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
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
“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.