Creating an early stage capital program that works for Wisconsin – from seed to venture – will be a priority in the next session of Legislature. Hear from a panel of experts about the efforts to create a state-leveraged plan that would attract more private capital and help Wisconsin’s emerging companies thrive at the Thursday, Dec. 13 meeting of the WIN-Milwaukee chapter.
The luncheon will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa. Registration
and networking begins at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at
12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for students, $25 for WIN
members, Governor’s Business Plan Contest participants and Milwaukee County
Research Park tenants, $35 for non-members and included with WIN corporate memberships.
Panelists include Ryan Murray, chief operating officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., which runs the Wisconsin Qualified New Business Venture program; Tim Keane, principal at Keane D'Souza Venture Fund, one of Wisconsin's growing venture funds; Kelly Fitzsimmons, chief executive officer and co-founder at HarQen; and Andy Nunemaker, chief executive officer at Dynamis Software Corporation. Tom Still of the Tech Council will moderate.
The Legislature begins its next floor period in January with the state budget debate beginning in February with the introduction of the 2013-2015 bill by Gov. Scott Walker.
The need for improved access to capital for Wisconsin entrepreneurs is outlined in the recent report, “The future is now: Four strategies for Wisconsin’s high growth economy,” produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council. The Wisconsin Growth Capital Coalition and other groups have also highlighted the need for more investment capital.
WIN-Milwaukee meetings are held in cooperation with BizStarts Milwaukee
(http://www.bizstartsmilwaukee.com/) and sponsored by the UW-Milwaukee and the UWM Research Foundation. WIN is the membership arm of the Tech Council, the independent, non-profit science and technology adviser to the governor and the Legislature. It has chapters in Milwaukee, Madison, Northeast Wisconsin, Central Wisconsin, the Lake Superior region and Western Wisconsin.