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Wednesday, November 11
 

8:00am CST

Using LinkedIn and Video Marketing to Increase Sales - Session 1
In this two-part interactive webinar, we’ll get into putting together a scalable marketing system that takes advantage of the professional networking platform LinkedIn and the use of strategic video to increase sales and develop more qualified leads. Participants will have an opportunity to self-audit their LinkedIn Profiles, integrate best practices, and create their own strategy.

Session 1 • November 11 • In the first session, we will focus on best practices for LinkedIn including effective messaging and customizing your profile to get engagement with your select audience. We will also take a look at Sale Navigator and discuss simple automation methods that work.

Session 2 • November 18 • The second session focuses on using Video Marketing with LinkedIn and setting up a funnel-type system to capture, nurture, and convert leads. We will also discuss the importance of providing value and engaging vs. selling. Each participant will have an opportunity to either create or revise their LinkedIn Headline and Description and get a good critique through email.

Presented by the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

Speakers
avatar for Michael Raymond

Michael Raymond

Owner, Imagine Road Productions


Wednesday November 11, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

8:00am CST

Investigational New Drug (IND) and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) support service
FDA regulated research is a complex space to move through whether one is novice, or well-seasoned. Clearly understanding the roles and responsibilities of both the Sponsor-Investigator and the research team takes experience, time and patience.

We are delighted to host the only dedicated Investigational New Drug (IND) and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) support service on the UW-Madison campus. Working with our IND/IDE team is the most efficient way for an investigator to navigate this important process and minimize unnecessary steps.

Are you unsure whether you need to file an Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Application with the FDA? Not sure if your study is exempt?

Please schedule a consult so that we can lend you support and guidance through this process.


Wednesday November 11, 2020 8:00am - Wednesday November 18, 2020 4:00pm CST

8:30am CST

Discovery to Product Mentor Chats
Do you have an idea for an innovative product, service, or novel approach to a social problem? Discovery to Product's team of expert mentors are a free resource to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and student innovators. Come join a community on campus that sees the Wisconsin Idea as an action plan that guides us to apply our work, research, creativity, ideas, and passion to impact lives locally and globally.



Wednesday November 11, 2020 8:30am - Wednesday November 18, 2020 4:30pm CST
UW-Madison

10:00am CST

How to Bootstrap Your Startup and Build Success
A startup doesn't necessarily have to require angel investors, taking a loan out of maxing out your credit cards. If you truly believe in your business, success can be achieved over time by bootstrapping your business. There is a multitude of ways build capital, create the marketing collateral, and generate interest in your business. In this workshop, I'll show you how I bootstrapped my first three businesses and how I'm doing the same with my fourth business.

Join me as we take a deep dive into business planning, marketing strategy, social media, implementation, and my grassroots efforts to get the word out.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS WEBINAR!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Burns

Chris Burns

Director of Business Development, BConnected
Chis earned his degree in Marketing and is a social media practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in digital marketing. In his current role as Director of Business Development at BConnected, Chris educates and helps businesses understand how to effectively use social media... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

10:00am CST

2020 Dissemination and Implementation Short Course
The University of Wisconsin Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research’s Dissemination and Implementation Launchpad invites you to Integrate Implementation Strategies & Context to your research!

This free 3-day virtual short course features CFIR (Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research) expert Laura Damschroeder and ERIC (Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change) expert Byron Powell as visiting faculty. They will lead workshop and panel sessions to elucidate how to meaningfully use these frameworks. They will also hold feedback meetings where they will provide individual insights on your projects. We hope you will join us for this professional development opportunity in a flexible and accommodating space – your home!


Wednesday November 11, 2020 10:00am - Friday November 13, 2020 3:00pm CST
UW-Madison

10:00am CST

Innovating the Future: Meet the Forward BIO Institute’s Innovators in Training
The Forward BIO Institute will showcase interviews with the outstanding graduate Innovators in Training working to lead the next generation of biomanufactured human therapies. Learn, in their own words, about how they drive new technology innovation forward, integrate entrepreneurial training into their graduate thesis research, and expanding their professional networks through partnerships with the Institute, our campus, and industry partners.


