The application deadline for the Monday, March 16 Tech Summit at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field has been extended through noon Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Attendees are encouraged to attend the social events the day before the Tech Summit in order to network with representatives of major firms, other emerging companies and Wisconsin Technology Council staff and sponsors. The Tech Council is producing the seventh annual Tech Summit along with the Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum.
The Tech Summit will feature a series of brief meetings, or “speed dates,” to foster communication and partnership.
Major firms will be able to hear from emerging companies with innovative products or services tied to areas such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence, blockchain, software and data analytics in sectors ranging from health care to information systems, and from power electronics to telecommunications.
Participating major firms are: AT&T, Aurora Research Institute, CGI, Dedicated Computing, Exact Sciences, Findorff, GE Healthcare, J.P. Morgan, Kimberly-Clark, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Northwestern Mutual, Oshkosh Corp., Promega, Rockwell Automation, Schneider, Schreiber Foods, Titletown Tech, WEA Trust, and WIPFLi.
Emerging companies can meet with major firms and explore potential business relationships around technology needs and innovation as part of the Tech Summit. Past emerging companies are welcome to apply.
“Young companies in health care should take note that major firms include providers as well as research centers, potential investors and entities that supply providers,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.
A recent survey of past participants showed that some companies raised investment dollars, forged research partnerships, open sales channels and established other partnerships.
Applications (available online) are also welcome from early stage funds that may want to introduce portfolio companies and otherwise connect with major firms. A selection process involving major companies and the Tech Council will follow. Selected companies may meet with multiple companies, depending on mutual interest. Companies that are not selected to participate will receive a full refund.
Attendance at the event is limited to representatives of participating major companies, selected emerging firms or funds and event sponsors. Limited general admission may be opened in the weeks prior to the event.
The March 16 “speed date” meetings are 15 minutes each with five minutes between. Other features of the event are:
- Educational “Office Hours” seminars, which will be available to all participants during those times in which they are not scheduled for individual meetings;
- An event overview and opening discussion to help set the stage for emerging companies by allowing major firms to talk generally about their goals, needs and emerging markets;
- A continental breakfast, networking lunch and onsite reception.
- March 15 tours of the Packers Hall of Fame, TitletownTech and a networking reception at Lodge Kohler.
Sponsors thus far include; American Transmission Co., AT&T, AVI Systems, Axis Communications, Baird Capital, BDO, Ben Brewer Photography, Burish Group at UBS Financial Services, CGI, Concordia University Wisconsin, Cupertino Electric, Dedicated Computing, Flad Architects, Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, Green Bay Packers, Herzing University, Information Technology Professionals, Insperity, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Northwestern Mutual, Oshkosh Corp., Rockwell Automation, University Research Park, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering, UWM Research Foundation, Varonis, Versiti, WEA Trust, WHEFA, WIPFLi, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., and Zendesk.
Visit wistechsummit.com for more information on the event, the application process, registration and sponsorship opportunities.