MILWAUKEE, Nov. 21, 2017 – Tom Shannon, CEO and co-founder of the BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, a unique philanthropic capital investment group, was inducted into the Wisconsin Technology Council's Investor Hall of Fame at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison on Nov 15. Mr. Shannon was selected by a panel of 10 judges that included the five past Investor Hall of Fame inductees.
MILWAUKEE, Nov. 21, 2017 – The HATCH Finale was attended by a crowd of almost 300 people who gathered in Stevens Point on Nov. 9. HATCH is a community-based startup pitch platform that aims to convert strong ideas into business plans that can help launch new companies. The program was a collaboration between BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, which supplied funding and leadership, and NEWaukee, which contributed its experience and expertise in executing programs like this.
MILWAUKEE, WI - October 16, 2017 – BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, along with NEWaukee, a Wisconsin-based social architect firm, are proud to announce the HATCH Finale. HATCH is a community-based startup platform to help develop “napkin” ideas into early-stage companies.
BrightStar Concludes 4th HATCH event, finale set for November
Todd Sobotka discusses HATCH on GrowthMinded Milwaukee Podcast
BrightStar’s Investment Committee Chair, Todd Sobotka, recently spoke with Todd McLees on the GrowthMinded Milwaukee podcast about the mission and projects of BrightStar Wisconsin. Listen for information about BrightStar’s investment criteria and strategy, their HATCH initiative, and their investment philosophy for the state of Wisconsin.
BrightStar announces three new investments
MILWAUKEE, May 1, 2017 –BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc. today announced investments in three new companies, including SimpleMachines Inc. of Madison. The company has created a new processing chip that is used to reduce costs and energy usage in data centers while substantially increasing processing speed.
BrightStar announces first 2017 investment and sale of tax credits
Shortly after selling agricultural machine maker Miller St. Nazianz Inc., John W. Miller jumped into a riskier endeavor: start-up investing.
"I could have gone anywhere after selling the company, but I decided I wanted to stay and build more in Wisconsin," said Miller, who sold Manitowoc County-based Miller St. Nazianz in 2014. "I'm only 42, so I still have some interest in taking an informed gamble on things."