The Water Council & Members Win Wisconsin Innovation Awards

IMG_2947On the second day of Investments in Water Innovation Week, The Water Council attended the Wisconsin Innovation Awards (WIA) in Madison, WI as part of the Forward Technology Festival. The Water Council’s BREW accelerator program was nominated for its innovative approach to cluster development by incorporating the country’s only vertical accelerator solely dedicated to addressing global freshwater challenges.

The Wisconsin Innovation Awards, the first year presented, seek to celebrate and inspire innovation. The WIA highlights and honors the development of groundbreaking and innovative ideas. The awards hope to encourage an even greater environment of innovation by bringing innovators together from various business sectors throughout the State.

The Water Council is pleased to announce that The BREW accelerator was honored to take home one of 10 Wisconsin Innovation Awards at the ceremony. We are even more pleased that several of our Members took home awards as well! Congratulations to Microbe Detectives, Marquette University, and Discovery World for all being recognized with an inaugural Wisconsin Innovation Award!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Wisconsin Innovation Awards Honors 10 Winners – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The BREW, which stands for Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. In Wisconsin., will launch Batch II of the freshwater accelerator winners this week during the Batch II Welcome Reception, where the new class of winners will officially be welcomed to Milwaukee’s Global Water Center. The Global Water Center is located in Milwaukee’s Historic Walker’s Point neighborhood, and is directly adjacent to Reed Street Yards, a future water technology business park currently under development. The evening will include brief remarks, and a check presentation to the six Winners of Batch II.

The Water Council and JPMorgan Chase and Co. announced Monday a partnership through Chase’s just launched Small Business Forward program, which is a five-year, $30 million grant program meant to boost small business support networks that help growing enterprises in specific industries. Immediately following the press conference, attended by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, The Water Council and JPMorgan Chase and Co. hosted a brief panel discussion focused on the importance of investing in the emerging growth sector. Coverage can be found HERE.

Watch the full JPMorgan Chase and Co. Press Conference video coverage by WisconsinEYE, HERE.

Watch the full Advantages of Investing in Water Innovation Panel Discussion video coverage by WisconsinEYEHERE.

Next up for Investments in Water Innovation Week is the The BREW Batch II Welcome Reception, Wednesday evening, followed Thursday afternoon by an Informational Meeting hosted by WEDC to discuss opportunities for how Wisconsin water technology companies can engage with The Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation during the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and  Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans. The Wisconsin Innovation Pavilion (Booth 4045) will be located just outside of the official WEFTEC Innovation Pavilion. More information can be found HERE.

Watch for additional coverage later this week, including photos and event recap of Investments of Water Innovation Week.

Posted in Events, In the News, Tenant News, The BREW | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wisconsin’s 2014 WEFTEC Look Book

WEFTEC-2014-logo3The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is creating a “look book” that will be distributed at WEFTEC, and also shared with foreign attendees and delegations before their arrival, to help connect Wisconsin water-sector companies with potential international buyers. The “look book” is intended to provide information on export-ready Wisconsin companies with water technology solutions to offer. With this “look book,” we will introduce your company to foreign buyers that are interested in your products and services, and to companies seeking solutions to water issues—solutions your company is ready to provide. We are creating this publication at no cost to you. We hope you will complete and return the downloadable form so that your company can be included.

Companies can be part of the “look book” even if they are not attending WEFTEC, but we do encourage attendance if possible. Admission to the trade show floor is free (there is a charge for exhibit space or to attend a technical session or workshop). Whether you are looking to connect with buyers or learn about the latest water technology innovations, we believe companies in this sector have much to gain by attending.

To download the form for Wisconsin companies please visit the Attendee Resources tab HERE and click the link to automatically begin the download. You may direct further questions regarding the “look book” to:

Patrick Roetker
Protocol Officer
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
201 W. Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53703
 
Ph: 608.210.6747

 

Posted in Events, The BREW | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Kicking off Investments in Water Innovation Week, August 25-28, 2014

Small Business ForwardThe Water Council launched ‘Investments in Water Innovation Week’ today with a special press conference to announce a new partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. as part of the financial powerhouse’s Small Business Forward program.