Wednesday November 11, 2020 10:00am - Wednesday November 18, 2020 12:00pm CST
UW-Madison

10:30am CST

Navigating Uncertainty in Early-Stage Startups
John Zeratsky Technology Designer and Startup Investor and author of "Sprint" and "Make Time" will sit down with Jackie Hermes, CEO of Accelity Marketing to discuss how tools and techniques entrepreneurs can use to navigate uncertainty during the early stages of their startup ventures.

John will share how his experience working at high-growth tech startup FeedBurner, helping launch YouTube Channels and working at GV (Google's investment arm) led to developing the design sprint a tool used by several startups to navigate uncertainty in the early stages of their ventures.

Speakers
avatar for John Zeratsky

John Zeratsky

Technology Designer and Startup Investor
avatar for Jackie Hermes

Jackie Hermes

CEO, Accelity


Wednesday November 11, 2020 10:30am - 11:15am CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

11:30am CST

Startup Money Guide: Protecting Yourself from The What If’s

Are you prepared for potential financial setbacks in your business?

You have found your niche in the world and things are going great. Business is growing and the future looks bright. But then something unexpected happens and your world is turned upside down. Could you have prevented it from occurring?

Maybe … But what if you could protect yourself? We can't stop life from happening, but we can put protection pieces in place to limit the impact they have on our lives.

Turn what-if worries into well-prepared plans.

Join Tammy and her expert guest Julie for a financial guide to what you should consider planning for!

*All attendees will be entered in a drawing for two $25 VISA gift cards*

Speakers
avatar for Julie Coppersmith, FIC

Julie Coppersmith, FIC

Thrivent Financial
Experience:Julie brings almost 40 years of experience to the table when working with her clients. While working with a large entertainment company, Julie handled all office operations and dealt with almost every type of What If you can come across.  Moving into the accounting field... Read More →
avatar for Tammy Katers

Tammy Katers

Business Insurance & Risk Management Advisor, Spectrum Insurance Group
ExperienceTammy brings to Spectrum Insurance Group 17 years of industry experience. She earned her property and casualty license in 2003 with American Express Insurance where she worked as an inside sales agent. Since then Tammy has held positions as an insurance agent for Liberty... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

12:00pm CST

WWBIC Presents KIVA (Loans that change lives!)
WWBIC has supported Kiva since 2015, both through lending and program support. Join the crowd. Kiva believes in character over credit and the power of community-based lending. Kiva provides funding opportunities for entrepreneurs where conventional lenders won’t.

Join us and learn more about KIVA and it’s lending program!

Presented by Michelle Sherbinow. Sponsored by WWBIC.

Event flyer: Startup FDL 2020 WWBIC KIVA


Wednesday November 11, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac, WI, USA

12:00pm CST

Understanding Your Customers When You Don't Have Any Yet
You have a product idea, but you don't have customers yet.

You're not sure if the idea is worth an investment.

What should you do next to gather the evidence you need to gain the confidence to make the ultimate decision...

Build it or let it die?


You might be thinking...

  • How do you talk to customers without a product?
  • When you don't have a product, how do you find potential customers?
  • Do I need to build something before I talk to customers?
  • How do you sell an idea and get your first customer?
  • Where do I find ideas to fine-tune your concept?
  • When do I finally build a solution? And what should we build?


What you'll learn

In this discussion, Ryan Hatch and Robert Kaminski of the Product Strategy Team at Headway will guide you through best practices and the mindset to discover the truth behind the potential of your idea.
  • Where to start research (before building)
  • Pre-selling before you build a product
  • Where to find early adopter customers
  • How to think in the frame of the problems (customer-centric)
  • Approach to building prototypes (validate problem and demand before product features)
  • How to stop thinking about products as competitors


Live product idea assessment

Ryan and Robert will also walk through a product idea from a selected attendee to see what it's like to put these principles into practice.

