Contact: Joe Kremer or Tom Still at 608-442-7557
MADISON – Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, who has pushed for a more vigorous tech-based state and regional economy, will speak during the first I-Q Corridor Investors’ Symposium, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 3, at UW-River Falls.
The meeting will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the UW-River Falls University Center, 500 Wild Rose Ave., River Falls. It is being produced by 22 partners and sponsors from Wisconsin and Minnesota, including the Wisconsin Angel Network, the Minnesota High-Tech Association, the University of Minnesota Academic and Corporate Relations Center, the WiSys Technology Foundation and the producers of the Minnesota Cup.
To register ($25 per person) and to learn more, go to www.wisconsinangelnetwork.com/events
The event will feature presentations by winners from statewide business plan contests in Minnesota and Wisconsin, tips for tapping into “tech transfer” opportunities at the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota, a networking hour and a speech by serial entrepreneur and investor Mark Lacek. Doyle will speak during the networking event; Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been invited.
Doyle has encouraged interstate cooperation on a variety of issues through his role in the National Governors Association and the Council of Great Lakes Governors. He worked with the Wisconsin Legislature to create tax credits for state angel investors and venture capitalists, to launch the Wisconsin Angel Network, and to promote the Governor’s Business Plan Contest.
“The event draws its name from the “I-Q Corridor” brand developed by the Tech Council to describe the 400 miles connecting Chicago on the southeast end of the I-90/94 corridor and the Twin Cities on the northwest. The “I” not only stands for interstate connections, but ideas, innovation, intellectual property and investment; the “Q” suggests quality of life, workforce, education and more.
“This region boasts 14.3 million people, leading research and development institutions, a strong investment sector and exciting companies in biotechnology, medical devices, information technology, advanced manufacturing and more,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council. “It only makes sense from investors from both sides of the Mississippi River to meet and compare notes on emerging technologies and deals.”
With 25 members representing 250 investors, the Wisconsin Angel Network is a project of the Wisconsin Technology Council. The Tech Council is the non-profit, bipartisan science and technology advisers to the governor and the Legislature.
Event sponsors so far: the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions; the law firm of Quarles and Brady; Wipfli; the law firm of Lommen Abdo; and Workforce Resource, Inc.