Forty-three young companies will pitch to potential investors and others throughout the course of the Nov. 6-7 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.
That includes 25 companies selected by conference organizers to present Nov. 6 during the Tech Council Investor Networks tracks and 18 more picked for the fast-moving Elevator Pitch Olympics on Nov. 7. More than 85 companies from across the Midwest applied to present at the annual conference or to meet with investors through the Investor Intros track, with a record number of 430 one-on-one meetings planned.
The Tech Council Investor Network tracks will feature companies making five-minute presentations during two sessions, morning and afternoon. Some of the selected TCIN companies are engaged in health care, biotechnology or health IT; others are focused on software, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and natural resources, consumer products, services and sustainability.
Read a short description of each company for the TCIN track on the “Presentations” page at wisearlystage.com. Selected were:
American Provenance – Mount Horeb; Blue Line Battery – Whitewater; Cadence Cold Brew – Madison; CLOCworks – Madison; Evolve Brands – Jackson; Fiveable – Milwaukee; FLEx Lighting – Chicago; HaloVino – Milwaukee; Hive Central – Oshkosh; HuTerra Rewards – Green Bay; Object Pharma – Newport Beach, Calif.; Polco – Madison; Predictive Health Partners – West Des Moines, Iowa; RehabPath – Madison; RoddyMedical – Wauwatosa; Safety4her – Milwaukee; SeedLinked – Viroqua; SMARTcare Software – Eau Claire; SpayVac for Wildlife – Fitchburg; Squigl – Brooklyn Park, Minn.; The Virtual Foundry – Stoughton; TheraB Medical Products – East Lansing, Mich.; Upstream – Eau Claire; WheeliWorld – Milwaukee; and Zero Barrier – Madison.
The 18 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:
Elektrifi, Dastan, GoDx, Healthi, Green Up, Global Proximity Systems, Mistifeye, Plumb Pharmaceuticals, Social Sparkel, Healthy Rxecipes, Colorful Connections, LetsTHRIVE360, Atrility Medical, Vehroot, GAI Robotics, Syncarto, CityFixr and Kelvin Innovations
Other conference highlights previously announced:
- Keynote speaker Marques Ogden, former NFL lineman turned entrepreneur, on the morning of Nov. 6
- UW-Eau Claire alumnus, tech veteran and globally-known investor Jeff Schumacher on the morning of Nov. 7
- A conversation with Anne Smith, the winner of the sixth “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award at midday on Nov. 6
- 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. 6 evening conference reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities, including an investors-only dinner.
- Tied to the event is the Nov. 5 WOMEN reception, featuring life coach Darcy Luoma, public relations veteran Laura Gallagher and “foodie” entrepreneur Cindy Poiesz.
The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors so far include: 100state, Aberdean Consulting, Accuray, ACS, Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Co., AmpliPhi, AT&T, Aurora Health Care, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, Boardman & Clark, Ben Brewer Photography, C.D. Smith Construction, CGI, City of Fitchburg, Concordia University of Wisconsin, CUNA Mutual, Dane County Regional Airport, Dedicated Computing, Discovery World, Eppstein Uhen Architects, Exact Sciences, Findorff, First Business Bank, Fluno Center, Foley & Lardner, Foxconn, Godfrey & Kahn, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, Idea Fund of La Crosse, KW2, M3 Insurance, Madison Development Corp., Madison Gas & Electric, Marquette University, Makin HEY! Communications, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Medical College of Wisconsin, Michael Best, Midwest Prototyping, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Morgridge Institute, Murphy Desmond, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, Northwestern Mutual, One City Schools, Perkins Coie, Quarles & Brady, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, RSM US, ScaleFactor, Signature Bank, Summit Credit Union, Susan Healy, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, TASC, Technology Innovation Center – Milwaukee, University Research Park, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, Venture Investors, Versiti, WEA Trust, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Whitewater University Technology Park, WIPFLi, Wisconsin Dept. of Financial Institutions, Wisconsin Investment Partners, Yahara Software and Ziegler.
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