Wisconsin Tech Council: What do investors need to hear from you? Learn from angel, venture capitalists June 1 in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – A panel discussion featuring angel and venture investors will be the focus of a plenary session mid-morning June 1 at the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.

The conference at the Italian Community Center returns to the Cream City to celebrate the region’s rise as a startup and scale-up hub within the Midwest. Registration is open at witrepsconference.com or linked here.

The plenary panel on June 1 at 11:05 a.m. is titled: How to pitch to investors when the angel and venture industry is puckering up.

By attending this session, you’ll hear some of the basics of raising capital from investors in an uncertain market. Your pitch matters, but so does your patience, especially at a time when investors may be especially careful in placing their early stage bets. A solid business plan, a product-market fit, a differentiator from the competition and an exit strategy are among elements that help investors decide whether you’re worth the risk.

Panelists are David Arnstein, Venture Investors; Caroline Casson, VITALIZE Venture Capital; Mary Hannes, Golden Angels Investors; and Jacob Johnson, Laerdal Million Lives Fund. Tech Council president Tom Still will moderate.

“It’s not 2021 anymore, and investors are paying a lot of attention to company valuation, team experience and much more. Entrepreneurs should take care to check all the right boxes,” Still said.

“Crossroads of innovation” is the theme of the 21st annual conference, where entrepreneurs from around the state will showcase their ideas, services and technologies. Seven panel tracks formed under three unique stages of “launch,” “grow” and “succeed” will appeal to entrepreneurs in all stages. Detailed panel information is posted at witrepsconference.com.

Produced by the Tech Council, the Entrepreneurs’ Conference is among the largest and affordable events for entrepreneurs and early stage investors in the Upper Midwest. Other highlights will include:

  • “Diligent (Baker’s) Dozen”: Top 13 finalists from the Governor’s Business Plan Contest square off on the afternoon of May 31
  • Charles Ross, Milwaukee native and chief executive officer of International Business Innovation Accelerator, to keynote morning of June 1
  • Deb Carey, co-founder of New Glarus Brewing Co. to accept 2023 ‘Seize the Day’ award over lunch on June 1
  • Governor’s Business Plan Contest “Diligent (Baker’s) Dozen” awards announcements June 1
  • Innovation Showcase featuring exhibits from Wisconsin companies
  • Plenty of chances to network with seasoned entrepreneurs and investors over food and refreshments, including a May 31 reception at the Italian Community Center

Sponsors thus far are: Aberdean ConsultingAffiliated EngineersAlliant EnergyAmazonAmerican Family InsuranceArrowhead PharmaceuticalsAT&TBaird CapitalBaker TillyBDOBusiness FitnessCenter for Technology CommercializationCity of FitchburgCLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)DeWittFindorffFirst Business BankFoley & LardnerGodfrey & KahnHealthX VenturesHusch BlackwellInsperityJ.P. Morgan Chase, Lost Boys InteractiveMadison CollegeMadison Development Corp.Madison Gas & ElectricMakin’ HEY! CommunicationsMalamaDoeMarquette UniversityMicrosoftN29 Capital PartnersNeider & BoucherPerkins CoieQuarles & BradyReinhart Boerner Van DeurenRuder WareSadoff E-Recycling & Data DestructionTechnology Entrepreneurship Office at UW-Madison, Technology Innovation Center – MilwaukeeUMOS One Workforce – TechStarsUniversity Research ParkU.S. BankUWM Research FoundationUW-Madison Innovate NetworkUW-Madison Office of Business EngagementUW-Madison Office of University Relations, Venture InvestorsVersitiWE EnergiesWhitewater University Innovation Center/Fiscal Economical Research CenterWIPFLiWisconsin Alumni Research FoundationWisconsin Economic Development Corp.Wisconsin Dept. of Financial InstitutionsWisconsin Technical College SystemWiSys and Yahara Software.

To become a sponsor, contact Angela Schlobohm at angela@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com. For more information, visit witrepsconference.com or call 608-442-7557.