5 Lakes Chat @ Badger Startup Summit

Strategies for Meteoric Growth: Start Planning to Scale on Day One

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Three UW-Madison alums who have spent their careers scaling companies will share insights on what it takes to successfully scale a business.   John Byrnes, Chairman 5 Lakes Institute, Founder and retired Chairman and Executive Managing Director, Mason Wells, a top tier Midwest private equity firm.  Tom Erickson , Founding Director, UW-Madison School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences. Until late 2019 when his company sold a majority stake for $1 billion, Tom was Founding Board Director, Chairman and CEO of Acquia, a Boston-based provider of cloud platforms for digital experience management. George Roberts, Partner Open View Partners and formerly EVP North America, Oracle.  While at Oracle, George was responsible for over $1 billion in revenue and more than 2,000 employees, reporting directly to Oracle CEO and Chairman, Larry Ellison.  Moderated by Kathleen Gallagher, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and 5 Lakes Institute Executive Director(also a UW-Madison alum).

The MERLIN Pitch & Replay Joins Startup Milwaukee Week

November 12, 3:30 -5:00 PM via Zoom

We team up again with MERLIN Mentors and g-Beta to bring you the entrepreneurs behind SE Wisconsin’s newest ventures. To reprise our Aug 13 event we are delighted to be a part of Startup Milwaukee Week.  Five entrepreneurs start simultaneously each in a different virtual “room” and rotate every 15 minutes. The best pitch wins two months private office space at Milwaukee’s Novel CoworkingSee details and sign up to attend this free event at the Pitch & Replay Page. 

The 1 Million Cups VenFair will return in 2021

The Million Cups VenFair just is not the same unless it is live.  VenFair will return to the Discovery South Atrium next year.  Connect or re-connect with key people in the startup and tech scenes. Learn how to find what you need whether it be partners, employees, customers, investors, consulting skills.

Disruptive (r)Evolution Showcase will return in 2021

Badger entrepreneurs who are building their companies around emerging hot, and potentially disruptive, technologies show you how their efforts will change the landscape.  In these mini-TED talks, you’ll learn where the technology is and how they are leveraging it.

The Summit is just one of the many cool events in Forward Fest20 – learn more…

COVID-19 or no COVID.  August in Madison is never complete without the Forward Festival.  Run by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs since 2010, the technology and start-up communities come together to learn, share, and have some fun.  Check out more than 40 events – all related in some way to the Madison startup and tech scene. Many will be virtual this year but selectively some may be live.


Special thanks this year to WARF for sponsoring the Virtual Summit and to gener8tor for webinar and Zoom support

We thank our regular Summit sponsors below who have made prior summits possible