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Gov. Doyle to speak Oct. 3 at I-Q Corridor Investors' Symposium

SEPT. 14, 2007--Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, who has pushed for a more vigorous tech-based state and regional economy, will speak during the first I-Q Corridor Investors' Symposium, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

The meeting, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the UW-River Falls University Center, 500 Wild Rose Ave., River Falls, is produced by 22 partners and sponsors from Wisconsin and Minnesota, including the Wisconsin Angel Network, the Minnesota High-Tech Association, the University of Minnesota Academic and Corporate Relations Center, the WiSys Technology Foundation and the producers of the Minnesota Cup.

The event will feature presentations by winners of the statewide business plan contests in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and include tips for tapping into "tech transfer" opportunities at the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota, a networking hour and a speech by serial entrepreneur and investor Mark Lacek, who is a 1979 graduate of UW-River Falls. Doyle will speak during the networking event; Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been invited.

Doyle has encouraged interstate cooperation on a variety of issues through his role in the National Governors Association and the Council of Great Lakes Governors. He worked with the Wisconsin Legislature to create tax credits for state angel investors and venture capitalists, to launch the Wisconsin Angel Network, and to promote the Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, "The event draws its name from the "I-Q Corridor" brand developed by the tech council to describe the 400 miles connecting Chicago on the southeast end of the I-90/94 corridor and the Twin Cities on the northwest. The "I" not only stands for interstate connections, but ideas, innovation, intellectual property and investment; the "Q" suggests quality of life, workforce, education and more."

With 25 members representing 250 investors, the Wisconsin Angel Network is a project of the Wisconsin Technology Council. The WTC is a nonprofit, bipartisan science and technology advisor to the governor and the Legislature.

"This region boasts 14.3 million people, leading research and development institutions, a strong investment sector and exciting companies in biotechnology, medical devices, information technology, advanced manufacturing and more," said Still. "It only makes sense from investors from both sides of the Mississippi River to meet and compare notes on emerging technologies and deals."

To register ($25 per person) and for more information, go to . Event sponsors so far include the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions; the law firm of Quarles and Brady; Wipfli; the law firm of Lommen Abdo; and Workforce Resource, Inc.

For more information contact Joe Kremer or Tom Still at 608-442-7557. To learn more about the Wisconsin Angel Network visit .


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