Early-stage investments are on the rise in Wisconsin, according to a recent report from the Wisconsin Technology Council.

The Wisconsin Portfolio shows that in 2016, 137 companies raised investment capital, up from 128 in 2015. And total investment dollars jumped nearly 32 percent, from around $209 million in 2015 to over $276 million in 2016.

Though this is less than the outlier year of 2014, which had over $346 million invested in 113 deals, the overall number of deals has been on an upward climb since 2011.

“The number of early-stage companies reporting investments has nearly doubled since 2012,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council. “It’s evidence that angel and venture investors are finding solid deal flow.”

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