early stage companies focused on diverse industries, such as an online real estate
brokerage platform, virtual human technology to train medical professionals and
in-home meal preparation for seniors, will pitch to potential investors and
others at the 2015 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, to be held Nov. 4-5 at the Monona Terrace Community and
Convention Center in Madison.
The conference includes two separate presentation stages: the Wisconsin Angel Network Investors’ Track and the Elevator Pitch Olympics. The WAN Investors’ Track will provide an opportunity for 28 companies to give
five-minute presentations during two sessions on Nov. 4. The 11th
annual Elevator Pitch Olympics will showcase 17 companies giving 90-second
pitches on Nov. 5. A panel of experienced investor judges will score their
pitch and provide feedback on the spot.
More than 60 companies from across
the Midwest applied to present. Of the selected companies, more than half of
the 28 are healthcare, health IT or biotech. Nine are software-related, with
others in service, agriculture and energy.
companies include: AltusCampus, Amebagone, Arc Suppression Technologies,
Cellara, Chefs for Seniors, Content XLerator, Cytegen, Digsite, Eventium,
Export Abroad, Extract Systems, Fast Forward Forensics, FloraSeq, Gallerique,
GeneriCo Pharma, Health eFilings, HealthMyne, Interloop, KIINCE, Medical
Cyberworlds, Medical Engineering Innovations, NitricGen, OpenHomes, Pegasus
Sustainability Solutions, Seiva Technologies, Stem Parm, Tixora and Vistrata.
Read a short description of each
company on the “Presentations” page at www.wisearlystage.com.
Pitch Olympics companies include: Bar Shield, Field 59, Gain Sight, Genome
Surveillance, GloKube, IDP Interactive Degree Planner, IFO, iotaMotion, Kurbi,
Lake Country Outdoor, LEDsens, Nobo, Social Voucher, SymGym, Telematic,
TraknProtect and Whitcomb Technologies. This session is sponsored by Ascendancy Advisors.
Previously announced speakers are Zach Halmstad, founder of JAMF Software; Sue Marks, founder and chief executive office of Cielo; and Mike Splinter, the former chairman of Applied Materials and Intel executive. The
conference will also feature:
– A dozen panel discussions and educational seminars featuring leading
entrepreneurs, investors and others tied to the tech sector.
– “Office Hours,” offering the opportunity to meet with subject experts
on a variety of topics in small discussion groups or one-on-one.
– SBIR/STTR awards luncheon to recognize grant recipients from the past
– The 2nd annual “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education”
– The “First Look” forum featuring selected campus-based technologies.
– Exhibit hall showcasing more than 40 Wisconsin companies.
– A Nov. 3 “Wisconsin WOMEN
Reception” (Women, Opportunities, Mentors, Networking,
Entrepreneurs) with a presentation by Sue Marks. This event is open to both men
– A Nov. 4 reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking
opportunities, including an investors-only dinner.
The Tech Council produces the
conference. Sponsors so far include: Aberdean; Alliant Energy; American
Transmission Co.; AT&T; Ascendancy Advisors; Aurora Research Institute;
Baird Capital; Baker Tilly; BDO; BloodCenter of Wisconsin; BMO Harris; Boardman
& Clark; Carroll University; City of Fitchburg; Concordia University; Dane
County Regional Airport; Dedicated Computing; DeWitt Ross & Stevens;
Eppstein Uhen Architects; Findorff; Fine Point Consulting; First Business Bank;
Functional Biosciences; Godfrey & Kahn; HealthX Ventures; HP Enterprise
Services; Keane Consultants; Madison Gas & Electric; Makin’ HEY
Communications; Marquette University; Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences;
Medical College of Wisconsin; Michael Best & Friedrich; Midwest
Prototyping; MIOsoft; Morgridge Institute for Research; Murphy Desmond; Neider
& Boucher; Nelson Schmidt; Pendio Group; Promega Corp.; Quarles &
Brady; RDC National Inc.; Red Arrow Production; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren;
Safenet Consulting; Skyward; Smith & Gesteland; State of Wisconsin
Investment Board; Summit Credit Union; University Research Park; UW-Madison
Office of Corporate Relations; UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation; UW-Oshkosh
Business Success Center; Venture Investors; WERCBench Labs; Whitewater
University Technology Park; Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek; Wisconsin Alumni Research
Foundation; Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.; Wisconsin Health and
Educational Facilities Authority; and Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension
Learn more and
register at www.wisearlystage.com.