Two Milwaukee startups certified as Qualified New Business Ventures

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Tax credits for investors will help Access HealthNet and Mikroflot raise capital

MADISON, WI. Feb. 23, 2017 – Two Milwaukee startup companies have received Qualified New Business Venture (QNBV) certification from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

QNBV status allows investors in qualified startup and early-stage companies to receive a 25 percent state tax credit on the amount they invest in the business. The program, one of several WEDC initiatives aimed at supporting startups, helps early-stage companies secure new investment and accelerates their potential for growth and job creation in Wisconsin.

Access HealthNet Holdings Inc., a health care technology startup, is eligible for up to $500,000 in tax credits. Mikroflot Technologies LLC, which has developed an innovative method for treating wastewater, has been certified for up to $312,500 in credits.

Founded in 2014 by a team of health care specialists, Access HealthNet works with self-insured employers and health care providers to create bundled health care procedures that are offered for a flat rate via a free-market technology platform. The company, which is rapidly expanding and just relocated to a new office on West Michigan Street in downtown Milwaukee, expects to create up to 50 jobs this year.

Access HealthNet is currently raising funds to continue to advance its technology buildout, to further develop its team and for working capital. The company received separate $500,000 investments from the Wisconsin Super Angel Fund and a private investor as well as a $200,000 investment from the BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation in December.

The QNBV state tax credit program is a key element in raising funds to start and scale new businesses in the state of Wisconsin,” said Eric Haberichter, CEO of Access HealthNet. “This program has been instrumental in helping us rapidly raise significant capital to fund our growth strategy. We feel very fortunate to be part of this program.”

Mikroflot Technologies, founded in 2014, provides viable alternatives for wastewater effluent treatment to small and midsize industrial and commercial facilities that cannot afford expensive on-site treatment. The company’s technology uses a patented process in which microscopic air bubbles float contaminants out of wastewater. The company has raised $550,000 to date in angel investment and was a finalist in last year’s Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan competition. Mikroflot Technologies is raising funds to provide capital for product commercialization, a controlled product launch and to help build its team.

“The more we talked to Wisconsin’s angel and venture capital investment community, the more we realized the importance of being certified as a QNBV company,” said Jose Ramirez, founder and CEO of MikroFlot. “This will be very valuable in our conversations with prospective investors.”

“Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial community is incredibly vibrant, and a core part of WEDC’s mission is to support that community and nurture its future health,” said Aaron Hagar, WEDC’s vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation. “Helping innovative Wisconsin companies like Access HealthNet and Mikroflot Technologies secure access to capital is one way in which WEDC supports next-generation companies.”

The QNBV Program helps startups close a critical gap in their development by offering tax credits for investments made in QNBV-certified companies. Participating businesses innovate and commercialize products in numerous industries including biotechnology, manufacturing, health technology, energy, information technology and more.

In 2015, the program helped 75 startups throughout the state draw more than $176 million in total investment, with the help of a record $18.3 million in tax credits. Three industries in particular saw the largest share of funding in 2015: information technology, biotechnology and health technology garnered $30.6 million, $16.7 million and 12.5 million respectively.

The program is one component of WEDC’s suite of entrepreneurship resources, which includes support for startup accelerators, seed capital funds and technology loans. In addition, WEDC supports and engages an existing statewide network of partners that offers business training, mentorship and financing to aspiring entrepreneurs.


About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities and people to thrive in a globally competitive environment. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network. Visit or follow WEDC on Twitter  to learn more.

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Introducing the Future of Intralogistics Software: SynQ – Synchronized Intelligence

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Buchs/Dortmund, 21. February 2017 – Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions, a leading automation expert for robot-based and data driven intralogistics solutions, is introducing SynQ, the next generation of our proven warehouse management software platform.

As the next generation of software beyond Swisslog’s WM 6, SynQ – short for Synchronized Intelligence – is a flexible and adaptable cloud-enabled software that intelligently connects and synchronizes automation equipment, robotics, people and processes. The software’s ability to adapt to future technology will see users benefit from a future-proof operation, where additional functionality can be securely added, helping businesses capitalize on the opportunities emerging as Industry 4.0 evolves.

