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This Week’s Important Read

The Latest on Crowdfunding

Dan Steininger, President of BizStarts

Of all the advances in wireless devices, battery life hasn’t kept up. Most of the available chargers are clunky, inconvenient or keep you tethered to the power source. But three Northwestern University engineering Ph.D. candidates have a new solution. It’s a palm-sized kinetic charger called Ampy which drew $309,323 in a Kickstarter campaign.  Chief product officer Alex Smith explains they formed as a team in an entrepreneurship class. We were trying to tackle the problem of our phones dying before the end of the day. We’re all reasonably active guys. We said, “Why can’t we use some of this energy that we burn throughout the day and turn that into power for our phones?” We spent the last year and a half developing the technology to make Ampy fit into a compact form while still generating considerable energy. It fits to the contours of your body and can easily be slipped into your pocket or purse.  The more you  move, the more power you’re going to get. You can store up to 1,000 milliamp hours.  Read the full article here


Thank you for celebrating with BizStarts as we honored Barry Mandel


In November of 1991, Mr. Mandel formed Mandel Group Inc. (MGI).  MGI is an integrated real estate services firm with operations in development, construction and property management.

MGI has developed, constructed, financed and acquired over $500 million in residential and retail developments.  Communities developed by MGI have received numerous awards for design excellence.


Entrepreneurship Over Easy – December 5th at 8:00amUSASBE

Entrepreneurship Over Easy is a unique breakfast series offering
education, inspiration and food for thought, presented by University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, BizStarts Milwaukee, and USASBE.

UW-WhitewaterThis event will cover the topics of Economic Projections for the New Year: Wisconsin in 2015 with Dr. Russ Kashian, Director of the Fiscal and Economical Research Center and a Difference Making Sales Training and Performance discussion with Dr. Jimmy Peltier, Director of the

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Institute for Sales Excellence.

Get more information and register for this event here.

Jacquin Davidson new Entrepreneur Director

BizStarts is pleased to announce new Entrepreneur Director, Jacquin Davidson.

Jacquin comes to us from Southern California and says one of her entrepreneurial highlights was when Harrison Ford went to fetch coffee for her during a commercial photo shoot!  

She started at J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency in Los Angeles, enjoying leadership roles in the Production, Creative and Facilities Departments.  From there, she launched a business in the Entertainment Industry working on commercial productions.  As an entrepreneur, she grew the business to the top tier of companies in Southern California by providing services to the television commercial production industry and international print media.  She worked with many great Hollywood stars.  

Jacquin launched a second business, Davidson Associates, consulting with nonprofit organizations and small businesses on strategic planning, board and staff development, training and fundraising


BizStarts in the News

The recent opening of BizStarts’ BizForge generated good buzz in the business community. Check out these recent media clips, and sign up for our monthly newsletter, The Catalyst, to stay up to date on our programs, events and news. 

BizStarts unveils new offices at Schlitz Park - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (April 2, 2014)

A recipe for job creation - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dan Steininger editorial (April 4, 2014)

Sneak peek: BizStarts’ BizForge entrepreneurial hub launches: Slideshow - Milwaukee Business Journal (April 3, 2014)

BizStarts was also recently featured several times recently as part of the larger conversation on the critical need to reverse brain drain and support job creation.

Sustaining the state’s startups – Kenosha News, Tom Still editorial (April 7, 2014)

Entrepreneurs can reverse brain drain – The Startup Economy, John Torinus (April 2014)

Bomboard featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – top ‘o the fold!

Bomboard WaterKart Logo  On April 9, MJS reporter Kathleen Gallagher offered a fantastic overview of BizStarts company Bomboard – the world’s first urban jet ski – as they seek outside investment. Read about it here.


BizStarts companies featured in BizTimes cover story

BT-BoomerpreneurThe February 17, 2014 issue of BizTimes features two BizStarts companies, American Telehealthcare and Bomboard. Read about both and learn why more baby boomers are leaving the regular work force to start their own enterprises.

Full story here.