MADISON – Whether it’s talent, capital or connections, a series of seminars during the upcoming Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison will examine why Wisconsin is the right place for startups to launch, grow and succeed.

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The two-day conference will feature 15 panel discussions and educational seminars organized into three concurrent tracks titled “Launch, Grow and Succeed” to appeal to companies at different stages of development. This year, the “Succeed” track will showcase five companies that have moved to, expanded and/or continue to grow in Wisconsin – and why the state is the right place for them.

Here are the five seminars to be led by some of Wisconsin’s most successful entrepreneurs. Ten other panel discussions will be announced soon:

“Why Wisconsin: The Comply365 story”
Kerry and Dude Frank launched their mobile enterprise software business in the basement of their northern Illinois home, but moved across the state line to Beloit, Wis., to expand. Learn more about Comply365 and its decision to “border hop” as a strategy to grow. (Tuesday, June 7, 10 – 10:50 a.m.)

“Why Wisconsin: The Bright Cellars story”
A little more than a year ago, Bright Cellars graduated from the genera8tor program after launching in Boston. With help from investors, the company committed to staying in Wisconsin. Find out why Bright Cellars has a Wisconsin roof over its head! (Tuesday, June 7, 11 – 11:50 a.m.)

“Why Wisconsin: The Understory story”
Understory was born in Whitewater and Madison, moved to Boston after graduating from gener8tor and is back in Wisconsin after raising a major round of financing. Find out why the company left, returned and is putting down Badger roots. (Tuesday, June 7, 2:15 – 3:05 p.m.)

“Why Wisconsin: The PerBlue story”
One might not expect to see an innovative gaming company in Wisconsin, but that’s exactly where you can find PerBlue. Learn how PerBlue grew from its roots on the UW-Madison campus to become the first mobile gamer to use GPS technology for a location-based, role-playing game. (Wednesday, June 8, 10 – 10:50 a.m.)

“Why Wisconsin: The NeuWave story”
Madison-based NeuWave Medical is a prime example of a homegrown company that has done what some economic development fishing expeditions fail to do: Reel in a big fish from a bigger pond. NeuWave’s acquisition by Ethicon is a happy ending that should continue to pay dividends for Wisconsin. (Wednesday, June 8, 11 – 11:50 a.m.)

Produced by the Tech Council, the Entrepreneurs’ Conference is one of the largest events for entrepreneurs and early stage investors in the Upper Midwest. More than 500 people are expected to attend the two-day conference, to be held June 7-8 at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, just off Madison’s South Beltline Highway. Other highlights will include:

  • Erik Iverson, the new managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
  • Representatives from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • The 2016 Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award recipient
  • Diligent Dozen: Top 13 finalists from the Governor’s Business Plan Contest square off
  • Innovation Showcase featuring more than 45 companies from around the state
  • Plenty of chances to connect with seasoned entrepreneurs and investors over food and refreshments

Sponsors so far include: Aberdean Consulting; Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium; Alliant Energy; American Family Insurance; American Transmission Co.; Ascendancy Advisors; AT&T; Baird Capital; Baker Tilly; BDO; BloodCenter of Wisconsin; BMO Harris Bank; Capitol Bank; Carroll University; Center for Technology Commercialization; City of Fitchburg; Dedicated Computing; DeWitt Ross & Stevens; Findorff; First Business Bank; Godfrey & Kahn; Google; HealthX Ventures; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Madison College; Madison Gas & Electric; Makin’ HEY! Communications; Marquette University; Michael Best & Friedrich; Midwest Prototyping; Murphy Desmond; Neider & Boucher; Quarles & Brady; RDC National; Red Arrow Production; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.; Rockwell Automation; Uber; University Research Park; UW-Madison Discovery to Product (D2P); UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; UW-Madison Office of University Relations; UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation; Venture Investors; WERCBench Labs; Whitewater University Technology Park; Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek; WIPFLI; Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation; Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.; Wisconsin Technical College System; World Wide Technology; and WTN Media.

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