“SynQ provides the software platform that future hardware will rely on,” says Swisslog’s Tim Eick, VP Software and Controls Development. “To get the most out of automation and robotics we are increasingly reliant on data and interconnectivity. It’s what is driving Industry 4.0 forward and allows users to deliver on promises to customers in the smartest way possible.”

As a best-in-class intralogistics software platform, SynQ enables insights, optimization and agility in storage and distribution operations. It represents a new approach that advances Swisslog’s proven warehouse management software without leaving current users behind.

SynQ not only encompasses warehouse management, material flow and automation control systems functionality, it also provides an array of business intelligence tools that allow smart forecasting through real-time data analysis, in a modular platform.

While SynQ represents a new approach to warehouse management software, it retains the core technology and functionality of our WM 6 warehouse management software,” says Tim Eick. “We’re upgrading deployment options such as cloud and fog capabilities while ensuring field-proven performance and upgradability / semi-automated upgrade paths for our existing WM 6 customers.  We as well have created migration tools for our older legacy customers.”

“SynQ functionality, services and crucial supporting processes are organized around three pillars: Collaboration Platform, Operational Services and Intelligence Services,” explains Tim Eick. “Collaboration Platform modules provide continuity no matter the level of automation the business has installed, while Operational Services deliver industry-standard processes and high-speed automation for maximum performance. Finally, Intelligent Services allow smart growth in a dynamically changing market.”

Extendable “Directors” as well as independent or integrated extendable “Managers” allow SynQ’s integration with ERP or third party WMS software as well as new or existing material handling equipment. Directors and managers expose networked interfaces which facilitate  embedding intelligence throughout the entire operation. The result is a synchronized flow of products and information across people, processes and equipment to enable new levels of material handling performance.

“The capabilities of SynQ directly correspond with the direction Swisslog is headed as digitization and Industry 4.0 advances,” said Dr. Christian Baur, CEO of Swisslog’s  Warehouse and Distribution Solutions division. “Together with the common functionality for warehousing and material flow control, the SynQ platform offers operational processes specific to our focus segments – E-commerce/Retail, Automotive, Food & Beverage and Pharmaceutical.”

Concludes Dr. Baur: “In today’s competitive world, companies must be able to deliver the right orders to the right customers at the right time. As a full-service provider of automated intralogistics systems, Swisslog provides everything companies need to optimize logistics from planning through implementation and acting as a lifetime partner. We are looking forward to shaping the future of intralogistics through a new era of flexible, robotic and data-driven automated solutions that create exceptional customer value.”

About Swisslog

Swisslog designs, develops, and delivers best-in-class automation for forward-thinking health systems, warehouses, and distribution centers. We offer integrated solutions from a single source – from consulting to design, implementation and lifetime customer service. Behind the company’s success are 2 500 employees worldwide, supporting customers in more than 50 countries.

Axway Announces the Acquisition of Syncplicity

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Leader in secure collaboration and file sharing to join Axway in advancing the digital workplace without borders

PARIS – February 22, 2017 – Axway (Euronext: AXW.PA), a catalyst for transformation, today announced the all-cash acquisition of Syncplicity, a leading enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solution that provides users with the experience and tools they need for secure collaboration. With the acquisition of Syncplicity, Axway will be able to further enhance the Axway AMPLIFY™ platform to transform the way modern enterprises collaborate and innovate across digital ecosystems and further heighten engagement with customers, employees and partners.

Syncplicity, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, was founded in 2007 and was owned by global investment firm Skyview Capital. More than 25,000 businesses and individuals across a wide variety of verticals rely on Syncplicity’s enterprise-grade file sync and share solutions to get more business value from their data within applications, databases or files, whether stored on-premise or in private or public clouds.

