More than 60 entrepreneurs, investors and other startup experts will take part in 18 panel discussions over two days at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, to be held June 5-6 at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel.

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Tracks within the conference are built around three stages that matter to all startup companies – launch, grow and succeed.

The Launch Track will include these panels: Resources for entrepreneurs: How to find the help you need; Business accelerators: Passing fad or investment fancy?; Let’s get bizzy: How to work with BizStarts Milwaukee; Beg/Borrow/Bootstrap: Lessons from entrepreneurs; Cool college start-ups: How ’treps are thriving on and off campus; and How to compete for Small Business Innovation Research grants.

The Grow Track will include: Lean startups: Innovating at max efficiency; Intellectual property for ’treps: What you need to know about the new patent law; Killer mistakes: How to avoid (or learn from) them; The China Syndrome: Doing business with 1.3 billion customers; From a trickle to stream: Water tech startups in Wisconsin; and Presenting to investors: What angels and venture capitalists need to hear.

The Succeed Track will include: The 30,000-foot view: Perspectives from the region’s angel investors; State tax credits: Making them work for your business; Coming to terms with your term sheet; Building partnerships with leading Wisconsin companies; How to build a board of directors that works for you; and How to manage your company to a successful exit.

Entrepreneurs and business leaders serving on these panels include: Sam Adams, EchoMetrix; Eric Apfelbach, ZBB Energy; Casey Allen, Project Skyway; David Alpert, Fusion Holdings; Todd Asmuth, AquaMost; William Bazeley, NextVex Home Services Exchange; Sal Braico, FlexBiomedical; Rimas Buinevicius, Madcelerator; Kevin Conroy, Exact Sciences; Andrew DeGuire, Johnson Controls; Ted Feierstein, LeanTech Group; Jeff Fitzsimmons, HarQen; Kelly Fitzsimmons, HarQen; Scott Fulton, BioSystems Development/Agilent; Mark Gehring, Asthmapolis; Steve Glynn, Spreenkler Talent Labs; Mike Harris, Patina Solutions; Matt Howard, BadgerBites; Seth Kravitz, Technori; Dan Lawton, Promentis Pharmaceuticals; Max Lynch, Codiqa; Chris Meyer, Sector 67; Lisa Patrick, HP Enterprise Solutions; Chad Sorenson, SoloGear; Randy Spaulding, Spaulding Clinical; Jim Tretheway, BioIonix; Forrest Woolworth, PerBlue; and Matt Younkle, Murfie.

Investors and other experts taking part in panel discussions will be announced later. Additional conference highlights include:

  • Chances to mingle with angel investors from across the Midwest, who will attend a meeting of the Angel Capital Association during the conference;
  • Nationally known speakers, including Julie Wainwright of The; Bob Dorf, co-author of the “Startup Owner’s Manual” and a leader in the lean startup movement; and a third speaker to be announced soon.
  • The Top 12: Finalists in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest square off;
  • The Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” Award, with the 2012 winner to be announced before the conference;
  • Plenty of chances to network over food and refreshments!


The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference is produced by the Tech 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.

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