A growing list of investors from Wisconsin, the Upper Midwest and beyond will attend the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, to be held in person Nov. 9-10 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.

Companies that apply for, and are asked to present, at the conference will have three chances to meet with angel and venture capitalist, corporate funds, family funds and other investors on hand. The 2022 format includes two pitch opportunities – the Tech Council Investor Networks track (five-minute presentations) and the 90-second Elevator Pitch Olympics.

All registered companies are eligible for “Investor Intros,” which will allow pre-selected companies brief, one-on-one meetings with targeted angel and venture investors.

The investors attending thus far include: 4490 Ventures, Ardent Group, Baird Capital, Bascom Ventures, BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Capital Midwest Fund, Chippewa Valley Angel Investors Network, gener8tor, Golden Angels Investors, HealthX Ventures, Idea Fund of La Crosse, Inventure Capital, Lancaster Investments, M25 Group, Madison Development Corp., Rock River Capital Partners, Saldalphon Capital, Sixty8 Capital, TitletownTech, Venture Investors, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., WISC Partners, Wisconsin Investment Partners, Wisconsin River Business Angels, Yahara Ventures and Ziegler Linkage Fund.

Instructions for how to apply for all or a mix of the investor presentation opportunities can be found at wisearlystage.com on the “ESS Application” tab.

General registration is also now open by clicking here!

At least one applicant must register in advance for the conference at a discounted rate of $179. The registration fee includes two breakfasts, two luncheons and a reception. Additional team members may register at the rate of $129. As always, student discounts will be available. Some young companies will be eligible for conference “scholarships” to help defray registration costs. Contact angela@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com after applying to learn about eligibility; early registrants will receive first consideration.

The conference will also feature:

  • Leaders from the nation’s two largest investor organizations: Bobby Franklin, president of the National Venture Capital Association (Nov. 9), and Margie Bacheler of the Angel Capital Association (Nov. 10).
  • Targeted panel discussions featuring leading entrepreneurs, investors and others tied to tech sectors in Wisconsin and beyond.
  • The 9th annual “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award presentation and luncheon.
  • Exhibit hall showcasing innovative Wisconsin companies.
  • A Nov. 9 conference reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities, including an investors-only dinner.

The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors thus far include: Aberdean Consulting, Advocate Aurora Health, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, City of Fitchburg, Concordia University, DeWitt, EUA, Exact Sciences, Findorff, First Business Bank, Foley & Lardner, Godfrey & Kahn, Google, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, KW2, M3 Insurance, Madison Development Corp., Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ Hey Communications, Marquette University, Michael Best, Mobile22, Morgridge Institute for Research, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, One City Schools, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, RSM US, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, TDS, Tech Council board member Susan Healy, Technology Innovation Center – Milwaukee, UMOS One Workforce – TechStars, University Research Park, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Computer Sciences, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, Venture Investors, Versiti, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., WIPFLi, Wisconsin Dept. of Financial Institutions and Ziegler.

To learn more about sponsorship information, please reach out to Angela Schlobohm at angela@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com.