November 2019: Events, News and Networking

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Google moves into new Madison office with sweeping views of the Isthmus

October 25, 2019
In an office twice the size of its old one, Madison’s more than 100 Google employees have ample space for working, meeting and partaking in the internet giant’s many employee perks — all with a panoramic view of the Isthmus.

Madison #1 in Fundera’s List of Best Untapped Cities for Startups in 2020

October 29, 2019
The beautiful city of Madison, Wisconsin is number one on Fundera's list, due to an excellent balance of startup-friendly factors. Madison boasts a well-educated population, with 57% having a bachelor’s degree or higher.

This city also has the highest concentration of millennials compared to any other city in the country, making it a particularly great option for young startup founders and their teams.

Percentage of women on Wisconsin corporate boards reaches all-time high

October 16, 2019
The percentage of board seats occupied by women at Wisconsin’s largest public companies has reached an all-time high, according to new research from Milwaukee Women inc.

According to the organization’s new research report, 20.8% of director seats on those companies’ boards are held by women,up from 18.9% in 2018 and surpassing Milwaukee Women inc’s initial goal of 20% by 2020.

WARF announces 2019 Innovation Award winners

November 5, 2019
Two technical breakthroughs, from the realms of experimental physics and microscopic communities, have claimed top honors from WARF this year.

The 2019 WARF Innovation Award winners are: Mark Saffman (physics) and Ophelia Venturelli, Philip Romero, Ryan Hsu and Jin Wen Tan (biochemistry).

Fighting a global health scourge

November 7, 2019
Schistosomiasis is a devastating neglected tropical disease that affects as many as 250 million people, mostly in Africa, Asia and South America. This debilitating disease causes anemia, malnutrition, pervasive learning disabilities, and kills an estimated 280,000 people each year.

In Wisconsin, thousands of miles from where schistosomiasis is most prevalent, the Newmark lab at Morgridge is working hard to find a way to prevent this disease, which predominantly afflicts the world’s poorest people.

Women entrepreneurs, investors making tangible strides

November 10, 2019
Two standing ovations at the just-completed Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium help to explain the rising role of women in the related worlds of entrepreneurism and investing.

Exact Sciences could double Cologuard lab space along Beltline

November 14, 2019

Even before current construction is finished, Exact Sciences is planning for another stage of expansion at one of its Madison campuses, which could about double its lab space.

Exact Sciences would build up to 235,200 square feet at a lab at its Discovery Campus site, near Schroeder Road and the Beltline, to expand its capacity to process Cologuard tests, which check for blood and DNA biomarkers in stool for signs of colorectal cancer.


DON'T FORGET! Overture Season Discounted Tickets for URP Tenants!

URP tenants and their employees are invited to purchase discounted tickets* and select your own seats to all Broadway and Overture Presents performances. The price when you select your seat(s) reflects the discounted rate.

CLICK HERE - to see available shows - and enter promo-code: UNIPARK

* A reduced $4 per ticket handling charge applies. Offer may exclude some performances or sections, depending on the show. Subject to availability. Offer may expire two to four weeks prior to the show, or earlier if performances sell out. Offer valid for best available seats.

Microsoft lab leader to discuss past, future at Nov. 19 Tech Council luncheon in Madison

November 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Coliseum Bar | 232 E Olin Ave

Alan Halverson, a Microsoft veteran and UW-Madison computer sciences graduate who manages the Microsoft Gray Systems Lab in Madison, will discuss the lab’s past, present and future at the Tuesday, November 19 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon meeting in Madison.

Halverson, who has been affiliated with the lab since its founding, will cover how work done in Madison led to data warehousing solutions for Microsoft Azure; the future of cloud computing and machine learning; and trends that affect many sectors of Wisconsin business and industry.

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HealthTech Capitol Meetup with Rock Mackie

November 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
300 S. Bedford St.

Join HealthTech Capitol, a program of the Greater Madison Chamber, for networking with area healthtech leaders and a conversation with renowned researcher, entrepreneur and investor Thomas “Rock” Mackie. At this event, Mackie will go in-depth on his latest venture as Chief Innovation Officer at UW Health and Director of Isthmus Project, which offers services such as business planning, instruction on how to access seed funding and assistance making connections with industry.

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Preschool of the Arts Open House

December 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm    
January 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Preschool of the Arts
11 Science Court

Please join us to see our school, explore our classrooms, and get to know some of our teachers. We will have more information available about enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year!

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December 4 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Edgewater Hotel
1001 Wisconsin Place

Join us for the Third Annual Tech Gala on December 4, 2019 – that’s the night you’ll be at The Edgewater, taking a trip back to the Old West, getting drinks, playing a few cards, dancing to live music and rubbing elbows with your tech and startup colleagues – all the while supporting the United Way of Dane County.

Your Tech Gala ticket includes a drink and dinner as well as an evening of fun, games, music and more! This isn’t your typical charity fundraiser event – it’s a fun gala with twist. So far Tech Gala events have raised over $16,000 for our charity partners!

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CTM’s A Christmas Carol: Special Pricing for URP Tenants & Employees

December 7 - December 22
Capital Theater at Overture Center

URP Tenants & their employees are invited to attend CTM’s A Christmas Carol at a 25% discount. Just go to: CTM Theater website – select University Research Park and enjoy your discount!


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LUNCH & LEARN: Microsoft Teams Collaboration

December 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
University Research Park
510 Charmany Drive / Room 50

This is the second of a 4-part Office 365 and Cloud Productivity Educational Series. Topics include:
  • What is Microsoft Teams
  • When/How to Use Microsoft Teams
  • How to Streamline Communication with External Partners / Customers
Lunch + Desert are provided!

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State of the Sector 2019

December 12 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
25 West Main Street, 7th Floor

This event brings together national voices and local experts to assess Greater Madison’s current and projected economic standing and competitive positioning as a global technology leader.

The all-star panel includes:
  • Lexi Russell, Associate Director of Research and Analysis for the Western Region of CBRE, who will discuss the Scoring Tech Talent report and commercial real estate.
  • Dr. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and SVP of Research for the National Association of Realtors, who will share key findings from his report around recent movers and millennials, among other home ownership items.

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