Record early-stage investments in Wisconsin in 2019 ahead of uncertain 2020

Investments into Wisconsin’s early-stage companies topped $450 million last year — up 50% from the previous year — according to a report from the Wisconsin Technology Council and the Tech Council Investor Networks.

The steep growth continues a trend of venture capital and angel investments into companies, although the continuation of that trend could be in jeopardy from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The impetus for the jump in investment dollars comes from the size of the funding rounds from companies rather than the number of companies that reported investments, according to the report. Investors made deals with 123 Wisconsin companies in 2019, only two more than in 2018.

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