Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Honors Wisconsin Procurement Institute

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute was recently honored by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs for its work within the veteran community.
The award reads:
“This plaque is presented to the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) for appreciation and support in partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs to host the nation’s first “US Department of Veterans Affairs State Opportunity Showcase (SOS).” WPI’s continued support in working with this agency to assist veterans with becoming an entrepreneur and teaching them how to access state and federal contracts sets the example for all others to follow. The support, effort and results provided by the WPI team are commendable.”

View additional information here: DVA Award Release

The Littoral Combat Ship is the Navy’s newest class of warship. The INDEPENDENCE variant LCS is an aluminum Stabilized Slender Monohull ship and the FREEDOM variant LCS is a steel Double Chine Advanced Semi-Planing Monohull ship.

Navy war games, fleet experiments and analytic studies conducted after the end of the Cold War and Operation DESERT STORM determined the need for a new class of small surface combatants designed to operate in the congested near-shore region. In response, the Navy announced it would build a new generation of small, fast, and agile ships designed to neutralize small boats, quiet diesel electric submarines and mine threats found in the littorals.

SBIR grant-matching program aims to fuel high-tech small businesses

MNADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will provide $1 million in funding to entrepreneurs through a new program aimed at commercializing high-tech innovation. The program, called SBIR Advance, will be administered by the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) and will be accessible to young companies throughout the state. Applications will open August 1, 2014.

Funds from the program are available to recipients of federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants. The U.S. government created the SBIR/STTR programs to stimulate domestic high-tech innovation, providing $2 billion of federal research funding each year.