ESS Application

Application deadline for the 2023 Early Stage Symposium is Friday, Oct. 13.

Below you will find the application for the 2023 Early Stage Symposium. This one-page executive summary will be used to select presenters for our Tech Council Investor Networks (TCIN) track and the Elevator Pitch Olympics (EPO) track. In addition, these applications will be shared with all investors attending the conference. Investors participating in the investor intros will select companies for one-on-one meetings. Please note that you cannot save and return to the application or edit once submitted. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 13.

Tech Council Investor Networks Track – Wednesday, Nov. 8:

These tracks will feature companies from the Midwest representing an array of industries, such as advanced manufacturing, agriculture, biotechnology, health care, information technology, medical devices and mobile application sectors. Those companies are selected by the conference steering committee and will be announced soon.

Investor Intros – Thursday, Nov. 9:

Companies selected for the popular Investor Intros will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with investors from Wisconsin and beyond. To foster this type of communication, the Investor Intros will feature pre-scheduled, virtual strategic meetings between investors and emerging companies. This format will resemble a “speed dating” exercise, allowing both parties to learn more about each other and explore potential relationships.

Elevator Pitch Olympics – Thursday, Nov. 9:

Companies or entrepreneurs selected for the Elevator Pitch Olympics will give a 90-second pitch in front of conference attendees and a panel of six to eight investors. The investors will score the presenter on a scale of 1 to 5, focusing on whether the pitch was compelling enough to arrange a follow-up meeting, and will offer immediate feedback.

At least one applicant must register in advance for the conference at a discounted rate of $179. Additional team members may register for $129 each. Companies selected for the Tech Council Investor Networks track presentations will also receive a complimentary individual membership to the Tech Council Innovation Network for one year (a $120 value).

Questions? Contact Joe Kremer at


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