Submit your product idea to be reviewed during this presentation by Ryan and Robert.

Submit Here

*Only one product idea will be chosen for this event. Submit your idea by November 2nd for a chance at a free assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Hatch

Ryan Hatch

Head of Product Strategy & Innovation, Headway
Ryan loves to discover why people do what they do. Where do these motivations come from? That's exactly why he's helping our clients guide the future of their products and innovating on how they do business. He has worked with organizations like American Family Insurance, 11:FS, Toptal... Read More →
avatar for Robert Kaminski

Robert Kaminski

Product Strategist, Headway
Robert's strengths are in his ability to blend the boundaries of technology, business, and design. Robert guides Headway's clients through the uncertainty of launching new products so they can build sustainable businesses.
avatar for Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller

Marketing & Brand Manager, Headway
For the past decade, Jacob has been helping organizations grow in creative ways through marketing. He believes that collaboration across teams is the key to discovering growth opportunities that work. At Headway, he works with the entire team to create articles, videos, and podcasts... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

12:00pm CST

Social Media Strategies for Your Startup


Using social media to create an online presence is more than posting random things; there’s a science behind it! Knowing your audience, where to find them, how to grab their attention and even using the right hashtags can make a HUGE difference in your brand’s reach. Start bringing the person into your digital footprint and create a social media content strategy that actually works!

About the Speaker:

Hey! I’m Carolyn Reece, owner and founder of Social Vision LLC, I took a leap of faith in 2019 and quit my 9-5 healthcare marketing position to focus fulltime on my passion – helping clients realize their potential and reach through digital marketing. Serving clients worldwide, I use my expertise and education (I have a Bachelor of Public Health from Northern Illinois University and I’m finishing up a Master of Science degree in Digital Marketing from NIU) to help my clients do what they do best, by helping them craft and tell their story on digital and social media platforms.

Find me at socialvisionllc.com.


Wednesday November 11, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm CST
Beloit

12:15pm CST

Distinguished Entrepreneur's Lunch via WebEx with Craig Schedler of Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures
Come join us via WebEx on Wednesday, November 11 to meet Craig Schedler, Managing Director with Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Northwestern Mutual. Since its founding in 2016, Craig has been responsible for managing the company’s strategic venture capital investments in financial technology, digital health, data analytics and client experience. Craig’s investment experience includes investments in leading fintech companies including Betterment, Chime, Ladder and Gabi. He also serves in a leadership role on multiple corporate committees focused on innovation across Northwestern Mutual.

Wednesday November 11, 2020 12:15pm - 1:15pm CST
UW-Madison

1:00pm CST

MOR Meeting
The M7 hosts a discussion about ecosystem issues and how startup support organizations link and leverage with other startup support organizations. 

Wednesday November 11, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

1:00pm CST

Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic Office Hours
Sign up for a 30 minute consultation with attorneys and students at the UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic. You can use this time to ask legal questions related to starting up a business including what kind of company you can be, contracts, or trademarks/copyrights/patents and we will help you prioritize the issues and provide answers if we can in the 30 minutes allotted to us. Use the link to fill out our information form and get a link to schedule your time!


Wednesday November 11, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST
UW-Madison

1:30pm CST

Authoring Personal Core Values
Everyone has core values, but few people ever write them down or share them with others. When captured and applied, core values provide clarity, energy and aliveness to individuals (and entire businesses). They are a powerful differentiator that attract and connect individuals and organizations to each other. As a part of Startup Milwaukee Week, the team at humanworks invites you to explore the power of authoring personal core values.

• Learn best practices for creating authentic core values & see examples.
• Participate in a core values writing activity.
• Develop values language you can use to distinguish yourself, make decisions and build confidence whether you’re firmly established, just beginning a journey or anywhere in between.

Register via Zoom!

Wednesday November 11, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

2:00pm CST

Launch a Brand, NOT a Product (and Display it Like a Pro)
Contrary to what many entrepreneurs may think, a product is not a brand. Many companies starting out launch products -- a new innovation or new way replacing the old way. Here is where they've gone wrong before they've even left the gates: They should have launched a brand.   
 
