Welcome to the Million Cups VenFair: The Madison Startup Ecosystem in miniature!
The Badger Startup Summit now includes a microcosm of the Madison Startup scene.
Thanks to 1 Million Cups for organizing and hosting this year’s VenFair in the Discovery Building South Atrium adjoining the forum – each table hosted over the lunch hour (actually an hour and a half) by a key supplier of value-add to Madison Startups. It’s the Madison Startup Ecosystem in miniature.
The Million Cups VenFair floorplan is nearby. Watch this space as the VenFair takes shape. Event Sponsors participating in the VenFair include, Baker Tilly, Capitol Bank, Kollath CPAs, The LeRose Group at Morgan Stanley, MakinHey!, Murphy Desmond, University Research Park, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
The organizations that make up the core of the Madison Tech and startup scene are here today. Several companies that provide expertise and support to Madison entrepreneurs have collectively sponsored the food that will sustain your energy as you roam the tables. Collectively all these organizations bring continuity and add expertise to Madison’s high tech scene.
Each table is identified with a sign showing the entity or sponsor. Check them out, learn who does what, make new connections and strengthen connections you already have.
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Your Challenge: find the resource you need whether it be partners, employees, customers, investors, consulting skills. Go make the connection and learn more.
Table ev2 Kollath CPA is a full-service accounting firm with locations in Middleton and Sauk City that offer a wide range of tax, accounting, assurance and payroll services. Kollath’s team of professionals are focused on the health and growth of your business and will give you the personal, custom attention you need to be proactive. We will help you meet your goals.
Table ev3 Capitol Bank is a locally owned, full-service community bank based in Madison and Verona, Wisconsin. Founded in Madison, WI in 1995, Capitol Bank focuses on local decision-making, above-and-beyond personal service, and maintaining deep roots in the community. The Bank’s clientele, includes a high concentration of business customers.
Representing Capitol Bank: Justin Hart and Kari Harpold
Table ev4 The University Research Park is a 255 acre research and technology park on Madison’s near West side housing more than 120 companies that employ more than 3,000. The Park operates or supports several entities that participate directly in growing the Madison high tech scene including MERLIN Mentors, Madworks co-working, Madworks Seed Accelerator and @1403, a campus based facility offering events and work space for campus-based entrepreneurs.
Representing the University Research Park: Aaron Olver
Table ev1 The LeRose Group at Morgan Stanley develops strategies for businesses and families to help them invest in a manner consistent with their goals and beliefs. The combination of our personal service and the global resources of Morgan Stanley help us provide sound financial advice, integrated solutions and intelligence across the world’s major markets.
Representing the LeRose Group from Morgan Stanley: Joan LeRose and John LeRose
Table ev3 Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP is a full-service accounting and advisory firm delivering refreshing candor with clear industry insight to connect your business goals with innovative solutions that drive your business forward. Baker Tilly’s industry-focused teams serve clients that are both privately held and publicly traded companies, and occupy all stages of development—from start-ups and family-run businesses to international corporations.
Representing Baker Tilly: Dan Anderson
Table ev4 Since 1931, the law firm of Murphy Desmond S.C. has been assisting small, medium and large businesses to grow and thrive in Wisconsin. Named the “#1 Preferred Law Firm” (2010-2013) in In Business magazine by Madison-area executives (and listed in the Top 3 for over 10 years), included on U.S. News & World Report’s“Best Law Firms” list, and rated AV (top rating) by Martindale-Hubbell and lawyers.com, Murphy Desmond has earned a reputation as a dependable business law firm. The lawyers at Murphy Desmond work with start-ups and emerging companies, and the firm is a committed partner in helping to build a strong network of support for entrepreneurs, investors and innovators who bring new ideas to the marketplace. Call us today at 608.257.7181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Representing Murphy Desmond: Matt Frank, Connor Valentyn and Roy Fine
Table ev4 Modest in size, but mammoth in creative talent, there’s not much Makin’ Hey! Communications can’t handle. From strategic planning and brand identity to web design and development. From print and packaging design to social media strategy and management, we’ll make your project or organization a splash of color in a sea of black and white and the spicy among the bland. Our crew believes that the status quo is boring, that it’s ok to color outside the lines, and that great ideas always start with a full glass. So, if you’re looking to make some noise amid the quiet, let Makin’ Hey! be your megaphone.
Representing Makin’ Hey! Allen Veak and Kevin Kiley
Table ev2 The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) promotes, encourages and aids scientific investigation and research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Founded in 1925, WARF is among the oldest and most successful technology transfer offices in the nation. As the designated patenting and licensing organization for UW–Madison, WARF advances transformative discoveries to the marketplace to benefit humankind across Wisconsin and the world. Upstart is a free entrepreneurship program created by WARF for women and people of color.
Representing WARF: TBA
Enjoy lunch courtesy of VenFair Hosts
Table 7 Venture Investors LLC seeks the next big things in healthcare. Based in the Midwest with open access to renowned research universities, and the vibrant communities that surround them, we target, uncover, and invest in extraordinary ideas that will shape the future of health and wellness. With decades of proven success, we’re fueling the future of what’s driving healthcare. Today, we have over $200 million in assets under management.
Representing Venture Investors: Paul Weiss
Table 1 Starting Block is a physical embodiment of Madison’s tech and startup scene. To be located in the Capitol East Gateway, StartingBlock will foster economic development through partnerships among existing industry players and regional startups and through linking Madison to other communities throughout the Midwest.
For Starting Block: Chandra Miller-Feinen
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