Madison’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Madison’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Assessing Madison’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem & Investment Opportunities

November 20 @ 4:30 pm6:00 pm

If investors gave a report card, how would they rate the volume and quality of local start-ups, including spinouts from UW-Madison, and the effectiveness of Madison’s entrepreneurial support system? Hear a candid discussion by a panel of angel and venture investors, who will evaluate the area’s progress towards achieving a culture of entrepreneurship and a critical mass of investment opportunity.
Panelists will discuss issues such as:

The greatest challenges for local investors in the local financing environment, including whether Wisconsin has a sufficient level of early stage funds and syndication power.

The strengths of our university tech transfer system and overall entrepreneurial climate, and what still needs to improve to foster growth companies.

How they find investment opportunities, and what they look for before making an investment—as well as red flags that have them walk away from a deal.

How entrepreneurs should prepare for the investor due diligence process.

For entrepreneurs in attendance it is your chance to ask questions of the panelists in an extended Q&A session, and to network with them at a reception following the event.

Moderator: Allen Dines, Executive Partner, WISC Partners and former Assistant Director, UW Office of Corporate Relations Panelists: Bob Wood, Co-Manager, Wisconsin Investment Partners; David Guinther, General Partner, WISC Partners; Fred Robertson, M.D., Venture Partner, Baird Capital; Lorrie Heinemann, Vice President, Brightstar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc.; John Neis, Managing Director, Venture Investors

Special thanks to event sponsors:

American Family Insurance (Founding Affiliate)

University Research Park

Morgan Stanley