We’ll touch on the steps that should be considered when launching your product, so your brand starts to create value for your customers as much as the products that are buying from you.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS WEBINAR!

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Dillon

Joseph Dillon

Marketing Strategy, OEC Graphics
avatar for Mark Elliot

Mark Elliot

Brand Development Manager, AMPHORA


Wednesday November 11, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

3:00pm CST

CS Nest Office Hours
CS NEST is venture creation program for students, postdocs and recent alumni sponsored by the Computer Sciences department and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. During the office hours event, anyone can join and talk to Menachem Tabanpour, the CS NEST director about the program or their startup idea.

Wednesday November 11, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
UW-Madison

3:00pm CST

Reverse Pitch MKE
Great ideas can come from anywhere. Through Reverse Pitch MKE, local companies open their doors to entrepreneurs, startups and other creatives who want the opportunity to help solve challenges and potentially launch a product and business of their own. Hear the challenges pitched during the Reverse Pitch MKE event and then pitch back your solution in February of 2021. Winning teams will receive a $10,000 prize, up to $90,000 in seed investment to build your pilot, co-working space in the Milwaukee area, up to $2,000 in legal services from Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. and access to experienced subject-matter experts in financial and health technology. 
 
This year’s event will start with a panel of innovation leaders from local companies and organizations discussing the innovation projects their departments are taking on and how entrepreneurs can get involved. 
 
The main event will be the presentation of this year’s Reverse Pitch MKE challenges. Northwestern Mutual and the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network have identified some of the most pressing challenges facing their respective organizations and will present these challenges to attendees. Learn more about each of these challenges and the people affected and find inspiration for your next big idea.  
 
At the end of the event, attendees will have the opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, creatives and innovation leaders in Milwaukee.  Meet the innovation teams from area businesses, ask detailed questions about the challenges pitched and connect with other entrepreneurs to build your team to pitch back.  
 
Register now for Reverse Pitch MKE, or visit our webpage to learn more.

Wednesday November 11, 2020 3:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

4:00pm CST

WARF Entrepreneurons: So you want to start a company? So you want to start a company- gettting started on campus during the time of COVID
Kick off Madison Startup week with a look at resources available on and off campus to help you get started.


Wednesday November 11, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
UW-Madison

4:30pm CST

Audible Pitch Event - Startup Hub-Greater Green Bay Chamber
Apply to compete in the Audible Pitch Event, presented by the Startup Hub-Greater Green Bay Chamber! In preparation for the regional Hatch pitch event, local partners are hosting qualifying events. The local contests are open to all residents located in Northeast Wisconsin.

Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and the business must have generated less than $300,000 in either capital raised and/or revenue received. The top two winners from each of these seven local contests will receive prize money – $1,000 cash for first place, $500 for second place – with the top winners advancing to the NEW Launch Alliance Hatch Event* on December 3, where they will compete for additional funding for their business ideas and broad investor attention.

Brown County – Startup Hub-Greater Green Bay Chamber – Audible Pitch Event
Date: Nov. 11, 2020
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Urban Hub, 340 N. Broadway St., Green Bay (2nd floor)
Contact: Ron Franklin, rfranklin@greatergbc.org

To Apply: Visit www.thestartuphub.org/pitch and select the one registration link that is closest to you.

The deadline to upload a pitch idea is October 26.

*Prize money at the regional event is $3,000 for first place and $2,000 for second place. The winners also will be invited to pitch again at the New North Summit, held at Lambeau Field on March 11, 2021. Thank you to BrightStar Foundation and WBD, Inc., for their local and regional event sponsorships.

For more information about this contest please visit the New North website, www.thenewnorth.com.

Contact the SBDC at UW Green Bay for no-cost consulting and pitch assistance - https://www.uwgb.edu/sbdc/html/contact.asp

Wednesday November 11, 2020 4:30pm - 6:30pm CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

5:00pm CST

Building a Better Brand for Your Startup
Your brand is not your logo.

