Wisconsin Roundup: Epic Systems, WeMontage, Kiva, & More

Here are some of the latest headlines in Wisconsin technology:

—Epic Systems plans to open an app store that would allow outside developers and healthtech companies to create apps that integrate with Epic’s health records software, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The move is notable both because Verona, WI-based Epic is the largest health records software company in the U.S., and because it has been criticized by some who think the company’s system is too closed off.

—WeMontage raised $100,000 from an undisclosed Wisconsin angel investment group. The Neenah-based startup, a graduate of the Gener8tor accelerator program, makes removable wallpaper that lets customers create custom photo collages. It previously raised $310,000 from investors in 2013.

—Kiva, the crowdfunding site that allows the public to make zero-interest loans in small businesses, has seen some early traction after launching in Milwaukee this month. As of Tuesday, seven local businesses had gotten loans and another 18 were in the process of raising money, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

—Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin co-sponsored a bill that intends to bring together research partners to develop what’s called an “exascale” computer—a much faster computer than what currently exists—by 2023. It’s possible that Cray, the Seattle-based supercomputer company that has manufacturing and development operations in Chippewa Falls, WI, could be involved in the initiative. Cray was founded in Chippewa Falls by supercomputer pioneer Seymour Cray.

Jeff Engel is a senior editor at Xconomy. Email: jengel@xconomy.com Follow @JeffEngelXcon

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