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2013 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium


The 2013 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium was held Nov. 5-6 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison, Wis.

The Early Stage 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. 

We had record attendance this year with more than 550 registrants over the two-day event. Attendees traveled to Madison from all over Wisconsin, the Midwest, and beyond. We introduced two new elements to the symposium – the “Office Hours” sessions and the “Reverse Elevator Pitch” panel – both earned rave reviews! Forty-four companies had the opportunity to present to investors during the WAN Tracks and the Elevator Pitch Olympics. Sixteen panel discussions covered a wide variety of topics and engaged some of the region’s leading investors and entrepreneurs. Our featured speakers – Brad Feld and Mark Schmitz – filled the ballrooms to capacity and sparked some exciting conversations about reaching beyond conventional boundaries.

2013 Post-conference materials:

  • The full attendee list can be found here.
  • See Tom Still's recap of this year's event here.
  • View photos of presenters, exhibitors and speakers here.
  • Read a comprehensive list of media coverage here.

 For more information, visit http://www.wisearlystage.com/.


2012 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

View all the 2012 post-conference materials, including highlights, presentations, attendee list, press coverage and sponsors.

2010 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

View the 2012 conference agenda.

2009 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

View the 2009 post-conference materials, including a list of the companies that presented.

2008 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

View the 2008 post-conference materials, including the agenda and WAN Track presenters.

2007 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

View the 2007 post-conference materials, including agenda, speakers, presenters, press coverage and sponsors.

2005 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

View press coverage and mediasite presentations from the 2005 conference.