AGENDA

2016 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

Preliminary Agenda for the 2016 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium:

Tuesday, November 15
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. 2nd Annual W•O•M•E•N Reception at M3 Insurance
sponsored by Promega and Perkins Coie
Wednesday, November 16
7:30 A.M. Continental breakfast + registration
sponsored by Summit Credit Union
8:30 – 9:30 A.M. Opening plenary panel
INVEST IN THE MIDWEST: HOW REGIONAL FUNDS VIEW WISCONSIN
Panelists:

  • Samara Mejia Hernandez, MATH Venture Partners
  • Brian Hopcraft, Lewis & Clark Ventures
  • Ron Watson, Lewis & Clark Ventures
  • Ira Weiss, Hyde Park Venture Partners
9:35 – 10:30 A.M. Panel discussions in tracks
“Trends in women- and minority-led companies and investing”
“Coming to terms with your term sheet”
“How to progress through financing steps: From seed to Series B”
First Look Forum, part 1
10:30 – 10:45 A.M. Networking + coffee break *
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. Tech Council Investors’ Network presentations (session 1)
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. OFFICE HOURS
12:15 – 1:45 P.M. Lunch  + SBIR/STTR awards ceremony with speaker: B Lynn Allen-Hoffman
co-sponsored by Enbridge and Marshfield Clinic
award sponsored by Center for Technology Commercialization
1:45 – 2:30 P.M. Innovation Showcase
2:35 – 3:30 P.M. Panel discussions in tracks
“How to sell your company”
“Is there an angel in the house: Trends in healthcare investing”
“Pursuing investors: What angels and VCs need to hear”
First Look Forum, part 2
3:30 – 3:45 P.M. Networking + coffee break
3:45 – 5:30 P.M. Tech Council Investors’ Network presentations (session 2)
3:45 – 5:30 P.M. OFFICE HOURS
5:30 – 7 P.M. Reception
sponsored by Perkins Coie and WARF
Thursday, November 17
8 A.M. Continental breakfast + registration
sponsored by Summit Credit Union
9 – 10 A.M. Morning plenary panel
A NATIONAL VIEW: TRENDS IN EARLY STAGE INVESTING
sponsored by Wells Fargo
Panelists:

  • Buddy Arnheim, Perkins Coie
  • Mark Reinstra, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Rick Moss, Better Ventures
  • Greg Lynch, Michael Best
10 – 10:15 A.M. Networking + coffee break
10:15 – 11:10 A.M. Panel discussions in tracks
“Telling tales: How to shape your company’s story”
“Seven questions to ask when figuring out your capital-raising strategy”
10:15 – 11:10 A.M. NEW: Investor Intros
11:15 A.M. – 12:10 P.M. Panel discussions in tracks
“The five questions every startup needs to get right”
“Around the State: Regional innovation efforts”
11:15 A.M. – 12:10 P.M. NEW: Investor Intros
12:15 – 12:45 P.M. Buffet Luncheon opening the Elevator PItch Olympics
sponsored by Wells Fargo
12:45 – 1:30 P.M. “Triple E” Award – Jan Eddy
sponsored by Concordia University

Speaker: Jack Salzwedel
President, Chairman and CEO at American Family Insurance
1:30 – 3 P.M. Elevator Pitch Olympics
sponsored by Wells Fargo

Networking and Coffee Breaks are generous sponsored by:
AT&T, American Family InsuranceAmerican Transmission Company, Godfrey & Kahn, Michael Best, University Research ParkWisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and Husch Blackwell