A panel comprised of Wisconsin’s newest cohort of early stage investors will take the stage June 6 during the 15th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison at Union South on the UW-Madison campus. The panel session is being sponsored by Summit Credit Union.

Visit www.WiTrepsConference.com to register and learn more. “Early bird” registration is open through May 15 and special hotel rates at the Union South apply through mid-May.

On hand 8:45 a.m. June 6 to describe their funds will be: George Arida, 30Ventures; Jonathon Horne, Idea Fund of La Crosse; Brian Kaas, CMFG Ventures; Craig Schedler, Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures; David Trotter, Winnebago Seed Partners and Andy Walker, Rock River Capital Partners. Wisconsin Technology Council President Tom Still will moderate the conversation on “Flyover land no more: Homegrown funds in Wisconsin.”

“Some of the latest additions to Wisconsin’s early stage investment landscape will talk about their funds, the quality of the deals they’re seeing in the state, and how entrepreneurs can best approach investors such as themselves,” Still said.

Each of the panelists is active in the Tech Council Investor Networks, which has collected, linked and created resources for investors and entrepreneurs. The Investor Networks will soon publish “The Wisconsin Portfolio,” which is a summary of angel and venture capital deals in Wisconsin.

Produced by the Tech Council, the annual conference is one of the largest events for entrepreneurs and early stage investors in the Upper Midwest. More than 500 people are expected to attend the two-day conference, to be held June 6-7 at its new location: Union South on the UW-Madison campus. Other highlights will include:

  • Nationally known speakers Arvind Subramanian and Alan Webber (both June 7)
  • The 2017 Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award, to be presented June 6 to Zach Halmstad of Jamf, an Eau Claire-based software company
  • Diligent Dozen: Top 12 finalists from the Governor’s Business Plan Contest square off June 6
  • Panel discussions and educational seminars for emerging companies on how to “Launch, Grow and Succeed” will span both days
  • Innovation Showcase featuring more than 45 companies from around the state
  • Plenty of chances to network with seasoned entrepreneurs and investors over food and refreshments

Sponsors thus far are: Aberdean Consulting, Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium, Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, BMO Harris Bank, Boardman & Clark, Bunker Labs – Wisconsin, Cardigan, Carroll University, Center for Technology Commercialization, City of Fitchburg, Dedicated Computing, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, DXC Technology, Exact Sciences, Findorff, First Business Bank, Godfrey & Kahn, Google, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, Kinetic Compliance Solutions, Madison College, Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ HEY!, Marquette University, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Michael Best, Midwest Prototyping, Murphy Desmond, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, Noble Applications, Quarles & Brady, Red Arrow Productions, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, River Valley Bank, Rockwell Automation, Summit Credit Union, Uber, University Research Park, UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation, UW-Madison Discovery to Product (D2P), UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, UW-Madison University Relations, Venture Investors, Veritas Technologies, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., WERCBench Labs, Whitewater University Technology Park, Wisconsin Health & Educational Facilities Authority, WIPFLI, Wisconsin Technical College System, WTN Media, and Yahara Software.

For more information, visit www.witrepsconference.com or call 608-442-7557.