The press conference, hosted at the Global Water Center, was attended by special guests of honor, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. JPMorgan Chase has awarded The Water Council a $225,000 grant that will be used to bring together North America’s investment community and water technology entrepreneurs, matching capital with water innovation. The grant is part of a larger initiative JPMorgan Chase announced last month, Small Business Forward, which is a five-year, $30 million grant program meant to boost small business support networks that help growing enterprises in specific industries.

The Water Council will identify investment firms that are interested in exploring water technology investments, prepare water investment training information and conduct an investor conference with entrepreneurs.

“Our company recognizes the growing importance of water not only in the United States, but across the world, and we believe that many of the solutions to those issues will be derived from the small businesses that are being developed by The Water Council,” says Jim Popp, President of Chase in Wisconsin. “It was only natural for Chase to combine its support for American small businesses with America’s leading technology cluster.”

Immediately following the press event, JPMorgan Chase and The Water Council hosted a panel discussion on the ‘Advantages of Investing in Water Technology.’ Panelists included various stakeholders from the public and private sector, including entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. They each shared their own experiences in investment, divulging various challenges faced along the way and untapped resources at the state level.

Key messages of the panel included:

  • Defining who your potential investors are, what unique interests do they have, and overall, learning who they are ahead of time, conducting your research before the initial meeting so you are informed, and weed out uninterested investors.
  • Once you know who your investors are, you should determine what they need from you, what information is essential in your initial pitch, and what will be of value to them.
  • Be able to answer what problems you are solving. If it’s an unmet need, what is your position as the solution provider?
  • Get Involved. Stay Involved. The Water Council is an invaluable resource as our Member network is extensive and will be key in matching capital, resources and new water technology companies. Relationships made through The Water Council will only strengthen the entire water technology cluster in Southeastern Wisconsin and help you grow your business.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has a variety of programs, grants and other resources for small business development through there Innovation & Entrepreneurship offices, and encourage guests to look into what resources may be most beneficial to your company’s needs.

Stay tuned for more updates! Tuesday’s event: Wisconsin Innovation Awards in Madison.

Interested in engaging with The Water Council? Sign up to be on our mailing list HERE or contact Meghan Jensen, Director of Marketing & Membership, at MJensen@TheWaterCouncil.com or by phone at (414) 988-8754.

Additional Coverage:

The Wall Street Journal
Reuters
Water & Wastes Digest
Environmental Protection
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Business Journal
Biz Times

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Posted in Global Water Center, In the News, The BREW | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and The Water Council Press Conference Welcomes Special Guests of Honor

In conjunction with the launch of the Small Business Forward program in July, JPMorgan Chase & Co. will hold a press conference at Milwaukee’s Global Water Center to announce details of the partnership that has been formed with The Water Council that will bring together North America’s investment community and water entrepreneurs to match capital with water innovation.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are the anticipated guests of honor that will be on hand for this momentous announcement. The Water Council and JPMorgan Chase & Co. invite you to join us for this special occasion, the press conference will be held in the Meeusen Confluence Gallery in the Global Water Center.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Press Conference with The Water Council and Special Guests
Monday, August 25, 2014 – 8:30AM
Global Water Center – Meeusen Confluence Gallery
247 W. Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Open to Public

Immediately following the press conference will be “Advantages of Investing in Water Technology,” a special panel discussion presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and The Water Council. Attendees will learn why investing in this growing market is a must and see how these companies are pioneering market-disrupting innovations with big implications and significant returns.

Panelists include:

John Philosophos – Partner, Great Oaks Venture Capital
Jose Ramirez – Founder, Mikroflot Technologies, LLC
Marian Singer – Co-Founder, Wellntel
Todd Asmuth – CEO, AquaMost, Inc.
Scott Mosley – Foreign Direct Investment Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Dean Amhaus – President & CEO, The Water Council (Moderator)

Advantages of Investing in Water Technology – Panel Discussion
Monday, August 25, 9:00-10:00AM
Global Water Center – Auditorium
247 W. Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Register Here (Limited Seating)

Presented By:

Print

 

WC_Logo_jpeg

Posted in Events, Global Water Center, In the News, The BREW | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Investments in Water Innovation Week: August 25-28

The Water Council is pleased to announce that we will be dedicating an entire week to Investments in Water Innovation. Each day, we will feature special activities to jump-start conversations about water innovation and opportunities for investors to get involved in Milwaukee’s water technology cluster.