“As businesses continue to collaborate using cloud-based tools, it’s imperative that file exchanges and synchronization between individuals is a secure and seamless experience,” said Jean-Marc Lazzari, CEO at Axway. “Together, Axway and Syncplicity will create a one stop shop for digital shared services.”

“Syncplicity’s EFSS expertise and product excellence will complement Axway MFT solutions perfectly by encouraging and supporting greater collaboration among employees, partners and customers,” said Jonathan Huberman, CEO at Syncplicity. “The Syncplicity team is proud to join Axway to create the best possible outcomes for our customers.”

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About Axway

Axway (Euronext: AXW.PA) is a catalyst for transformation. With Axway AMPLIFY™, our cloud-enabled data integration and engagement platform, leading brands better anticipate, adapt and scale to meet ever changing customer expectations. Our unified, API-first approach connects data from anywhere, fuels millions of apps and delivers real-time analytics to build customer experience networks. From idea to execution, we help make the future possible for more than 11,000 organizations in 100 countries. To learn more about Axway, visit

About Syncplicity

Syncplicity is a leader in secure file sharing and collaboration solution. Over 25,000 businesses and individuals rely on us to deliver secure solutions with exceptional performance. We are proud to employ Silicon Valley’s best talent—people who are dedicated to, and even a bit obsessed with, redefining file sharing and revolutionizing the way we work. By leveraging our resources and inspiring our employees, we will continue to reinvent enterprise file sharing and collaboration through rapid product release and innovative design. To learn more about Syncplicity, visit

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Skyview Capital is a global private investment firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California, which specializes in the acquisition and management of mission critical enterprises in the areas of technology, telecommunications, business services and manufacturing. By leveraging its operational resources and financial acumen, Skyview systematically enhances the long-term sustainable value of the businesses it acquires. To date, Skyview has successfully completed over 25 transactions within its target market verticals. Visit

Purdue entrepreneurs, startups among Mira Award nominees

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  – Numerous Purdue-affiliated companies, entrepreneurs and departments have been nominated in several categories for the 18th annual TechPoint Mira Awards.

Based in Indianapolis, TechPoint is the growth initiative for Indiana’s technology ecosystem. The organization utilizes talent acquisition and development programs, community programs and scale-up programs to promote and accelerate the growth of Indiana’s tech community.

Winners will be announced during a black-tie ceremony April 29 at the Westin Indianapolis.

Purdue-affiliated nominees include:   

* Prahasith Veluvolu, co-founder of Mimir, a startup founded in West Lafayette, Indiana, which uses a cloud-based classroom for computer courses. He and two other co-founders were named to the Forbes magazine 2017 “30 Under 30” list of exceptional innovators under the age of 30. He’s nominated in the Rising Star category.

* Mike Asem, director at Chicago-based M25 Group. He founded The Anvil, a student and community co-working space adjacent to the Purdue campus. He also led development of Purdue Foundry’s FoundryX, a startup mentoring program. He’s nominated in the Rising Star category.

* Anurag Garg, CEO of DATTUS, a startup founded in West Lafayette, Indiana, that transforms old manufacturing facilities into smarter factories. He was named to the Forbes magazine 2017 “30 Under 30” list of exceptional innovators under the age of 30. He’s nominated in the Community Champion of the Year category.

* Information Technology at Purdue University, Teaching and Learning Technologies; A Purdue University department that supports and enhances teaching and learning at the university through technology usable by all instructors and students. They’re nominated in the Tech Educator of the Year category.

* Penguin Innovations, a startup commercializing a one-of-a-kind, virtual pharmacy cleanroom laboratory that is USP <797> compliant. They’re nominated in the Tech Educator of the Year category.

* Rubicon Agriculture, a startup building automated hydroponic growing facilities inside of upcycled 40-foot shipping containers. They’re nominated in the Tech Educator of the Year category.

* Hydro Grow LLC, a startup marketing a refrigerator-sized automated hydroponic device to grow vegetables in consumers’ homes. They’re nominated in the Best New Tech Product and the Innovation of the Year categories.

