Forty-two young companies will pitch to potential investors and others throughout the course of the Nov. 15-16 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.

That includes 25 companies selected by conference organizers to present Nov. 15 during the Tech Council Investor Networks tracks and 17 more picked for the popular Elevator Pitch Olympics on Nov. 16. Nearly 90 companies from across the Midwest applied to present at the annual conference or to meet with investors through the Investor Intros track.

The Tech Council Investor Network tracks will feature companies making five-minute presentations during two sessions, morning and afternoon. About half of the selected TCIN companies are engaged in health care, biotechnology or health IT; the remainder are focused on software, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, services and sustainability.

Read a short description of each company for the TCIN track on the “Presentations” page at Selected were:

Access Healthnet, Milwaukee, WI; Amebagone, Madison, WI; Astarte Medical, Yardley, PA; Cardigan, Madison, WI; Cellara, Madison, WI; Curate, Madison, WI; DataChat, Madison, WI; EnsoData, Madison, WI; GoHitList, Milwaukee, WI; HaloVino, Milwaukee, WI; HealthTech Solutions, Chicago, IL; HighFive, Madison, WI; Infiniti-Blue, Deephaven, MN; Isomark, Madison, WI; JangoBio, Madison, WI; Kobara Medical, Eden Prairie, MN; Lanehub, Green Bay, WI; Manifestly, Madison, WI; Northern Star Fire, Eau Claire, WI; Onkol, Milwaukee, WI; SmartUQ, Madison, WI; Tailored Care Enterprises; Madison, WI; TherVoyant, Madison, WI; Voxello, Coralville, IA; Xylome, Madison, WI.

The 17 companies selected for the Elevator Pitch Olympics will deliver 90-second pitches and be scored by a panel of investor judges. In addition to the judges’ feedback, participants will also be scored by members of the audience for selection of a “People’s Choice” award. Taking part in the Elevator Pitch Olympics are:

1myVote, Middleton, WI; Burn Rate Nutrition, Appleton, WI; Clock’d, Madison, WI; GiftGuru, Madison, WI; GymDandy, Madison, WI; Hankr, Milwaukee, WI; Kilter Rewards, Madison, WI; Lifebook Builder, Racine, WI; Melius Outcomes, Ann Arbor, MI; NovoMoto, Madison, WI; OneEvent Technologies, Mount Horeb, WI; Pyxsee, Oshkosh, WI; StakeHaul, Milwaukee, WI; Swirl Insurance, Mequon, WI; Syndeo, Middleton, WI; Torq Labs, Madison, WI;, Wauwatosa, WI

Other conference highlights previously announced include:

  • Remarks at the Wisconsin W·O·M·E·N reception the evening of Nov. 14 by Toni Sikes, the CEO of CODAworx. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. at The Madison Club. Register here for this separate event.
  • An un-keynote presentation on Nov. 15 from Tamara Kleinberg, founder of LaunchStreet, on innovation and getting ahead of the competition.
  • Nov. 16 plenary panel discussion entitled “Outside looking in: Thoughts on Wisconsin from investors in other states.”
  • More than 40 investor groups set to meet with emerging firms in “Investor Intros” on Nov. 16.

Registration is open at The conference will also feature:

  • “Office Hours,” which are small-group meetings with subject experts on a mix of topics.
  • SBIR/STTR awards luncheon to recognize grant recipients from the past year.
  • Exhibit hall showcasing more than 40 Wisconsin companies.

The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors so far include: 100state, Aberdean, Accuray, ACS, Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium, Affiliated Engineers, Alliant Energy, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Aurora Health Care, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, BMO Harris Bank, Boardman & Clark, Bunker Labs Madison, Carroll University, Center for Technology Commercialization, City of Fitchburg, Concordia University, Cresa, CUNA Mutual, Dane County Regional Airport, Dedicated Computing, DXC Technology, Enbridge, Findorff, First Business Bank, Fluno Center, Functional Biosciences, Godfrey & Khan, HealthX Ventures, Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Madison Central, Husch Blackwell, IBM, Madison College, Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ HEY! Communications, Marquette University, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Medical College of Wisconsin, Michael Best, Midwest Prototyping, Technology Innovation Center – Milwaukee, Morgridge Institute, Murphy Desmond, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, Northwestern Mutual, Omni Resources, Perkins Coie, Promega, Red Arrow Productions, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, River Valley Bank, Skyward, Smith & Gesteland, Square 1 Bank, Susan Healy (Tech Council board member), SWIB, TASC, University Research Park, UW-Green Bay, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy, UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, Venture Investors, WCMP, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., WERCBench Labs, Whitewater University Technology Park, WIPFLi, Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority, Wisconsin Hospital Association and Ziegler.

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