MADISON – From new dairy products to medical imaging for injured horses, and from safer law enforcement tools to software apps, 22 companies will pitch to investors and the crowd during the Elevator Pitch Olympics at the 2016 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

The 22 companies will deliver 90-second pitches and be scored by a panel of investor judges – as well as the crowd – during the second day of the Nov. 16-17 conference at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.

In addition to the judges’ feedback, participants will also be scored by members of the audience for selection of a “People’s Choice” award. Taking part in the Elevator Pitch Olympics are:

3D Dairy Foods; Alfred; Asto CT; BrightLife Innovations; BuildingBlock; Cellara; Cicerologic Solutions; Farmsense-Farmcents; Forsythe & Storms Technologies; Gregor Diagnostics; LifeMapping; Lumi.Live; Megalodon Insurance Systems; RentDrop; Sintact; Snugb; The MiniClassy; Third Coast Therapeutics; TimeCenter – Visionary Business Solutions; Updown; Voxello and WeightUpSolutions.

Previously announced: The Tech Council Investor Network tracks on the opening day of the conference will feature 28 companies making five-minute presentations during two sessions, morning and afternoon. Read a short description of each of the 28 companies on the “Presentations” page at

Nearly 90 companies from across the Midwest applied to present at the annual conference or to meet with investors through the new “Investor Intros” track. Other conference highlights previously announced include:

  • Remarks at the Wisconsin W·O·M·E·N reception the evening of Nov. 15 by Eve Hall, the president of the African-American Chamber of Commerce. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting space at M3 Insurance, 828 John Nolen Drive. Register here for this separate event.
  • Nov. 16 panel discussion entitled “Invest in the Midwest: How regional funds view Wisconsin.”
  • Experts from leading national law firms and funds will take part in “A national view: Trends in early stage investing,” 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.
  • Remarks 1 p.m. Nov. 17 by Jack Salzwedel, chief executive officer and president of American Family Insurance and a community innovation leader.
  • The Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education award, which will go to Jan Eddy.
  • The Investor Hall of Fame award, which will go to Carl Gulbrandsen.

Registration is open at The conference will also feature:

  • A new “Investor Intros” speed-dating segment on Thursday, Nov. 17.
  • “Office Hours,” which are small-group meetings with subject experts on a mix of topics.
  • SBIR/STTR awards luncheon to recognize grant recipients from the past year.
  • The “First Look” forum featuring selected campus-based technologies.
  • Exhibit hall showcasing more than 40 Wisconsin companies.

The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors so far include: 100State; Aberdean; Adana Holdings; Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium; Alliant Energy; American Family Insurance; American Transmission Co.; AT&T; Aurora Research Institute; Baird Capital; Baker Tilly; BDO; BloodCenter of WI; BMO Harris Bank; Boardman & Clark; Carroll University; City of Fitchburg; Concordia University; Cresa Madison; Dane County Regional Airport; Dedicated Computing; Enbridge; Findorff; First Business Bank; Fluno Center; Functional Biosciences; Godfrey & Kahn; HealthX Ventures; HP Enterprise Services; Husch Blackwell; Innovator Mindset; Madison College; Madison Gas & Electric; Makin HEY! Communications; Marquette University; Marshfield Clinic; Medical College of Wisconsin – OTD; Michael Best; Midwest Prototyping; Morgridge Institute; Murphy Desmond S.C.; N29 Capital Partners; Neider & Boucher; NEW Capital Fund; New Glarus Brewing Company; Perkins Coie; PreventionGenetics; Promega Corp.; Quarles & Brady; Red Arrow Production; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.; Skyward; Smith & Gesteland; Square 1 Bank; State of Wisconsin Investment Board; Summit Credit Union; University Research Park; UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation; Venture Investors; Veritas; Wells Fargo; WERCBench Labs; Whitewater University Technology Park; WIPFLI; Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation; Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity; Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.; Wisconsin Health & Educational Facility Authority; WTN Media; Ziegler


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