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 in-person Nov. 3-4 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. and Steve Lyons, SJL Government Affairs & Communications

Effective marketing strategies to master the game
Hosts: Jennifer Savino, KW2
and Spencer X. Smith, AmpliPhi

ARPA, SBIR and more alphabet soup: Why these federal dollars are worth chasing
Hosts: Sgt. David Brown, ForwardWERX and Idella Yamben, Center for Technology Commercialization

How to find (and keep) your first customers
Host: Nick Myers, RedFox AI

Incubator, accelerator or co-working space: What’s right for you?
Erin Clausen, Irontek and Jessica Martin Eckerly, Forward BIOLABS

Recruiting for the right culture and why it matters
: Liz Schrum, RevelOne

Numbers that matter: What entrepreneurs need to know
Host: Dave Hynek, Business Fitness

Trade and tech: How to weather today’s storm
Hosts: Jeff Mayers, WisPolitics/
and Katy Sinnott, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

The conference will also feature:

  • Thirty-eight company presentations and the “Investor Intros” speed-dating segment.
  • Keynote speakers Nathan Herbst and Joel Fields, CEO and CFO of Paradigm, which exited this year for $450 million; and founders of the Milwaukee-based Young Enterprising Society, Khalif and Que El-Amin.
  • A conversation with startup attorney and mentor Joe Boucher, the winner of the “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award.
  • A Nov. 3 evening conference reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities.

The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors so far include: Aberdean Consulting, Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium, Advocate Aurora Health, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, City of Fitchburg, CUNA Mutual, Dedicated Computing, DeWitt, Exact Sciences, Findorff, Fine Point Consulting, First Business Bank, Godfrey & Kahn, Google, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, Idea Fund of La Crosse, KW2, M3 Insurance, Madison Development Corp., Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ Hey Communications, Marquette University, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Michael Best, Mobile22, Morgridge Institute for Research, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, One City Schools, Perkins Coie, Quarles & Brady, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, RSM US, Signature Bank, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, SustainableHR PEO, TASC, University Research Park, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Computer Sciences, Venture Investors, Versiti, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, Wipfli, WEA Trust, Zendesk and Ziegler.