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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

May 2014


Governor’s Business Plan Contest finalists reflect market trends — and startup teamwork

By the time the annual Governor’s Business Plan Contest boils down to its “Diligent Dozen” live presenters, a result of five months of judging and mentoring, a series of tough cuts throughout the competition has yielded the best of the best.

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Pat Lucey used bully pulpit of governor’s office to make tough choices

He was a governor who angered many in the education establishment, who sought to exercise more control over the state bureaucracy, and a politician who redefined his party yet seemingly didn’t care if he won by one vote or thousands. Gov. Scott Walker? Perhaps so, depending on your point of view, but the description also fits former Wisconsin Gov. Patrick J. Lucey.

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Co-investing trend in Wisconsin can help startups in search for money

BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation isn’t your father’s venture capital fund. Self-described as a “venture philanthropy” group, BrightStar is a nonprofit organization that makes investments in emerging companies without any expectation the fund’s donors will turn a profit.

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Better broadband coverage can create economic ‘highways’ in rural Wisconsin

Carl Ruedebusch is a veteran businessman who understands how high-speed Internet connections can make or break economic opportunity — depending on where you live in Wisconsin. Ruedebusch owns a Madison development company that has built millions of square feet of commercial space over time, including parts of the Fitchburg Technology Campus and the TEC Center near Madison College on the city’s east side.

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.



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