A growing list of investors from Wisconsin, the Upper Midwest and beyond will attend the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, to be held in person Nov. 8-9 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.
Companies that apply for, and are asked to present, at the conference will have three chances to meet with angel and venture capitalists, corporate funds, family funds and other investors on hand. The 2023 format includes two pitch opportunities – the Tech Council Investor Networks track (five-minute presentations) and the 90-second Elevator Pitch Olympics.
All registered companies are eligible for “Investor Intros,” which will allow pre-selected companies brief, one-on-one meetings with targeted angel and venture investors.
The investors attending thus far include: 4490 Ventures, Baird Capital, BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Capital Midwest Fund, Chippewa Valley Angel Investors Network, Gateway Capital Partners, gener8tor, Golden Angels Investors, Great North Ventures, HealthX Ventures, Idea Fund of La Crosse, Inventure Capital, Laerdal Million Lives Fund, Madison Development Corp., Rock River Capital Partners, Stateline Angels, TitletownTech, Tundra Angels, Venture Investors, WARF Ventures, Winnow Fund, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Wisconsin Investment Partners, Wisconsin River Business Angels, Yahara Ventures and Ziegler Link-Age Funds. More will be announced soon!
Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 from young companies that want to tell their stories to investors during the in-person conference at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.
Companies that apply for the conference will have up to three chances to meet with angel and venture capitalists, corporate funds, family funds and other investors on hand. The 2023 format includes two pitch opportunities – the Tech Council Investor Networks track (five-minute presentations) and the popular Elevator Pitch Olympics. All registered companies are eligible for “Investor Intros,” which allow pre-selected companies brief, one-on-one meetings with targeted angel and venture investors.
At least one applicant must register in advance for the conference at a discounted rate of $179. Additional team members may register at the rate of $129. As always, student discounts will be available. Some young companies will be eligible for conference “scholarships” to help defray registration costs. Contact email@example.com after applying to learn about eligibility; early registrants will receive first consideration.
The deadline to apply online is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13.
The conference will also feature:
- National keynote speakers and targeted panel discussions featuring leading entrepreneurs, investors and others tied to the tech sector making an impact nationwide.
- The 10th annual “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award presentation and luncheon.
- Exhibit hall showcasing innovative Wisconsin companies.
- A Nov. 8 conference reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities, including an investors-only dinner.
The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors thus far include: 100state, Aberdean Consulting, Advocate Aurora Health, Amazon, American Transmission Co., Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, AT&T, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, City of Fitchburg, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen), Customers Bank, DeWitt, EUA, Exact Sciences, Findorff, First Business Bank, Foley & Lardner, Godfrey & Kahn, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, Idea Fund of La Crosse, In Business Magazine, Insperity, Isthmus Project, KW2, Lost Boys Interactive, Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ Hey! Communications, Marquette University, Michael Best, Microsoft, Morgridge Institute for Research, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, One City Schools, ORIN Technologies, Quarles & Brady, Raven Software, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, RSM US, Ruder Ware, Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, SustainableHR PEO, TDS, Tech Council board member Susan Healy, Technology Entrepreneurship Office at UW-Madison, Technology Innovation Center – Milwaukee, UMOS One Workforce – TechStars, University Research Park, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Computer Sciences, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, Venture Investors, Versiti, Virent, von Briesen & Roper, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., WIPFLi, Wisconsin Dept. of Financial Institutions, Wisconsin Historical Society and Ziegler Alternative Investments.
To learn more about sponsorship information, please reach out to Angela Schlobohm at firstname.lastname@example.org.