Learn how every aspect of your business can provide opportunities to build a better reputation with customers.

So what is a brand?

It's not as simple as a logo, colors, and fonts.
A brand is much bigger than that.

Whether you're a founder, marketer, or work directly with customers, you're an essential part of the brand a business creates. Join Jacob Miller, Marketing & Brand Manager at Headway as he shares a new way to look at your brand and grow your business.

What you'll learn:
  • The truth behind what a brand is
  • What can you control with your brand (and not control)
  • How your brand impacts customers and employees
  • Ways to guide your brand for business growth
  • Aligning your team with your brand


Speakers
avatar for Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller

Marketing & Brand Manager, Headway
For the past decade, Jacob has been helping organizations grow in creative ways through marketing. He believes that collaboration across teams is the key to discovering growth opportunities that work. At Headway, he works with the entire team to create articles, videos, and podcasts... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

6:00pm CST

Transcend Alumni Meet
Meet successful graduates and alumni who of Transcend UW, a student organization that hosts one of the nation's largest innovation competitions. We're bringing in our old leadership and successful competitors for everyone to meet! Jump into breakout rooms with people who have come from the places in life you're in, and see how they became who they are now.


Wednesday November 11, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm CST
UW-Madison

6:30pm CST

Creative Entrepreneurship in Wisconsin

Being an entrepreneur in a creative discipline, whether visual arts, dance, film, digital, fashion, games, spoken word, writing or something else entirely, carries with it a unique set of challenges. In this panel moderated by local art gallery owner Darla LeClair, we will explore the perspectives of several local creative entrepreneurs who have been navigating these challenges and succeeding.

This will be a great chance for artistic entrepreneurs of all types to hear from others who have faced the same struggles. You'll come away with inspiration, ideas for new approaches, and a bigger network to draw upon.

Panel Topics
  • How important is it for you to know business basics?
  • How do you find clients?
  • How do you connect with the market?
  • How do you define your own success?
  • How do you stay motivated / inspired?
  • Why be a creative here in Wisconsin? In your county or city?

Speakers
avatar for Darla LeClair

Darla LeClair

Basil Ishkabibble’s Art Gallery & Artist Share-Space
Two Rivers City Councilwoman Darla LeClair is the owner and manager of Basil Ishkabibble’s Art Gallery & Artist Share-Space in downtown Two Rivers, member of the City's Main Street Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Public Works Committee. In her spare time, Ms. LeClair lobbys... Read More →



Wednesday November 11, 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pm CST
Two Rivers Two Rivers, WI, USA
 
Thursday, November 12
 

8:30am CST

Grasshopper: Using Federal Grants to Help Get High-Tech Ideas to Market
Brian Walsh, Commercialization Consultant with the Wisconsin Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) will discuss how to find and compete for federal grants to advance the readiness of technologies for commercialization. He will be joined by a founder of a Wisconsin-based startup that has successfully accessed these funds. The session will be moderated by Kathleen Gallagher,  Executive Director at 5 Lakes Institute

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE.

Thursday November 12, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

8:30am CST

Young Guns Movement - Fall Summit
The Young Guns Fall Summit will feature networking, timely conversations and through provoking content. The event features two panels and two expert presenters covering a range of topics from inspiration, politics and the COVID-19 virus.  Our first speaker is Brandy Holloway who will present "Igniting the Entrepreneur Mindset During Challenging Times" and our keynote speaker Ryan Campbell will inspire everyone with his personal story of success and tragedy as a pilot who suffered a plane crash that left him a paraplegic. He will share how to overcome adversity, navigate change and build a better future. Our politics panel will discuss what's next for the economy after the Presidential election and the COVID-19 panel will forecast the virus's impact on business and the community.  

REGISTER TODAY

The Young Guns Movement believes you no longer need to seek permission to authentically speak what you believe in. You can stand out and share what makes you unique so you can attract business and collaborators that align with your point of view. The group inspires, motivates, and encourages professionals to be authentic and courageously share their vision with the world.

