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  • An event connecting Badger* entrepreneurs everywhere to share contacts, experiences and advice.

    • Hear the stories of Wisconsin entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated startup, growth and sustained operation
    • Get advice from Badger business leaders from the nation’s hot spots (Silicon Valley, Chicago, New York)
    • Preview Version 1.0 of the Badger Entrepreneurs Network website – an online community for member entrepreneurs – and help shape Version 1.1
    • Either give a business pitch for feedback, or hear pitches from the next generation of Badger entrepreneurs
    • Make key business connections and build your virtual rolodex of contacts

    *For purposes of the Badger Startup Summit, we define a Badger as anyone with meaningful ties to Wisconsin (e.g. you were born in Wisconsin, you went to school in Wisconsin, you married someone from Wisconsin, etc.)


    Coming to the Summit from out of town?

    Summer in Madison has much to offer beyond the Badger Startup Summit.  For starters the Summit is a part of the Forward Technology Festival, an 11 day 'moveable feast' of events focused on the intersection of entrepreneurs, technology and social media.

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    Event Parking (for a fee) is available in UW Parking Lots #17 (off Randall St.), #20 (off University Ave), under UW Grainger Hall (off Brooks St.), and in the Union South parking ramp.  For a map of UW parking, go to:


        • Allen Dines
        • Co-organizer; Assistant Director, New Ventures, UW-Madison
        • As Assistant Director, New Ventures, at UW-Madison's Office of Corporate Relations, Allen works principally with entrepreneurs and early stage investors.

          Allen joined the UW-Madison in 2001 bringing with him more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and manager in technology businesses. He was a principal in three startup ventures, all in the biotechnology sector, two of which he co-founded.  All three companies were acquired by leaders in their respective markets.  Prior to these ventures, Mr. Dines was an Associate at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. in Bethesda, MD.

          From 2007-12, he was Program Manager for the UW Wiscontrepreneur program focused on expanding campus-wide access to entrepreneurship.  Funded in part by the Kauffman Foundation, the program led to creation of the Entrepreneurial Residential Learning Community, the 100 Hour Challenge, MERLIN Mentors and the Entrepreneurial Delis among other initiatives. 

          Allen is also president and co-founder of the Midwest Research University Network (, an alliance of those who create, fund and grow startup companies associated with Midwest research institutions.

        • Matt Younkle
        • Co-organizer; CEO, Murfie
        • Matt Younkle is a successful serial entrepreneur. He's most famous for inventing the TurboTap, a device that pours draft beer faster and with less waste that's used in pubs and stadiums worldwide. Prior to TurboTap, he developed technology to grow the first food in space, and he helped pioneer streaming audio and video on the web. Presently, he is charting the path for the future of media ownership as the CEO of Murfie, the best place to buy, sell and trade music online. Younkle is a graduate of UW-Madison and recipient of the University's Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.

        • Dennis Barnum
        • Startup and Growth Specialist
        • Dennis has over 30 years experience in the High Tech and services industries, primarily computer software and services. Mr. Barnum started his career doing research and developing nuclear safety applications at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. He subsequently spent several years with Control Data Corporation in Minneapolis, in a variety of management positions, in the domestic and International software and services divisions. Since 1986, Mr. Barnum has been involved in either high tech startups or recovery of high tech companies. He has founded several companies, including a document management and litigation support company for the legal industry, a business accelerator for emerging technology companies and, most recently, a developer of VoIP PBX systems and services. He has also led turnarounds of several computer based software companies. He has a Masters of Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and participated in the MBA program at the University of Minnesota.

        • Doug Bradley
        • Communications Entrepreneur
        • Doug Bradley recently retired from nearly 30 years of working for the University of Wisconsin. Among other positions held, he’s directed the communications activities of the National Center for Media Engagement; the office of the President of the University of Wisconsin System, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

          Closer to today’s action, Doug served four years as assistant director of marketing and communications for UW-Madison’s Office of Corporate Relations where he helped lead the promotional efforts of the OCR-lead Kauffman campus entrepreneurship grant.

          Doug is also a published author, a UW-Madison instructor, and a Vietnam veteran. His son Ian is currently engaged in an entrepreneurial start-up in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

        • Ted Feierstein
        • Partner, LeanTech Group, LLC
        • Ted has 25+ years as an operator, VC, and financial advisor to software/Internet-based companies. He’s completed more than 50 transactions as principal and agent realizing more than $1B for founds/investors. Recently he represented founders and Hyde Park Angels, the University of Chicago’s angel syndicate, in their portfolios first liquidity event at a great outcome forall. As venture partner at the Prism Opportunity Fund, his portfolio company, Fieldglass, was acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners for $221M. His portfolio company SecurePipe (Madison-based development team) was merged into Trustwave (filed for IPO).

