Entrepreneur, investor and author Tamara Kleinberg, founder of Denver-based GoToLaunchStreet.com, will open the 2017 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Madison’s Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

Visit www.wisearlystage.com to register and learn more about the two-day conference, which attracts early stage investors from across the Midwest and beyond.

Through her speeches, consulting with companies of all sizes, books, videos and blogs, TED Talk veteran Kleinberg inspires audience to embrace innovation and create a culture of adaptability in themselves and their organizations.

As the creator of the Innovation Quotient Edge Assessment, Kleinberg has developed a system able to measure people’s natural innovation strengths and deliver insights and tools for performing at their peak, bringing more innovative ideas to the table, and being a high-value team member.

At 27, she was the youngest person ever named to leadership in a leading global advertising agency. As you walk the aisles of major retail stores, you will push your cart past products and brands that have benefited from Kleinberg’s innovative approach – from Cheerios and Johnsonville Sausage, and from Procter & Gamble to Clorox. She has been featured in the New York Times, the Today Show, the Huffington Post and other media outlets.

“Tamara knows what it takes to drive growth and innovation daily in an ever-changing market-place,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “When companies such as Disney, General Mills and RICOH want to improve their innovation quotient, they call her. She has run multi-million dollar businesses and launched a few of her own, learning from her successes and, most importantly, her failures.”

The conference is a showcase for emerging companies in Wisconsin. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 29 from early stage companies that would like to present in one of three tracks at this year’s symposium. Those tracks include the Elevator Pitch Olympics, the Tech Council Investors’ Network track and the Investor Intros “speed dates.”  Apply now at www.wisearlystage.com and visit the “Presenting Companies” tab.

The conference will also feature:

  • A Nov. 14 Wisconsin WOMEN reception (Women, Opportunities, Mentors, Networking, Entrepreneurs). This event is open to both men and women.
  • The 4th annual “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award presentation.
  • Panel discussions and educational seminars featuring leading entrepreneurs, investors and others tied to the tech sector.
  • “Office Hours,” offering the opportunity to meet with subject experts on a variety of topics
  • SBIR/STTR awards luncheon to recognize grant recipients from the past year.
  • Exhibit hall showcasing Wisconsin companies.
  • A Nov. 15 conference evening reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities, including an investors-only dinner.


The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors so far include: 100state, Aberdean, Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium, Affiliated Engineers, Alliant Energy, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Aurora Health Care, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, BMO Harris Bank, Bunker Labs Madison, Carroll University, Center for Technology Commercialization, City of Fitchburg, Concordia University, Cresa, Dane County Regional Airport, Dedicated Computing, DXC Technology, Enbridge, Findorff, First Business Bank, Fluno Center, Functional Biosciences, Godfrey & Khan, HealthX Ventures, Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Madison Central, Husch Blackwell, IBM, Madison College, Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ HEY! Communications, Marquette University, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Medical College of Wisconsin, Michael Best, Midwest Prototyping, Morgridge Institute, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, Promega, Red Arrow Productions, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, River Valley Bank, Skyward, Smith & Gesteland, Square 1 Bank, Susan Healy (Tech Council board member), SWIB, TASC, University Research Park, UW-Green Bay, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy, UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, Venture Investors, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., WERCBench Labs, Whitewater University Technology Park, WIPFLi, Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority, Wisconsin Hospital Association and Ziegler.


Learn more and register at www.wisearlystage.com.