1. Siren Shrub: Side hustle to multi-product, multi-flavor company

    Photo of Mindy McCord and Layne Cozzolino, who have complementary skills to run their business.

    Siren Shrub Co., which takes drinks up a notch with an old-but-new concept, has taken its company up a notch in just a few short years. The women-owned business based in Stevens Point makes flavorful combinations with its shrubs — nonalcoholic syrups, not to be confused with small bushes. These concentrates are made from apple […]

  2. Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin awards $3.42 million in funding to train next generation of water scientists

    Photo of students at UW-La Crosse

    Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin Tackles Grand Water Challenges and Provides Support for New Courses, Research Opportunities and Hands-On Experiences for UW Students  MILWAUKEE, Wis.—The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin will provide $3.42 million in funding to UW institutions to enhance their water-related academic programs. The funding is part of a statewide initiative, backed by the Wisconsin State Legislature […]

  3. Veteran finds passion in career change from military to healthcare

    Photo of U.S. Army veteran Justin Rathkamp

    U.S. Army veteran Justin Rathkamp realized his dream to help fellow veterans after a career change to health care. This busy husband and father appreciated the flexibility offered by a UW Extended Campus online degree program. Hired as the Veterans Experience Officer at Madison’s VA Hospital, Rathkamp now enjoys evenings and weekends with his family.

  4. Boot camp helps early career scientists, faculty commercialize innovative ideas

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    SBIR Ready is an immersion program for small business innovation research offered by the Center for Technology Commercialization, part of UW System’s Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship. SBIR Ready ran a boot camp in June to give early-career scientists and faculty the skills they need to make a business case for their innovative ideas. Research […]