Armed services veterans who want to learn about trends that could affect how they finance and grow their businesses may register at a major discount to attend in-person Nov. 8-9 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Registration is open by clicking here.

Veterans from the post-9/11 era may attend the full conference for $79. That rate compares to the full conference fee of $299 and is made possible by our sponsors, which includes the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. A student rate of $69 is available for undergraduate and graduate students.

“Post 9/11 veterans can bring a host of skills to business, from technical expertise to teamwork to a personal work ethic,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council, which produces the conference. “This conference offers tips on how to launch and grow a business, while featuring chances to network with some of Wisconsin’s best entrepreneurs and investors.”

Visit and click “Register Now,” then choose “Returning Veterans” or “Student” under the registration drop-downs. Some entrepreneurs will be eligible for conference scholarships to help defray registration costs. Email for more information.

Making smart moves in today’s economy” is the 2023 theme for the event, which will feature company presentations, panel discussions, keynote speakers and more. Detailed information is available on the conference website:

The conference will also feature:

The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors thus far include: 100state, Aberdean Consulting, Advocate Aurora Health, Amazon, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, ATC, AT&T, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, Business Fitness, City of Fitchburg, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen), Customers Bank, DeWitt, EUA, Exact Sciences, Findorff, First Business Bank, Foley & Lardner, Godfrey & Kahn, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, Idea Fund of La Crosse, In Business Magazine, Insperity, Isthmus Project, KW2, Lost Boys Interactive, M3 Insurance, Madison Development Corp., Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ Hey! Communications, Marquette University, Michael Best, Microsoft, Morgridge Institute for Research, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, One City Schools, ORIN Technologies, Quarles & Brady, Raven Software, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, RSM US, Ruder Ware, Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, SustainableHR PEO, TDS, Tech Council board member Susan Healy, Technology Entrepreneurship Office at UW-Madison, 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, Virent, von Briesen & Roper, Whitewater University Innovation Center, Fiscal Economical Research Center, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., WIPFLi, Wisconsin Dept. of Financial Institutions, Wisconsin Historical Society, Yahara Software, and Ziegler Alternative Investments.

To learn more about sponsorship information, please reach out to Angela Schlobohm at