In addition to “speed dates” with 20 major companies, representatives of emerging companies in Wisconsin will hear from experts on a mix of topics as part of the sixth annual Tech Summit at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
Featuring about 200 “speed date” strategic meetings between major companies and emerging firms, the Tech Summit fosters 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 plastics and advanced manufacturing.
A series of “Office Hours” will run throughout the day to address topics of interest to emerging companies and entrepreneurs in Wisconsin. The hosts who will be presenting the information are industry experts. Topics in chronological order are:
Building your empire: Five steps to attracting and evaluating talent
Liz Schrum, Talentfoot
Pete Romenesko and Craig Dickman, TitletownTech
LinkedIn strategies all entrepreneurs should leverage to optimize results
Jackie Hermes and Jenny Weeden, Accelity Marketing
Fueling innovation: Programs designed to help early-stage businesses succeed
Joey Frayne, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Venture investing in Wisconsin
Charlie Goff, NEW Capital Management
How to tap America’s Seed Fund for your new tech innovation
Todd Strother and Dave Linz, Center for Technology Commercialization
Jill Enos, TitletownTech
Also tied to the new Lambeau location: Two tour sessions before the reception will take attendees through the players tunnel and on to the apron of the playing field. Sponsored by Findorff, the tour will feature trivia and other history of the Green Bay Packers’ home.
Participating major firms are Accuray, Associated Bank, AT&T, Advocate Aurora Health, Aurora Research Institute, CGI, Dedicated Computing, Exact Sciences, GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls, Marshfield Clinic Health Systems, Microsoft, Northwestern Mutual, Promega, Rockwell Automation, Schneider, UW Health, Versiti, WEA Trust and WIPFLi. Summit objectives for the major firms are summarized here.
Emerging companies may apply to participate at wistechsummit.com with an extended deadline of 5 p.m. Feb. 20. A company registration fee is due at the time of application. Companies that are not selected to participate will receive a full refund. A selection process involving major companies and the Tech Council will follow. Selected emerging companies may meet with multiple major firms. Repeat emerging companies are welcome to apply. The application can be downloaded here.
Visit wistechsummit.com for more information on the event, the application process, registration and sponsorship opportunities.