Successful entrepreneurs, financial experts, executives, social media professionals and other experts from Wisconsin will take part in eight “Office Hours” spread throughout both days of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison.

The conference will take place Nov. 6-7 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center, and will also feature speakers, panel discussions, two different company pitch formats and an “Investor Intros” segment to connect emerging companies with angel and venture capitalists.

Learn more, check out our sponsors and register at The Office Hours session titles and hosts are:

Understanding Wisconsin’s ‘Qualified New Business Venture’ (QNBV) process

Joey Frayne, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

Negotiating SaaS subscription agreements: The realities of dealing with enterprise customers.

Bill Foley, Godfrey & Kahn with Joy Taylor, Zendesk and Lydia Zeller, Kiio

SBIR grants: Why these federal dollars are worth chasing

Dave Linz and Todd Strother, Center for Technology Commercialization

Numbers that matter: What entrepreneurs need to know (part 1)

Derek Matzke, BDO with Jessica Mac Naughton, WIPFLi

Numbers that matter: What entrepreneurs need to know (part 2)

Deanna Merryfield, Baker Tilly with Dave Hynek, Business Fitness

Social media for savvy entrepreneurs of any size and budget

Helen Kosterman and Spencer X Smith, AmpliPhi

Incubator, accelerator or co-working space: What’s right for you?

Mark Johnson, Whitewater University Tech Park; Chandra Miller Fienen, StartingBlock; Jacquin Davidson, WERCBench Labs; and Guy Mascari, Technology Innovation Center – Milwaukee

How to find (and keep) your first customers

Laura Gallagher, The Creative Company with Ben Weger, SwanLeap

The conference will also feature:

  • More than 40 company presentations and the “Investor Intros” speed-dating segment, which have more than 430 one-on-one meetings.
  • Keynote speakers Marques Ogden, former NFL lineman turned entrepreneur; and Jeff Schumacher, globally known investor, decentralized tech expert and UW-Eau Claire graduate.    
  • A conversation with Anne Smith, the winner of the “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award for her role at the UW-Madison Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic.
  • Six panel presentations on Nov. 6 featuring investors, entrepreneurs, higher education and healthcare experts as well as specialized attorneys
  • A Nov. 6 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., AmpliPhi, AT&T, Aurora Health Care, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, Boardman & Clark, Ben Brewer Photography, C.D. Smith Construction, CGI, City of Fitchburg, Concordia University of Wisconsin, CUNA Mutual, Dane County Regional Airport, Dedicated Computing, Discovery World, Eppstein Uhen Architects, Exact Sciences, Findorff, First Business Bank, Fluno Center, Foley & Lardner, Foxconn, Godfrey & Kahn, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, Idea Fund of La Crosse, KW2, M3 Insurance, Madison Development Corp., Madison Gas & Electric, Marquette University, Makin HEY! Communications, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Medical College of Wisconsin, Michael Best, Midwest Prototyping, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Morgridge Institute, Murphy Desmond, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, Northwestern Mutual, One City Schools, Perkins Coie, Quarles & Brady, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, RSM US, ScaleFactor, Signature Bank, Summit Credit Union, Susan Healy, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, TASC, Technology Innovation Center – Milwaukee, University Research Park, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, Venture Investors, Versiti, WEA Trust, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Whitewater University Technology Park, WIPFLi, Wisconsin Dept. of Financial Institutions, Wisconsin Investment Partners, Yahara Software and Ziegler.

Check out our past news releases and register by Nov. 4 at