|Tuesday, June 6
||Continental breakfast + registration
|8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Opening plenary panel:
“Flyover land no more: Homegrown funds in Wisconsin”
sponsored by Summit Credit Union
- George Arida, 30Ventures
- Greg Baker, Bascom Ventures
- Jonathon Horne, Idea Fund of La Crosse
- Brian Kaas, CMFG Ventures
- Craig Schedler, NM Future Ventures
- David Trotter, Winnebago Seed Fund
- Andy Walker, Rock River Capital Partners
| 9:45 – 10 a.m.
||Networking break *
|10 – 10:50 a.m.
LAUNCH: “Beg, borrow, bootstrap: Ways to finance your startup”
Moderator: Evan Wing, River Valley Bank
Panelists: Tricia Ascher, Ascher Janitorial; Melinda Caughill, i65; Rimas Buinevicius, M Barc Investment Group and Carter Cliff, D1ASP0RA
GROW: “Securing sales: How to find (and keep) your first customers”
Moderator: Idella Yamben, Center for Technology Commercialization
Panelists: Bridget Krueger, Kaleidocare; Henry Schwartz, MobCraft Beer; Mark Bakken, HealthX Ventures and John Biondi, UW D2P
SUCCEED: “Why Wisconsin: The Datica story”
Moderator: Rachel Neill, Carex Consulting
Panelist: Brian Lindstrom, Datica (formerly Catalyze)
|11 – 11:50 a.m.
LAUNCH: “Muster across Wisconsin: Vets becoming ‘treps”
Moderator: Michael Ertmer, Bunker Labs Wisconsin
Panelists: Chris Johnson, Pilot Training System; Carla Stephany, Riveter Enterprises and Darren Fisher, Spearity
GROW: “Building your team: How to recruit and retain talent”
Moderator: Melissa Turczyn, Michael Best
Panelists: Todd Sobotka, BrightStar Wisconsin; Sarah Condella, Exact Sciences; Drew Coursin, Carex Consulting and Matt Younkle, Murfie
SUCCEED: “Why Wisconsin: The Tera’s Whey story”
Moderator: Ashley Kleibor, Smith & Gesteland
Panelist: Tera Johnson, Tera’s Whey
|12 – 1:30 p.m.
14th annual Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” Award
2017 Winner: Zach Halmstad, Founder of Jamf
Award generously created + provided by Hendricks Holding Co.
Luncheon sponsored by Marshfield Clinic Health System
|1:30 – 2 p.m.
||Wisconsin Innovation Showcase (Exhibits)
|2:05 – 2:55 p.m.
LAUNCH: “Does tech hate women?“
Moderator: Dan Olszewski, Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
Panelists: Hilary Stohs-Krause, Ten Forward Consulting; Ashley Powell, Bendyworks; Mary Johnston, Noble Applications and Christina Outlay, UW-Whitewater
GROW: “Keeping it legal: ‘Do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ for young companies“
Moderator: Mark Ehrmann, Quarles & Brady
Panelists: John McDonald, Godfrey & Kahn; Charles Neider, Neider & Boucher; Kate Bechen, Husch Blackwell and Shontra Powell, Golden Angels Investors
SUCCEED: “Why Wisconsin: The Hometown Trolley story”
Moderator: Jonathan Fritz, Symphony Corp.
Panelist: Kristina Pence-Dunow, Hometown Trolley
|3:05 – 5:30 p.m.
||Diligent Dozen – Top 12 Governor’s Business Plan Contest presentations
Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, invited guest
|5:30 – 7 p.m.
||Celebrating Wisconsin’s Entrepreneurs’ reception