2017 Disruptive (r)Evolution Program
8:00 am Registration opens, continental breakfast
8:40 Welcome: Badger Startup Summit Co-chairs
- Matt Younkle, Forward Festival Chair, CEO Murfie.com
- Allen Dines, Executive Partner, 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.
8:45 Disruptive (r)EVolution Showcase – Part I
You hear about them all the time. Cutting edge ventures developing new approaches to customer problems by leveraging exciting new
technologies. How are WI entrepreneurs involved in developing new products that could bring disruptive change? This session includes a procession of WI entrepreneurs who are crafting their ventures in these new technology niches. These presentations will cover the space the company plays in and how it is differentiating itself from ventures elsewhere. (Presenters to be announced)
10:00 Disruptive (r)EVolution Showcase – Part 2
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
The Million Cups VenFair opens in the adjoining Atrium. Grab lunch at the buffet and roam the VenFair’s 20 tables – the top 20 entities that define the Madison Startup Landscape – each one is here in partnership with a supporting host. Make this lunch session into your own movable feast touring the Madison entrepreneurial landscape. Make the connections you need whether it be partners, employees, customers, investors, consulting skills. Watch for details and how to become a part of the landscape. Thanks to our table hosts that have sponsored their partner organization. Each has skills and resources that complement Madison’s high tech scene.
Hosts: Rachel Neill and Drew Coursin, 1 Million Cups and CarEx Consulting Group
2:00 The MERLIN Pitch and Re-Play
Introduction by Susie Younkle, Program Director, MERLIN Mentors
Our signature pitch session returns but this year in partnership with MERLIN Mentors. VenFair participation morphs into a speed dating event for Madison’s newest entrepreneurs. It’s like Musical chairs for entrepreneurs but no one gets cut out of the process. 20 tables, 20 entrepreneurs. Each starts at a different table of 5-8 attendees. Rotate to the next table every 15 minutes – 7 minutes to pitch, 7 minutes of feedback and discussion. See the Pitch & rePlay page for details.
Logistics and Expectations Dennis Barnum, MERLIN Mentors and Director of Operations, Thalchemy.
4:00 pitch wrap-up
4:15 pm concluding remarks/adjourn
Allen Dines, Matt Younkle