* Scale Computing, a company based in Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis that integrates storage, servers and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance-based system manageable as a single server. They’re nominated in the Best New Tech Product category.

* Prehensile Technologies, a startup commercializing RoboDesk, an assistive wheelchair technology that utilizes a mounting system and automatically removable tray to provide people with disabilities an efficient and easy-to use method to more easily position and remove an iPad or other mobile device. They’re nominated in the Innovation of the Year category.

* Adranos Energetics LLC, a startup focused on developing the next generation of propellants, explosives and other energetic materials. They’re nominated in the New Startup of the Year Category.

* JUA Technologies International LLC, a startup developing solutions to prevent post-harvest losses for smallholders and small to medium agro-processors in developing countries and small organic farms in the United States. They’re nominated in the New Startup of the Year Category.

About TechPoint

TechPoint is the growth initiative for Indiana’s technology ecosystem. Through talent acquisition and development programs; community programs and scale-up programs, TechPoint promotes and accelerates the growth of Indiana’s tech community. 

RFA Honors Pacific Ethanol CEO with 2017 Industry Award

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SAN DIEGO — In recognition as one of the pioneers in the ethanol industry and co-founder of California’s first ethanol production company, Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler is the recipient of the RFA 2017 Industry Award.

The Industry Award is given annually to individuals that demonstrate great dedication and innovation within the industry. Koehler, who is also vice chairman of the RFA board of directors, was presented the award this morning during the 22nd Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC).

Koehler was the co-founder and general manager of Parallel Products, California’s first ethanol production company, which made ethanol from beverage waste. He also founded Kinergy Marketing, an ethanol marketing company before forming Pacific Ethanol in 2003. Pacific Ethanol’s initial focus was on destination ethanol plants, building facilities on the U.S. West Coast, not in the traditional Midwest where the corn is grown. The company now owns eight biorefineries — in Oregon, Idaho, California, Nebraska and Illinois — with a combined production capacity of 515 million gallons per year.

As CEO of Pacific Ethanol, Koehler has embraced cutting edge technologies to improve efficiencies and reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Pacific Ethanol was one of the first companies to begin producing cellulosic ethanol at its Stockton, California, plant in late 2015, and will be the first ethanol company to install a commercial solar electricity system at its Madera, California, ethanol plant. The company is a leader in the production of low carbon renewable fuels.

From Henry Ford to Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump, renewable fuels have always been at the forefront of transportation policy,” said Koehler. “I’ve been lucky and appreciative to be a part of something so essential to the community. ‘Grow your own.’ Farmers understand what that means. On behalf of everyone who works at Pacific Ethanol and the thousands of individuals who have advanced the cause over the centuries, thank you,” he added.

“Neil has been a longtime fixture in the U.S. ethanol industry and consistently been an early adopter of new technologies,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “Pacific Ethanol has helped to lead the industry in the transition to low carbon renewable fuels, and Neil has been one of our industry’s best and most vocal advocates. On behalf of the RFA, we congratulate Neil on his achievements. This award is well deserved.”

Past recipients of the RFA Industry Award include Ron Fagen, Dave Vander Griend, Ron Miller and Terry Branstad.

Centrifys Nathan Adams Recognized as 2017 CRN Channel Chief

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Santa Clara, CA ― Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Nathan Adams, Centrify’s director of global channels, to its prestigious list of 2017 Channel Chiefs. The executives on this annual list represent top leaders in the IT channel who excel at driving growth and revenue in their organizations through channel partners.

Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff on the basis of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. Each of the 2017 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending and executing outstanding channel partner programs.

Since joining Centrify in 2014, Adams has implemented, managed and cultivated the Centrify Channel Partner Network (CCPN), leading the North America channel team to consistent year-over-year growth in partner generated revenues. In 2016, Nathan developed and launched a new partner portal (PRM), which was created as part of the continued evolution of Centrify’s channel partner experience. Major enhancements to deal registration reporting, lead sharing, access to certifications and ease of access to marketing and sales assets were implemented in phases, to ensure successful adoption by the partner community.