The group holds quarterly Summits and an annual Main Event with keynote speakers, informative content and networking opportunities.

Young Guns also produces YGTV, a YouTube channel with new content posted weekly. The content ranges from keynote speeches to business workshops to one-on-one interviews with CEOs from leading local companies like Cousins Subs, West Bend Mutual Insurance and more.

Subscribe to YGTV on YouTube.

Thursday November 12, 2020 8:30am - 12:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

9:00am CST

Isthmus Project Intro Chats
Isthmus Project facilitates commercialization of healthcare ideas for UW Health and the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). Interested to learn more about the Isthmus Project and if we can help you with your healthcare idea? Schedule a chat with our staff!

Thursday November 12, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am CST
UW-Madison

9:00am CST

UW-Madison Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic Office Hours
Sign up for a 30 minute consultation with attorneys and students at the UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic. You can use this time to ask legal questions related to starting up a business including what kind of company you can be, contracts, or trademarks/copyrights/patents and we will help you prioritize the issues and provide answers if we can in the 30 minutes allotted to us. Use the link to fill out our information form and get a link to schedule your time!


Thursday November 12, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
UW-Madison

9:00am CST

100-Hour Challenge
Put your creativeness to the test in this accessible-to-all innovation contest. You could win $1,200 in cash prizes in one weekend!

Create and pitch a valuable, innovative or socially beneficial product or service using materials you can find in your dorm room, home or apartment. Think like an entrepreneur and keep in mind the three elements of entrepreneurship: having an idea, taking action and creating value. To succeed in this Challenge, test assumptions, seize opportunities and be creative. The contest is administered by the StartUp Learning Community at UW-Madison and is open to all currently enrolled UW-Madison students.

Click here for details on how to participate!
 


Thursday November 12, 2020 9:00am - Monday November 16, 2020 1:00pm CST
UW-Madison

9:30am CST

Unconscious Bias - Own Your Impact!
Stories you carry based on subconscious beliefs you have adopted throughout life influence your interpretation of what you see and how you interact with others and situations. These stories can hold you and your organization back. In this workshop, you will learn Thrive Tools to shift limiting beliefs, elevate yourself and others, and amplify impact.  We all have biases. They are part of our filter (stories) and can become detrimental when they operate at our or someone else’s expense.

Biases exist toward any social group, ethnicity, race, or attributes such as one’s age, gender, gender identity, physical abilities, religion, sexual orientation, and weight. We use biases to organize our reality and they influence positively or negatively how we interact with people, places and/or things.

Studies show that 95% of your life is coming from your subconscious/unconscious programming, which means only 5% is conscious. The intent of this workshop is to bring unconscious biases into your consciousness so you can make choices that are more in alignment with who you want to be and how you want to engage with others. It will also reinforce skills to uncover and transform biases to create more positive impact for you, others, and the organization.

The vast majority of people want to be inclusive. It is our lifetime of experiences (filters) that influence and/or limit our ability to allow it.

5 Ways to Identify and Move Past Detrimental Unconscious Biases:
1. Connecting to Your Inner Truth
2. Paying Attention to Your Behaviors
3. Becoming Aware of Your Stories and Experiences
4. Analyzing Emotions and Triggers
5. Using Surveys discerningly

Speakers
avatar for Lori Kuhn

Lori Kuhn

CFO, Thrive HDC


Thursday November 12, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

10:00am CST

#StartupWI Fireside Chat: Richelle Martin, The Winnow Fund
The Winnow Fund a $6 million Wisconsin-based seed stage venture fund with a focus on creating startups based on ideas developed at universities across the state.

