Representatives from more than 40 emerging companies will hear from experts on a variety of topics as part of the third annual Wisconsin Tech Summit in Waukesha.

The day-long event will be held Monday, April 25, at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha, Wis. It will feature about 175 “speed dating” meetings between 15 major companies and more than 40 emerging firms selected from a larger pool.

A series of 30-minute educational seminars will run throughout the day to look at common questions and hurdles faced by emerging companies in Wisconsin. Topics in chronological order are:

  • “The Internet of Things: Legal concepts you should know” (Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek s.c.)
  • “Supporting innovation in Wisconsin” (Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.)
  • “Crossing the Valley of Death: Making cutting-edge technology relevant to manufacturers” (Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity)
  • “America’s Seed Fund: Federal funding to advance your innovation” (Center for Technology Commercialization)
  • “Financial statements, tax structure and new 2016 R&D tax credit opportunity” (BDO)
  • “How venture capital can fit into your growth plans” (Baird Capital and Three Oaks Venture Capital)
  • “Computational science: Tools for creativity and discovery” (Milwaukee Institute)

For details on each session, visit A limited number of general admission registrations are available through Friday, April 22, on the website.

The “speed-dating” exercise will foster possible connections between major firms and selected emerging companies. Major companies will be able to hear from emerging firms with innovative products or services tied to areas such as “big data,” connected devices and data analytics in sectors ranging from health care to information systems, and from power electronics to telecommunications.

Participating major firms include AT&T, Aurora Health Care, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Dedicated Computing, Dickten Masch Plastics, Direct Supply, GE Healthcare, Hewlett Packard Entreprise, Intel, Johnson Controls Inc., Logistics Health Inc., Marshfield Clinic Information Services, Promega, Racine Metal-Fab and Rockwell Automation.

Other features of the event will include:

  • An opening discussion to talk generally about Tech Summit goals, company needs and emerging markets;
  • David Cagigal, the chief information officer for the state of Wisconsin, will talk about cybersecurity and what companies need to know; and
  • A continental breakfast, networking lunch and onsite reception.

Sponsors thus far include Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium; American Family Insurance; AT&T; American Transmission Company; Baird Capital; BDO; BloodCenter of Wisconsin; Dedicated Computing; Enbridge; GE Healthcare; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Milwaukee Institute; New Horizons of Wisconsin; UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; UW-Milwaukee; Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek; and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

Visit for more information on the event.