The executives on our 2017 Channel Chiefs list have distinguished themselves by building strong partner programs, developing and executing effective business strategy and helping to advance the channel as a whole,” said Bob Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “They represent an extraordinary group of individuals who lead by example and serve as both invaluable advocates and innovators of the IT channel. We applaud their achievements and look forward to their successes in the coming year.”   

“With the rise of new mobile devices, technologies, applications and platforms, companies need a new approach to secure corporate data,” said Adams. “Centrify provides a single platform to secure each user’s access to apps and infrastructure through the power of identity services. Our growing channel ecosystem allows us to deliver these critical security solutions to a high-growth market.”

The 2017 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2017 issue of CRN and online at

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Centrify redefines security from a legacy static perimeter-based approach to protecting millions of scattered connections in a boundaryless hybrid enterprise. As the only industry recognized leader in both Privileged Identity Management and Identity-as-a-Service, Centrify provides a single platform to secure each user’s access to apps and infrastructure through the power of identity services. This is Next Dimension Security in the Age of Access. Centrify is enabling over 5,000 customers, including over half the Fortune 50, to defend their organizations. To learn more visit

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The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.  

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Immersion’s New TouchSense Force Delivers “True to Life” Experience for Gaming and VR

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Announces Performance Designed Products, LLC. (PDP) Licenses TouchSense Force for New Gamepad Peripherals

SAN JOSE, Calif.–( )– Immersion Corp. (NASDAQ:IMMR), the leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, today announced TouchSense® Force for gaming. Game developers and peripheral manufacturers can now take their products to a whole new level by easily creating sensations of pushing, pulling, grasping, and pulsing by integrating high-quality touch effects into their games and devices.

Enabling gamers to become truly immersed in the experience, Immersion has been instrumental in creating compelling haptic experiences for games with its tools, software, and services. Recognized also for its efforts in innovating peripheral technology, Immersion also announced today that Performance Designed Products, LLC (PDP) is the first licensee to implement Immersion’s reference design and TouchSense technology in a gamepad ready for release to the market.

Haptics in gaming and virtual reality (VR) is in need of a creative, design-centered approach, and that is what inspired us to create TouchSense Force,” said Chris Ullrich, Vice President of User Experience and Analytics at Immersion. “By giving developers early access to this technology, we are helping them incorporate high-quality haptic effects into games on multiple platforms that have never felt more real.”

Immersion’s new TouchSense Force product suite consists of two evolutionary technologies that enable greater immersion, and true-to-life experiences, in games and VR:

TouchSense Force for Game Developers

Game developers can now efficiently and precisely design and integrate compelling haptic experiences across varying APIs and controllers offered by the major platforms.

  • Plugin for Unreal Engine: A powerful tool that makes it simpler for studios to add touch effects to their games. Developers can incorporate haptics into their game, feel it, test it, and play it back on multiple controllers in real-time. This maximizes haptic capabilities of game controllers and enables developers to create and implement in-game haptics with minimal coding.

  • API: Allows developers using custom game engines to get complete control over haptic capabilities with TouchSense Force compatible peripherals.

TouchSense Force for Peripheral OEMs

Peripheral manufacturers can offer new and differentiated haptic experiences that create a competitive advantage, making games come to life. Immersion enables OEMs to develop innovative form factors for next-gen peripherals with new actuator technology, including kinesthetic triggers featuring push and pull capabilities and supporting detents and textures. It offers peripheral companies:

  • Reference Design: OEMs can create next-generation peripherals using Immersion’s solutions and expertise for utilizing advanced haptic technologies.

  • Firmware: Offers the most advanced haptic capabilities, giving greater control and higher fidelity with existing haptic hardware. Designed for more than just gamepads, it can support a variety of embodiments.

“Gamers are constantly demanding more realistic game experiences, and with TouchSense Force technology implemented in our controllers, we can deliver,” said Chris Richards, CEO of PDP. “Now the PDP development team will have the ability to expand trigger effects beyond a simple vibration to better match the in-game action.”

