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Great Oaks Capital, two portfolio companies on tap for June 24 WIN-Madison

Date: June 24, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen Dr.
City: Madison
Contact: Joy Sawatzki
Phone: 608-442-7557
Cost: $35 general admission, $25 for WIN members and Governor's Business Plan contestants, $10 for students and included for corporate WIN members

MADISON – Company startup roads that bind Madison with New York and Boston will intersect at the Tuesday, June 24 meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network in Madison.

Learn more about Great Oaks Capital, a New York-based venture fund with strong Madison and Wisconsin ties, as well as two of its portfolio companies – Plyfe, an automated marketing platform led by Madison native Mateen Aini, and Fetch Rewards, a Madison firm that is reinventing how people use mobile applications to shop for groceries, represented by chief technology officer Andy Walker.

The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for WIN members, $35 for non-members and included with WIN corporate memberships. 


Panelists will include John Philosophos of Great Oaks Capital, which has invested in 15 Wisconsin companies in just a few years; Madison native and UW-Madison graduate Aini (pronounced I-nee), who also co-founded Songwhale; and Schroll, who co-founded Fetch Rewards LLC a little over two years ago as a UW-Madison student.

Aini was named one of “America’s Most Promising CEOs Under 35” by Forbes.com in 2012, a year after Plyfe was launched. Schroll and his partners came up with Fetch, which allows people to walk through a grocery store with their smartphones and scan the barcodes of the products they want using the camera. When the barcode is scanned the application applies any coupons and deals in the Fetch database and provides a running total of the shopping cart.

“We’re looking forward to learning more about Great Oaks and how its investments in Plyfe and Fetch exemplify Madison’s emerging role in terms of talent and ideas,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council and WIN.

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 and across Wisconsin. To join WIN, go to www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com or call 608-442-7557.