2018 Program

8:00 am Registration opens, continental breakfast


8:45 am Welcome: Badger Startup Summit Co-chairs

  • Matt Younkle, Forward Festival Chair, CEO Cardigan
  • Allen Dines, Executive Advisor, 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.

If you don’t make several new connections today, we aren’t delivering.


9:00 am  Disruptive (r)EVolution Showcase – Part I

Moderator:  Susan LaBelle,Susan LaBelle,  Faculty Associate, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

You hear about them all the time. In leveraging exciting new technologies,  Badger entrepreneurs are developing new approaches to customer problems and changing the way we do things.

9:15 am  Toby Zutz –   Founder, CEO, Gregor Diagnostics, Precision medicine in oncology
9:30 am  Kathy Monetti  –  Co-founder, iMETx, Wearables in metabolic disease recovery management
9:45 am  Max Fergus – Co-founder and CEO, Live Undiscovered Music (LUM), Disruption in the Music industry: The Past is Prologue
10:00 am Kevin Barnett – Co-Founder, Pyran,  Move over big oil: the future of biomass-derived industrial chemicals

10:15 am Break

Disruptive (r)EVolution Showcase – Part 2

10:30 am  Mike Cromheecke – CEO SteamChain, Machinery as a service
10:45 am  Carlos Vera-Ciro  –  Senior Data Scientist, VEDA Data Solutions, Machine learning meets health systems data management
11:00 am  Connie Lebakken – Co-founder and COO, StemPharm,  Stem cells and regenerative medicine

11:15 am – Showcase Wrapup

11:20 am Keynote  – Gregg Fergus  CEO, Chief Commercialization Officer,  4Catalyzer  

           Democratizing Healthcare with Innovative Hardware, AI and the Virtuous Circle.

12:00 pm  The 1 Million Cups VenFair – Lunch in the Atrium

Welcome and Introduction by Diana Pastrana, 1 Million Cups Madison

Lunch is provided byVenFair Sponsor/Hosts at the various food stations distributed around the Atrium.  Graze for small bites while you roam the VenFair

2:00 pm  The MERLIN Pitch and Re-Play

Welcome and Introduction by Susie Younkle, Program Director, MERLIN Mentors

Our signature pitch session returns but this year in partnership with MERLIN Mentors.   20 tables, 20 entrepreneurs.  Each starts at a different table of 5-8 attendees.  As in musical chairs; everyone rotates every fifteen minutes.   

Logistics and Expectations  Dennis Barnum, MERLIN Mentors and Director of Operations, Thalchemy.

4:00 pm pitch wrap-up Dennis Barnum

4:15 pm  Concluding remarks/adjourn

Allen Dines, Matt Younkle

The 2018 Summit is Aug. 22

Registration Is Open

$45 Early Bird through June 30

$75 Advance Registration through Aug16
$100 at the the door

Find it

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
The Hector Deluca Forum
330 North Orchard Street
Madison, WI 53715


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