Energy Efficiency, Technology, and Startup Incubation in the Heartland Executive Summary Northwestern University, McCormack School of Engineering graduates Nikita Jain, Rushi Shah, and Ben Wagner recently concluded a three month co- sponsored (by, Veritatis Advisors Chief Don Macdonald and Vissant Capital Director Doug McConnell) market cluster analysis to pinpoint midwestern energy efficiency (EE) free market, policy, and startup incubation hurdles and opportunities. This ground breaking piece, the team considers Midwestern economic engine capabilities, workforce capabilities,

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Veritatis Insight – Midwest ENERGY+WATER INNOVATION   Breaking the mold - Targeted Innovation Channels for ENERGY+WATER Start-Ups Startup growth is on the rise — but not in Chicago. According to the 2017 Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship, a study that measures startup growth at the city, state, and national level. The study focuses on metrics like the average employment growth at startups, how many companies have scaled up, and how many high-growth startups are in each area. This year, entrepreneurship grew in 26

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