Richelle Martin, Managing Director of The Winnow Fund will sit down with Startup Wisconsin's Matt Cordio to discuss:

1) The genesis of the Winnow Fund and investment thesis
2) Why some Wisconsin corporations such as Johnsonville Ventures, MGE Energy and The Capital Times have invested in the Fund
3) The fund's plans to start investing in Wisconsin based startups in November 2020

Richelle will also share the types of startups and entrepreneurs she hopes to invest in and field questions from event attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Richelle Martin

Richelle Martin

Founder / Managing Director, Winnow Fund
avatar for Matt Cordio

Matt Cordio

Growth Partner / Founder, Skills Pipeline
Matthew J. Cordio serves as a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and executives at both startups and established technology companies on strategy, talent, financing and growth. He is the founder of Skills Pipeline, Startup Milwaukee and Startup Wisconsin. 


Thursday November 12, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

10:00am CST

Finding a Funding Source for Your Technology
The Federal SBIR/STTR program awards over $3.7 billion in high risk R&D funding annually to qualified technologies. Learn how your ideas might be funded at CTC’s November 12th webinar!

Attend this session and find out more about these programs and how they can provide a source of R&D funding between the initial development of your innovative idea and proof that it has potential in the marketplace. Learn about SBIR/STTR eligibility requirements, which of the 11 participating agencies best fits your technology, how to compete and how to get started. Plus, find out about the many resources available to assist you in your proposal development.


Thursday November 12, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CST
UW-Madison

10:00am CST

Digital Marketing in a Post Covid-19 World
When the COVID-19 crisis is over – and it will be, sooner than later – many small businesses will struggle to regain their market share and reconnect with their clients. On the flip side, some businesses will emerge stronger than ever. These businesses will be the ones that prepared, adapted, and improved during the shutdown. What makes these businesses stand apart from the rest will be the actions that are taken now and within the next few weeks. The world economy is likely to look much different than what we saw before the pandemic. So what can your business do to reconnect and stay relevant?

Businesses of all sizes are having to quickly adapt to Covid-19 and social unrest. So, how should we react at a time when many of our customers are quarantined, stressed, frustrated, and uncertain?
This webinar will provide some practical tips on how to conduct your marketing as we navigate out of COVID-19 and into a new normal. Chris will also be sharing practical and affordable tactics and best practices that you should be working on now, to maximize the current economic climate and help your business bounce back stronger than ever. There is something in this webinar for businesses of all industries and sizes. This interactive presentation will range between 50-55 minutes and will include plenty of time for Q&A at the end.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS WEBINAR!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Burns

Chris Burns

Director of Business Development, BConnected
Chis earned his degree in Marketing and is a social media practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in digital marketing. In his current role as Director of Business Development at BConnected, Chris educates and helps businesses understand how to effectively use social media... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

10:30am CST

Wireframe Your Product in Whimsical
In this discussion Clint, Senior Designer at Headway will walkthrough wireframing your product using Whimsical, an online web tool.

Why wireframing matters for your product
Wireframing is an important communication tool that gives the founders, developers, and designers an opportunity to walk through the structure of a product without getting sidetracked by design elements such as colors and fonts that don't matter yet.
  • Bring clarity to your projects - work through all interactions
  • Rapidly communicate and test new ideas
  • Keeps all stakeholders aligned on key outcomes a product must create
  • Reduces the risk of money wasted on designs that don't produce results

What you'll learn:
  • Learn the basics of taking your ideas from abstract thoughts to organized and shareable flows.
  • Learn how to collaborate with your team to communicate visually.
  • Kickoff projects better and faster from your web browser.


Speakers
avatar for Clint McManaman

Clint McManaman

Senior Designer, Headway
Hailing from Oklahoma, Clint has a decade of experience in design. From freelance, working alongside larger teams, and even owning his own design company, Clint has an extensive background that allows him to see the forest and the trees in every situation.Check out his latest design... Read More →



Thursday November 12, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

12:00pm CST

Notion: Networked Thought Operationalized in Your Teams
Empower your team with shared knowledge

Discover a better way to aggregate, distill, and share information across your team.

Learn how Notion and networked thought can empower your team to make an organic connection through the intentional storing and linking of notes, articles, customer interviews, tutorials, tools, etc.

You'll be introduced to zettelkasten, a personal tool for thinking and writing that creates an interconnected web of thought. Using free templates you'll achieve more effective knowledge management through networked thought and intentional review.