          Today, Ted and his LeanTech Group (LTG) partners are bringing their company-growing, investing, capital raising and M&A skills to Lean startups in the underserved Midwest+. LTG seeks the most disruptive, capital efficient and scalable companies with the strongest teams in fly-over country.

          Ted has an BBA from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

        • Matt Howard
        • Co-founder and CEO, EatStreet
        • Matt Howard is the CEO at EatStreet, a company that provides an online and mobile ordering platform for restaurants. The company has locations in 30 cities and works with over 1,200 restaurants. Matt graduated in 2011 with a double major in Economics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

        • Bryan Jurewicz
        • CEO Advisor, LeanTech Group, LLC
        • Bryan Jurewicz is a successful entrepreneur who built, funded and grew into an online B2B communication network that connects over 500,000 construction firms across North America. As CEO, Bryan led the company from concept in 2001 through the Dotcom Bubble and Great Recession to be an industry leader before selling the business to Textura Corporation. was also the 2nd investment and 1st exit for Hyde Park Angels. Bryan successfully transitioned into a division of Textura which recently went public though an IPO.

          Since exiting, Bryan's entrepreneurial passions have led him to share his business experience with other early stage companies where he has helped firms in Chicago and Madison as well as other parts of the country. Bryan is now focused on advising startups and investors to help optimize business models, secure investments, accelerate growth and achieve liquidity through M&A. Bryan's current efforts are available through his work with LeanTech Group, ROI Magnet, Junto Institute and 1871.

          Mr. Jurewicz was also a 4 year starter on the UW Badger football team, played in the 1994 Rose Bowl, and was an integral part of the early Barry Alvarez led teams who helped build the program into the Big Ten powerhouse it is today. Bryan studied engineering and business while also being named an Academic All American at UW.

        • Mike Klein
        • CEO and Editorial Director, WTN Media
        • Mike Klein is CEO and Editorial Director of WTN Media and WTN News, a leading business-to-business media and events company. He also founded The Wisconsin Technology Network. Klein has over 35 years of experience in information technology publishing as a Group Publisher, and Vice President for major technology publications including PC Magazine and InformationWeek. He served as VP, Group Publisher for IDG Communication's Executive Forums and and held management positions with Ziff-Davis, and CMP Media. He was the founding publisher for Knowledge Management Magazine.

          Klein also founded the Portofino Group, a professional services company that provides strategic planning, business plan development, market research and brand development for emerging and established businesses. Klein graduated from the University of Wisconsin and has studied business, journalism and information technology at the postgraduate level.

        • David Krakauer
        • Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
        • As the first permanent Director of WID, David Krakauer is an evolutionary theorist, a self-proclaimed sci-fi junkie and champion of collaboration and ideas. His vision for WID parallels an experimental “greenhouse” that nourishes hybrid approaches to science, new disciplines and unexpected partnerships.

          Also a professor of genetics at UW–Madison, Krakauer co-directs the Center for Complexity and Collective Computation at the institute and serves as an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute.

          Krakauer has authored and been featured in numerous mainstream articles, podcasts and videos. His unorthodox but rigorous approach to science and collaboration earned him a spot on Wired UK’s 2012 Smart List as one of 50 people “who will change the world.”

        • Nathan Lustig
        • Nathan Lustig - Lustig is  a serial entrepreneur doing everything he can to stay out of the cubicle.  During university he cofounded two companies that were later acquired, including one by a publicly traded company. He's been featured in featured in the NY TimesThe Economist, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Forbes, BBC and hundreds of others for his work in multiple industries, including entrepreneurship, doing business in Chile and more.

          He was part of the Startup Chile pilot round in 2010 and is the author of Startup Chile 101, the book about doing business in Chile, and was selected to give a speech in Spanish to Chile’s president when he graduated from Startup Chile.

          He's the founder of Capital Entrepreneurs and the Forward Technology Festival, two of the Midwest's most important entrepreneurial organizations and is a founding member of The Young Entrepreneur Council.  He is currently teaching entrepreneurship at three Chilean universities as the cofounder of Real Starters and operates multiple businesses in Chile.

