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Early Stage Symposium

November 16, 2016 - November 17, 2016

The 2016 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium will be held Nov 16-17 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. We anticipate close to 600 people will attend the conference from across the state and beyond and will offer more opportunities than ever before for companies to interact with angel and venture investors from Wisconsin and well beyond.

In addition to the Wisconsin Angel Network presentation track and the ever-popular Elevator Pitch Olympics, this year’s conference will debut a speed-dating segment — “Investor Intros” — that will allow entrepreneurs to introduce themselves and their ideas to investors. Don’t delay, however, in applying for one or all three opportunities to make yourself known to investors! In order for our steering committee to make selections, we’re seeking applications by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

With questions about how to apply; please visit our “Presentations” page or contact Bram Daelemans.

As always, the Early Stage Symposium will feature plenty of informative and inspiring speakers, panel discussions, networking and much more. See below for highlights from the 2015 edition of the ESS.

–  Read news coverage of the 2015 event
–  View event photos

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.

More than 40 companies will have an 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. Nearly 500 companies have presented during this fall conference in one format or another over the years, including some of the largest technology companies that call Wisconsin home. Information on presenting companies coming soon…

The 2nd annual Wisconsin WOMEN Reception will be on Nov 15, and will kick off the full Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium the following morning.

The two-day event will also feature:

  • Presentations by more than two dozen companies selected for the Wisconsin Angel Network investors’ track. Investors from across Wisconsin and beyond attended.
  • NEW this year – a speed-dating style event called Investor Intros.
  • The 12th annual Elevator Pitch Olympics, which provided 90-second presentation opportunities for additional companies. A panel of experienced investors judged the pitches and offer feedback.
  • More than a dozen panel discussions + educational seminars 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.
  • SBIR/STTR awards luncheon to recognize grant recipients from the past year.
  • The 3rd 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.


November 16, 2016
November 17, 2016
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Wisconsin Technology Council


Monona Terrace
1 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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