The 13th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’
Conference was held June 2-3 at the Alliant Energy Center in
Madison. More than 540 people attended the event from across the state
Post conference materials:
- Final list of attendees (by last name) (by company)
- Summary of media coverage
- Gallery of event
The two-day conference is one of the Midwest's premiere “how-to,” hands-on
events for entrepreneurs of all ages and experience levels. Attendees range
from ‘treps who are still developing their ideas to emerging company leaders
who have already attracted angel and/or venture funding. These businesses cover
a broad span of categories, from information technology to cleantech, from
advanced manufacturing to the life sciences, and from business services to
A panel of four experts from the worlds of venture capital, medicine and
digital health kicked off the conference on June 2. The plenary session, titled “Driving quality up
and costs down: Health IT in the age of accountability,” discussed the
importance of Wisconsin’s health-tech industry, as well as trends and
challenges facing the industry and its benefits for people, communities and
health-care institutions at home or abroad.
The 2015 Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the
Day” award recipient was Jim Berbee, of Berbee Information Networks
Corp. Berbee spoke during the luncheon on June 2. The annual award honors an
innovative leader who has demonstrated the ability to take hold of business
opportunities and transform them into successes through vision, courage,
adaptability, persistence and resourcefulness.
Jerry Jendusa joined the conference as one of the keynote speakers. As
co-founder and CEO of EMTEQ, Jendusa led the aerospace company from a basement
startup to an international business with seven locations in four countries, more
than 630 employees and more than $100 million in sales. EMTEQ was sold in 2014.
Jendusa was named 2014 EY Midwest "Entrepreneur of the Year" in
advanced manufacturing. As co-founder of STUCK LLC, he focuses on business
coaching, investing and giving back to the local community.
Other conference highlights included:
- Presentations by the "Diligent Dozen" in the
Governor’s Business Plan Contest
- Fifteen panel discussions for emerging companies
on how to “Launch, Grow and Succeed.”
- Innovation Showcase featuring more than 45 companies from
around the state
- Plenty of chances to connect with
seasoned entrepreneurs and investors over food and refreshments!
The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference is produced by the Wisconsin
Technology Council, the independent, non-profit and non-partisan
science and technology adviser to the Governor and the Legislature. Its members
include leaders from tech companies, early stage funds, all levels of
education, research institutions, government and law. The Tech Council serves
as a catalyst for the growth of Wisconsin’s tech-based and entrepreneurial
For more information, visit www.witrepsconference.com.