Badger Startup Summit | 2017 Program
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2017 Program

2017 Disruptive (r)Evolution Program


8:00 am Registration opens, continental breakfast


8:45 Welcome: Badger Startup Summit Co-chairs

  • Matt Younkle, Forward Festival Chair, CEO Cardigan
  • Allen Dines, Executive Advisor, WISC Partners

The Badger Startup Summit is all about building networks.  This event brings the varied participating and supporting entities that comprise Madison Startup Ecosystem into one room, in one time window.  The Summit is a deep dive into Madison’s tech scene networks.  Many of the entities here today are hosting events later in the 2017 Forward Fest.  Use today to check them out and plan your days for the remainder of the 2017 Forward Fest.

If you don’t make several new connections today, we aren’t delivering.


9:00  Disruptive (r)EVolution Showcase – Part I

Moderator:  Marsha McVicker, CEO, Errand Solutions

You hear about them all the time. In leveraging exciting new technologies,  Badger entrepreneurs are developing new approaches to customer problems and changing the way we do things.

 9:00 Made in Wisconsin – CultureTrax® Software for Stem Cells

Scott Fulton, CEO Cellara;

9:15 Innovation in TeleMedicine Through Remote Delivery of Speech Therapy

Emily Purdom, Co-founder DotCom Therapy;

9:30 The Use of Satellites and Data Analytics in Agriculture

Mutlu Ozdogan, Founder/CEO Agrograph;

9:45   From Zero Gravity to Innovations in Rehabilitative Medicine

Jeff Leismer, Founder &  CEO VibeTech, Inc.


10:00 Break

Disruptive (r)EVolution Showcase – Part 2

10:15 Tech in the Arts: Using VR to Enhance and Understand Reality

Lisa Frank, WonderVR Studio and LisaFrank Photography;

10: 30 Off-grid Utilities Bring Power to Rural African Communities

Mehrdad Arjmand, Founder NovoMoto

10:45  High Volume 3-D Printing with Metal in Advanced Manufacturing

Brandon Walker, founder CEO of Linectra

11:00 – Showcase Wrapup

 11:15 Keynote  – Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Wisconsin Idea

Erik Iverson, Managing Director, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation


12:00 Lunch at the Million Cups VenFair

Welcome and Introduction by Rachel Neill, founder Carex Consulting and 1 Million Cups Madison

Lunch is provided byVenFair Sponsor/Hosts at the various food stations distributed around the Atrium.  Graze for small bites while you roam the VenFair

2:00 The MERLIN Pitch and Re-Play

Welcome and Introduction by Susie Younkle, Program Director, MERLIN Mentors

Our signature pitch session returns but this year in partnership with MERLIN Mentors.   20 tables, 20 entrepreneurs.  Each starts at a different table of 5-8 attendees.  As in musical chairs; everyone rotates every fifteen minutes.   

Logistics and Expectations  Dennis Barnum, MERLIN Mentors and Director of Operations, Thalchemy.

4:00 pitch wrap-up

Dennis Barnum

4:15 pm concluding remarks/adjourn

Allen Dines, Matt Younkle

Move on to the High Tech Happy Hour – Anniversary Edition

Registration Closed

Stay tuned

We’ll be back in 2018

$45 Early Bird

$75 Advance Registration (closes August 10)
$100 at the the door

Find it

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
The Hector Deluca Forum
330 North Orchard Street
Madison, WI 53715


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