MILWAUKEE – A talented line-up of entrepreneurs, investors and other start-up business experts will be featured in nearly 20 and panel discussions at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, June 8-9, 2010, in Milwaukee.
To register for the conference, to be held at The Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., go to: http://www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com/events/ent_conf/
Entrepreneurs can learn from others who have launched companies and products – and who have experienced many highs and lows along the way. The list includes: Sal Braico, Flex Biomedical Inc.; Dave Brethauer, Aquaponcis; Kent Chase, Intense Engineering; Brian Cole, Innovative Sports Strategies; Tom Crabb, Planet LLC; Romke de Haan, Thud LLC; Mark Gehring, Sharendipity; Steve Glynn, Spreenkler; Heather Hilleren, Local Dirt; David Koudri, Polydec Inc.; Sunil Krishnan, iGate; Al Krueger, Comet Branding; Deven McGlenn, NeoClone Biotechnology International; Greg Meier, serial entrepreneur; Paul Nowak, Lansare; Ron Powell, BeyeNetwork; Bonnie Reinke, Eso-Technologies; Chad Sorenson, Sologear (FlameDisk); Randy Spaulding, Spaulding Clinical; Jason Tienor, Telkonet; Trevor Twose, Mithridion; and Tim Yusishen, Solar Solutions.
Young entrepreneurs with college start-ups include: Jesse Davis, Entrustet.com; Mike Garson, Badger Trips; and Tyler Sailsbery, NoMoreDorms.com.
A number of current investors who have helped bring start-up companies to the next stage will also present. They include: Charlie Goff, NEW Capital Fund; Tim Keane, Golden Angels Network; Caralynn Nowinski Chenoweth, Sikich Investment Banking; Judy Owen, Calumet Venture Fund; John Rice, Triathlon Medical Venture Partners; Dennis Serio, Illinois Business and Investors Forum; Dan Steininger, Successful Entrepreneur Investors; Brad Taylor, Wisconsin Investment Partners; Paul Weiss, Venture Investors LLC; and Bob Wood, Wisconsin Investment Partners.
Other moderators and presenters include service experts, many of whom are veteran entrepreneurs or investors, who will offer solutions to common problems faced by start-ups and early stage companies. They include: Dave Angus, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Chamber of Commerce; Joe Boucher, Neider & Boucher; Jeff Bradford, Grant Thornton; Tim Cigelske, Marquette University; Kristin Cogswell, AT&T; Paul Eberle, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek; Mark Ehrmann, Quarles and Brady; Jonathan Fritz, Michael Best & Friedrich; Paul Jones, Michael Best & Friedrich; Jeff Koser, Selling to Zebras LLC; Brett Koeller, Godfrey & Kahn; Joe Kremer, Wisconsin Angel Network; David Linz, Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network; Greg Lynch, Michael Best & Friedrich; Jim Paetsch, M-7; Dan Sisel, Mortenson Construction Co.; John Schulze, American Transmission Co.; and Eric Wilson, Godfrey & Kahn.
Government leaders who have engaged in growing Wisconsin’s economy will also make remarks. They include Commerce Secretary Aaron Olver, Financial Institutions Secretary Lorrie Keating Heinemann, and members of the Wisconsin Legislature.
“We thrilled to offer such an experienced array of panelists, presenters and workshop leaders for the Entrepreneurs’ Conference,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, which produces the event with the help of a Milwaukee-based steering committee. “It will be a valuable experience for entrepreneurs who want to learn from others who have walked down their paths.”
Previously announced speakers were: Dave Berkus, past chairman of California’s Tech Coast Angels and one of the nation’s most prolific angel investors, who will also host a conference workshop; Eric Apfelbach, chief executive officer of ZBB Energy Corp. in Menomonee Falls; Sue Marks, founder and CEO of Brookfield-based Pinstripe Inc., a privately‐held, venture‐backed human resources and recruitment process outsourcing firm; and Robert Okabe, a veteran Chicago-area investor and managing director of RPX Group, where he leads the firm’s efforts to assist universities, research institutions and corporations in creating startups.
Other conference highlights include:
— The Top 12: Finalists in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest square off
— Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” Award, to be announced soon.
— Resource center for one-on-one tips on grants, research partners and more
— Plenty of chances to network over food and refreshments!
The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council, the independent, non-profit science and technology advisers to the Governor and the Legislature. It serves as a catalyst for the growth of Wisconsin’s tech-based and entrepreneurial economy.
Register or learn more by visiting www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com/events/ent_conf