UW-Madison: Forum on growing entreprenuership in Wisconsin Feb. 5

Growing the entrepreneurship ecosystem and helping to launch new businesses are key to supporting economic development in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin School of Business’s Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship has partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to host a forum on “Growing Entrepreneurship in Wisconsin” Feb. 5 at the Fluno Center in Madison.

The event will bring together policymakers, entrepreneurs, educators, journalists and economic development experts to discuss issues and opportunities for strengthening the entrepreneurial culture in the state. The forum will feature William Testa, vice president and director of regional programs for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, who will speak on the current state of the economy, and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who will provide the keynote address.

There will also be a panel discussion on issues and opportunities in supporting entrepreneurship in the state, broadening opportunities for entrepreneurs and early stage enterprises, and developing public policies at the state and local levels. The panel will be moderated by Dan Olszewski, director of the Weinert Center and a co-founder of the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (WEB) for UW graduate students enrolled in sciences and engineering.

The panel will feature:

Jon Eckhardt, Weinert Center executive director and associate professor of management and human resources;

Greg Robinson, managing director of 4490 Ventures, a technology-focused early stage venture capital firm based in Madison; and

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Mark Cook, a co-founder of several companies and a leader in the formation of the Discovery to Product (D2P) partnership between UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to transform campus ideas and discoveries into products and companies.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (working lunch), Feb. 5

Where: Fluno Center, Skyview Room (8th floor), 601 University Ave., Madison

For more information, visit www.bus.wisc.edu.