is working on a technology to create an intelligent controlling system that regulates factors such as heat, lighting, nutrients and humidity to automatically gain a desired production of crops. 

More information on WERCBench Labs and a preview of future efforts can be found at wercbench.com.

 

M-WERC announces new Technology Innovation platform
Technology Innovation focus includes public & private sector partners

Since 2009 M-WERC’s has worked to identify pre-competitive research opportunities based on technology roadmaps. Since that time M-WERC has sponsored a number of research activities that develop new technologies to drive the future of the Energy, Power & Control industries.

M-WERC is in the process of updating our website so make sure to check back often for updates and improvements.

During the September open member meeting panelists from the UW-Madison, Briggs & Stratton, DRS and M-WERC highlighted efforts to further align the interests of industry and academia.

“M-WERC’s activity and participation in research activities with member companies like Briggs & Stratton and university partners like UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and Marquette has helped everyone involved realize that there are more existing skill sets that have gone under the radar by industry,” said Doug Shears, Director of Strategic Development at Briggs & Stratton. “We’re excited about M-WERC’s involvement in making those connections and the leadership and vision they have shown as it relates to driving technology innovation in the region.”

M-WERC Executive Director Alan Perlstein echoed Shears’ sentiments and the Consortium’s commitment to helping initiate more dialog when it comes to research projects.

“We’re committed to helping discover, develop and transfer the new technology products and systems required to enable our Members to be leaders in their field,” said M-WERC Executive Director and CEO Alan Perlstein.

“Our research combines the leading faculty and laboratory capabilities of the region’s top Engineering Universities and leading Technical Colleges to conduct research and deploy new products and create jobs in the energy, power and control fields.”

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M-WERC continues partnership in Better Buildings Challenge

On September 21, executives from M-WERC participated in the launch of the City of Milwaukee’s Better Buildings Challenge program at Zimmerman Architectural Studios. The program is modeled after similar programs in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

The launch event featured a number of partners including Trane, PACE Equity, Compass Properties, Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Franklin Energy, Transwestern, MATC, Hanging Gardens, US Green Building Council, the City of Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) and Lakefront Brewery.M-WERC was on hand to answer questions and support efforts to connect technologies with customers.

For more than three months, M-WERC has been working to develop a database of both local and national technologies focused on energy efficiency and building operations. M-WERC’s Kyle Lechnir leads the effort out the Consortium's downtown headquarters.

“In addition to developing the technology database for the Better Building Challenge, we started hosting what will become a series of workshops with local players interested in building efficiency,” said Lechnir. “We have also started a Construction and Engineering working group to bring our members together by effectively supporting the program with industry expertise on energy efficiency retrofit workshops and energy efficiency technology research.”

Anyone interested in learning more about M-WERC’s Construction and Engineering working group, their schedule or how to participate should contact Kyle Lechnir at klechnir@m-werc.org.

“Our focus is on connecting emerging technologies with companies that can support commercialization,” said M-WERC Executive Director and CEO Alan Perlstein. “This program plays perfectly into our vision to once again make Milwaukee a manufacturing powerhouse.”

The program, which is being partially funding by a federal grant, gives commercial building owners in the city access to energy audits and incentives to cut energy use.

The goal is to enlist 200 buildings in the city and cut energy use by 20 percent by 2020. There are currently more than 25 buildings enrolled in the program and 11 that have already completed their energy assessments.

 

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Member Highlight – Johnson Controls  

Johnson Controls has been a longtime supporter of M-WERC. Headquartered in nearby Glendale, Wisconsin, this fortune 500 Company employs nearly 170,000 people worldwide in more than 1,300 offices.

Most in line with the work done by M-WERC, the Building Efficiency unit of Johnson Controls works tirelessly to ensure that their customers are fully supported throughout the life cycle of a building project. This unit operates out of nearly 500 branch offices in more than 150 countries.

Whether it is ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, or security systems, Johnson Control’s Building Efficiency unit caters to the needs of more than a million customers to increase energy efficiency and lower their operating costs.

