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Prior Summits

 Prior Badger Startup Summits


If you missed the 2016 Badger Startup Summit – Here’s your chance to catch up on the inaugural Disruptive (r)Evolution Showcase

See below for the Showcase presenters and the Keynote from Keith Witek

Disruptive (r)Evolution Showcase  Part 1

For 2016 we profiled several entrepreneurs (all with WI ties) leading cutting edge ventures that are developing new approaches to customer problems by leveraging exciting new technologies.

Moderator:  Susan Healy, Ascendancy Advisors

IoT – Using the Brain’s Approach for Sensor Applications
Andy Nere (Thalchemy)
LED technology – Spotlighting LEDs: Semiconductor-enabled lighting innovations
Rod Heller  (Energy Performance Lighting)
Wearables suck – But they’re starting to suck a lot less
Russ Rymut,  (Nobo, Inc.)
Drones – Data acquisition on the fly: Drones as the new IT platform
Chris Johnson (Pilot Training Systems)

Disruptive (r)EVolution Showcase – Part 2

Moderator:  Susan Healy, Ascendance Advisors

Manufacturing at the Speed of Light using Augmented Reality
Paul Ryznar (LightGuide Systems)
Using AI to make sense of the data firehose from the internet 
Taralinda Willis  (Curate)
Blockchain 101 – Consensus in a Divided World
Vince Mele (Digital Numismatics, LLC)
Data Science – Improving patient outcomes through deep learning enhanced EHR
Bob Lindner  (Earthling)

2015 Summit


Putting the pieces together to come up with a vibrant Madison Startup ecosystem. What are the features that give rise to an energetic and dynamic startup culture? …and are we getting there?  Moderator, Brennan Nardi  Madison Community Foundation, Formerly Editor Madison Magazine. Panelists: John Philosophos, General Partner, Great Oak Ventures ; Ilana Nankin, Founder & CEO, Breathe for Change; Troy Vosseler, co-founder, gener8tor; Luke Bonney, Operations, REDOX; Rick Soni, President & COO, Rexahn Pharma and BioHealth Innovations, MD; Jillana Peterson, Customer Success Manager, Zendesk.



This panel is a collaboration with the Advocacy Consortium for Entrepreneurs (ACE). What qualities define a 21st Century entrepreneurial university?  And how close is UW-Madison?  What does it take to change the culture of a major research university deeply ingrained in basic research and academic excellence but less ingrained toward profit-making business? Moderator: Rock Mackie, Chairman of HealthMyne and Emeritus Professor and Emeritus Investigator at the Morgridge Institute – UW-Madison.   Panelists:  Joanne Robbins, UW Health Clinician, founder Swallow Solutions, Scott Button Managing Director, Venture Investors;  Adam Bock, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, University of Edinburgh;  Brian Jarecki, Scientist, CDI, former post Doc, Laura Strong, COO, Quintessence Biosciences.