Immersion’s Haptic Design & Services

For best-in-class products, Immersion provides design and integration services, making experts available for on-site haptic effect design and integration support, ensuring that developers and peripherals devices will have the most compelling and immersive tactile experience on the market.

Immersion in Gaming

Immersion has a long and rich history in the gaming industry from its early efforts pioneering rumble on the Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox console platforms. For more than 20 years, it has enabled game developers to differentiate their products with high-quality touch effects. Peripheral companies such as Logitech, PDP, Guillemot and Bensussen Deutsch & Associates (BDA) are using Immersion’s haptic technology. Most recently, Immersion announced a multi-year agreement with Nintendo allowing Immersion to adapt its TouchSense technology to the new Nintendo SwitchTM system. Once adapted, game developers will be able to use Immersion’s TouchSense software suite to design games for the Nintendo Switch system.

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About Immersion

Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR) is the leading innovator of touch feedback technology, also known as haptics. The company provides technology solutions for creating immersive and realistic experiences that enhance digital interactions by engaging users’ sense of touch. With more than 2,400 issued or pending patents, Immersion’s technologies have been adopted in more than 3 billion digital devices. The company provides haptics in mobile, automotive, advertising, gaming, medical and consumer electronics products. Immersion is headquartered in San Jose, California with offices worldwide. Learn more at

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This press release contains “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of Immersion Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

All statements, other than the statements of historical fact, are statements that may be deemed forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the benefits of Immersion’s TouchSense technology, including TouchSense Force, future collaboration between Immersion and its customers, including PDP, the continuing availability of products incorporating Immersion technology, and the possible commercial release of a PDP gaming peripheral implementing Immersion’s reference design and incorporating Immersion TouchSense technology.

Immersion’s actual results might differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties associated with Immersion’s business, which includes, but are not limited to: unanticipated difficulties and challenges encountered in product development efforts (including with respect to Immersion’s TouchSense Technology) by Immersion and its licensees; unanticipated difficulties and challenges encountered in implementation efforts by Immersion’s licensees; adverse outcomes in any future intellectual property-related litigation and the costs related thereto; the effects of the current macroeconomic climate; delay in or failure to achieve adoption of or commercial demand for Immersion’s products or third party products incorporating Immersion’s technologies; and a delay in or failure to achieve the acceptance of touch feedback as a critical user experience. Many of these risks and uncertainties are beyond the control of Immersion.

For a more detailed discussion of these factors, and other factors that could cause actual results to vary materially, interested parties should review the risk factors listed in Immersion’s most current Form 10-K, and Form 10-Q, both of which are on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release reflect Immersion’s beliefs and predictions as of the date of this release. Immersion disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a result of financial, business, or any other developments occurring after the date of this release.

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GE Renewable Energy to Equip First Commercial U.S. Integrated Solar-Wind Hybrid Project

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Paris, February 22nd, 2017 – GE Renewable Energy announced today that it has been selected to supply equipment for the first commercial integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation project in the industry. The 4.6MW community based project in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, developed by Juhl Energy, will use two 2.3-116 wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business supported by 1MW of solar power conversion equipment provided by GE’s Current business. The project is expected to enter commercial operation in August, 2017.

The project will use GE’s Wind Integrated Solar Energy (WiSE) technology platform – developed through GE’s Global Research Center – to integrate the solar panels through the wind turbine’s converter directly so both wind and solar share all the same balance of plant, increasing system net capacity by 3-4% and annual energy production by up to 10%. The hybrid design gives the project the ability to produce power when it is most needed. Basically, the solar provides summer peak energy, and the wind provides winter peak energy.

Pete McCabe, President & CEO, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy, said, “By leveraging the complementary nature of wind and solar, this unique project shows how GE is driving technology innovation that will help customers deliver more renewable energy in an even more efficient manner.

