From fishing to biotech, and from mobile applications to new motors and engines, more than 40 early stage companies will present to potential investors at the 2012 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, Nov. 13-14 in Madison.

The conference will be held at Madison’s Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Visit to register and learn more.

The annual conference, which has existed under different names for more than 25 years, will feature the eighth annual “Elevator Pitch Olympics” for companies in a seed financing stage and the sixth annual Wisconsin Angel Network Early Stage presentation track for companies seeking angel investments and beyond.

Twenty-six companies were selected for the WAN track (Tuesday, Nov. 13) and 16 more will take part in the Elevator Pitch Olympics (Wednesday, Nov. 14). Companies in the WAN track feature technologies in information technology and Internet services, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, “cleantech” and recreation.

They are organized in two tracks: “Bugs and tools” for biotech and advanced manufacturing, and “Clicks and Apps” for most software, Internet and mobile app companies.

“The presenting companies at the Early Stage Symposium reflect the diversity of Wisconsin’s tech-based economy,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “What says ‘Wisconsin!’ more than fishing, golf, camping, engines and motors? You’ll find all of those and more among this year’s presenting companies.”

Here are the 26 companies selected to make seven-minute investor pitches in the Wisconsin Angel Network tracks:

Bugs and tools: Stemina Biomarker Discovery, Swallow Solutions, Isomark, C5.6 Technologies, Longevity Biotech, Tasso, Eso-Technologies, C-Motive Technologies, DeltaHawk Engines, Extend Manufacturing, Rowheels, Renewegy and NCD Technologies.

Click and apps: BoothTag,, Piiku, SpeechTails, SlipStream, Strategic Fishing Systems, Faculte, Progeneric Systems, Doorjam, Kayo Technology, Golf Pipeline, Jabbersmack and Pilot Training System.

Emerging companies selected for the 90-second “Elevator Pitch Olympics” on Day Two of the conference will be judged by a panel of investors as well as the audience. Those companies are: Abstract Engineering, Bank Marketplace, Electronic Recess, Environmental Health Concepts, HAI Surveillience & Control,, Medical Thermodynamics, Modern Movement, ParkMan USA, Novo Luggage, Regenerative Medical Solutions, Ronin Studios & Consulting, Scanalytics, TriBiotica, WeDo and WomStreet.

To learn more about some of these companies, visit

Investors from across Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest are among the 400-plus people expected to attend the conference. Featured speakers at the conference are Larry Landweber, whose work on the Internet during its formative years led to his induction this year into the Internet Society’s Hall of Fame, and Greg Milman, one of the nation’s most respected scientists inside the National Institutes of Health and an expert on Small Business Innovation Research grants. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will also offer her perspectives on the tech economy in a separate address. Other highlights of the conference will include:

  • Fourteen panel discussions featuring seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and consultants.
  • The annual “First Look” forum featuring selected campus-based technologies.
  • A first-night reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities, including an investors-only dinner.

The conference is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and its partners and sponsors. Visit to register, review sponsorship opportunities or to learn more.