In addition to “speed dates” with 19 major firms, representatives of emerging companies in Wisconsin will hear from experts on a mix of topics as part of the 10th annual Wisconsin Tech Summit, which will take place March 20 in-person at Lambeau Field.
The Tech Summit is built around series of brief meetings, or “speed dates,” to foster communication and partnership. It is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council.
A series of “Office Hours” will run throughout the day to address topics of interest to emerging companies and entrepreneurs in Wisconsin. All Office Hours are sponsored by Faith Technologies. Topics in chronological order are:
Fueling innovation in Wisconsin: Programs designed to help early-stage businesses succeed
- Host: Joey Frayne, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Get an overview of WEDC’s portals to help your young company.
Lessons from a serial entrepreneur: Learn by example
- Host: Brian Wiegand. Hear from a serial entrepreneur about his four successful exits … as well as a couple that didn’t quite make it!
How Wisconsin I-Corps programs can help your business
- Hosts: Ilya Avdeev, UW-Milwaukee Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, and Bonnie Bachman, UW-Madison College of Engineering. Hear from two program leaders on how their programs link new venture and business mentors with academics to investigate the pathways for commercializing research ideas.
Preparing for fundraising: Ask a CFO
- Host: Keith Davidson, CliftonLarsonAllen. Hear from a consulting CFO as he provides an overview of the venture fundraising process and how to prepare.
Learn more about Wisconsin’s early stage investment scene
- Hosts: Joe Kremer and Tom Still, Wisconsin Technology Council. Hear more about investment trends that may matter to young companies.
How businesses can engage with regional resources
- Hosts: Barb LaMue, New North and Elizabeth Thelen, Whitewater University Innovation Center. Learn how to tap into the resources of public and private networks to help your business grow.
“Office Hour” sessions range from 30 to 45 minutes and are open to all attendees.
The March 20 “speed date” meetings are 15 minutes each with five minutes between. Other features of the event are:
- An event overview and opening discussion to help set the stage for emerging companies and major firms;
- A mid-day keynote session from Mark Murphy, president and chief executive officer of the Green Bay Packers;
- A continental breakfast, lunch and a closing reception, and;
- A free tour of Lambeau Field for all registrants.
Other sponsors are: Amazon, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, AT&T, AVI Systems, Baird Capital, BDO, Boldt, CGI, CliftonLarsonAllen, Concordia University, Findorff, Flad Architects, Google, Greater Green Bay Chamber, Kwik Trip, Lost Boys Interactive, Marshfield Clinic Health System, New North, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, RSM, Ruder Ware, Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction, Shive-Hattery, Supporting Strategies, TDS, UMOS, University Research Park, UW Extended Campus, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Data Science Institute, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, Versiti, von Briesen & Roper, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp, WHEFA and Xcel Energy.
Major firms attending the 2023 Tech Summit are: Advocate Aurora Research Institute, American Family Insurance, Baker Tilly, CGI, Exact Sciences, Faith Technologies, Findorff, Google, J.P. Morgan, Kimberly-Clark, Kwik Trip, OEM Fabricators, Oshkosh Corp., Promega, Rockwell Automation, RSM, Schreiber Foods, Shive-Hattery and TitletownTech.
Visit wistechsummit.com for more information on the event and registration.