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Troy Vosseller, co-founder of the gener8tor business accelerator

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As if it didn't have its fingers in enough pies already, gener8tor, the respected business accelerator that started in Madison and Milwaukee, is branching out to support medical startups in Minneapolis and musical groups in Milwaukee.

And it is gearing up for the annual OnRamp insurance conference in Chicago and presenting its latest gBETA classes in Wisconsin.

gBETA Medtech is launching in the Twin Cities with six startups, all from Minnesota, with backing from Boston Scientific as well as Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. The seven-week program is free for participants and will be offered three times a year.

Minnesota is known for its medical-related companies with nearly 700 medical device businesses in that state.

How about Madison for a medtech biz booster?

"This industry-specific accelerator is the first in what we hope is a new offering for us, and we will certainly look for opportunities to add programs like gBETA Medtech to the offerings we already have in place in Madison, Milwaukee, Northeast Wisconsin and Beloit," said gener8tor co-founder Troy Vosseller.

Vosseller said the next two classes of gBETA Medtech will be open to companies "from all over, including Wisconsin."

Backline is a new venture in Milwaukee started by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9), a nonprofit, community-funded radio station, along with gener8tor to boost Milwaukee musicians.

Four Milwaukee area musicians or bands will become part of Backline's first 12-week session this summer. They will be eligible to get grants of $20,000 and Backline will produce and host free, quarterly workshops on navigating the music business, featuring industry professionals.

The OnRamp Insurance Conference, led by gener8tor, will be held April 12 at Chicago's Soldier Field and will include keynote speeches from officials of Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures and American Family Ventures.

Meanwhile, the latest gBETA classes in Wisconsin staged presentations Wednesday night at Madison Area Technical College.

The Madison group consisted of:

  • Clock'd, a staffing service for bars and restaurants
  • NovoMoto, with solar power for sub-Saharan Africa
  • AdIt Yourself, a web platform for people to post "unutilized real estate," such as cars and balconies
  • DataChat, with an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot for businesses 
  • Stimmi, an online database for caregivers of people with special needs
  • Somni, a four-week sleep therapy program
  • Pyran, a renewable way to manufacture a key chemical used in paints and plastics

Gener8tor has gBETA programs in Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Beloit, Detroit and northeastern Wisconsin and 12-week mentorship programs in Madison, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

Contact Judy Newman at jdnewman@madison.com with tips and story suggestions.

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Judy Newman is a business reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.