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2015 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

WHAT:  The symposium is designed to unlock Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial potential by providing the right combination of ideas, innovation, intellectual property and investment – as well as hands-on instruction and advice targeted to early stage companies ready to make the leap.

Select companies will have the opportunity to make presentations and meet with investors, along with other entrepreneurs and business leaders. Many firms have cited participation in the conference as a key factor for significant business growth.

WHERE: Monona Terrace, Madison, WI

WHEN: November 4-5, 2015

WHO: Steve Holzhauer and Eric Slifer will be attending 

WHYThe two-day event will feature: 

  • Presentations by more than 20 companies selected for the Wisconsin Angel Network investors’ track. Investors from across Wisconsin and beyond will attend. 

  • The 11th annual Elevator Pitch Olympics, which provide 90-second presentation opportunities for more than 15 additional companies. A panel of experienced investors judge the pitches and offer feedback.

  • More than a dozen panel discussions or plenary sessions featuring leading entrepreneurs, investors and others tied to the tech sector.

  • “Office hours,” offering the opportunity to meet with subject experts on a variety of topics in small discussion groups or one-on-one.

  • SBIR/STTR awards luncheon to recognize grant recipients from the past year.

  • The second annual "Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education" award presentation. 

  • The annual “First Look” forum featuring selected campus-based technologies.

  • Exhibit hall showcasing more than 40 Wisconsin companies.

  • A first-night reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities, including an investors-only dinner.

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