Dan Juhl, CEO of Juhl Energy, said, “Most energy experts agree that distributed generation will play a major role in the implementation of renewable energy in the US electrical market in the years to come. Juhl Energy’s package design, with the GE hybrid technology, can economically blend clean, renewable energy into the grid at lower cost, plus add reliability to the system.”

The global market for Hybrid Solar Wind projects could reach USD $1.47 billion by 2024, according to a report by Global Market Insights, Inc. U.S. hybrid solar wind market size was valued at USD $195 million in 2015 and is estimated to reach over USD $300 million by 2024.

GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 57,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity by supplying more than 30,000 GE wind turbines in more than 35 different countries. This new contract demonstrates GE’s ability to provide a full range of technology solutions that help balance the intermittent nature of both wind and solar power.


About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a 10 billion dollar start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With 13,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world’s first digital industrial company. Our goal is to demonstrate to the rest of the world that nobody should ever have to choose between affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.

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About Juhl Energy, Inc.
Juhl Energy is an established leader and pioneer in the renewable energy industry with a focus on competitive, clean energy solutions, including wind, solar and hybrid power project development and management, throughout the United States and Canada. Juhl Energy has completed 24 wind farms, accounting for 400 MW’s of wind power, and services every aspect of development from general consultation, construction and management, to system operations and maintenance. Juhl Energy is headquartered in Chanhassen, MN., and has other offices in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee. Additional information on the Company is available at or by calling +1 (218) 684-5814.

Patrick Lencioni, Michael Jr. and Alex Shootman Named as Keynote Speakers for Workfront Leap 2017 User Conference

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Event also to feature expert panel discussing the Future of Work 

SILICON SLOPES, UT ­­—February 22, 2017 — Workfront, the leading provider of cloud-based Enterprise Work Management solutions, today announced that best-selling author Patrick Lencioni, comedian Michael Jr., and Workfront CEO Alex Shootman will be keynote speakers for the  Workfront Leap 2017 User Conference.

Lencioni is the author of ten best-selling books with over four million copies sold. After twelve years in print, his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team remains a weekly fixture on national best-seller lists. Fortune Magazine also named him as one of the ‘ten new gurus you should know’. He will be speaking to attendees about how to be the ideal team player.

Motivational speaker and comedian Michael Jr. is giving the world an opportunity to smile again through his jokes. Michael has performed on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live, BET’s ComicView, and CNN and was recently a supporting actor in Sony Pictures’ blockbuster movie, War Room. Michael will be speaking to the audience about how to ‘Know Your Why.’

Workfront Leap is four days of intensive best practices-sharing and forward-thinking discussions of how companies can improve work efficiencies—and how attendees can have a greater impact on the success of their businesses. The conference will be held at The Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City’s premier five-diamond hotel, from April 10 to 13, 2017.

In addition to Patrick Lencioni and Michael Jr., Leap will also feature a distinguished panel hosted by Workfront CMO Joe Staples, discussing the ‘Future of Work’ consisting of: Jay Baer, Author of Youtility and CEO of Convince & Convert; Terri Trespicio, Marketing and Branding Strategist, Writer; Dr. Raj Raghunathan, Author of If You’re So Smart Why Aren’t You Happy; and Jennifer Cardella, VP, PMO & Strategy Vendor Management Office, Viacom, Inc.

We have over 100 unique breakout sessions and more than 50 education sessions built to help our customers improve the way they work and make their teams more efficient,” said Joe Staples, CMO of Workfront. “We feature presentations led by the best Enterprise Work Management leaders and are excited to have over 30 customer presenters from companies like Periscope, Charles Schwab, Comcast, FDA, JetBlue, Walt Disney, and GM.”

Workfront will also be honoring customers RWJ Barnabas Health, Kids II, Focus Brands, and Illumina as winners of their third annual Lion Awards.

“After the tremendous success of last year, we look forward to another year of bringing together hundreds of our customers in one place to network, share best practices, and learn,” said Staples.

