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.

9:15 am  Transforming Waste into Opportunity Joshua Shefner – Founder and CEO, Agricycle

9:30 am  Harnessing the power of interaction for impact Jennifer Javornik – VP of Sales, Filament Games

9:45 am  Innovating with new tech in the construction sector Chad Eschler – Business Development, Findorff

10:00 am Break

10:15 am Disruptive (r)EVolution Showcase – Part 2

10:15 am On-the-fly wearable allergen detection places food safety in the hands of the consumer Abigail Barnes – Co-founder and CEO, Allergy Amulet

10:30 am Tech innovations in forestry and architecture: creating high value products from low value timber  Amelia Baxter – CEO, WholeTrees Structures

10:45 am Using advanced analytics to help oncologists improve treatment effectiveness  Eric Horler – CEO, AIQ Solutions

11:00 am Keynote  – Revisiting the big disruptive trends, Where are they going?  Keith Witek, Senior VP Corporate Development, Strategy and General Counsel, SiFive

11:45 am The Million Cups VenFair – In the South Atrium

Welcome and Introduction Joey Frayne, 1 Million Cups Madison

Lunch is provided by VenFair 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 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. Rotate to the next table every 15 minutes

Logistics and Expectations Dennis Barnum—MERLIN Mentors

3:15 pm Pitch Wrap-up  Dennis Barnum

3:30 pm Concluding Remarks/Adjourn

Allen Dines, Matt Younkle

Next up:

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

The 2019 Summit is Aug. 22

Registration is open

$45 Early Bird through June 30

$75 Advance Registration through Aug 16
$100 at the the door

Note: The Summit is included with Forward Pass purchase but registration is still required.  Use your VIP code to zero out any fees

Find it

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


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