Speakers with first-hand knowledge about federal government needs in sectors such as defense, homeland security, cybersecurity and medical simulation will speak Sept. 6 in Madison, Wis., during the sixth annual “Resource Rendezvous.”

The one-day conference is aimed at helping companies learn how to increase their chance of receiving federal grant dollars or research agreements. Produced by the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium and the Wisconsin Technology Council, the event will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6,at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus.

Early-bird registration is $99 through Aug. 24 and $119 thereafter and $50 for students; all may register by clicking here or visiting www.wisecurity.org. Scheduled to speak are:

  • Retired Brig. Gen. Peter Palmer, director of General Dynamics EDGE Innovation Network, who will speak during the conference luncheon. The EDGE Innovation Network allows industry, academia and non-profit groups, along with government entities, to collaborate in an open environment to rapidly deliver technologies and innovative capabilities to war-fighters and first responders.
  • Matt Scholl, deputy chief, with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence within the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Jim Grove, who coordinates the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology activities for the six-state region that includes Wisconsin.
  • Dr. Gerald Moses, program manager for medical simulation with General Dynamics Information Technology.
  • Dr. Kevin Kunkler, who leads efforts involving medical modeling, simulation and training for the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center.
  • Retired Lt. Col. Rock Marcone, director of the General Dynamics Land Systems Maneuver Collaboration Center.

The Resource Rendezvous will also feature early stage companies presenting to key people in federal agencies during the Quad Pitch presentations. The deadline to submit an application for the Quad Pitch presentations is Monday, Aug. 20. Additionally, attendees will have opportunities to learn about the research and development interests and related funding opportunities of participating agencies.  Contact Jodi Hoeser for information.

Selected presenters will give a four-minute pitch to showcase their research and product development ideas to federal science and technology directors who will attend Resource Rendezvous. Participants will have only four minutes and up to four PowerPoint slides to share information; there will be ample networking time before and after formal presentations.

“Presenters at past Resource Rendezvous events have established enduring connections with federal science and technology directors, and in many cases have won contracts and grants,” said Jack Heinemann, director of the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium.

To apply to present, you must do two things after registering for the conference:

  • Submit an executive summary through the Wisconsin Angel Network Special Events Deal Room. Click here for a direct link to the Deal Room. You will create a user profile and submit your executive summary directly to the website. Summary requirements are on the website. All bold fields are required.
  • After submitting your executive summary through WAN’s Deal-Flow Pipeline, e-mail Jodi Hoeser at jhoeser@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com and confirm you are applying to present at the Resource Rendezvous and if your submission can be activated, allowing WAN’s investor-members to view your submission.

The Resource Rendezvous will also feature opportunities for researchers, grant writers, business leaders and other professionals to learn about the R&D interests and related funding opportunities of participating agencies.

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