Investments in Water Innovation Week – August 25-28, 2014 – Schedule of Events

Monday, August 25 – 8:30AM
JPMorgan Chase & Co./The Water Council Press Conference
Global Water Center – Meeusen Confluence Gallery
247 W. Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Open to the public – No RSVP required

Monday, August 25 – 9:00AM-10:00AM
Panel Discussion: Advantages of Investing in Water Technology
Global Water Center – Auditorium
247 W. Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204
RSVP HERE by August 22 (44 seats available)

Tuesday, August 26 – 5:00PM-8:00PM
Wisconsin Innovation Awards
Memorial Union – WI Union Theater
800 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53706
More information & to register by August 22, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, August 27 – 4:30PM-6:00PM
The BREW Batch II Welcome Reception
Global Water Center – Meeusen Confluence Gallery
247 W. Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204
RSVP HERE by August 22

Thursday, August 28 – 2:30PM-4:30PM
How Your Company Can Tap into The Water Council’s Network at WEFTEC 2014
Global Water Center – Auditorium
247 W. Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204
RSVP HERE by August 22 (44 seats available)
Networking & cocktails to follow at Ginger.

Investments in Water Innovation Week – Details

The week will kick-off with a very special press conference held at the Global Water Center, hosted by The Water Council and JPMorgan Chase & Co. You may recall that in July, JPMorgan Chase & Co. launched its Small Business Forward program in 10 cities across the United States. Milwaukee, and The Water Council, were chosen as one of these pioneering cities to take part in the inaugural year due to our work connecting “freshwater research, innovation, education, and business development to make Milwaukee a hub of water technology. Please contact Meghan Jensen at mjensen@thewatercouncil.com with questions.

Immediately following the press conference, a panel discussion will be held regarding the advantages of investing in water technology startups, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and The Water Council. Panelists with perspectives from various stages of investment will be on hand to share their experiences, answer questions, and explain why investing in this growing market is a must! Limited space available, RSVP HERE!

On Tuesday, August 26, The Water Council travels to Madison, WI. to attend the Wisconsin Innovation Awards. The Council, nominated twice, will be on hand to support innovation and groundbreaking ideas in Wisconsin. This is the first year for the Wisconsin Innovation Awards, which are part of the larger, Forward Technology Festival. Reserve your tickets by August 22, HERE.

Wednesday evening we officially welcome The BREW Batch II Winners to the Global Water Center during The BREW Batch II Welcome Reception. The evening will feature brief remarks and check presentation to Batch II Winners, followed by appetizers and Brews generously provided by MillerCoors. Come connect with Batch II Winners and runners-up, as well as your fellow Water Council Members. RSVP HERE by August 22!

Investments in Water Innovation Week concludes Thursday, August 28, with “How your company can tap into The Water Council’s Network at WEFTEC 2014.” The Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation invite you to learn about coordinated efforts to promote Wisconsin-based water technology companies at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC), the world’s largest annual water quality exhibition. The Wisconsin Water Innovation Pavilion will serve as a general networking and gathering space for all Wisconsin water-sector companies, providing businesses of all sizes a platform to achieve maximum visibility to a national and international audience. Limited space is available, RSVP HERE by August 22.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wisconsin Water Sector’s Strengths to be Highlighted at National Trade Show

MADISON, WI. Aug. 8, 2014 — Wisconsin companies in the water technology sector are invited to be part of the state delegation that is attending the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) this fall in New Orleans.

Companies in the delegation will benefit from the support of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and The Water Council, which will jointly operate a booth highlighting the strengths of the state’s water sector.

Thousands of water and wastewater professionals are expected to attend WEFTEC, which runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, to learn more about water technology and to network with others in the industry. WEFTEC is the world’s largest annual water quality exhibition, with nearly 1,000 exhibitors displaying the latest in water quality research technology and services, and more than 22,000 attendees taking part. Attendees also engage in continuing education and professional development, with cutting-edge technical sessions and workshops.

Advance registration is available through Aug. 29, and interested companies can find more information and the registration link at inwisconsin.com/weftec.

“There is no question that Milwaukee and Wisconsin have an international reputation for being global leaders in the water technology sector,” said Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development organization. “This event will provide state companies another opportunity to showcase all the innovation in the sector that is originating right here in Wisconsin.”

“WEFTEC creates an array of business opportunities for cutting-edge, innovative businesses of all sizes in the water technology industry,” said Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council. “This high-profile, global stage is a great opportunity for Wisconsin water companies to showcase our collaborative successes.”

Water technology is a key industry strength in the Wisconsin economy, and WEDC and The Water Council will highlight this strength at the Wisconsin Water Innovation Pavilion, located at Booth 4045 on the trade show floor of the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Among the sponsors who will be on hand to answer questions are:

 The BREW—Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. In Wisconsin.—a seed accelerator based at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, and founded to incubate water technology startups.

 ABB, one of the world’s leading engineering and electrical equipment manufacturing companies.

 ASA Analytics, a 20-year-old business that specializes in the manufacture of automatic chemical analysis systems for water and wastewater monitoring and control.

 InSinkErator, the world’s largest manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant hot water dispensers for home and commercial use.

 MikroFlot Technologies, utilizing the principal of microflotation, offers a viable alternative for wastewater effluent treatment to small and medium sized industrial and commercial facilities who cannot afford expensive on-site treatment.

 PaveDrain, a maker of permeable paving surfaces utilizing patented technology that minimizes the environmental impact of stormwater runoff and also reduces the costs associated with stormwater management.

 Xylem, a leading provider of fluid technology and equipment solutions for the planet’s most challenging water issues.

 A consortium of colleges and universities that offer water-related programs, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Gateway Technical College.

The booth also will serve as a general gathering and networking space for other Wisconsin water-sector companies.

Companies that are unable to attend but would like to receive updates about water industry news and water innovation in Wisconsin are encouraged to follow WEDC’s WEFTEC blog and to sign up for email updates at inwisconsin.com/weftec. Companies that plan to attend WEFTEC also can sign up for email updates from WEDC to help them make the most of the convention and connect with other Wisconsin attendees.

image002

About the Water Council 

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, is an industry-led non-profit organization dedicated to achieving global freshwater sustainability through total water cycle solutions. By building strategic partnerships, supporting education and facilitating access to capital investment, The Water Council fosters economic opportunities for Wisconsin’s water industry participants. Visit http://www.thewatercouncil.com or follow The Water Council on Twitter @ TheWaterCouncil to learn more.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation 

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing Wisconsin’s business climate. WEDC nurtures business growth and job creation by providing resources, technical support and financial assistance to companies, partners and communities in Wisconsin. Visit http://www.inwisconsin.com or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.

Posted in In the News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2014 One Water Leadership Summit: Two Rivers, Two Cities, Two States, One Water

OWL_Summit(Washington, D.C.) Shifting the paradigm to one water management, the U.S. Water Alliance will hold the 5th annual One Water Leadership (OWL) Summit, in Kansas City, MO on September 15-17. The Summit will look at the many ways water unites us and ways we can unite its many silos. As a focal point for the national dialogue on resource recovery and green infrastructure, the OWL Summit has been driving the notion of water as an integrating strategy for the urban environment. “Innovation springs from collaboration,” explains Ben Grumbles, President of the U.S. Water Alliance, “so the more we connect leaders from all regions and aspects of the water cycle the bluer America’s water future will be.”​

Spotlight community panels will feature cross-agency, cross-department, community and business leaders to share their models of creative integration and innovation. Multi-disciplinary and geographically diverse presentations will demonstrate the flexibility of green infrastructure to serve a multitude of needs. Spotlights will focus on Cape Cod, Massachusetts; the Edwards Aquifer, Texas; and the Upper Neuse River Basin, North Carolina. Strategic Sidebar Conversations will allow those at the cutting edge to compare notes and tackle obstacles. Water Table discussions will shed light on emerging opportunities and challenges. The Honorable Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, will open the event at 2:00pm on Monday, September 15. The Cindy Wallis-Lage, President of Water Business, Black & Veatch, will also serve as a keynote speaker, Tuesday, September 16.

Attendees, presenters, and sponsors reflect the broad scope of stakeholders needed to rethink and renew our cities with resource recovery and green infrastructure.  “Public, private, non-profit, they’ve all come together to support this Summit,” describes Dick Champion. “These leaders understand the necessity of these dialogues, these models, to move us toward water sustainability that is all the more challenging in a changing climate.” Champion is the Chair of the U.S. Water Alliance’s impressive 36 member Board of Directors representing a broad cross-section of interests that have come together to holistic, watershed solutions. The Summit is sponsored by Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City Water Services, Black & Veatch, Cardno ENTRIX, CH2M Hill, CDM Smith, L.A. Bureau of Sanitation, Grundfos, The Conservation Fund, URS Corporation, and NACWA.

Conference partnership organizations include Alliance for Water Efficiency, American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, Cape Cod Commission, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Heartland Conservation Alliance, Kansas State University Urban Water Institute, The Conservation Fund, The Trust for Public Land, The Water Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association.

The OWL Summit is organized annually by the U.S. Water Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Council.  Through this Leadership Summit, the Council seeks to connect the dots among water, land use, parks, forests, transportation, energy and other sectors around a goal of revitalizing cities with multi-benefit projects that produce triple bottom-line results.

To register, visit http://bit.ly/2014OWLS

### 

US_Water_Alliance_Logo

The U.S. Water Alliance was formed in 2008 as a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization whose goal is to unite people and policy for “one water” sustainability. The Alliance awards the U.S. Water Prize, organizes the One Water Leadership Summit annually, and is Project Manager for the Value of Water Coalition. A broad cross-section of interests has come together through the Alliance to advance holistic, watershed-based solutions to water quality and quantity challenge. 

USWaterAlliance.org

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Small Business, Big Investment: JPMorgan Chase & Co. Announces $30 Million to Help Entrepreneur Networks

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 22, 2014 - JPMorgan Chase & Co. today launched Small Business ForwardSM, a five-year, $30 million grant program to boost small business support networks that help growing enterprises in specific industries. Small Business Forward connects entrepreneurs with critical resources to help their businesses grow, create jobs and strengthen communities.

Small Business ForwardSmall businesses can increase their impact on a region’s competitiveness and economic output through business concentrations known as economic “clusters.” In fact, nearly half of the high performing clusters in the nation’s 10 largest metros grew roughly three times faster than other local businesses between 2003 and 2011, according to a new study from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC).

“Beyond their vital role in our economy, small businesses are often the source of innovation and inspiration,” said Scott Geller, CEO of Chase Business Banking. “Helping local, small business clusters grow faster and create more jobs will take JPMorgan Chase’s involvement in the entrepreneurial community to a new level.”

JPMorgan Chase launched Small Business Forward at a forum supported by Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, chair of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee; U.S. Senator James Risch, the committee’s ranking member and Rep. Sam Graves, chair of the House Small Business Committee.

 Small Business Forward will fund nonprofit cluster organizations that work with small businesses concentrated in a single sector. In addition to supporting strategic planning and research, JPMorgan Chase’s grants will help cluster organizations provide participating small businesses with:

  • Networking that helps businesses connect with investors, mentors, competitors and customers;
  • Partnerships with colleges and universities that help drive industry research and innovation;
  • Workforce and management training that gives them access to the skilled employees and managers they need to grow;
  • Supplier networks that offer specialized products and services to cluster businesses; and
  • Export promotion to help businesses access new markets, and source new customers and suppliers.

In addition to their impressive economic growth, businesses participating in high performing clusters typically add more jobs than other businesses in local/regional markets, according to the ICIC research, which was commissioned by JPMorgan Chase. Between 2003 and 2011, many small business clusters outperformed overall employment growth in their metropolitan areas. For example, the Education and Knowledge Creation cluster in Los Angeles increased employment growth by 31 percent compared to general employment growth rates in the city during that eight year period. The Oil and Gas Production and Transportation cluster increased employment growth by 47 percent in Houston during that same time frame. ICIC is a nonprofit research and strategy organization founded by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter in 1994. ICIC’s extensive knowledge of urban economies and small businesses has contributed to the advancement of cluster theory and practice.

“Clusters are driving economic growth in major cities, contributing to job creation, higher wages and innovation. But the impact of clusters on small business growth could be strengthened. Most cities currently lack a unifying strategy for supporting clusters and small businesses,” said Kim Zeuli, ICIC’s Senior Vice President and Director of Research.

Supportive of regional, industry-specific clusters, the SBA applauded JPMorgan Chase for developing the Small Business Forward initiative.

“America’s forward-looking companies are investing in clustered communities, because they see the return on investment,” said SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet. “Clusters speed commercially viable ideas from the drawing board to the marketplace. These are communities with buy-in at every level and a proven support structure that nurtures success.”

Inaugural investments of Small Business Forward’s five year, $30million commitment will touch the following ten cities across the country and then expand to additional markets in the US and abroad:

  • Chicago: Manufacturing Renaissance’s Austin Manufacturing Innovation Park is developing a facility for advanced manufacturing companies on Chicago’s West Side.
  • Detroit: Eastern Market’s new community kitchen gives small business owners access to professional kitchens and connections, and Bizdom is strengthening the environment for e-commerce businesses in Detroit.
  • Kansas City: The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Free Enterprise Center will provide growing businesses access to high tech equipment including 3D printing to help them develop new products.
  • Los Angeles: LA Cleantech has brought together business, government, and academia in LA to grow the city’s cleantech sector and is now developing satellites throughout California and internationally.
  • Milwaukee: The Water Council connects freshwater research, innovation, education, and business development to make Milwaukee a hub of water technology.
  • Newark: The New Jersey Innovation Institute applies the intellectual and technological resources of the New Jersey Institute of Technology to challenges identified by industry partners.
  • New Orleans: New Orleans BioInnovation Center is a health sciences incubator that supports promising, high growth companies.
  • San Francisco: QB3 is a lead partner of BioSF, a collaboration between academia and government to develop a biotech industry cluster in San Francisco.
  • Seattle: Washington Interactive Network is growing interactive media and technology companies that are generating high-quality jobs in across Puget Sound.
  • St. Louis: BioSTL is building the regional infrastructure in the bioscience sectors of health and healthcare IT.

Small business advocates in Congress and mayors of leading American cities reaffirmed the importance of the Small Business Forward initiative and clusters as economic development tools to accentuate their regional economic strengths and sow the seeds of innovation. 

For more information about the grants and research, visit www.jpmorganchase.com/smallbusinessforward and follow #SmallBizForward on Twitter.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Delta Sky Magazine Features Milwaukee Water

WaterCoverMilwaukee’s water cluster and The Water Council are currently featured in Delta Sky Magazine, the on-board publication found on all Delta Airline flights. The article, entitled “Conserving Water with Blue Tech” describes the plight of the California drought that has plagued the west coast since 2012. Depending on whom you ask, it goes on to say, it is the worst “since the gold rush, the worst in 500 years, or possibly ever.” It details how that state’s drinking water supply has become threatened, and how farmers in hard hit region Central Valley have been forced to shut down.

Enter The Water Council, and our growing water cluster, the leading solution provider for freshwater challenges in North America. As many of our Members are aware, Milwaukee has a long history with water as the city was built on brewing, tanning and meatpacking, all water-intensive industries. While many of those operations have decreased their presence, the suppliers that provided the pumps, meters, heaters, etc remain, and have shifted their focus on addressing global freshwater issues.

The article describes how are startups in The BREW at the Global Water Center are providing answers, and disruptive, innovative technologies to address the growing water crisis. It also mentions Imagine H2O’s efforts in California to help address the state’s water disparity by holding business plan contests, and other programming for “blue tech” entrepreneurs looking to bring new products to market. The point of the article is to create awareness of the growing water scarcity crisis, and the need for organizations like The Water Council and Imagine H2O, which are working to help solve these problems, with new, innovative technologies that ensure the future of our most precious resource.

Read the full article.

Posted in Global Water Center, In the News, The BREW | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Survey

WSBCEvery summer for the last 5 years, the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, with the support of Cool Choices, Focus on Energy, and the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), has surveyed the Wisconsin business community. The information gained from this survey regarding business beliefs and practices in sustainability is used to impact program development, financial incentive development, funding allocation, and training opportunities.

The survey should take only 5 minutes, and we want to thank you in advance for completing it. As with all surveys, the results are anonymous and we will only be reporting summary statistics and the relationship of this year’s results to past years, or to results from national surveys. For information on previous surveys, CLICK HERE.

As an incentive, the WSBC is offering each person that completes the survey by July 23rd the opportunity to enter a drawing to win free admission to the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Annual Conference, to be held on December 3, 2014 at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

Take the Survey Now!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment