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Innovation is awarded for 10 Wisconsin companies

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Propeller Health's sensor fits onto inhalers and uses a software platform approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help people with asthma or COPD better manage their condition. The Madison company is one of 10 businesses that won the 2018 Wisconsin Innovation Awards.

Five Madison area companies — with products ranging from medical devices to smart leggings — are among the winners of the 2018 Wisconsin Innovation Awards.

Ten companies were chosen for the honors from more than 350 nominees in fields that included agriculture, art, manufacturing and software.

Software plays a role in nearly all of the Madison area companies that snagged awards in their fields:

Business to business:


Professional services:

  • SmartUQ, an engineering analytics software company that uses big data to help companies design products more quickly and efficiently.

Torq Labs:

  • Leggings equipped with sensors designed to improve performance and reduce joint injuries.


  • Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association, Brooklyn, founder of the Men’s Health & Education Center in Madison to bring preventive health care to men of color.

Winners from other parts of the state are:


  • Corncob Inc., Waukesha, a wastewater filtration system.


  • The Mill Events, Chetek, a 100-year-old former feed and farm supply building transformed into an event venue.


  • LAUNCH, Brookfield, connecting academic knowledge to real-world business problems for students in the Elmbrook School District.


  • Photonic Cleaning Technologies, Platteville, a coating that protects and cleans precision surfaces.

The Wisconsin Innovation Awards “seek to celebrate and inspire innovation, and highlight the creative spirit,” said Matt Younkle, a co-founder of the program and a Madison serial entrepreneur.

A panel of 21 experts from around the state picked the winners.

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