2019 Program

Preliminary 2019 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,  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.

Speakers and topics to be announced

10:00 am Break

Disruptive (r)EVolution Showcase – Part 2

10:15 am Speakers to be announced

11:00 am Keynote  – Keith Witek, Senior VP Corporate Development, Strategy and General Counsel, SiFive.  Topic to be announced

11:45 pm  The 1 Million Cups VenFair – Lunch in the Atrium

Welcome and Introduction by Joey Frayne, 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

1:30 pm  The MERLIN Pitch and Re-Play

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

Our signature pitch session returns 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.

3:15 pm pitch wrap-up Dennis Barnum

3:30 pm  Concluding remarks/adjourn

Allen Dines, Matt Younkle

Don’t miss refreshments and networking at The High Tech Happy Hour beginning at 5 pm

The 2019 Summit is Aug. 22

Registration is open

$45 Early Bird through June 30

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

Note: Summit registration is included with the Forward Pass

Find it

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


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