MADISON –More than 45 early stage companies spanning products as diverse as medical devices, dairy products, a portable jet ski and a diesel aircraft engine will present to potential investors and others at the 2013 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, to be held Nov. 5-6 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. 


The conference gives selected companies the opportunity to make presentations and meet with investors. The seventh annual Wisconsin Angel Network Investors’ Track, which includes two sessions on Nov. 5, will feature presentations from 28 technology-based emerging companies from across the Midwest. Each company will have seven minutes to present. 


The ninth annual “Elevator Pitch Olympics” on Nov. 6 will showcase 90-second pitches from 18 companies – most of which will be seeking their first round of financing. A panel of experienced investor judges will score the pitches and offer feedback on the spot. 


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Companies from across the United States applied to present. More than a third of the applicants were companies in the software/IT sector. Of those chosen to present in the WAN Investors’ Track, seven were medical-device companies, four are emerging in the healthcare IT sector and two represent dairy products. 


Other sectors included gaming, therapeutics and drug development, manufacturing and sporting equipment. 


“We saw a great turnout of companies across many of the strengths in Wisconsin’s economy,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “Where else can you see cutting-edge companies in beer-making, medical devices, a jet ski and new types of cheese in one day?” 


The 28 companies selected to make seven-minute pitches during the WAN Investors’ Track are: 


Session 1 (Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.): 3D DairyFoods, Milwaukee Wis.; Advanced Cooling Therapy, Chicago, Ill.; Alithias, Whitefish Bay, Wis.; Bomboard Urban Jet Ski, Whitewater, Wis.; Brandbumps, Madison, Wis.; Co-D Therapeutics, Madison, Wis.; Dairyvative Technologies, Harvard, Mass.; EasyG, Beverly Hills, Mich.; Ebullient, Madison, Wis.; Echometrix, Madison, Wis.; Engineered Propulsion Systems, Woodville, Wis.; Extend Manufacturing, Schofield, Wis.; Find My Spot, Milwaukee, Wis.; Forward Health Group, Madison, Wis. 


Session 2 (Nov. 5, 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.): HarQen, Milwaukee, Wis.; HealthMyne, Madison, Wis.; Imbed Biosciences, Madison, Wis.; Iristocracy, Madison, Wis.; Isomark, Madison, Wis.; Kayo Technology, Madison, Wis.; MedTrak, Milwaukee, Wis.; Medical Engineering Innovations, Madison, Wis.; Phoenix Nuclear Labs, Madison, Wis.; Quantitative Insights, Chicago, Ill.; Quietyme, Neshkoro, Wis.; Ronin Studios, Madison, Wis.; V-Glass, Pewaukee, Wis.; VoxelMetric, Milwaukee, Wis. 


Companies participating in the “Elevator Pitch Olympics” on Day Two of the conference are outlined on   


Brad Feld, an entrepreneur, investor and co-founder of the successful TechStars accelerators, will be the conference’s opening speaker live via telepresence on Nov. 5. Attendees who are present for the 8:30 a.m. presentation will receive a copy of Feld’s book, “Startup Communities,” courtesy of a personal contribution from Mark Bakken, co-founder and chief executive officer of Nordic Consulting and the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. 


Other speakers and highlights are: 

  • Mark Schmitz, the head of Madison’s ZEBRADOG creative firm, will speak during the luncheon for the Small Business Innovation Research awards on Nov. 5.  
  • A dozen panel discussions and plenary sessions covering the latest topics.  
  • Office hours,” offering the opportunity to meet with subject experts on a variety of topics in small discussion groups.  
  • The annual “First Look” forum featuring selected campus-based technologies.  
  • Exhibit hall showcasing more than 40 Wisconsin companies.  
  • A first-night reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities, including an investors-only dinner for registered investors. 

The conference is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and its partners and sponsors. Visit to register, review sponsorship opportunities or to learn more.