        • Thomas (Rock) Mackie
        • Director Medical Devices, Morgridge Institute for Research
        • Rock Mackie was Chairman, co-founder and co-inventor of TomoTherapy, Inc. and a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of medical physics at the School of Medicine and Public Health and biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering.  The focus of Rock Mackie’s Medical Device group is to explore and build medical devices with the potential to treat or cure medical conditions in patients and to improve the movement of new devices from research lab to clinical use. This area is closely integrated with UW-Madison.  The Medical Device grroup includes a facility for rapid prototyping and the launch of a medical devices consortium through partnerships with companies and academia. “The medical devices research effort in Madison and the upper Midwest has achieved a significant critical mass. At Morgridge we hope to catalyze pivotal translational and transformational research in this field to make medical devices to this region what computers and software have been to Silicon Valley.”

        • Dan Neely
        • Founder & CEO, Networked Insights
        • Dan has over 10 years of leadership experience at high-growth companies within a variety of industries. As a recognized industry thought leader on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, Big Data, and marketing, he is an expert on the challenges companies face in gathering relevant, real-time insights about their customers.

        • Pavan Nigam
        • Angel Investor, Inspovation
        • Pavan Nigam is an angel investor and serial entrepreneur. He is a co-founder and member of the Board of the Silicon Valley Badgers.  His past experience includes being founder/CEO of, founder/CEO of Cendura (acquired by CA), founder/CTO of Healtheon (now WebMD) and GM (Interactive TV) at Silicon Graphics.He received his MSCS from University of Wisconsin (1982) and a BSEE from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (1980).

        • John Philosophos
        • Partner, Great Oaks Venture Capital
        • John is a Partner of GOVC. Located in Chicago, John is involved in strategic planning and marketing. Previously, John was a co-founder and Managing Partner of Wellspring Capital Advisors, a federally registered investment advisor. Founded in 2003, Wellspring provides asset management and investment consulting services to small and mid- sized insurance companies. John has also incubated and managed a variety of businesses in the financial services, manufacturing and retail industries. John has over 30 years of experience in the investment industry, having worked at Credit Suisse First Boston, Drexel Burnham, Bear Stearns and William Blair & Company as a taxable fixed income salesperson. John graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Finance and Marketing degrees where he also attended the Graduate School of Business.

        • John Roach
        • President, JRP
        • John Roach is president of ROACH, an Emmy Award-winning video and film production company that tells compelling stories for corporate communications, television advertising, and broadcast.

          John and Mary Sweeney co-wrote the screenplay for “The Straight Story,” a motion picture directed by David Lynch.  “The Straight Story” premiered at Cannes and was released in October 1999 by Walt Disney Pictures.  The screenplay was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and the film’s Richard Farnsworth received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.  “Like Hemingway’s dialogue,” wrote Roger Ebert, “the screenplay by John Roach and Mary Sweeney finds poetry and truth in the exact choice of the right everyday words.”

          Prior to forming his own Madison-based company in 1985, John was a producer at CBS and ABC in Chicago for six years.  His credits include six Chicago Emmys, a National Iris Award for Best Television Special and a national CableACE nomination.  He received the Peter Lisagor Award for Special News Production, plus recognition from the Organization of American Women in TV and Radio for his documentary work.

          Additional accolades include the San Francisco Film Festival Award, the Silver Anvil, the Golden Spotlight, the Addy, the Cine Golden Eagle and numerous Tellys. 

          John produced the CableACE-nominated “The Sports Writers on TV” and the critically acclaimed “The Back Table with Chet Coppock” for FOX Sports Chicago.  Past broadcast credits include work for ESPN, FOX, NBC, and Ebony Jet.

          John writes a monthly column for Madison Magazine. His book, “Way Out Here in the Middle,” was published in 2003.

        • Monty Schmidt
        • Founder, Sonic Foundry
        • Only a few years after graduating with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Monty Schmidt Founded Sonic Foundry in 1991. Working alone in his apartment in downtown Madison he wrote the first 2 versions of the company’s flagship product Sound Forge.  For the next 10 years he served as the company’s president continuing to be crucial in the development of the company’s major audio/video products Sound Forge, CD Architect, ACID and Vegas.   In 2003 after the company sold these products to Sony he became CTO to lead the development of the Mediasite product helping to take it from 0 revenue to over $20 million in 2011.  In 2011 he left the company he founded to focus on the entrepreneurship community in Madison.  He consults with startups in the Madison area and is involved in promoting  makership to kids as early as middle school.   An avid gamer since he was young, he relaxes by writing code, loading the latest MMORPG or playing live tournament poker.

