Wisconsin Technology Council Wisconsin Technology Council

Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference

The 13th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference was held June 2-3 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. More than 540 people attended the event from across the state and beyond.

Post conference materials:
- Final list of attendees (by last name) (by company)
- Summary of media coverage
- Gallery of event photos

The two-day conference is one of the Midwest's premiere “how-to,” hands-on events for entrepreneurs of all ages and experience levels. Attendees range from ‘treps who are still developing their ideas to emerging company leaders who have already attracted angel and/or venture funding. These businesses cover a broad span of categories, from information technology to cleantech, from advanced manufacturing to the life sciences, and from business services to consulting.

A panel of four experts from the worlds of venture capital, medicine and digital health kicked off the conference on June 2. The plenary session, titled “Driving quality up and costs down: Health IT in the age of accountability,” discussed the importance of Wisconsin’s health-tech industry, as well as trends and challenges facing the industry and its benefits for people, communities and health-care institutions at home or abroad.

The 2015 Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award recipient was Jim Berbee, of Berbee Information Networks Corp. Berbee spoke during the luncheon on June 2. The annual award honors an innovative leader who has demonstrated the ability to take hold of business opportunities and transform them into successes through vision, courage, adaptability, persistence and resourcefulness.

Jerry Jendusa joined the conference as one of the keynote speakers. As co-founder and CEO of EMTEQ, Jendusa led the aerospace company from a basement startup to an international business with seven locations in four countries, more than 630 employees and more than $100 million in sales. EMTEQ was sold in 2014. Jendusa was named 2014 EY Midwest "Entrepreneur of the Year" in advanced manufacturing. As co-founder of STUCK LLC, he focuses on business coaching, investing and giving back to the local community.

Other conference highlights included:

  • Presentations by the "Diligent Dozen" in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest
  • Fifteen panel discussions for emerging companies on how to “Launch, Grow and Succeed.”
  • Innovation Showcase featuring more than 45 companies from around the state
  • Plenty of chances to connect with seasoned entrepreneurs and investors over food and refreshments!

The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council, the independent, non-profit and non-partisan science and technology adviser to the Governor and the Legislature. Its members include leaders from tech companies, early stage funds, all levels of education, research institutions, government and law. The Tech Council serves as a catalyst for the growth of Wisconsin’s tech-based and entrepreneurial economy.

For more information, visit www.witrepsconference.com.