March 27, 2017 - GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha

The Office Hours will be held in the Auditorium on the first floor.
Attendees are welcome to stop into these informal presentation and discussion sessions when they are not engaged in the strategic “speed-dating” meetings. 

9:45 -10:15am
“Doing business with UW-Milwaukee” 
Jessica Silvaggi and Brian Thompson, UWM Research Foundation
This year, UWM was designated an R-1 research intensive university by the Carnegie Classification System of Higher Education. This distinction places UWM among 115 top-tier research institutions in the nation out of more than 4,600. Since 2006, the UWMRF has been dedicated to growing UWM’s enterprise, and it has helped create an environment that makes this possible. Catalyst Grants and corporate partnerships have helped foster innovative research. Ideas Challenge, the Student Start-up Challenge, and the National Science Foundation I-Corps program are building a culture of entrepreneurship that fosters the development of new enterprises, and enhances the success of our graduates.

10:30 – 11am
“Funding your innovation using the federal SBIR Program”
Dave Linz, Center for Technology Commercialization
Every year 11 federal agencies set aside a total of $2.5B for small businesses to develop innovative technology that has the potential to be commercialized and generate high societal and economic impact. This highly competitive program known as Small Business Innovation Research or SBIR is a source of seed funding for many Wisconsin and US businesses. This session will describe this funding opportunity and what it takes to be competitive in this program.

11:15 – 11:45am
“How to access QNBV and other state resources”
Joey Frayne, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
The Wisconsin Development Corp. and its partner network support technology-based companies through a variety of initiatives. WEDC staff will provide an overview of key programs and resources available to innovative startups and emerging firms.

1:15 – 1:45 pm
“Protecting your assets form cyber threats”
Byron Franz, Federal Bureau of Investigation
A special agent with the FBI for cyber-security and industrial espionage, Byron Franz will speak on foreign and domestic threats to businesses, institutions and homes. His focus will be on how to better protect your data and devices from cyber-attacks. Your company’s value is at risk every day. Learn about those threats and take away tips on how to better protect your assets.

2:00 – 2:30 pm
“Fueling Wisconsin’s future”
Scott Suder, Enbridge
Learn how Enbridge delivers the energy Wisconsinites need every day.  Since establishing operations in Wisconsin 1949, Enbridge has been committed to safely delivering the energy that fuels our lives. Enbridge helps Wisconsin meet 100% of its refinery capacity needs and 70 percent of Midwest refinery capacity needs through the transportation of oil and natural gas liquids to refineries in the Great Lakes region. This fuel is used locally and regionally every day—to fuel vehicles, heat homes, power manufacturing and grow local economies. Enbridge will discuss how local operations in Wisconsin represent a vital link between energy supply and the nation’s energy security along with economic vitality for our great state.

2:45 – 3:15 pm
“How to approach institutional investors”
Dan Einhorn, Capital Midwest Fund
A seasoned venture capitalist, Einhorn explains how to best approach institutional investors. He will discuss what you should be thinking about during the due diligence process and key points entrepreneurs should consider during the term sheet negotiation. 

3:30 – 4:00 pm
“The Internet of Things: Blockchain’s place in IoT”
Bob Bowman, Husch Blackwell
Join Bob Bowman, one of the leaders of the Internet of Things group at Husch Blackwell, for a discussion of developments in the IoT arena and how blockchain may play a large role in the Things and Machine-to-Machine transactional space. Specifically, he will introduce and explain the fundamentals of blockchain. Learn how blockchain and smart contracts may play a large role in transactional practice in the future.