Forty young companies will pitch to potential investors and others throughout the course of the Nov. 7-8 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.

That includes 24 companies selected by conference organizers to present Nov. 7 during the Tech Council Investor Networks tracks and 16 more picked for the fast-moving Elevator Pitch Olympics on Nov. 8. About 80 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:

AIQ Solutions, Madison, Wis.; Aker Technologies, Chicago, Ill. Clear Trend Research, Appleton, Wis.; C-Motive Technologies, Madison, Wis.; GrowthChart, Madison, Wis.; Healthtech Solutions, Chicago, Ill.; Ictect, Brookfield, Wis.; Imbed Biosciences, Madison, Wis.; Melius Outcomes, Whitefish Bay, Wis.; OnLume, Madison, Wis.; Phyllotech, Middleton, Wis.; Profit Pros, Fargo, N.D.; Pyran, Madison, Wis.; Save the H2O, Plover, Wis.; Shadehaven, Viroqua, Wis.; Silvermine Stone Company, Eau Claire, Wis.; Smartburn, Madison, Wis.; Stratafolio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Trinity Gun Shot, Baraboo, Wis.; Vibetech, Sheboygan, Wis.; Virtue Solutions, Madison, Wis.; Voxello, Coralville, Iowa; Wellntel, Milwaukee, Wis.; Xylome, Madison, Wis.

The 16 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:

9th Slice Pizza; BiomeSense; Blexx; Blue Line Battery; Floa Ingles; Goods Unite Us; LeanVO; NeuroSolis; Midwest Express Airlines; Ohana Vaccines; PumpFive Fuel Delivery Service; Shockray Self-Defense; Sourcing USA; UCHardChip; UpRaise Funds; and YesLMS.

Other conference highlights previously announced:

  • Keynote speakers Aaron Kennedy, founder of Noodles & Company, and serial entrepreneur Kelly Fitzsimmons of Milwaukee’s Custom Reality Services.
  • A conversation with Terry Sivesind, the winner of the fifth “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award.
  • A conversation with Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation managing director Erik Iverson and WARF’s new chief investment officer, Mike Partsch.
  • Six panel discussions featuring experienced investors, entrepreneurs and startup experts.
  • “Office Hours,” offering the opportunity to meet with subject experts on a variety of topics in small discussion groups or one-on-one.
  • A Nov. 7 evening conference reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities, including an investors-only dinner.
  • Tied to the event is the Nov. 6 WOMEN reception, featuring tech leader Demetria Menard.

Sponsors so far include: 100state, Aberdean Consulting, Accuray, ACS, Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Aurora Health Care, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, Barb Luhring Graphic Recording, BDO, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, BMO Harris, Boardman & Clark, The Burish Group – UBS Financial Services, Capital Newspapers, Carroll University, CGI, City of Fitchburg, Concordia University, Cresa Madison, Dane County Regional Airport, Dedicated Computing, DXC Technology, Enbridge, Eppstein Uhen Architects, Exact Sciences, Findorff, First Business Bank, Fluno Center, Foley & Lardner, Functional Biosciences, Godfrey & Kahn, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, JP Cullen, M3 Insurance, Madison College, Madison Development Corp., Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ HEY! Communications, Marquette University, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Medical College of Wisconsin, Merchant & Gould, Michael Best, Midwest Prototyping, MOD Media, Morgridge Institute, Murphy Desmond, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, Northwestern Mutual, Ogden Glazer + Schaefer, OneNeck IT Solutions, Perkins Coie, Quarles & Brady, Red Arrow Production, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, River Valley Bank, Skyward, Square 1 Bank, Sun Mountain Kegonsa, Tech Council board member Susan Healy, TASC, Technology Innovation Center – MKE, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, University Research Park, UW-Green Bay, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, Venture Investors, WEA Trust, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Wisconsin Health & Educational Facility Authority, Whitewater University Technology Park, WIPFLi, Wisconsin Investment Partners, Yahara Software and Ziegler.

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