Job Creation through Capital Donation


BrightStar co-founder inducted into the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame

Press Release
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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. 

HATCH pitch program winners announced

Press Release
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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.

Podcast: BrightStar's Todd Sobotka on Creating Wisconsin Jobs

Monday, July 31, 2017

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. 

Click here to listen to the podcast. 

MJS: Wisconsin 'Angel' Investors Getting Earlier Starts

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Saturday, January 7, 2017

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."