March 20, 2023 - Lambeau Field in Green Bay

All 2023 Office Hours are sponsored by Faith Technologies.

9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Fueling innovation in Wisconsin: Programs designed to help early-stage businesses succeed
Joey Frayne, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. @_InWisconsin
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and its partner networks support technology-based companies through a variety of initiatives. WEDC will provide an overview of key programs and resources available to innovative startups and emerging firms. Examples include the Qualified New Business Venture tax-credit program, Technology Development Loans and the Capital Catalyst program.
10:30 to 11 a.m. Lessons from a serial entrepreneur: Learn by example
Brian Wiegand @BWiegand
Succeeding as an entrepreneur takes a mix of skills and the ability to bounce back. Brian Wiegand has been a founder or chief executive officer at companies such as Spin-Live, Hopster, TermSync,, Jellyfish, Nameprotect and BizFilings. He’s a serial entrepreneur with four successful exits and is now a venture partner with Wisconsin’s Kegonsa Capital Partners. Learn from his hits … and a few misses!
11:15 to 11:45 a.m. How Wisconsin I-Corps programs can help your business
Ilya Avdeev, UW-Milwaukee Lubar Entrepreneurship Center
Bonnie Bachman, UW-Madison College of Engineering @UWMadEngr
Research suggests the number one reason startups fail is because they create a product no one wants. I-Corps helps you circumvent this issue. Hear from UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee program leaders on how their programs link new venture and business mentors with academics to investigate the pathways for commercializing research ideas.
2 to 2:45 p.m. Preparing for fundraising: Ask a CFO
Keith Davidson, CliftonLarsonAllen @CLAConnect
Fundraising is hard! While pop culture phenomena like Shark Tank makes raising capital look quick and easy, the real process is time consuming and extremely competitive. Join Keith Davidson, a consulting chief financial officer with CliftonLarsonAllen, as he provides an overview of the venture fundraising process and how to prepare.
3 to 3:30 p.m. Learn more about Wisconsin’s early stage investment scene
Joe Kremer and Tom Still, Wisconsin Technology Council @WiscTechCouncil
Wisconsin’s early stage investing scene is vigorous, with 50-plus active funds, networks and other investor groups, and the dollar-value of total investments is up over time. Learn more about the latest trends that matter to young companies during this session. 

3:45 to 4:30 p.m. How businesses can engage with regional resources
Barb LaMue, New North @NewNorthInc
Elizabeth Thelen, Whitewater University Innovation Center @WhitewaterIC
Wisconsin has a strong network of regional resources to help businesses of all sizes. Learn how to tap into the resources of these private and public networks to help your business grow. Hear about community portals into loans and other financing, business tax credits, mentoring, academic research channels and more.