More than 60 successful entrepreneurs, investors and other startup business experts will be featured at the 16th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, June 5-6 at Union South in Madison. Visit to view the robust agenda and register.

Panel discussions organized around three distinct stages that matter to all startup companies – launch, grow and succeed – will tap into the experience and expertise of investors, entrepreneurs and advisors from around the region.

Investors who will take part in the sessions include: Dan Brooks, Sun Mountain Capital; Mark Bakken, HealthX Ventures; Andrea Dlugos, Wisconsin Investment Partners; Jonathan Fritz, Symphony Corp.; Lorrie Heinemann, Madison Development Corp.; Jonathon Horne, Idea Fund of La Crosse; Molly Lahr, AmFam Ventures; Ross Leinweber, Bold Coast Capital; Dan Malven, 4490 Ventures; Richelle Martin, The Winnow Fund; Ross Mires, Square 1 Bank; Craig Schedler, NM Future Ventures (Northwestern Mutual); David Trotter, Winnebago Seed Fund; Troy Vosseller, gener8tor; Andy Walker, Rock River Capital Partners; and Heather Wentler, The Doyenne Group.

Entrepreneurs and emerging company leaders include: Michael Adam, DocLaunch; Abi Barnes, Allergy Amulet; Matt Cordio, Startup Milwaukee; Jacquin Davidson, Davidson Associates; Syovata Edari, CocoVaa; Mark Gehring, HealthMyne; Robert Hopton, Health eFilings; Matt Howard, EatStreet; Jennifer Javornik, Filament Games; Josh Klemons, Reverbal Communications; D. P. Knudten, COLLABORATORcreative; Rachel Neill, Carex Consulting; Greg Schneider, Zendesk; Spencer X Smith, AmpliPhi and Spencer X Smith Consulting; Don Stanley, 3Rhino Media; Jason Weaver, Halo; Evan Wing, HMA Fire; Matt Younkle, Cardigan; and Sherry Zhang, GenoPalate.

Other business leaders, advisors and experts taking part include: Lisa Anderson, Lindsay, Stone & Briggs; Kelly Armstrong, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.; Tim Bartholow, WEA Trust; Kate Bechen, Husch Blackwell; Brenda Broberg, Willis Towers Watson; Jessica Cavazos, Latino Chamber of Commerce; Chelsey Dequaine, Isthmus; Cathy Durham, Capital Valuation Group; Maureen Easton, Foley & Lardner; Mark Ehrmann, Quarles & Brady; Chandra Miller Fienen, StartingBlock; Rob Gerbitz, Hendricks Commercial Properties; Nathan Hammons, Marquette University Law School; Katie Hill, Rippe Keane Marketing; Jason Hunt, Boardman & Clark; Mark B. Johnson, CGI; Mark W. Johnson, Whitewater University Technology Park; Steve Lyons, SJL Government Affairs and Communications; John McDonald, Godfrey & Kahn; Amy Pietsch, Fox Valley Technical College; Jed Roher, Godfrey & Kahn; Chris Schiffner, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.; Liz Schrum, TalentFoot; Jackie Steinmetz, Accelity Marketing; Tom Still, Wisconsin Technology Council; Amber Swenor, Strategic Partners Marketing; Sara Tetzloff, Hiebing Group; Melissa Turczyn, Michael Best; Brian Waller, Technology Association of Iowa; Idella Yamben, Center for Technology Commercialization; and Ginger Zimmerman, Murphy Desmond.

Powering bright ideas for Wisconsin entrepreneurs” is the 2018 theme for the event, where ‘treps from around the state will showcase their innovations, services and technologies. Detailed panel information is available on the conference website:

The Entrepreneurs’ Conference is one of the largest events for entrepreneurs and early stage investors in the Upper Midwest. More than 500 people are expected for the two-day conference, to be held at Union South for the second year. Parking information is available through the conference website or click here. Other highlights will include:

  • Day One keynote speaker Marsha Lindsay, internationally known for her work on corporate branding.
  • Day One afternoon plenary panel offering Social Media 101 savvy tricks.
  • Day Two keynote Tom Erickson, a serial software entrepreneur.
  • Day Two opening plenary panel unveiling the “Badger Fund of Funds” team, which will invest in Wisconsin companies.
  • The 15th annual Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award winnersKerry + Dude Frank of Comply365 in Beloit.
  • Diligent Dozen: Top 12 finalists from the Governor’s Business Plan Contest square off on June 5.
  • Social media contest using conference hashtag: #WiTreps.
  • Governor’s Business Plan Contest awards ceremony on June 6.
  • Innovation Showcase featuring exhibits from more than 40 Wisconsin companies.
  • A presentation by Alex Hart-Upendo of the Wisconsin YES! youth business plan contest, and
  • Plenty of chances to network with seasoned entrepreneurs and investors over food and refreshments including a June 5 reception.

Sponsors so far are: Aberdean, Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, Barb Luhring Graphic Recording, BDO, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, BMO Harris Bank, Boardman & Clark, Carroll University, Center for Technology Commercialization, CGI, City of Fitchburg, Dedicated Computing, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, DXC Technology, Findorff, First Business Bank, Foley & Lardner; Godfrey & Kahn, HealthX Ventures, Hudson Business Lounge, Husch Blackwell, IBM, JP Cullen, Madison College, Madison Development Corp., Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ Hey! Communications, Marquette University, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Merchant & Gould, Michael Best, Microsoft, Midwest Prototyping, Technology Innovation Center – Milwaukee, MOD Media Productions, Murphy Desmond, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, Noble Applications, Northwestern Mutual, Old National Bank, Quarles & Brady, Red Arrow Productions, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, River Valley Bank, Rockwell Automation, Smith & Gesteland, Summit Credit Union, Susan Healy (board member), Uber, University Research Park, UW-Green Bay, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy, UW-Madison D2P, UW-Madison Dept. of Computer Sciences, UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, UW-Madison University Relations, Venture Investors, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, WEA Trust, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., WHEFA, Whitewater University Technology Park, WIPFLi, Wisconsin Hospital Association and Wisconsin Technical College System.

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