#ESSWI - 2017 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

Forty-two young companies will pitch to potential investors and others throughout the course of the Nov. 15-16 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.

That includes 25 companies selected by conference organizers to present Nov. 15 during the Tech Council Investor Networks tracks and 17 more picked for the popular Elevator Pitch Olympics on Nov. 16. Nearly 90 companies from across the Midwest applied to present at the annual conference or to meet with investors through the Investor Intros track.

The Tech Council Investor Network tracks will feature companies making five-minute presentations during two sessions, morning and afternoon. About half of the selected TCIN companies are engaged in health care, biotechnology or health IT; the remainder are focused on software, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, services and sustainability.

Selected were:

Access Healthnet – Milwaukee-based IT company with a proprietary e-commerce platform for the self-insured employer.

Amebagone – Madison-based developer of natural alternatives to antibiotics, securing crop yields for growers without chemicals and metals – which are ineffective and can be toxic to animals and plants themselves.

Astarte Medical – Yardley, Pa. healthcare company developing NICUtrition, clinical decision support software for use in the neonatal ICU to optimize feeding and nutrition, quantify gut health and improve outcomes for preterm infants.

Cardigan – based in Madison, is your simple digital business card that makes follow-up fast and easy.

Cellara – Madison-based developer of CultureTrax, a software-as-a-service platform that enables stem cell scientists to collaboratively plan, execute, document and report their research.

Curate – Madison-based IT company using web scraping and artificial intelligence to find early information about upcoming construction opportunities before they are well known and delivers these leads to general contractors and vendors.

DataChat – A spin-off from U. Wisconsin and based in Madison, builds bots that look for complex patterns in data, thereby allowing decision makers to carry out sophisticated data analysis simply by conversing with the bots.

EnsoData – Madison-based Healthcare IT company that uses AI and machine learning to automate complex and time-consuming physiologic data interpretation previously left to clinicians. EnsoSleep achieved FDA clearance this year to automate the analysis of diagnostic sleep studies.

GoHitList – Milwaukee-based HITLIST uses proprietary gamification technology to gather leads and data for some of the country’s most recognizable brands.

HaloVino – based in Milwaukee and manufacturing in WI is revolutionizing the way America’s 120 million wine drinkers enjoy wine. Its first offering is a patented shatterproof, stackable and stemless wine glass.

HealthTech Solutions – Chicago, Ill.-based health-IT company that uses AI and intelligent communication technology to reduce organ discards. HTS is clinically live and facilitates most organ transplants in Iowa.

HighFive Health – Madison-based health-IT company that has developed a cloud-based platform for medication management.

Infiniti-Blue – Deephaven, Minn.-based healthcare environmental sustainability company providing “Green” products & services dedicated to helping hospitals save money, while protecting our environment.

Isomark – Madison-based healthcare company with a rapid and inexpensive breath technology that pre-symptomatically detects severe infections and provides near real-time feedback on a patient’s response to treatment, saving lives and reducing healthcare costs.

JangoBio – Madison-based biotechnology company developing cell therapies that restore hormone balance with applications in both aging humans and companion animals.

Kobara Medical – Eden Prairie, Minn. medical device company pioneering new TPS (transverse pericardial sinus) based cardiac rhythm management and neuromodulation procedures to address heart failure & cardiac arrhythmias.

Lanehub – Green Bay-based social network for transportation – Lanehub brings companies together to ship products more efficiently.

Manifestly – With Manifestly, based in Madison, your organization will ‘Never Miss a Thing’ with their SOPs, workflows, and recurring tasks.

Northern Star Fire – Based in Eau Claire, advanced manufacturing company producing innovative life safety products for our first responders.

Onköl – Milwaukee-based Health IT company with a remote monitoring hub that allows seniors and those with special needs to use readily available home monitoring sensors and home health devices simply by sending notifications to family members and health professionals at the same time.

SmartUQ – Madison-based analytics software company provides advanced analytics and uncertainty quantification solutions for digital engineering and complex systems.

Tailored Care Enterprises – A Madison-based health-IT company providing an aging-in-place software, preventing family caregiver burnout!​

TherVoyant – Madison-based healthcare company with a platform that enables Real-Time MRI image guidance for high-value minimally invasive neurosurgery procedures using a standard clinical MRI scanner.

Voxello – Coralville, Iowa based healthcare company that enables and empowers patients with communication deficiencies, in acute care and long-term care settings, with the ability to speak and effectively communicate with caregivers leading to better outcomes.

Xylome – Based in Madison, engineers yeast to make high value biofuels, feeds and enzymes from low cost feedstocks.

The 17 companies selected for the Elevator Pitch Olympics will deliver 90-second pitches and be scored by a panel of investor judges. In addition to the judges’ feedback, participants will also be scored by members of the audience for selection of a “People’s Choice” award. Taking part in the Elevator Pitch Olympics are:

1myVote, Middleton, WI;
Burn Rate Nutrition, Appleton, WI;
Clock’d, Madison, WI;
GiftGuru, Madison, WI;
GymDandy, Madison, WI;
hankr, Milwaukee, WI;
Kilter Rewards, Madison, WI;
Lifebook Builder, Racine, WI;
Melius Outcomes, Ann Arbor, MI;
NovoMoto, Madison, WI;
OneEvent Technologies, Mount Horeb, WI;
Pyxsee, Oshkosh, WI;
StakeHaul, Milwaukee, WI;
Swirl Insurance, Mequon, WI;
Syndeo, Middleton, WI;
Torq Labs, Madison, WI;, Wauwatosa, WI


Confirmed investors include
AmFam Ventures
Aurora Health Care
Baird Capital
Bascom Ventures
Bessemer Venture Partners
Brightstar Wisconsin Foundation
Capital Midwest Fund
CMFG Ventures
Dohmen Investor Group
Ekistic Ventures
Golden Angels Investors
Harbor Street Ventures
HealthX Ventures
Hyde Park Angels
Hyde Park Ventures
Idea Fund of La Crosse
Inventure Capital
Lancaster Investments
Lewis & Clark Ventures
M25 Group
MDC Corp
Meridian Street Capital
N29 Capital Partners
NEW Capital Fund
NM Future Ventures
Pritzker Group
River Cities Capital Fund
Rock River Capital Partners
Stateline Angels
SymphonyAlpha Ventures
Venture Investors
Wisconsin Investment Partners
WISC Partners
Wisconsin Super Angel Fund


To return the completed application or if you have any questions, contact Bram Daelemans at