Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium will be held Nov. 12-13 at the
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison.
The Early Stage Symposium is designed to unlock Wisconsin’s
entrepreneurial potential by providing the right combination of ideas,
innovation, intellectual property and investment – as well as hands-on
instruction and advice targeted to early stage companies ready to make
Through the Wisconsin
Angel Network Investor Track, the conference will give selected
companies the opportunity to make presentations and meet with investors, along
with other entrepreneurs and business leaders. Many firms have cited
participation in the conference as a key factor for significant business
growth. The application process will open at www.wisearlystage.com in late August.
Highlights of the annual two-day event will include keynote
speakers, panel discussions and networking opportunities, as well as some core
activities. The WAN Investors’ Track will feature presentations from 20
technology-based emerging companies from around the state, the SBIR/STTR Awards
Luncheon will recognize grant recipients from the past year and the 10th annual “Elevator Pitch Olympics” will showcase 90-second pitches from more than
a dozen Wisconsin companies – most of which will be seeking their first round
Watch for more information coming soon!
INVITATION TO APPLY OR
NOMINATE TO PRESENT
Apply to pitch your company to the most active
investors in the Midwest at the annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, being held Nov. 12-13 at Madison’s Monona Terrace. Many companies
have cited their presentations at the conference as a key factor for getting
funding and growing their business.
All applicants will be eligible
for a discounted conference registration rate of $169. Registration will open
Sept. 5 at www.wisearlystage.com.
Companies selected for the
Wisconsin Angel Network track presentations will also receive a complimentary
individual Wisconsin Innovation Network membership for one year (a $100 value). Team members
of these companies will be eligible to attend the conference at a special team
Company applications are due no later
than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.
There are two separate presentation
levels at the Early Stage Symposium: the Wisconsin Angel Network Investors' Track and the Elevator
Wisconsin Angel Network Investors’
Track – Tuesday, Nov. 12:
tracks will feature about 20 companies from the Midwest representing an array
of industries, including biotechnology, medical device, health care,
advanced manufacturing, information technology and mobile application sectors.
Companies selected for the WAN tracks will
have many opportunities to interest investors: a seven-minute presentation,
networking receptions, an executive summary published in the investor-only
program and an opportunity to exhibit where investors may speak directly to
presenting companies. Companies selected for the
WAN tracks are also invited to participate in a preconference practice session
with a group of mentors.
Pitch Olympics – Wednesday, Nov. 13:
Companies selected for the Elevator Pitch Olympics,
a crowd favorite, will have the opportunity to give a 90-second pitch in front
of conference attendees and a panel of six to eight investors. The investors
will score the presenter on a scale of 1 to 5, focusing on whether the pitch was compelling enough to arrange a follow-up meeting, and will
offer immediate feedback.
About 15 companies will be selected for the Elevator Pitch Olympics. In past years, these have been
companies seeking a smaller investment round or planning to do so within the
selected for the WAN tracks will automatically be considered for the Elevator
Pitch Olympics, unless indicated otherwise.
Here’s how to apply for the 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium
Step 1 – Register for the full conference:
A representative from the company
must register to attend the full conference in order to be considered by our
steering committee for a presentation slot. Registration will open Friday,
Sept. 5, at www.wisearlystage.com. Applicants are eligible for the “WAN Investors’ Track
Applicant” discounted rate of $169. There are no registration refunds after 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2014.
Step 2 – Submit
* All applications must be received no later than 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 24
There are two ways
you can submit your application for the WAN Investors’ Tracks:
(A) Through GUST.com – Gust is a secure global
platform endorsed by leading angel and venture capital associations and powers
more than 1,000 investment organizations in 80+ countries. Follow this link to get started. Click on the “Submit your
Company” button and create a company profile. Once complete, your
company profile will be submitted to the Wisconsin Angel Network and its
members. Please alert Dan Blake by
email at email@example.com.
(B) By email – Follow this link to download a template to guide you through an email application
process. The executive summary should be no more than two pages. Please submit your executive summary
by email to Dan Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elevator Pitch Olympics ONLY Application:
for the Elevator Pitch Olympics, submit a 250-word idea abstract to Dan Blake
Submissions over 250 words will not be considered. Your 250-word idea abstract
Product or Service Description: describe the nature of the
product or service you plan to sell.
Customer Definition, Their Needs – Your Solution: Define your market by answering
these questions about your customers: What is the problem your technology or
product will solve? Who has the problem? Who would be an early user of your
Market Description, Size and Sales Strategy: Further define the market by
answering this question: How do you size and segment the market to which your
technology or product will be sold? Segmenting the market means that you
identify the specific portion of the market that contains those buyers that
have the problem your product or service is targeted to solve. You will also
describe how you will go about marketing, selling and distributing your product
Competition: Explain why your product or service is better than alternatives.
Describe possible competitors.