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INNOVATION, IT'S WHERE WE LIVE.

 

Wisconsin is an innovative state. Although discussions of  “innovation” are usually directed toward internet startups and biotech companies, creative innovation in Wisconsin involves many industries including manufacturing, the paper industry, sustainable agriculture, life sciences, education, nonprofits, and health care information.

 

The Wisconsin Innovation Awards (“WIA”) seek to celebrate and inspire innovation. The WIA highlights and honors the development of groundbreaking and innovative ideas. If it is a transformational idea we want to celebrate it. We hope to encourage an even greater environment of innovation by bringing innovators together from various business sectors (e.g. tech, food, healthcare, agriculture, nonprofits, education, government), and from throughout the State.

 

Led by a steering committee of business, community and entrepreneurial leaders, the second annual WIA ceremony took place on August 18, 2015 at the Discovery World in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The award ceremony is sponsored by American Family Insurance and Baker Tilly.

 

 

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Joe Boucher

Neider & Boucher

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Katie Boyce

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Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

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Dr. Frank Byrne

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St. Mary's Hospital

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WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS

 

The second annual Wisconsin Innovation Awards was held on:

 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5:30 PM

Discovery World

500 North Harbor Drive,

Milwaukee, WI 53202

 

For more information:

info@wisconsininnovationawards.com

 

2015 AWARD WINNERS

Alfalight Inc.

Madison

www.alfalight.com

 

Applied Data Consultants

Eau Claire

http://eliteextra.com/

BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc. Milwaukee

www.brightstarwi.org

 

Exact Sciences - Cologuard

Milwaukee

www.cologuardtest.com

 

Ionic

Madison

http://ionicframework.com

 

Microscopy Innovations, LLC

Marshfield

http://microscopyinnovations.com/

Red Card Media

Madison

www.redcardathleticsprogram.com

 

StudyBlue

Madison

www.studyblue.com

 

The Bubbler at Madison Public Library

Madison

http://madisonbubbler.org

 

Epiphany Learning

Menomonee Falls

www.epiphanylearning.com

 

OUR 2015 NOMINEES!

 

The 2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards announced:

 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5:30 PM

Discovery World

500 North Harbor Drive,

Milwaukee, WI 53202

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  •   2015 WINNERS ANNOUNCED WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS  - AUGUST 20, 2015

    Winners Announced for 2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards

     

    Milwaukee -  August 19, 2015 - Ten winners have been announced from the t​hirty-three finalists and more than 170 nominees for the 2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards. At an awards ceremony emceed by Wayne Larrivee and keynoted by Allen Edmonds CEO Paul Grangaard, winners were named in ten categories. Winners were determined by a panel of 18 industry experts from around Wisconsin, in multiple rounds of judging. Winners spanned all parts of Wisconsin, represented large, medium and small companies, startups, established businesses, and nearly all industries.

     

    The Wisconsin Innovation Awards Ceremony is presented by American Family Insurance and Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, and supported by Neider & Boucher, Exact Sciences, Baird, First Business Bank, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

     

    Winners of the innovation awards were:

     

    Manufacturing

    Alfalight Inc., Madison

    http://www.alfalight.com

    Alfalight has developed the NLOD-ES, a portable, battery operated device that shines an incredibly bright, focused beam of light from a great distance. This beam of light is used in military scenarios as a warning when cars approach checkpoints, for instance, and can help determine if a threat exists without being dangerous to the eyes of anyone involved.

     

    Software Service

    Applied Data Consultants, Eau Claire

    http://eliteextra.com

    EXTRA, a subsidiary of Applied Data Consultants, is a dispatch management tool that allows for one-click orders to generate manifests, routes, and delivery data to be supplied directly to a delivery driver’s mobile device. The real-time data algorithms allow for nimble response and efficiencies.

     

    Nonprofit

    BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc., Milwaukee

    http://www.brightstarwi.org

    BrightStar Wisconsin is a Venture Philanthropy Fund, accepting donations via a 501c(3) organization, and co-investing in early stage Wisconsin companies. Profits from successful exits are reinvested into the fund, and used to invest in even more companies.

     

    Healthcare/HealthIT

    Exact Sciences, Madison

    http://www.CologuardTest.com

    Developed by Exact Sciences, Cologuard is a non-invasive screening test for colon cancer that people 50 years and older can administer themselves in their homes. Cologuard reduces the need for unnecessary, expensive and invasive colonoscopies to detect colon cancer.

     

    Software Product

    Ionic, Madison

    http://ionicframework.com

    Ionic is an open-source platform that allows web developers to build, run and test high quality apps for mobile devices.

     

    BioTech

    Microscopy Innovations, LLC, Marshfield

    http://microscopyinnovations.com

    Microscopy Innovations has developed mPrep, a system that allows for safer, less toxic, more efficient and more tightly controlled conditions for lab specimens to be tested.

     

    General Business to Business

    Red Card Media, Madison

    http://redcardathleticsprogram.com

    Red Card Media is an app-based meal plan that allows athletic departments to feed their student athletes in a way that is compliant with NCAA policies, and allows for communication between athletes and trainers on nutrition topics.

