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These stories were authored by graduating students in UW-Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication, highlighting various early-stage businesses in Wisconsin and their founders.

“Big-game” changer: ModuTree allows hunters to modify their custom blinds

Is there anything that says “Wisconsin” more than the combination of hunting and innovation? One entrepreneur aims to bring these two worlds...

AGent Plus Solutions LLC is a finalist in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that germs can thrive almost anywhere and spread in the blink of an eye. Today,...

Bizzy Bizzy’s ‘assembly line’ approach makes building a website a one-day project

Building a brand-new website is often a painstakingly long process. But with the help of the developers at Wisconsin-based startup Bizzy Bizzy,...

Company uses smartphone app to help people with hearing difficulties

The World Health Organization estimates more than 5 percent of the world’s population experiences some type of hearing impairment. A Wisconsin-based company...

Eau Claire startup taking the audio-visual industry wireless

An Eau Claire startup called UpStream AV is helping the audio-visual industry go wireless. The Eau Claire company,...

eCourt Reporters connects talent to the legal system more efficiently

eCourt Reporters provides a one-of-a-kind technology that allows for a thorough selection of court reporters who are needed in the legal world,...

Extended release opioid treatment is aim of Plumb Pharmaceuticals

To the construction industry, the term “plumb” means the material is straight and true. Plumb Pharmaceuticals aims to bring this concept to...

FixdPicks uses AI for ROI transparency in sports betting

A Wisconsin startup called FixdPicks is looking to bring artificial intelligence to sports betting. Founder Zach Nichols came across...

For entrepreneur and survivor, double mastectomy led to idea for clothing line

Jaimie Sherling’s life was forever changed when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2018. Just two months later she underwent...

GoDx uses point-of-care test to quickly diagnose gut, COVID-19 pathogens

GoDiagnostics, or GoDx, was formed with the vision to “democratize diagnostics” so that all people can more quickly learn about infections that...

Gud Medical offers a less expensive yet precise IV tool to the medical world

Madison-based Gud Medical is striving to be a leader in precisely delivering medicine and intravenous fluids. And its syringe adapter could get...

Gyld provides networking platform for skilled trades

GThe founders of Gyld, a Madison-based networking program, want to create a space for blue-collar professionals to showcase skills, certifications, education, and...

Last Lock transforms doorways, locks into a smart access control system

Sometimes during a time of technological innovation, people forget to incorporate tradition in their ideas. For Jack Ryan, he began by looking...

MyGenomeRX shows how DNA variations can affect one’s response to medication

-- Whether it be allergies, cold, flu or pain and chronic disease management, most people turn to medication for relief. However, variations...

Partita shifts focus to face shields during pandemic

A Wisconsin company that 3D prints violins is producing face shields during the COVID-19 pandemic. Partita was founded...

Pedal Motive keeping bikes safe from elements and bikers active

Pedal Motive aims to keep people riding their bikes year-round with “Speedcase,” a fully enclosed bike transmission. Every day,...

Safety4Her aims to provide the right clothing for women in the trades

Safety4Her was founded by Melissa Gaglione, who saw a need and opportunity for women’s clothing in the towing and trucking industry.

Steady Shot aims to make insulin injections more precise

A UW-Madison grad and finalist in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest aims to provide a low-tech syringe adapter to assist insulin users...
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