Tech Council: Unique mix of AI, data science, business to be featured at Early Stage Symposium

MADISON, Wis. – An industry-backed partnership that will lift startup companies tied to two highly ranked UW-Madison disciplines will be featured Tuesday, Nov. 10 during the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium. The conference is in a virtual format with registration open by clicking here.

With support from the Toronto-based Creative Destruction Lab and Madison-based American Family Insurance, the UW-Madison School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences and the School of Business are launching a risk management “stream” in the Creative Destruction Lab’s science- and tech-based portfolio.

The Wisconsin project is only the second U.S. initiative for the Creative Destruction Lab, which has sites in five Canadian cities; Paris, France; Oxford, England; and Atlanta, Ga., in addition to the new Wisconsin site.

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The CDL-Wisconsin effort will lever some of Wisconsin’s core and emerging competencies. It will work with startups focused on risk management across society by tapping academic expertise and knowledge in the risk and insurance program at the School of Business and technical prowess in the recently formed School of Computing, Data and Information Sciences at UW-Madison. Presenters at the conference will include:

Tom Erickson, founding director for the School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences and a veteran software developer and manager with international ties. In his operating career, Erickson twice drove software companies to the top two on Deloitte’s prestigious “Tech Fast 500” list. His career in computing carried him from Austin to Australia, and from the Silicon Valley to Boston, with 10 software companies and startups dotted along the route.

Jignesh Patel, an entrepreneurial-minded professor in the Department of Computer Sciences since 2008. He is the co-founder of DataChat, formed in 2017. He previously co-founded Locomatix, which developed a platform to power mobile data-driven services and applications. He served as its chief executive officer for three years until August 2013, when the company became part of Twitter.

“The importance of UW-Madison supporting entrepreneurship in tech has never been greater,” Erickson said. “We are excited to partner with CDL and American Family to take advantage of our existing strengths including expertise in artificial intelligence and data science. This is an incredible opportunity for not just our students and faculty but the whole region.”

The Early Stage Symposium is a leading forum for young companies that want to pitch to investors. “It’s also a place for entrepreneurs and investors to learn about trends that may define the next generation of young companies,” Tech Council President Tom Still said. “This is one such trend.”

Here are investor groups so far participating in the Early Stage Symposium: 4490 VenturesAtleneBaird CapitalBascom VenturesBold Coast CapitalBrightstar WI FoundationCapital InnovatorsChippewa Valley Angel Investment NetworkCMFG VenturesCream City Venture CapitalDundee VCGolden Angels InvestorsGreat North LabsHealthX VenturesHyde Park VenturesIdea Fund of La CrosseInventure CapitalIron ForgeLancaster InvestmentsLewis & Clark VenturesLightbankLightship CapitalM25 CapitalMadison Development CorporationMaSa PartnersMatchstick VenturesMidwest Wealth VenturesN29 CapitalNVNG Investment AdvisorsOshkosh Corp.Plymouth Growth PartnersRock River Capital PartnersSandalphon CapitalSilicon PasturesStateline AngelsTASC VenturesThe Ardent GroupTundra AngelsVenture InvestorsWinnebago Capital PartnersWinnow FundWisconn Valley VenturesWisconsin Economic Development Corp.Wisconsin Investment PartnersWISC Partners and Ziegler.

The conference will also feature:

  • A variety of insightful keynote speakers, including recently announced entrepreneur and viral influencer Jon Jacques and targeted panel discussions featuring leading entrepreneurs, investors and others tied to the tech and investor sectors.
  • The 7th annual “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award presentation
  • Virtual sponsor exhibit hall showcasing more than 40 innovative Wisconsin companies.

The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors so far include: AberdeanAdvanced Materials Industrial ConsortiumAlliant EnergyAmerican Family InsuranceAmerican Transmission Co.AT&TAurora Health CareBaker TillyBaird CapitalBaker Tilly, BDOC.D. Smith ConstructionCity of FitchburgConcordia University WisconsinCUNA MutualDane County Regional AirportDedicated ComputingDeWittExact SciencesFindorffFirst Business BankFluno CenterGodfrey & KahnGoogle,  HealthX VenturesHusch BlackwellIdea Fund of La CrosseKimberly-Clark, KW2M3 InsuranceMadison Gas & ElectricMakin’ Hey CommunicationsMichael BestMobile 22Morgridge InstituteN29 Capital PartnersNeider & BoucherOne City SchoolsOshkosh Corp.Quarles & BradyReinhart Boerner Van DeurenRSM USSignature BankSkywardState of Wisconsin Investment BoardSummit Credit Union, board member Susan Healy, TASCUniversity Research ParkUWM Research FoundationUW-Madison Computer SciencesUW-Madison Office of Business EngagementVenture InvestorsVersitiWisconsin Alumni Research FoundationWisconsin Center for Manufacturing ProductivityWisconsin Economic Development Corp., Whitewater University Technology ParkWIPFLi and Ziegler.