With more than $10.5 billion in sales in 2015, the number of projects that they have been involved in is quite staggering. A noticeable example from last year included cooling the 64.5 million square foot, Shadadiyah Campus of Kuwait University with centrifugal chillers, supporting the world’s most energy-efficient campus.

M-WERC is glad to work with such a worldwide innovator and look forward to continuing a relationship that fosters growth in the energy, power, and controls community for years to come.

 

October 25-26 – Iowa Energy Summit – Altoona, IA

October 27 – Northwest Side Community Development Corporation’s “30th Street Corridor Like You’ve Never Seen It Before” – Economic Development Forum – Milwaukee, WI

November 1 - WERCBench Labs “Open Innovation in the Energy Industry” Forum – Milwaukee, WI

November 1 – Empowering Customers & Cities - Charting the Course for the Future of Energy – Chicago, IL

November 9-10 – Solar Power Conference & Expo – Chicago, IL

November 16-17 – Wisconsin Technology Council’s Early Stage Symposium – Madison, WI

December 6 – New North Summit – Green Bay, WI

December 13-15 – Power-Gen – Orlando, FL

 

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WERCBench Labs Launches Second Class

Blog 2016-10-18 08:44:43

On Tuesday, October 11, the first official week of classes was held for the 10 teams that were selected to participate in the second year of WERCBench Labs.  The 10 teams from across the globe, including three countries and six teams from Milwaukee, converged at the Energy Innovation Center to participate in this 12-week long immersive program for technology innovators. Participants this year have various backgrounds and include teachers, students, and engineers, bringing to the table a wide range of technologies and business ideas.

Each week, teams will come together to update each other on their team’s progress, followed by a weekly lesson and group exercise.  This week the teams presented their products and businesses to fellow participants, mentors, and M-WERC staff for the first time.  Instructors for week one were Brian Thompson and Ilya Avdeev.  They provided an overview of the Lean Launch methodology, a concept that teams will use to identify specific questions about the business and test those questions through the rigorous process of customer discovery.

Throughout the 12-week program, teams will work with nearly 100 world-class mentors to develop processes that help to increase the success of their business models.  They’ll get to know their customers, competitors, and gain valuable feedback to continue product development.  At the end of the 12 weeks, teams will present their progress at WERCBench Labs Demo Day.

Stay tuned for weekly blog posts on the progress of teams at WERCBench Labs.  For more information on WERCBench Labs, visit www.wercbenchlabs.com.

M-WERC hosts international delegation from Korea

News Release 2016-08-12 00:00:00

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, August 12, 2016

Contact: Joshua Morby, 414-791-9120

jmorby@m-werc.org

M-WERC hosts international delegation from Korea

Interest in WERCBench Labs attracts start-ups & interest from investors

[Milwaukee, Wis.] - Officials from the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) hosted a group of representatives from the Korean government funded research university Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST). DGIST has gained international recognition for innovative programs that teach and support entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. 

The researchers and business leaders from DGIST are coming to discuss opportunities to commercialize technology in a variety of areas including:

•   Emerging Materials Science

•   Information & Communication Engineering

•   Robotics Engineering

•   Energy Systems Engineering

“It’s certainly of interest for a number of our member company’s to enhance our relationships with foreign companies to commercialize technology in our region,” said M-WERC CEO and Executive Director Alan Perlstein. “We’re excited about the international interest WERCBench Labs is starting to receive just days after opening the application process.”

In addition to M-WERC, support for the visit came from:

  • State of Wisconsin
  • City of Milwaukee
  • Silicon Pastures
  • FirstPathway Partners

For additional information about the visit or to learn more about the outcomes you can contact M-WERC member Teresa Esser by email at teresa@greenpointfunds.com.

 

About the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium - M-WERC was founded in 2009 by three universities and four industrial companies to focus on conducting collaborative and transformative energy related seed research. It has grown to more than 80 members with an annual budget of more than $1 million. Today M-WERC is dedicated to making the Midwest region the leader in energy power and controls. For more information visit www.m-werc.org