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 ninth annual Wisconsin Tech Summit, which will take place March 14 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 and the Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum.
A series of “Office Hours” will run throughout the day to address topics of interest to emerging companies and entrepreneurs in Wisconsin. 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
Unconventional financing: Thinking creatively can make a difference
- Hosts: Lance Walter and Tyler Swenson, WBD and Travis Leroy, Nicolet National Bank. Learn if you may qualify for low-cost loans for some of your business operations.
Angel and venture capital in Wisconsin on the rise: Is it right for you?
- Hosts: Joe Kremer and Tom Still, Wisconsin Technology Council. Wisconsin had a record year in 2021 for angel and venture capital. Learn some basics.
How businesses can engage with their congressional offices
- Hosts: Kris Andrews, Wisconsin Technology Council consultant, and representatives of some of Wisconsin’s House and Senate delegation. Learn if federal resources can help your business … and how to get past the front door.
High performance computing in our 21st century digital age
- Hosts: Oscar Garcia and Raunaq Chamdia, Foxconn. Learn about a new, Wisconsin-based resource available for companies large and small.
What the UW-Madison College of Engineering can do for your business
- Hosts: Dean Ian Robertson and Russ Johnson, UW-Madison College of Engineering. Demand for engineering talent is high for businesses large and small; learn how to find it.
“Office Hour” sessions range from 30 to 45 minutes and are open to all attendees.
The March 14 “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 by allowing major firms to talk generally about their goals, needs and emerging markets;
- A continental breakfast, lunch and a closing reception;
- A plenary panel on health care innovation post-COVID, and;
- A free tour of Lambeau Field for all registrants.
Sponsors include; AT&T, AVI Systems, Baird Capital, BDO, Findorff, Flad Architects, Google, Insperity, Kwik Trip, Marshfield Clinic Health System, PDS, Rockwell Automation, Ruder Ware, Shive-Hattery, TDS, Turo, University Research Park, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, UWM Research Foundation, Versiti, WEA Trust, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp, WHEFA and Zendesk.
Major firms attending the 2022 Tech Summit are: 3M, Advocate Aurora Research Institute, American Family Insurance, Exact Sciences, Findorff, Foxconn, Johnson Controls, J.P. Morgan, Kimberly-Clark, Kwik Trip, Marshfield Clinic Health System, OEM Fabricators, Oshkosh Corp., Promega, Rockwell Automation, Schreiber Foods, Shive-Hattery, Sub-Zero Group and TitletownTech.
Visit wistechsummit.com for more information on the event and registration.