For Immediate Release
August 17, 2016
Winners Announced for 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards
Ten Winners Announced at Madison Awards Ceremony
Milwaukee— August 17, 2016 — Ten winners have been announced from the thirtyfive
finalists and more than 180 nominees for the 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards. At an awards
ceremony emceed by Jeanan Yasiri Moe and keynoted by former Onion CEO Steve Hannah,
winners were named in ten categories. Winners were determined by a panel of 17 industry
experts from around Wisconsin, in multiple rounds of judging. Winners spanned all parts of
Wisconsin, represented large, medium and small companies, startups, established businesses,
and nearly all industries.
The Wisconsin Innovation Awards Ceremony is presented by American Family Insurance and
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, and supported by Neider & Boucher, Exact Sciences, Baird, First
Business Bank, Amplified Media, JP Cullen, Props Unlimited, Wisconsin Economic
Development Corporation, JAMF, Force for Positive Change, and Hardin Design &
2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards Winners:
ActiveEDU is a web based platform that provides elementary school teachers with access to thousands of exercise
videos that are also aligned with Common Core Standard and USDA Nutritional content. This means that teachers
can get their students physically active, while also reinforcing important educational topics such as Math, Literacy,
and Nutrition. The synergy provided allows teachers to find more time in their busy day to fit physical activity for
FloraSeq LLC (FS0809), Waukesha
The FloraSeq FS0809
microbiota capsules are a revolutionary approach to treating C. diff infections, a particularly
menacing cause of hospital acquired infections. The treatment, using humanderived
healthy bacteria to outcompete
pathogenic bacteria, will be one of the first products to use “bugs” as drugs.
Health IT Service
Lynx Biosciences, LLC (MicroC3), Madison
Lynx Bioscience’s (LynxBio’s) product, MicroC3™, is an assay that rapidly analyzes the therapeutic response of
blood cancer patients’ tumor cells with their own nontumor
cells. Compared to other existing technology, this allows
for more patients to be tested in a faster, less painful way.
Montage (Video and Voice Interviewing), Delafield
Montage provides ondemand
video interviewing allowing recruiters to increase engagement, improve candidate
experience, and gain a more complete picture of job candidates.
NanoAffix Science LLC, Whitefish Bay
NanoAffix has developed a graphenebased
sensing platform for realtime, lowcost detection of various contaminants in water, such as heavy metals, bacteria, nitrates and phosphates. The technology can also have food & beverage and biomedical applications.
Redox is the modern application programing interface (API) for healthcare. Healthcare efficiency is impossible without the ability to access data, and Redox uses technology to solve the issue.
Business to Consumer
Snotco, LLC (‘SnotTape™), Oshkosh
Snotco is the only company in the world to lay down a polyurethane gel in lanes on paper to create a perfect paint
barrier on just about any surface. The ‘SnotTape product allows consumers to paint a straight line and prevent paint
from bleeding through to the masked surface.
Square Harvest Inc, Madison
Square Harvest has created an online webstore
and smartphone app that brings together over 90 local farms
allowing customers to shop for local foods at the tap of a finger on a smartphone. The system allows farmer’s and
vendors to instantaneously update inventory of what is available and home deliver all orders within a 45minute window using openly available mapping technologies.
Business to Business
Understory is a weather data analytics company that builds, deploys, and harvests data to provide insurers and
policyholders empirical ground truth weather data using ground based weather stations with technologically
POLCO is a crowdsourcing platform that connects citizens with their local governments on each public policy issue
and poll. POLCO does advanced policy polling, commentary, authentication and civic analytics.
About the Wisconsin Innovation Awards
Led by a steering committee of business, community and entrepreneurial leaders, the WIA
hopes to encourage an even greater environment of innovation by bringing innovators together
from various business sectors (e.g. tech, food, healthcare, agriculture, nonprofits, education,
government), and from throughout the state of Wisconsin.
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