Subject: New North Industry News 10-15-2020

Packers’ Murphy, 4 regional leaders highlight annual New North Summit
Region’s largest economic development event, set for March 2021 at Lambeau Field, will feature representatives of Green Bay Packers, Bassett Mechanical, ThedaCare, Microsoft and gener8tor

NEW NORTH, October 13, 2020 – A scheduled welcome message from the Green Bay Packers’ Mark Murphy and presentations from four regional leaders highlight the program of the annual New North Summit, set for Thursday, March 11, 2021. Speaking at the event will be Kim Bassett of Bassett Mechanical, Dr. Imran A. Andrabi of ThedaCare, Michelle Schuler of Microsoft and Joe Kirgues of gener8tor.

Murphy is in his 13th year as president and CEO of the NFL franchise. In that time, he has overseen success both on and off the field through a Super Bowl XLV victory and development of the Titletown District. Murphy is slated to welcome attendees and to provide an update on the Packers.

In concert with this year’s theme, ‘Playbook for Recovery – the Rules of the Game Have Changed,’ and with the event being held at Lambeau Field for the first time, the speakers will describe their year’s activity relating to “Offense,” “Defense” and “Special Teams.”

The presentation on “Offense,” which describes a company that is expanding, will be provided by Bassett. Andrabi will give a perspective on “Defense,” representing an industry that has been challenged through the care of COVID-19 patients, protecting their front-line defense and balancing the health care needs of residents on non-related pandemic nature. Schuler and Kirgues will focus on “Special Teams” as they discuss the gener8tor Upskilling initiative, a truly one-of-a-kind model that is providing knowledge, skills and access to jobs to those who have been significantly impacted due to the pandemic.

“We are excited to have Mark Murphy kick off the New North Summit, along with the perspectives of some of the foremost leaders within our region,” says Barb LaMue, president and CEO of New North Inc. “We also look forward to hearing the thoughts of our keynote speaker, Tim Moore, who will speak to the power of social impact and equality.”

Online registration now is available at Early registration is at the discounted rate of $75 until Jan. 15, 2021. The entry fee will increase to $90 on Jan. 16 and to $100 at the door on the day of the event. Student tickets are available for $15.

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We’re All Innovating Contest celebrates Wisconsin small business creativity amid COVID-19 pandemic

Winner will receive up to $68,000 for best idea

MADISON, SEPT. 29, 2020 –The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is sponsoring the We’re All Innovating Contest to recognize and promote the creative ways startups and small businesses are adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The We’re All Innovating Contest will provide a total of $3 million to approximately 195 winners selected through a competitive process to support new business models and technological innovations, from specific health-related solutions to technology that addresses how we’re changing the way we live, learn and work. Top winners in the categories will receive a maximum of $68,000 to take their ideas forward.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. For additional details and to apply, visit WEDC is working with the Wisconsin Technology Council and judges across the state to process and evaluate applications for the contest.

Second round of We’re All In Grants will provide $50 million more for small businesses

State aims to assist businesses still facing impacts of COVID-19

MADISON, OCT. 6, 2020 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will provide a second round of We’re All In Small Business Grants to distribute an additional $50 million to small businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tony Evers announced today.

The first phase of the program provided more than $65 million in grants to over 26,000 businesses statewide this summer. Despite the infusion of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds distributed by WEDC, however, many Wisconsin small businesses continue to struggle. The new round aims to provide grants of $5,000 each to 10,000 additional Wisconsin small businesses.

Businesses that received funds under the first round of We’re All In Grants, as well as the Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant program, are also eligible for the second round of We’re All In Grants. Priority will be given to businesses that have not previously received funds from either of the first two programs, those with ethnically diverse ownership, and those in the hardest-hit sectors, such as restaurants and taverns, hair and nail salons and barber shops, and other services.

Applications for the grants will open at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, and close at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. As with the previous round of We’re All In Grants, awards will not be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

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BREW 2.0


As a late-stage water tech startup, you need access to experts, funding and, most importantly, connections to grow. The Water Council’s BREW 2.0–short for Business, Research and Entrepreneurship in Water—is an intensive two-week virtual post-accelerator program with one mission: to help you build the skills and connections you need to scale and grow.


BREW 2.0 is our next-gen accelerator program designed specifically to help promising water tech innovators to continue to build momentum on their path to market adoption success. Held twice a year and open to up to 10 participants, the two-week virtual experience focuses on pro-led sales and growth programs, a pitch opportunity and access to customer connections. After the program wraps, participants have access to ongoing training opportunities and other resources to continue their growth trajectory to go up, up, up!

The Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium will be held virtually Nov. 9-11, 2020.

There will be more opportunities than ever before for companies to interact with angel and venture investors from Wisconsin and more over the three day span of the conference.

In addition to the Tech Council Investor Network’s presentation tracks, we will host the ever-popular Elevator Pitch Olympics and “Investor Intros” — allowing entrepreneurs to introduce themselves and their ideas to investors. Congratulations to LetsTHRIVE360, Colorful Connections and Mistifeye 2019 EPO wins!

for WSBC Virtual Conference 2020! 
December 8 and 9 from 11 AM to 5 PM Daily 

The theme this year is Sustainable Futures – Leveraging this Moment in Time and focuses both on the current state of sustainability and how businesses are leveraging this moment to rethink, reimagine, redesign for sustainable futures. The Virtual Conference will bring us back to the basics of the triple bottom line to explore how the business community can evolve to get the people, planet, profit, and prosperity model right, leveraging this moment in time to help build sustainable futures.

There are four tracks within two themed days, which are:
• Leadership Path: Profit. People. (Day 1 – Tuesday, December 8, 11-5)
• Professional Path: Persuasion. Planet. (Day 2 – Wednesday, December 9, 11-5)

There will be a series of back to back live sessions, as well as pre-recorded content available around each day’s theme and tracks. For 13 years WSBC has brought thought leaders and influencers together to help shape the sustainable business conversation in Wisconsin. This year, you too can be part of the learning, idea sharing and networking, all from the comfort of your desk!  

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