WAUKESHA – Fifteen major companies will take part in about 175 “speed dating” meetings with more than 40 emerging companies during the third annual Wisconsin Tech Summit, to be held April 25 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha.

Produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and partners that include the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the Tech Summit will provide an organized way for young companies and corporations with a national and global footprint to meet and explore likely business relationships around technology needs and innovation.

Those relationships might include research and development partnerships, direct investments, strategic partnerships as vendors or sales outlets, even merger and acquisition.

Major companies and private institutions taking part are: AT&T, Aurora Health Care, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Dedicated Computing, Dickten Masch Plastics, Direct Supply, GE Healthcare, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Johnson Controls Inc., Logistics Health Inc., Marshfield Clinic Information Services, Promega, Racine Metal-Fab and Rockwell Automation. Brief descriptions of the emerging companies are available for review at www.wistechsummit.com.

While larger, more general, events can produce such business-to-business interactions, and often do, a targeted approach allows major companies and young companies alike to be efficient in exploring ideas and possible partnerships.

A broader goal of the conference is to fuel two important sectors of the Wisconsin economy – its major firms, which are often world leaders, and its early stage sector, which is a source of innovation but often disconnected from the right markets and potential users of those ideas.

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;
  • A series of 30-minute educational seminars to look at common questions and hurdles faced by emerging companies; 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.

A limited number of general admission registrations are available through Friday, April 22, on the website – www.wistechsummit.com.

2016 Wisconsin Tech Summit – Emerging Companies and Early Stage Funds
Alithias Inc.
Baird Capital
C5-6 Technologies LLC
Cicero Logic Solutions
CivicSmart Inc.
Easy Way to Health Inc.
Ebullient Inc.
Echometrix LLC
Extended Care Pro (ECP)
Extract Systems
Functional Biosciences Inc.
Health Connection LLC
Ictect Inc.
Intellivisit Inc.
ISC International Ltd.
Lightweight Structures LLC
Matrix IT Medical Tracking Systems Inc.
Medical Cyberworlds Inc.
Merge eClinicalOS, an IBM Company
Metria Innovation Inc.
OPS Solutions LLC
PerformanceG2 Inc.
Pilot Training System
Pixel Hangers
Silica Biomed LLC
Superion Technology
SWITS Translations
Three Oaks Venture Capital
Valentin Technologies LLC