     

    Education

    StudyBlue, Madison

    http://www.studyblue.com

    StudyBlue is an online and mobile learning app that empowers 8 million users from grade school to graduate school to master any subject. Students create, study and share their notes, pulling from a library of user-generated content.

     

    Arts

    The Bubbler at Madison Public Library, Madison

    http://www.madisonbubbler.org

    The Bubbler at Madison Public Library is a maker-focused program for all ages offering hands-on workshops and events from community experts. The Bubbler focuses on people, not equipment by hiring local artists to come and teach their craft.

     

    People’s Choice

    Epiphany Learning, Menomonee Falls

    http://www.epiphanylearning.com

    Epiphany Learning has developed a web-based application that develops personalized learning plans and integrates with other learning systems in a K-12 educational environment. This gives students control and flexibility, allowing them to learn in the most effective way possible without creating more work for teachers.

     

     

    More information is available at: www.wisconsininnovationawards.com

  •   FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS  - JULY 15, 2015

    WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

     

    Madison -  July 15, 2015 - Tirty-three companies and nonprofit organizations have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards. In total, 170 businesses, products and services from around the state were nominated. The finalists were determined by a panel of 18 statewide industry experts, with winners to be announced on August 18, 2015 at an awards ceremony at Discovery World in Milwaukee. Nominations spanned all parts of Wisconsin, represented large, medium and small companies, startups, established businesses, and nearly all industries.

     

    The Wisconsin Innovation Awards Ceremony is open to the public and tickets are available for $20 each. The event begins at 5:30 pm with a reception, and continues with the awards program at 7:00 pm. Ticket information and details are available at

    www.wisconsininnovationawards.com.

     

    The Wisconsin Innovation Awards Ceremony is presented by American Family Insurance and Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, and supported by Neider & Boucher, Exact Sciences, Baird, First Business Bank, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

     

    2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards Finalists:

     

    100health, inc. -Madison -http://www.redoxengine.com

     

    Alfalight, Inc. - Madison -http://www.alfalight.com

     

    Applied Data Consultants -Eau Claire -http://eliteextra.com

     

    BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc. -Milwaukee -http://www.brightstarwi.org

     

    DP Electronic Recycling, Inc. -Elkhorn - http://www.dpecycle.com

     

    Epiphany Learning - Menomonee Falls -http://www.epiphanylearning.com

     

    ETF Model Solutions, LLC/Endowment Wealth Management, Inc. -Appleton -

    http://www.EndowmentIndex.com

     

    Exact Sciences -Madison -http://www.CologuardTest.com

     

    Fetch Rewards, Inc. -Madison -http://fetchrewards.com

     

    Friendly Beds  -Madison -http://www.FriendlyBeds.com

     

    Goodwill Industries of North Central WI, Inc. -Appleton -

    http://www.goodwillgrows.org

     

    Hyde Expedition LLC dba Hyde -Madison -http://www.hydesportswear.com

     

    IndependenceFirst, Inc. -Milwaukee -http://ifmobility.mcservices.com

     

    Intelligent Digital Avatars, Inc. -Mequon -http://www.idavatars.com

     

    Ionic -Madison -http://ionicframework.com

     

    Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc.  - Milwaukee -http://www.lbwn.org

     

    Microscopy Innovations, LLC -Marshfield -http://microscopyinnovations.com

     

    Murfie, Inc. -Madison -http://www.murfie.com

     

    Pellucid Water LLC -Milwaukee -http://www.PellucidWater.com

     

    Red Card Media -Madison -http://redcardathleticsprogram.com

     

    Retour Tennis  -Verona -http://www.retourtennis.com

     

    Standard Imaging, Inc. -Middleton -http://www.standardimaging.com

     

    Stoughton Area School District -Stoughton -http://www.stoughton.k12.wi.us/HighSchool.cfm?subpage=1688949

     

    StudyBlue -Mequon -http://www.studyblue.com

     

    Swallow Solutions LLC -Madison -http://www.swallowsolutions.com

     

    The Bubbler at Madison Public Library -Madison -http://www.madisonbubbler.org

     

    University Research Park -Madison -http://www.universityresearchpark.org

     

    Ventris Learning LLC -Sun Prairie -http://www.ventrislearning.com

     

    WatrHub Inc. -Milwaukee -http://www.watrhub.com

     

    Wellbe -Madison -http://www.wellbe.me

     

    Williamson Street Art Center -Madison -http://www.willyart.net

     

    Yumbutter -Madison -http://yumbutter.com

     

     

    About the Wisconsin Innovation Awards

    Led by a steering committee of business, community and entrepreneurial leaders, the WIA hopes to encourage an even greater environment of innovation by bringing innovators together from various business sectors (e.g. tech, food, healthcare, agriculture, nonprofits, education, government), and from throughout the state of Wisconsin.

