Blog 2017-09-05 09:45:46

WERCBench Labs ESS Program begins

Seven start-up companies with technologies ranging from nanogenerators used to charge low-power electronics - to solar power generation, were selected and started the 12 week ESS Program on August 29th with help from our volunteer professional instructors, coaches, and mentors. The program will conclude with the Demo Day presentations from each of the businesses on December 14th

Thanks to the support of WEDC, each team will receive a $10,000 grant at the beginning of the program. Teams that meet all program expectations and graduate at the end of the program will receive an additional $10,000 in the form of an investment, using a royalty-based financing mechanism. 

For the second year WERCBench Labs will partner with The Center for Technology Commercialization, The Commons, and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee to offer the program jointly with those organizations. Participants in the program will also have access to M-WERC’s network of more than 90 world-class mentors.

Teams selected for this year’s program include:

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.

EW Panel
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.

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.

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.

Global Green Products
Global Green Products LLC (GGP) manufactures and markets eco-friendly polymer products 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.

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

KW Technologies
KW Technologies is making high power industrial power supplies with Silicon carbide (SiC) technology.

WERCBench Labs ESS Program will meet every Tuesday for 1pm to 4pm at the M-WERC offices and labs. Please join us at any time and see these businesses at work.




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