        • Becky Splitt
        • CEO, Study Blue
        • Becky brings over 15 years of experience growing early stage tech businesses, half with an early stage start-up through IPO in the voice processing industry called Brite Voice Systems, and half with industry leader Microsoft running MSN’s international business.

        • Ray Zemon
        • Private Investor
        • Ray Zemon is currently a private investor. He was the founding investor in bop, LLC (, an online clothing retailer acquired by Amazon in 2006.  He was a founding investor in and served as a Director of Nemean Networks, LLC, a developer of IT network security software. Nemean was acquired by Qualys, Inc. in 2010. He is an investor in and served as a Director of FinAnalytica Inc (2006 until 2011), a developer of analytical tools for investment professionals.  He is currently an investor and Director of The Art Commission, an online community targeting professionals involved in the process of creating commission and contract art. 

          Prior to his activity as a private investor, he served as Chief Fixed Income Investment Officer and Managing Director of Lincoln Capital Management (now part of Newburger Burman).  He was with Lincoln Capital for 18 years. 

          Mr. Zemon completed the coursework and exams for a Ph. D in Finance, Investments and Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a B.S in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    Badger Startup Summit Program

    8:30AM - 9:00AM Registration Opens - Continental Breakfast
    9:00AM - 9:15AM Welcome: Matt Younkle and Allen Dines; Summit Co-chairs
    9:15AM - 10:00AM Keynote Address: Dr. David Krakauer, Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
    "Risk, Research & Education: The New Entrepreneurial Zeitgeist"
    10:00AM - 10:30AM Beta Launch: Badger Entrepreneurs Network
    Participate in the unveiling of the Badger Entrepreneurs Network website (Version 1.0), an online community for Badgers everywhere who are actively creating, growing or funding startups.
    10:30AM - 10:45AM Break
    10:45AM - 12:00PM Badgers Coast-to-Coast Panel: How to Succeed in Business, Really
    Successful UW-Madison entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and other entrepreneurial hot spots will discuss their startup journeys highlighting practical solutions to pressing issues that confront most entrepreneurs.
    Moderator: Doug Bradley
    Speakers: Pavan Nigam, Inspovation; Bryan Jurewicz, GradeBeam, Nate Lustig, Entrustet, John Philosophos, Great Oaks Venture Capital
    12:00PM - 12:45PM Lunch & Networking
    12:45PM - 2:00PM Wisconsin Startup Stories: The Expedition Up the Peak
    Hear successful Wisconsin entrepreneurs recount their experiences—how they navigated both predictable and unforeseen obstacles to scale-up and sustain their ventures.
    Moderator: John Roach
    Speakers: Matt Howard, EatStreet; Rock Mackie, Tomotherapy; Monty Schmidt, Sonic Foundry; Becky Splitt, Study Blue; Ray Zemon,
    2:00PM - 3:00PM Round-Table Pitch & Play
    In this session, participants will gather into round-table groups to hear short business partnering pitches from selected early-stage entrepreneurs. Participating coaches, including Badger entrepreneurs participating in earlier sessions and Merlin Mentors, will provide feedback on both the pitch and the company’s value proposition.
    Pitch Wrangler: Ted Feierstein, LeanTech Group

    Pitches from:
    Sara Parthasarathy, fillmyrecipe
    Sarah Sandock, Dock Technologies
    Ray Harter, Marvel Medtech LLC
    Evan Carothers, Docalytics
    Henry Schwartz, MobCraft Beer LLC
    Kelda Roys, OpenHomes
    Manoli Kulutbanis, UpScalability
    Michael Fenchel, Make Music World
    Andrew Conley, Mocs for Docs
    Travis Good,
    Peter Qian, SIMUDATA: Data Analytics for Accelerating Simulation
    Arthur Robinson, Vistrata Health
    Philip Crawford, Manifestly
    Michael Adam,
    Paul Lemens, Shamrock Energy Corporation
    3:00PM - 3:30PM Wrap-up: Perfecting the Pitch & the Connection
    Drawing from the day's pitches this session will summarize the best approaches to developing a business pitch that opens doors for business growth.
    Discussion leader: Mike Klein, WTN Media
    3:30PM - 3:45PM Summit Wrap-up and Next Steps
    Matt Younkle, Summit Co-chair and
    3:45PM Adjourn to UW Union South: Informal DIY Reception
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