2013 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference
The 11th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference, held June 4-5 at the Marriott West in Middleton, was a great success! Thanks so all the sponsors, speakers, panelists and attendees for making it such a productive event. We had more than 500 attendees this year, which included entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, service providers, economic development partners and state agencies.
Read and view all the coverage of the conference here.
The full 2013 Attendee List is available here.
See photos from the event on the Tech Council Flickr account here.
Here is a brief recap of some of the 2013 highlights:
· Jason Lucash, co-founder of OrigAudio, kicked off the conference on Tuesday morning by sharing his story and some advice for his fellow entrepreneurs. His presentation was titled "Some phone calls and a couple of crazy ideas can launch a business." Read the Wisconsin State Journal's coverage of his keynote here.
· Roy Thiele-Sardiña, managing partner of HighBAR Partners, opened the Wednesday plenary session, “California Badgers: A view from the coast,” with a look at the first venture capital deal (Christopher Columbus) and an update on venture investing. He was joined by fellow Badger alums Norman Koo (Liberty Global Inc.), Mark Reinstra (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati) and Sanjeev Chitre (The U-Group) for a discussion of the opportunities and challenges in Wisconsin’s tech sectors. Read the Wisconsin State Journal’s coverage of the session here.
· The "Diligent Dozen" from the Governor’s Business Plan Contest squared off with 7-minute presentations in front of 30 judges and the conference attendees. The 2013 Grand Prize was awarded to Madison-based NitricGen Inc., represented by Fred Montgomery. For a full list of the winners, click here.
· The 10th annual Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” Award was given to Fred Foster from Electronic Theatre Controls Inc. in Middleton. Watch WisconsinEye’s coverage of the event here.
· 15 panel discussions involving more than 60 entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders offered advice for emerging companies on how to “Launch, Grow and Succeed.”
· The Wisconsin Innovation Showcase featured more than 50 companies and organizations, including BadgerBOTS, Death’s Door Distillery and Karben4.
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, venture capital firms, 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 economy.
Thanks to the Middleton Tourism Commission for their support of the conference! To learn more about the host city of Middleton and all it has to offer, go to http://www.visitmiddleton.com/.
The 2013 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference is a featured event of Flying Car! Presented by the Greater Milwaukee Committee's Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) Initiative, Flying Car is an annual SXSW-style destination event that inspires minds with the year’s brightest technological advances and empowers them to launch their own world-changing ideas into the marketplace. For more information about Flying Car, please visit: http://www.flyingcarmke.com/.