     

    More information is available at: www.wisconsininnovationawards.com

     

    For more information, press only:

    Molly Walsh

    608-616-0840

    molly​@wisconsininnovationawards.com

  •   WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS HONORS 10 WINNERS - August 26, 2014

    WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS HONORS 10 WINNERS

     

    (Journal Sentinel) -  August 26, 2014 - Ten winners, ranging from a mobile law clinic to a device that detects infections using a breath sample, were named at the inaugural Wisconsin Innovation Awards ceremony Tuesday night.

     

    Organizers received about 150 submissions from across the state for the awards, said Joe Boucher, a Madison lawyer who is one of the organizers of the event. Five of the 10 winners are from Milwaukee, three from Madison, one from Appleton and one from Eau Claire.

     

    Winners received a unique trophy — a light bulb encased in a glass block — during a ceremony Tuesday night at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union.

     

    Boucher and Matt Younkle, founder of Murfie.com and co-founder of Capital Entrepreneurs, came up with the idea for the awards after Younkle was a 2005 winner in the Chicago Innovation Awards. Their goal was to bring together innovative thinkers from a range of sectors across the state.

     

    "It's about seeing the scope of things and having an appreciation for what's out there," Boucher said.

     

    A steering committee of business, community and entrepreneurial leaders administered the program. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is among the event's sponsors.

     

    The awards were part of the Forward Technology Festival, which runs through Thursday. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people are expected to attend the 20 events that make up the festival, now in its fifth year, organizers have said.

     

    Winners of the innovation awards were:

     

    Boldt Construction, Appleton

    for a delivery system based on worker collaboration.

     

    Milwaukee Water Council

    for its BREW accelerator for freshwater start-ups.

     

    Discovery World, Milwaukee

    for its design futurist summer internship program that gives

    young people experience using technology like laser cutters.

     

    Isomark LLC, Madison

    for its Canary Breath Delta Value Analyzer, which detects

    infection using a breath sample.

     

    Milwaukee Bar Association and Marquette University

     for their Milwaukee Justice Center Mobile Legal Clinic.

     

    Microbe Detectives, Milwaukee

    which uses DNA sequencing to study microbes in our water.

     

    RAI Stone Analytics, Eau Claire

    for its low-cost, easy-to-use business analytics system.

     

    Scanalytics, Milwaukee

    for its sensor technology that detects movement and analyzes

    and stores related data.

     

    Stemina Biomarker Discovery Inc.

    Madison, for its technology using human cells that tests

    compounds that may cause birth defects.

     

    Vitacycle, Madison

    a modular system that uses recyclable materials, which fit on a

    bicycle trailer, to grow affordable, nutritious food in urban environments.

     

     

    More information is available at: www.wisconsininnovationawards.com

    Read the article on the Journal Sentinel site HERE

  •   NEW BUSINESS AWARDS PROGRAM SEEKS NOMINATIONS - July 9,2014

    NEW BUSINESS AWARDS PROGRAM SEEKS NOMINATIONS

     

    (Wisconsin State Journal) -  July 9, 2014 - Nominations are due Tuesday for the first Wisconsin Innovation Awards.

     

    The new program is aimed at celebrating innovative programs, products and services at businesses of all ages and types, throughout Wisconsin, spokeswoman Molly Walsh said. Prizes have not yet been announced.

     

    Winners will be named in ceremonies on Aug. 26, as part of the Forward Technology Festival at the UW Memorial Union, 900 Langdon St. Keynote speaker for the event will be Nolan Bushnell, founder of the Atari video game company and the Chuck E. Cheese pizza chain.

     

    While the business being nominated can be either new or long-standing, the innovation must have been put into use in the past year, Walsh said.

     

     

    More information is available at: www.wisconsininnovationawards.com

    Read the article on the Wisconsin State Journal site HERE

     

  •   WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS ANNOUNCED - March 20, 2014

    WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS ANNOUNCED

     

    (Madison, WI) -  March 20, 2014 - Presenting sponsor, American Family and supporting sponsors, Neider & Boucher and First Business are proud to announce that the first Wisconsin Innovation Awards will be hosted on August 26 at the Wisconsin Union Theater.

     

    We are now accepting nominations for innovative products / services. Please visit www.wisconsininnovationawards.com to nominate a deserving innovation. A steering committee of business, community and entrepreneurial leaders will announce the winner at the August 26 WIA ceremony.

     

    We hope to encourage an even greater environment of innovation by bringing innovators together from various business sectors (e.g. tech, food, healthcare, agriculture, nonprofits, education, government), and from throughout the State.

     

     

    More information is available at: www.wisconsininnovationawards.com

    Read the article on the Journal Sentinel site HERE

     

AWARDS CEREMONY

2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards were held:

Tuesday, August 18

5:30 PM

Discovery World, Milwaukee WI

 

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This event was originated by Matt Younkle & Joe Boucher of Neider & Boucher, with funding and support from American Family Insurance, Baker Tilly, Baird, Exact Sciences, First Business, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Neider & Boucher, WMEP, and WEDC.

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Milwaukee, WI 53202

 

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