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Blog 2017-11-16 12:21:56

WERCBench Labs and Demo Day update

The WERCBench Labs early-stage start-up program, now in its third year, is wrapping up the  12-week program after an intensive three months of learning and exploration featuring expert guest speakers, weekly support from mentors and coaches, dynamic and interactive sessions and professional presentations. In addition to using the workspace at M-WERC, the start-up businesses in this third year of WERCBench Labs have also had access to the new Lab and Prototyping space on the second floor of the Energy Innovation Center.

The businesses involved are getting a great deal of information and innovative ideas and expertise in running their business and projecting future success.  Each business has finished more than 50 customer identification meetings and learned more about their target market and the problem they are solving with their start-up business.

The teams are now eagerly preparing for Demo Day on Thursday, December 14 at the M-WERC Energy Innovation Center – the event will take place on the second floor starting at 5:30pm an ending around 7pm – with time both before and after for networking an holiay cheer.

Graduating start-up businesses will each present their progress to a diverse group of Milwaukee community leaders, technology experts, M-WERC members and partners, media, and the general public.  The start-up businesses that made it through the program this fall who will be presenting at Demo Day are:

ARIS Technology
ARIS Technology is working on an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to eradicating reduce human quality control errors in manufacturing.

EWPanel
EWPanel’s patent-pending nanogenerators convert movements to electricity, which can be used to charge low-power electronics such as Bluetooth units, sensors, and LED lights. The nanogenerators are flexible in design, and can be incorporated into a variety of devices to allow for self-contained power generation and smart sensing.

Global Green Products
Global Green Products LLC (GGP) manufactures and markets eco-friendly polymer products that are used to help customers conserve water, extend equipment usefulness, reduce energy loss and improve productivity.  Specifically, GGP products keep minerals dissolved in water from forming hard scales while minimizing corrosion and pitting on heat transfer surfaces and equipment used in power plant cooling water and boiler water systems.

Indiana Integrated Circuits
Indiana Integrated Circuits (IIC) develops and licenses advanced microelectronics technology that improves performance, cost and form-factor across a variety of electronic systems. Applications for IIC’s proprietary “Quilt Packaging” interconnect technology includes markets such as power & control, defense & aerospace, and networking/communications.

NovoMoto
NovoMoto provides clean electricity for off-grid rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. NovoMoto’s stand-alone solar-powered systems are cheaper, more efficient, and cleaner than the kerosene and diesel currently used in these communities.

Switched Source
Switched Source provides power-electronics solutions for electric distribution companies that make the grid more resilient and efficient, while supporting the integration of more distributed generation.

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