Thirty-eight young companies will pitch to potential investors and others throughout the course of the in-person Nov. 3-4 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.

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That includes 23 companies selected by conference organizers to present Nov. 3 during the Tech Council Investor Networks tracks and 15 more picked for the fast-moving Elevator Pitch Olympics on Nov. 4. About 60 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. Selected TCIN companies cover a range of technologies, from industrial materials and processes to medical devices and digital health solutions, and from time-saving software to renewable agricultural products.

Read a short description of each company for the TCIN track on the “Presenting Companies and Investors” page at Selected were:

Advanced Ionics – Milwaukee; Altruize by LetsTHRIVE360 – Beloit; Atrility Medical – Madison; BIOIONIX – McFarland; Blue Line Battery – Beloit; BoothCentral – Milwaukee; Cellular Logistics – Madison; COnovate – Milwaukee; Driftless Extracts – Plain; Estrigenix Therapeutics – Wauwatosa; Hoplon – Mequon; JangoBio – Madison; MPOWR Envision – Rockford, Ill; Otologic Technologies – Madison; Plumb Pharmaceuticals – Madison; Polco – Middleton; Printed Aerospace – Janesville; RedFox AI – Madison; Sift Healthcare – Milwaukee; SmartWell – Fond du Lac; Speakfully – Eau Claire; VibeTech – Sheboygan and Zihi – Madison.

The 15 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:

BlueChip; Clock’d Staffing; Edu Reality; Flip Outfit; GlobaLASEReach; Internship on Demand; RCMK Industries; ShopRocket Group; SpayVac for Wildlife; Trajektory; Wisconsin Mujer; WorkShift; XYLOME; Yam Education and YEVMA.

The conference will feature many other opportunities, including:

  • The “Investor Intros” speed-dating segment, which will include nearly 60 companies.
  • Panel discussions and educational seminars featuring leading entrepreneurs, investors and others tied to the tech sector.
  • Keynote speakers Nathan Herbst and Joel Fields, CEO and CFO of Paradigm, which exited this year for $450 million; and founders of the Milwaukee-based Young Enterprising Society, Khalif and Que El-Amin.
  • A conversation with startup attorney and mentor Joe Boucher, the winner of the “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award.
  • Exhibit hall showcasing innovative Wisconsin companies.
  • A Nov. 3 conference reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities, including an investors-only dinner.

The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors so far include: Aberdean Consulting, Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium, Advocate Aurora Health, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, City of Fitchburg, CUNA Mutual, Dedicated Computing, DeWitt, Exact Sciences, Findorff, Fine Point Consulting, First Business Bank, Godfrey & Kahn, Google, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, Idea Fund of La Crosse, KW2, M3 Insurance, Madison Development Corp., Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ Hey Communications, Marquette University, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Michael Best, Mobile22, Morgridge Institute for Research, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, One City Schools, Perkins Coie, Quarles & Brady, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, RSM US, Signature Bank, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, SustainableHR PEO, TASC, University Research Park, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Computer Sciences, Venture Investors, Versiti, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, Wipfli, WEA Trust, Zendesk and Ziegler.

To learn more about sponsorship information, please reach out to Angela Schlobohm at