Four state-based healthcare systems will discuss technology and innovation needs that could be met by emerging companies during a “reverse pitch” at the March 18 Wisconsin Tech Summit at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Executives from Aurora Healthcare, Froedtert Hospital, Marshfield Clinic Health System and UW Health will talk about their innovation portfolios during a session following lunch in the Lambeau Atrium. The session is produced by the Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum and sponsored by Concordia University.

The healthcare “reverse pitch” is a new element at the sixth annual Tech Summit, which will also feature a series of 15-minute meetings between emerging companies and major firms.

Also tied to the new Lambeau location: Two tour sessions before the reception will take attendees through the players tunnel and on to the apron of the playing field. Sponsored by Findorff, the tour will feature trivia and other history of the Green Bay Packers’ home.

Participating major firms are Accuray, Associated Bank, AT&T, Advocate Aurora Health, Aurora Research Institute, CGI, Dedicated Computing, Exact Sciences, GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls, Marshfield Clinic Health Systems, Microsoft, Northwestern Mutual, Promega, Rockwell Automation, Schneider, UW Health, Versiti, WEA Trust and WIPFLi.

Emerging companies may apply through Feb. 20 to be eligible for possible “speed dates” with the major firms. More information, including an application form, can be found at Repeat emerging companies are welcome to apply.

Summit objectives for the major firms are summarized at

Major firms will be able to hear from emerging companies with innovative products or services tied to areas such as Internet of Things, imaging, data storage, blockchain, software and data analytics in sectors ranging from health care to information systems, and from power electronics to telecommunications.

Applications are also welcome from early stage funds that may want to introduce portfolio companies and otherwise connect with major companies.

Emerging companies may apply to participate at with an extended deadline of 5 p.m. Feb. 20. A company registration fee is due at the time of application. Companies that are not selected to participate will receive a full refund. A selection process involving major companies and the Tech Council will follow. Selected emerging companies may meet with multiple major firms.

Attendance at the event is limited to representatives of participating major firms, selected emerging companies or funds, seminar presenters and event sponsors. Limited general admission may be opened prior to the event in early March.

The “speed dating” meetings will run about 15 minutes each with five minutes between. Other features of the event will include:

  • Educational seminars, which will be available to all participants during those times in which they are not scheduled for individual meetings;
  • An event overview and opening discussion to help set the stage for emerging companies by allowing major firms an opportunity to talk generally about their goals, needs and emerging markets;
  • An optional tour to the Lambeau Field apron through the players tunnel.
  • A continental breakfast, networking lunch and onsite reception.

Sponsors thus far include American Family Insurance, American Transmission Company, Axis Communications, Baird Capital, BDO, BloodCenter of Wisconsin/Versiti, Burish Group at UBS Financial Services, Camera Corner Connecting Point, CGI, Concordia University, Cupertino Electric, Dedicated Computing, Findorff, Flad Architects, GE Healthcare, goVirtualOffice, Greater Green Bay Chamber, Green Bay Packers, Herzing University, IBM, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Northwestern Mutual, Novo Group, OneNeck IT Solutions, Rockwell Automation, RSM US, ScaleFactor, UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, UWM Research Foundation, von Briesen & Roper, WEA Trust, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and WIPFLi.

Visit for more information on the event, the application process, registration and sponsorship opportunities.

Download the emerging company application here.