Thirty-nine young companies will pitch to potential investors and others throughout the course of the in-person Nov. 8-9 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.
That includes 24 companies selected by conference organizers to present Nov. 8 during the Tech Council Investor Networks tracks and 15 more picked for the fast-moving Elevator Pitch Olympics on Nov. 9. More than 50 companies from across the Midwest applied to present at the annual conference, to meet with investors through the Investor Intros track or both.
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 a possible treatment for people with long-term traumatic brain injuries to a better wheelchair; and from products for pets to a voice-activated artificial intelligence system to connect businesses with customers and users.
The companies that were selected for TCIN were: Altruize – Beloit; AltusMentors – Madison; Chocolate Rescue for Dogs – Germantown; Cognerium – Madison; CyberForge – Madison; GoDx – Madison; Graceful Management Systems – Madison; Higher Dimension Materials – Hudson, Minn.; Internship on Demand – Madison; JangoPet – Fitchburg; Nommli – Middleton; PetBliss – Waupaca; PrintFoam – Wales; Re Mixers – Madison; RedFox AI – Madison; Resolys – Delanson, NY; Sativa Building Systems – Wittenberg; Soul Mobility – Oconomowoc; Spraycision – Madison; The Virtual Foundry – Stoughton; TheraB Medical Products – Lansing, Mich.; Traduality – Bloomington, Ind.; US University Pathways – Madison; and Vascugen – 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. The Elevator Pitch Olympics are sponsored by Business Fitness. Taking part in the Elevator Pitch Olympics are:
Cold Water Technologies; Dirac Labs; Micronics; Morel Energy; Navigationis; NeuroSetta; Okkanti; Oui Technologies; Parsley Solutions; Provoco AI; RevMethods; Saros Therapeutics; Spectacle Health; Sygmatic; and Tosslet.
Over the last five years, more than 50 companies that pitched at the conference have raised at least one round of angel or venture capital. The conference will also feature:
- A Nov. 8 morning plenary panel on video gaming growth in Wisconsin with an opportunity to test video games in the exhibit hall throughout the day.
- A Nov. 8 lunch keynote from economist, ex-White House advisor and UW Foundation CEO Michael Knetter
- 10th annual “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award ceremony honoring Susie and Matt Younkle on Nov. 8
- Targeted panel discussions featuring leading entrepreneurs, investors and others tied to the state, regional and national tech sectors.
- Career CFO and early stage advisor Susan Healy to keynote morning of Nov. 9
- 60-plus investors from in and out of Wisconsin.
- Exhibit hall showcasing innovative Wisconsin companies.
- A Nov. 8 conference reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities.
The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors thus far include: 100state, Aberdean Consulting, Advocate Aurora Health, Amazon, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, ATC, AT&T, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, City of Fitchburg, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen), Customers Bank, DeWitt, EUA, Exact Sciences, Findorff, First Business Bank, Foley & Lardner, Godfrey & Kahn, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, Idea Fund of La Crosse, In Business Magazine, Insperity, Isthmus Project, KW2, Lost Boys Interactive, M3 Insurance, Madison Development Corp., Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ Hey! Communications, Marquette University, Michael Best, Microsoft, Morgridge Institute for Research, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, One City Schools, ORIN Technologies, Quarles & Brady, Raven Software, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, RSM US, Ruder Ware, Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, SustainableHR PEO, TDS, Tech Council board member Susan Healy, Technology Entrepreneurship Office at UW-Madison, Technology Innovation Center – Milwaukee, UMOS One Workforce – TechStars, University Research Park, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Computer Sciences, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, Venture Investors, Versiti, Virent, von Briesen & Roper, Whitewater University Innovation Center, Fiscal Economical Research Center, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., WIPFLi, Wisconsin Dept. of Financial Institutions, Wisconsin Historical Society, Yahara Software, and Ziegler Alternative Investments.
To learn more about sponsorship information, please reach out to Angela Schlobohm at firstname.lastname@example.org.