Terry Sivesind, whose career has included co-founding six life sciences companies and a mentoring group that has assisted scores of young firms, will accept the “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison.

Sivesind will be honored Nov. 7 during the “Triple E” luncheon, which will be held at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center. Visit www.wisearlystage.com to register.

The “Triple E” award was launched by the Wisconsin Technology Council to highlight the importance of entrepreneurial education. The selection of Sivesind by the 2018 conference steering committee was based on:

  • Delivering outstanding quality in teaching entrepreneurship and/or mentoring entrepreneurs, in or out of the classroom
  • Stimulating innovative methods for teaching or mentoring entrepreneurs
  • Promoting entrepreneurial education and mentorship among scholars, policymakers, practitioners and others
  • Providing a significant contribution to the development of best practices in the field

Previous winners of the “Triple E” award are Tim Keane, an investor and entrepreneur who was one of the first college-level educators in Wisconsin to design courses around entrepreneurial studies; Thomas “Rock” Mackie, a scientist, entrepreneur and educator who has helped build an entrepreneurial culture on the UW-Madison campus; Jan Eddy, tech company founder and a tireless mentor of startups through her work on and off campus; and Allen Dines, who has mentored entrepreneurs and helped instill a startup spirit in UW-Madison students and faculty.

Sivesind has been active in the Madison-area entrepreneurial sector since he began as one of the early employees at Promega Corp. in 1985.  He has since been involved as a co-founder of PanVera, Mirus, Takara Bio USA, Metabiologics, Renovar and Cellectar.

He was a co-founder of Wisconsin Investment Partners, the state’s first angel investor network.  More recently, he was a co-founder of MERLIN (Madison Entrepreneur Resource, Learning and Innovation Network) Mentors, a 10-year-old group with more than 100 mentors who help entrepreneurs. Sivesind was a co-founder of the MadWorks Seed Business Accelerator, a member of the organizing committee for StartingBlock Madison, and has advised two UW-Madison entities, the School of Business and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“Terry Sivesind’s contributions over time have touched company growth, investment, mentoring and education, all of which are necessary for a healthy ecosystem,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council. The conference will also feature:

  • About 40 company presentations and the “Investor Intros” speed-dating segment.
  • Keynote speakers Kelly Fitzsimmons, Custom Reality Services, and Aaron Kennedy, founder of Noodles and Co.
  • 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.
  • A Nov. 7 evening conference reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities, including an investors-only dinner.

The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors so far include: 100state, Aberdean Consulting, Accuray, ACS, Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Aurora Health Care, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, Barb Luhring Graphic Recording, BDO, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, BMO Harris, Boardman & Clark, The Burish Group – UBS Financial Services, Capital Newspapers, Carroll University, CGI, City of Fitchburg, Concordia University, Cresa Madison, Dane County Regional Airport, Dedicated Computing, DXC Technology, Enbridge, Eppstein Uhen Architects, Exact Sciences, Findorff, First Business Bank, Fluno Center, Foley & Lardner, Functional Biosciences, Godfrey & Kahn, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, JP Cullen, M3 Insurance, Madison College, Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ HEY! Communications, Marquette University, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Medical College of Wisconsin, Merchant & Gould, Michael Best, Midwest Prototyping, MOD Media, Morgridge Institute, Murphy Desmond, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, Northwestern Mutual, One Neck IT Solutions, Perkins Coie, Quarles & Brady, Red Arrow Production, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, River Valley Bank, Skyward, Square 1 Bank, Sun Mountain Kegonsa, Tech Council board member Susan Healy, TASC, Technology Innovation Center – MKE, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, University Research Park, UW-Green Bay, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, Venture Investors, WEA Trust, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Wisconsin Health & Educational Facility Authority, Whitewater University Technology Park, WIPFLi, Wisconsin Investment Partners, Yahara Software and Ziegler.

Learn more and register at www.wisearlystage.com.