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The Significance of Scalability in Building a Successful Venture

What is integral to every part of the diagram to the right yet not mentioned?  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.  Mike Splinter, Chairman NASDAQ and former Executive Chairman and CEO of Applied Materials. Ramu Sunkara,  CEO and Co-Founder of Alan AI, Inc,  Stephen Turner, CTO Pacific Biosciences, Moderated by Kathleen Gallagher, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and 5 Lakes Institute Executive Director (also a UW-Madison alum).  Details here

The MERLIN Pitch & Replay

August 12 2:00 -4:00 PM via Zoom

MERLIN Mentors, in cooperation with 5 Lakes Institute, is our host bringing you the entrepreneurs behind Wisconsin’s newest ventures.  Five entrepreneurs start simultaneously each in a different virtual “room” and rotate every 15 minutes.  See details and sign up to attend this free event at the Pitch & Replay Page. 

The 1 Million Cups VenFair will return in 2022

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 2022

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 Fest21 – learn more…

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 for making this virtual version of the Summit possible

Center for Technology Commercialization,

Madison Development Corporation

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

 Also thanks to 5 Lakes Institute for webinar and Zoom support

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