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Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference


2014 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference 

The 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference was held June 3-4 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The conference is one of the Midwest's premiere “how-to,” hands-on events for entrepreneurs of all ages and experience levels.

Attendees ranged 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. The 2014 conference drew more than 500 people, including entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, economic development partners, researchers, educators and more.

The annual Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” awards luncheon 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. The 2014 award recipients were Craig and Lea Culver, co-founders of Culver Franchising System Inc.

Other conference highlights included:
  • Opening keynote speaker Jack Lynch of Wisconsin Rapids’ Renaissance Learning
  • Presentations by the "Diligent Dozen" in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest
  • 15 panel discussions for emerging companies on how to “Launch, Grow and Succeed.”
  • Elucent Medical was named the 2014 BPC Grand Prize winner
  • Presentation from Dave Lambert of Internet2
  • Innovation Showcase featuring more than 50 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.