Hear what past attendees have to say about the event…
“The Tech Summit opened new and exciting opportunities for Functional Biosciences Inc. During the Tech Summit, we received confirmation that pursuing CLIA certification [a federal regulatory standard] was the correct direction for us to take. The decision to continue our path to CLIA certification materialized after two pivotal meetings. We left the Tech Summit with a renewed sense of purpose and found that our participation provided us with innovative ideas to pursue and grow our company. We are excited and proud to announce that last month Functional Biosciences Inc. became CLIA certified. I would highly recommend any emerging company apply.”
– Michael Flanagan, President, Functional Biosciences Inc.
“The Tech Summit is a great way to meet with and have the undivided attention of leaders at many major companies. At last year’s event, several of our meetings led to follow ups and long-term business relationships. I would strongly recommend the Tech Summit as a way to get your foot in the door at major companies that might otherwise be difficult to get meetings with, to network with other emerging businesses and like-minded entrepreneurs, and to learn more about growing a successful business.”
– Scott Vanderbeck, President, Organic Research Corp.
“To the credit of both the other companies and the Wisconsin Technology Council, the engagements (throughout the day) were very genuine. Almost all our meetings resulted in productive connections. Suffice it to say, the speed dating format was considerably more effective than we anticipated.”
– Josh Herritz, Data Wrangler & Tech Evangelist, MIOsoft
“AuditPad Inc. participated in the Tech Summit and it was well worth our time. The speakers and networking were great, but the real value was in talking with major Wisconsin companies about our software solution. In doing so, we gained a unique perspective on our value and how to improve our chances of working with these large prospective customers! If you lead an emerging tech company, you definitely owe it to yourself to apply to participate in the 2016 Tech Summit.”
– Clint Laskowski, Founder & CEO, AuditPad Inc.
“Our experience with the Tech Summit was very positive as we had a chance to be introduced to four significant Wisconsin companies … We expect to conclude business contracts with two of these companies in 2016. (The) team did a great job organizing the event to make for a very productive day.”
– Richard Eberle, Business Development Partner, ViiMed
Emerging companies and early stage funds can apply through March 16 to meet with major firms and explore potential business relationships around technology needs and innovation. A selection process involving major companies and the Tech Council will follow. Selected companies may meet with more than one company, depending on mutual interest. Learn more and start your application at www.wistechsummit.com.
The day-long event will be held Monday, April 25 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha, Wis. The “speed dating” meetings will run about 15 minutes each. Other features of the event will include:
- An opening panel discussion to help set the stage for emerging companies by allowing major companies an opportunity to talk generally about their goals, needs and emerging markets;
- Educational seminars, which will be available to all participants during those times in which they are not scheduled for individual meetings;
- A continental breakfast, networking lunch and onsite reception.
Participating major firms thus far include: AT&T, Aurora Health Care, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Dedicated Computing, Direct Supply, GE Healthcare, HP Enterprise Services, Johnson Controls Inc., Logistics Health Inc., Promega and Rockwell Automation.
Sponsors to date include American Transmission Co.; AT&T; BDO; BloodCenter of Wisconsin; Baird Capital; Dedicated Computing; GE Healthcare; HP Enterprise Services; Milwaukee Institute; UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Visit www.wistechsummit.com for more information on the event, the application process and sponsorship opportunities.