Blackthorne Member Spotlight
Blackthorne Capital Management is one of southwest Wisconsin’s few commodity trading advisors. Blackthorne has benefited from the Innovation Center amenities – the office space, meeting space, redundancy in support with multiple internet feeds, and the secure facility. However, more than anything, Blackthorne values the support of the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and works with countless professors, graduates, and students.
Client News & Success Stories
Welcome to the Pauquette Center
Whitewater is excited to welcome the Pauquette Center for Psychological Services to the Whitewater University Innovation Center! We are very pleased that the Pauquette Center has chosen the Innovation Center to expand its business operations and look forward to supporting them as they grow their company in Whitewater.
35 Wisconsin Startups to Watch
Blue Line Battery, Ideawake, realityBLU, and Safepro Technologies made Wisconsin Startup Coalitions list of 35 Wisconsin Startups to Watch in 2021. Despite a global pandemic impacting broad parts of our nation’s economy, Wisconsin tech startups continued to launch new products, create new jobs, and attract venture capital to the state in 2020. These startups will play a key role in reshaping new markets and traditional markets.
Whitewater company aims to replace lead acid batteries with lithium for machinery
Whitewater-based Blue Line Battery leaders believe they have developed a disruptive lithium-ion battery technology system that will significantly improve business processes and replace lead acid batteries.
10 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website
Kristina Koslosky, with Kreative Solutions, will share 10 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website on the upcoming Ask the Techperts on January 26th at 2:00 pm. Ask the Techperts is a semi-weekly program that is free and hosted by TechLab.
Intro to Digital Marketing for Startups
David Gee recently launched his Introduction to Digital Marketing Course designed to help small businesses and startups grow. The course includes modules on the fundamentals, website, search engine optimization, paid search advertising, social media, e-commerce, and marketing automation.
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Apply for the Governor's Business Plan Contest
Apply for the 18th annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest by January 31 at 5:00 pm. The contest connects entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice and mentoring, possible sources of capital, etc. Contestants also benefit from valuable public and media exposure and have a chance to win cash and in-kind prizes.

If you would like to learn more about the contest and the benefits of participating, attend the upcoming virtual BPC Info Session on January 20th from 10:00 am - 11:00 am.
Startup Success Q&A
Business Outreach Services
The business outreach centers not only offer faculty and professional staff expertise, but also employ student interns who work on a project basis with businesses to gain applied business experience.
Startup Coaching Programs
The Whitewater University Innovation Center offers a variety of coaching programs to suit your needs. Each coaching program has its own philosophy and unique coaching approach. The variety of coaching programs allows us to tailor the coaching program to the client’s needs.
GrowthWheel Business Advice
Smart IT Systems for Smart Businesses
The lack of time to get everything done is a challenge for entrepreneurs. An IT system can support daily operations, make your business more effective than the competition, and increase productivity. How can one determine the right IT system to invest in?
Action Planning for Entrepreneurs
A great idea is a starting point, but the ability to take action is what separates aspiring entrepreneurs from successful entrepreneurs. Learn how GrowthWheel Business Coaching can shape your company's future.
Upcoming Virtual Events
Gene-editing ‘scissors’ and antibiotics resistance
January 24th, 10:00 - 11:00 am
A biological tool that may improve crops, make mosquitoes resistant to malaria and treat genetic diseases could also help fight against the growing problem of human resistance to antibiotics. Learn more about CRISPR from Wisconsin scientists 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, during a live webinar.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Loan Forgiveness
January 20th, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Paycheck Protection Program loan recipients are becoming eligible to apply for loan forgiveness now and in the coming months. Learn about the process, forms, and documentation needed to maximize forgiveness for your business.
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