MADISON – Early stage companies in Wisconsin and beyond will have an opportunity to make presentations and meet with key people from federal agencies during Aug. 11 “elevator pitch” presentations at the fourth annual Resource Rendezvous.


The conference, produced by the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium, the Wisconsin Technology Council and the UW-Madison College of Engineering, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the UW-Madison College of Engineering, 1415 Engineering Drive.


Early-bird registration is $75 through July 18 and $85 thereafter and $40 for students; all register at Look under “Featured Events.”

About half a dozen companies will be selected to present. Companies must register for the Resource Rendezvous and apply to present by 5 p.m. CST Wednesday, July 28 through the website listed below. 


Selected presenters will give a three-minute pitch to showcase their research and product development ideas to federal science and technology directors who will attend Resource Rendezvous. Participants will have only three minutes and up to three PowerPoint slides to share information; there will be ample networking time before and after formal presentations.


“Presenters at past Resource Rendezvous events have established enduring connections with federal science and technology directors, and in many cases have won contracts and grants,” said Jack Heinemann, director of the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium.

To apply to present, you must do two things after registering for the conference at

1)      Submit an executive summary through the Wisconsin Angel Network Deal-flow Pipeline.  Click here for a direct link to the Deal-flow Pipeline.  You will create a user profile and submit your executive summary directly to the website.  Summary requirements are on the website. All bold fields are required.

2)      After submitting your executive summary through WAN’s DFP, e-mail Jodi Hoeser at and confirm that you are applying to present at the Resource Rendezvous and if your submission can be activated, allowing WAN’s investor-members to view your submission. 


For many firms, participation in the conference has led to growth and new revenues. Companies selected to present will have many opportunities to interest science and technology managers from federal agencies. Companies will also receive space in our exhibit area.


The Resource Rendezvous will also feature opportunities for researchers, grant writers, business leaders and other professionals to learn about the R&D interests and related funding opportunities of participating agencies.  Speakers include: Jim Grove, Department of Homeland Security; Michael Hoard, Marinette Marine; Greg Milman, National Institutes of Health; Ron Marchessault, U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center; Eric Ness, U.S. Small Business Administration; Larry Pollack, Defense Threat Reduction Agency; George Solhan, Office of Naval Research; and Dr. Renee Wagner and others from U.S. Agricultural Research Service.

To register and learn more about the Resource Rendezvous visit or contact Jodi Hoeser at 608-442-7557 ext. 26 or


Gina Leahy

Wisconsin Technology Council

(608) 442-7557