MADISON – Still on the fence about coming to the fifth annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison? Here are 10 reasons to drop in Tuesday and Wednesday for one of the Midwest’s premier events for entrepreneurs. 

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Or register Tuesday and Wednesday at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive, beginning at 7 a.m. each day. Who and what will you see if you attend?


n  Author Donna Fenn, a contributing editor to Inc. magazine, will talk Wednesday morning about her book on ‘Gen Y’ entrepreneurs. What makes them tick — and what can the rest of us learn from them?

n  Bill Joos, who created Garage Technology Ventures with Guy Kawasaki, will describe the top mistakes entrepreneurs make with their business plans (and maybe make you laugh while you learn).

n  If Tuesday’s keynote speech by Joos leaves you yearning for more, join him that day in a seminar on how to hone your presentation skills.

n  You can listen to investor pitches by more than 40 new companies. About half are presenting during the Wisconsin Angel Network tracks on Tuesday; the rest will take part in Wednesday’s fast-paced “Elevator Pitch Olympics.”

n  You can rub elbows with investors. Signed up to attend are investors from Phenomenelle Angels, Stateline Angels, Wisconsin Investment Partners, Kegonsa Capital Partners, Falcon Capital, Calumet Venture Fund, Parish Capital, Gruppo, Levey & Co., RPX Group, Seneca Partners, First Analysis Securities, Triathlon Medical Ventures, RAIN Source Capital, Twin City Angels, Silicon Pastures, Marquette Golden Angels, Venture Isles, DaneVest Fund I, Peak Ridge Capital, Marshfield Investment Partners, NEW Capital Fund, Ventures Investors LLC and more. Also roaming Madison’s Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center will be another set of investors attending the MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum, which attracts investors from across the Midwest and coast-to-coast.

n  Learn how trends in Washington, D.C., might affect your business or industry from Dan Berglund, president of the State Science and Technology Institute. He’ll speak during a dinner honoring Wisconsin companies that have won federal research grants.

n  Need to know more about term sheets before you sign on the dotted line? There’s a panel for that. Want to learn how to win the Governor’s Business Plan Contest, whether investors of being “reasonable” or why some entrepreneurs are choosing to relocate to Wisconsin? There are panels for that, too. In fact, there are more than 15 panel discussions spread over two days. Among the key presenters are dozens of entrepreneurs with stories to tell.

n  You won’t go away hungry. Your registration fee includes two breakfasts, two lunches, a reception and a dinner. It’s hard to go wrong on that alone!

n  You’ll walk away with a 54-page program manual packed with information you can use long after the conference is over.

n  And the No. 1 reason: You’ll be part of Wisconsin’s largest networking event for early stage investors, entrepreneurs and those who work with them. More than 400 people are expected over the course of two days. Don’t miss it!

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