MADISON – Mike Splinter, the former chairman and CEO of Applied Materials, a global
technology leader that symbolized the growth of the semiconductor industry in
California’s Silicon Valley, will speak Wednesday,
Nov. 4 at the 2015 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison.
Splinter will speak at a mid-day
conference luncheon at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. The
event will also feature Wisconsin winners of federal Small Business Innovation
Research awards, Small Business Technology Transfer and related merit-based
grants. The luncheon and awards are sponsored by Marshfield Clinic Applied
Sciences and the UW-Extension Center for Technology Commercialization.
Splinter recently completed
his work as chairman of the board for Applied
a multi-billion dollar leader in semiconductor, display, solar and other
technologies. He served as the company’s chief executive office during a decade
of rapid growth and success. Prior to Applied Materials, he was an executive at
Intel Corp., serving in a number of key positions during his 20-year tenure.
Splinter is as a general partner at WISC Partners, a strategic operating capital fund focused on building
wealth and entrepreneurship in Wisconsin. He serves on a number of
influential industry boards and councils, including US-India CEO Forum and
Technology CEO Council; boards of the NASDAQ OMX Group, SEMI, Pica 8 Inc. and
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.; the University of Wisconsin
Foundation; and formerly on the Board of Trustees for Santa Clara University.
His education includes an
honorary doctorate, a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in electrical
engineering, all from the University of Wisconsin. Splinter works and lives in
“Mike Splinter is one of the most recognized
names in technology and a Wisconsin success story who is now focused on working
with some of the state’s promising tech companies,” said Tom Still, president
of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “His story will be instructive for
entrepreneurs and company builders from all sectors.”
Previously announced as a speaker was Zach
Halmstad, founder of JAMF Software. Other speakers and highlights will be announced
in coming weeks. The conference will also feature:
– Presentations by more than two dozen companies selected for the Wisconsin
Angel Network investors’ track. Investors from across Wisconsin and beyond will
The 11th annual Elevator Pitch Olympics,
which will provide 90-second presentation opportunities for additional
companies. A panel of experienced investors will judge the pitches and
– A dozen panel discussions and educational seminars featuring leading
entrepreneurs, investors and others tied to the tech sector.
– “Office Hours,” offering the opportunity to meet with subject experts
on a variety of topics in small discussion groups or one-on-one.
– SBIR/STTR awards luncheon to recognize grant recipients from the past
– The 2nd annual “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education”
– The “First Look” forum featuring selected campus-based technologies.
– Exhibit hall showcasing more than 40 Wisconsin companies.
– A first-night reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other
networking opportunities, including an investors-only dinner.
The Tech Council produces the
conference. Sponsors so far include: Aberdean; American Transmission Co.;
AT&T; Ascendancy Advisors; Aurora Research Institute; Baird Capital; Baker
Tilly; BDO; BloodCenter of Wisconsin; BMO Harris; Boardman & Clark; Carroll
University; City of Fitchburg; Concordia University; Dane County Regional
Airport; Dedicated Computing; DeWitt Ross & Stevens; Eppstein Uhen
Architects; Findorff; Fine Point Consulting; First Business Bank; Functional
Biosciences; Godfrey & Kahn; HealthX Ventures; HP Enterprise Services; Keane
Consultants; Madison Gas & Electric; Makin’ HEY Communications; Marquette
University; Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences; Medical College of Wisconsin; Michael
Best & Friedrich; Midwest Prototyping; MIOsoft; Morgridge Institute for
Research; Murphy Desmond; Neider & Boucher; Nelson Schmidt; Pendio Group; Quarles
& Brady; RDC National Inc.; Red Arrow Production; Reinhart Boerner Van
Deuren; Safenet Consulting; Skyward; Smith & Gesteland; State of Wisconsin
Investment Board; Summit Credit Union; University Research Park; UW-Oshkosh
Business Success Center; UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation; UW-Madison Office of
Corporate Relations; Venture Investors; Whitewater University Technology Park;
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek; Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation; Wisconsin
Economic Development Corp.; Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities
Authority; and Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership.