Returning military veterans and students may register at a discount to attend the 21st annual conference, to be held June 5-6 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.

The conference returns to the “Cream City” to celebrate the region’s rise as a startup and scale-up hub within the Midwest.

Registration is open at or linked here. Online registration is open until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 2 and walk-ins are welcome both days of the conference.

Armed services veterans who want to learn about launching and growing a business as well as students of all levels may register for the conference.

Veterans may attend the full conference for $79. That rate compares to the full conference fee of $269 and is made possible by the Wisconsin Technology Council’s support for the work of the state’s various veterans’ groups. A rate of $69 is available to high-school students, college undergraduates or post-graduate students with valid IDs.

“Post 9-11 veterans can bring a host of skills to business, from technical expertise to teamwork to a personal work ethic,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council, which produces the conference. “This conference can offer tips on how to launch, grow and succeed in business, while featuring chances to network with some of Wisconsin’s best entrepreneurs and investors.”

Mapping the entrepreneurial mind is the theme of the conference, during which entrepreneurs from around the state will showcase their ideas, services and technologies.

Produced by the Tech Council, the Entrepreneurs’ Conference is among the largest and most affordable events for entrepreneurs and early stage investors in the Upper Midwest. Other highlights will include:

  • ‘Diligent (Baker’s) Dozen’: Top 13 finalists from the Governor’s Business Plan Contest square off on the afternoon of June 5
  • Maneesh Arora, Elephas, keynote speech morning of June 6, sponsored by Ideal Builders
  • Six panel tracks featuring entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and more throughout June 6; click here for a detailed agenda
  • Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” 2024 award winner, Valerie Daniels-Carter award ceremony on the afternoon of June 6
  • Governor’s Business Plan Contest “Diligent Dozen” awards announcements, June 6
  • Innovation Showcase featuring exhibits from Wisconsin companies
  • Plenty of chances to network with seasoned entrepreneurs and investors over food and refreshments, including a June 5 reception at the Italian Community Center

Sponsors thus far are: Affiliated Engineers, Apple, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, AT&T, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, Business Fitness, Center for Technology Commercialization, City of Fitchburg, City of Milwaukee Office of Equity & Inclusion, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen), DeWitt, Findorff, First Business Bank, Foley & Lardner, Godfrey & Kahn, Green Bay Packers, Husch Blackwell, Ideal Builders, J.P. Morgan, Lost Boys Interactive, Madison Development Corp., Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ HEY! Communications, Marquette University, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, NuvaBox, Perkins Coie, Quarles & Brady, Raven Software, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, Ruder Ware, Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction, SustainableHR PEO, Technology Innovation Center – Milwaukee, University Research Park, UW-Madison Center for Dairy Research, UW-Madison College of Engineering, UW-Madison Innovate Network, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, UW-Madison Office of University Relations, VC3, Venture Investors, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, WE Energies, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Whitewater University Innovation Center, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Technical College System and Yahara Software.

To become a sponsor, contact Angela Schlobohm at For more information, visit or call 608-442-7557.