2015 proved to be a successful year for start-up growth in Wisconsin as BrightStar made investments in 14 early-stage companies. We encourage you to click the link below to read up on the exciting things happening at BrightStar!
By Jeff Engel, 1/19/2015
Some dealmakers weren’t sure what to expect from BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation when the nonprofit, which invests donations into Badger State startups, came onto the scene in late 2013.
Turns out, the organization has proven itself not only as a valuable, albeit small, source of capital, but also as a shrewd negotiator that has pushed fellow investors to wrap up deals more quickly, supporters say. That’s a boon for both cash-strapped startups and their backers.
BrightStar announces first 2016 investment and sale of tax credits
BrightStar Announces New Board and Investment Committee Members
Foundation also discloses final 2015 investments
BrightStar Receives 2015 Wisconsin Innovation Award
BrightStar Announces Five New Investment Commitments
BrightStar Announces New Investments and Board Members
By Thomas Shannon, Feb. 13th, 2015
A year ago we were a novel idea and an organization in its infancy. Everyone has been complimentary as to our mission and objective---to ramp up Wisconsin’s economic activity by providing seed money via investment into dozens, then hundreds, of job creating start up companies in our state. Jobs create economic vitality, start up companies create jobs. Start-ups need funding, BrightStar helps fund.
MILWAUKEE, Feb. 3, 2015 BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc. today announced that its investment fund has received Qualified Venture Fund certification from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The certification allows BrightStar to receive tax credits when it invests in approved Wisconsin- based companies.