State Advocacy

WSC advocates on behalf of our members for the Wisconsin State Legislature to:

  • Reduce Regulatory Burdens
  • Encourage Early Stage Investment & Customers
  • Strengthen the Wisconsin Startup Ecosystem

“Our voices matter, as do our first-hand experiences. I am impressed with the thoughtful way the Wisconsin Startup Coalition has formed strong bonds with diverse stakeholders and is widely viewed as a collaborative and creative partner in effecting positive change.

- Lydia Zeller,
Wisconsin Startup Coalition Board Chair

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QNBV Bills Need WSC Member Support


Reduce Regulatory Burdens

WSC works with legislators to seek policy initatives that work to reduce red tape for a better enviornment for Wisconsin Startups. This year, WSC is advocating to change which businesses qualify for the Qualified New Business Venture Program in the Wisconsin State Statutes. The legislation aims to be more inclusive for today's startups and future applicants.

Encourage Early Stage Investment & Customers

WSC works with the legislature and government organizations like the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to encourage state dollars in early stage investments go further with tax incentives and investments in programs that support venture capital.

Strengthen the Wisconsin Startup EcoSystem

WSC advocates on member's behalf to educate and provide policy recommendations to Wisconsin's policy makers that  support startup founders and encourage early stage investments in this state. WSC hopes Wisconsin will be ranked among the top states for startups and innovation.

How does WSC advocate?

From: Executive Director, Peter Welch

Latest Efforts

Support QNBV Changes

Forward Wisconsin Fund

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In the News

Proposed $75M Wisconsin venture capital program faces setback in budget consideration

Wisconsin has $50M to give VC funds. There's demand for 10x that much.

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