Tim Keane, who has mentored scores of young companies while building one of Wisconsin’s oldest and largest angel networks, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Technology Council’s “George Mosher Memorial Investor Hall of Fame” during the virtual Nov. 9-11 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.
Keane will be honored Nov. 9 at a dinner with fellow investors from across Wisconsin, the Upper Midwest and beyond.
The “Investor Hall of Fame” was established by the Tech Council to highlight the importance of angel and venture investors to the early stage economy. It was renamed in 2019 in honor of the late George Mosher, one of the first inductees and a prolific angel investor.
Keane is a past winner of another major award produced by the Tech Council, the inaugural Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education (“Triple E”) award.
Keane, president of Keane Consultants, is an active advisor to revenue-stage companies. He is founder and managing investor of Golden Angels Investors LLC, president of Keane Consultants, and a limited partner in several venture and private equity funds. He provides data analytics strategy consulting services to a small group of companies.
Keane was the founder of a leading software provider of advanced analytics systems for major retailers and financial institutions. This web analytics company (RTMS Inc.) was first in the retail industry to utilize advanced analytics and response techniques to dramatically improve retail sales for America’s best-known retailers.
Keane is a board director of several growth stage companies, including Student Treasures Publishing, Kansas City, Mo.; Marolina, Baltimore, Md.; EMOPTI, Brookfield, Wis; Transportant, Kansas City, Mo.; and First Business Financial Services, Kansas City and Madison, Wis.
“Tim Keane was one of the first major angel investors in Wisconsin,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council. “He doesn’t have a flamboyant ‘look at me’ style, but in addition to his stewardship of the Golden Angels, he has consistently stepped forward to help young companies, students and others as they undertook their journeys. Tim doesn’t hold back on his frank advice, but he is always kind, constructive and emblematic of the notion that investors are partners, not just sources of cash.”
He joins past Hall of Fame inductees Dick Leazer, Wisconsin Investment Partners; the late George Mosher; Roger Ganser, Venture Investors; Jeff Rusinow, Silicon Pastures; Carl Gulbrandsen, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation; Tom Shannon, BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation; John Neis, Venture Investors and Jan Eddy, Phenomenelle Angels.
The conference will also feature:
- A variety of insightful keynote speakers, including recently announced entrepreneur and viral influencer Jon Jacques and targeted panel discussions featuring leading entrepreneurs, investors and others tied to the tech and investor sectors
- A previously announced presentation on a new Wisconsin partnership involving the international Creative Destruction Lab
- A presentation about Epic’s Systems’ new healthcare platform: Epic Health Records Network
- 7th annual “Triple E” award winner Lorrie Keating Heinemann to be recognized
- Virtual sponsor exhibit hall showcasing more than 40 innovative Wisconsin companies
The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors so far include: 100state, Aberdean, Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium, Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Aurora Health Care, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, C.D. Smith Construction, City of Fitchburg, Concordia University Wisconsin, CUNA Mutual, Dane County Regional Airport, Dedicated Computing, DeWitt, Exact Sciences, Findorff, First Business Bank, Fluno Center, Godfrey & Kahn, Google, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, Idea Fund of La Crosse, Insperity, Kimberly-Clark, KW2, M3 Insurance, Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ Hey Communications, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Michael Best, Mobile 22, Morgridge Institute, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, Northwestern Mutual, One City Schools, Oshkosh Corp., Quarles & Brady, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, RSM US, Signature Bank, Skyward, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Summit Credit Union, board member Susan Healy, TASC, University Research Park, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Computer Sciences, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, Venture Investors, Versiti, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing Productivity, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Whitewater University Technology Park, WIPFLi and Ziegler.