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Workfront is a cloud-based Enterprise Work Management solution that helps marketing, IT, and other enterprise teams conquer the chaos of excessive email, redundant status meetings, and disconnected tools. Unlike other tools, Workfront Enterprise Work Cloud is a centralized, easy-to-adopt solution for managing and collaborating on all types of work through the entire work lifecycle, which improves team productivity and executive visibility. Workfront is trusted by thousands of global enterprises, like, Cisco Systems, Comcast, iProspect, Schneider Electric and Trek. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter @.

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SPROCKIT Unveils First 10 Start-ups Participating in 5th Annual Program at NAB Show

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— Alliance of Entrepreneurs and Industry Leaders to Collaborate on New Solutions in Content Delivery, Data Analytics, Advertising and More —

WASHINGTON, D.C. — SPROCKIT and NAB Show today announced the first 10 start-ups selected to participate in SPROCKIT’s 2017 program. Up to 30 emerging companies will be hand-selected by industry leaders to participate based on their potential to offer real solutions to challenges in today’s evolving market.

Now in its fifth year, SPROCKIT will showcase industry-vetted emerging companies at NAB Show – held April 22-27 in Las Vegas – and throughout the year at SPROCKIT Sync, a series of private forums where industry executives and entrepreneurs meet to collectively discuss new technologies that will advance the industry. Since its launch in 2013, nearly 100 emerging companies have participated in SPROCKIT, many of which have experienced successful funding rounds, partnerships and acquisitions.

SPROCKIT Hub at NAB Show brings together the right combination of established corporations and vetted start-ups to create partnerships that benefit both parties,” said SPROCKIT Founder and CEO Harry Glazer. “The right companies, the right places at the right time – that’s what SPROCKIT is.”

The first 10 participating companies in this year’s SPROCKIT program are:

dotstudioPRO enables companies and network partners to deliver content directly to consumers via websites and branded applications and across OTT platforms. Epidemic Sound offers a global direct license that enables media companies to easily distribute content across all platforms. Ex Machina develops apps and multiscreen strategies for media companies and advertisers seeking engagement solutions for TV programs and live streams. Guidebox puts video apps in front of users when they are searching for content on AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast and more. ICX Media is a digital video management and data analytics platform for media companies, brands, digital video producers and creators. Streamroot enables content providers to offer better quality video while improving the economics of OTT delivery. Tradecast.TV introduces the only end-to-end solution for easily managing, distributing and monetizing individual interactive TV channels and broadcasting networks, including a cloud-based linear TV channel and countless on demand, VOD/OTT, and live broadcasting possibilities. Wildmoka allows broadcasters and content owners to clip individual moments from live TV and events and share them across web, mobile and social platforms. Vertebrae’s native solutions bring the world of virtual and augmented reality advertising to brands. The headset-agnostic platform acts as a conduit and pipeline connecting advertisers with developers and publishers. Vydeo is a patent-pending platform and software development kit for third party apps to interact with users via video.

SPROCKIT is still accepting applications for participation and will be inviting companies on a rolling basis. The application deadline to secure space for the 2017 NAB Show is March 1. Applications may be submitted online here.

SPROCKIT is created in collaboration with World Series of Startups, LLC and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). SPROCKIT corporate partners include: Cox Media Group, Fox Networks Group, HCL Technologies, Hearst Television, Samsung NEXT, TEGNA Inc., Univision Communications Inc., and Verizon Digital Media Services.

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SPROCKIT is the media, entertainment and technology alliance of corporate executives and industry-vetted emerging companies showcasing and collaborating on products, services and new revenue models. SPROCKIT, in collaboration with and support from the NAB Show, shines the spotlight on the industry’s most promising market-ready start-ups from around the world. SPROCKIT start-ups have proven products, customers, and are ready to scale Learn more at

About NAB Show

NAB Show, held April 22-27, 2017 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest convention encompassing The M.E.T. Effect, the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. With 103,000 attendees from 166 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways. For complete details, visit

About NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at

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