Key learnings
  • Operationalize documented processes more effectively with teams or clients in a beautiful shared space
  • Get started with Notion and leverage its power in your business
  • Automate the flow of data into Notion


Speakers
avatar for Jon Kinney

Jon Kinney

Partner & CTO, Headway
Jon leads the development team at Headway and consults clients on technical solutions for reliable, secure, and scalable software. His passion for sharing knowledge and documentation helps keep product teams up to date and aligned so they can do better work together.


Thursday November 12, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

12:00pm CST

Advocating for Wisconsin's Startup Founders
Join leaders from around Wisconsin to discuss how startup founders, investors, and other stakeholders can better advocate for change with state and local policy-makers to create a more startup-friendly ecosystem, leading to more first fundings, more jobs, and a more robust and diverse innovation environment in the state. Register Here!

Key topics of discussion:
  • Incentivizing more early stage investment
  • Proactively growing tech workforce 
  • Improving Tech Transfer out of Wisconsin universities
  • Investing in K-16 entrepreneurship programming in underrepresented populations 


Wisconsin leaders joining this important discussion include: 
  • Chris Abele - Managing Director, CSA Partners
  • Matt Cordio - Founder & President, Skills Pipeline & Startup Wisconsin
  • Amanda DoAmaral - Founder & CEO, Fiveable
  • Jonathon Horne - Managing Director, Ideafund of LaCrosse 
  • Peter Welch - COO, The Welch Group
  • Lydia Zeller - President & CEO, Kiio

Register Here!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Abele

Chris Abele

Managing Director, CSA Partners / Former Milwaukee County Executive
avatar for Matt Cordio

Matt Cordio

Growth Partner / Founder, Skills Pipeline
Matthew J. Cordio serves as a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and executives at both startups and established technology companies on strategy, talent, financing and growth. He is the founder of Skills Pipeline, Startup Milwaukee and Startup Wisconsin. 
avatar for Amanda DoAmaral

Amanda DoAmaral

Founder & CEO, Fiveable


Thursday November 12, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

12:15pm CST

Rapid prototyping your design at the Design + Innovation Lab (Makerspace)
The Makerspace is a part of the UW-Madison College of Engineering ecosystem of fabrication facilities, which includes the Makerspace (rapid prototyping), TEAM Lab (Technical Education and Manufacturing Lab – precision machining, fee for service job-shop), and the Kohler Innovation Visualization Studio (virtual & augmented reality, 3D scanning, and data visualization). Students can build anything here – from micro to macro and from virtual to the physical. Join Lennon Rodgers for a virtual tour, a brief overview of Makerspace PPE / COVID projects and a Q&A.


Thursday November 12, 2020 12:15pm - 1:15pm CST
UW-Madison

1:00pm CST

Tips to Create a Successful Startup Website
Whether you are an entrepreneur or are in the early stages of your small business, you need to have an online presence. I have owned my web development business since May of 2019 and have a development team that works business owners to drive sales to their business. Business owners want to keep costs down yet want to see a return on investment with their website. As I have worked with professionals in the industry, I have come across tips and strategies with low costs.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS WEBINAR!

Speakers
avatar for Dan Spanbauer

Dan Spanbauer

Co-Owner, FS Webcenters Oshkosh


Thursday November 12, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

1:00pm CST

Mind Shift - How to use behavioral phycology to get the most out of your marketing (and everything else).
Why are the fundamentals so often overlooked? Why is everyone looking for the hack and tactic but missing the basic things that would amplify the effectiveness of their work?

In my 10 years of experience leading a growth marketing company, I have developed an appreciation for the fundamentals and how the almost imperceptibly give you an advantage of the noise (everyone else).

In my session, I will be giving you a theoretical overview of the principles of behavioral psychology and persuasion. Although the primary context is marketing these principles are universal and be applied to many domains.

Topics covered:
  • Scientific advertising
  • Behavioral models
  • Nonconscious motivation
  • Cognitive biases
  • Attention basics
  • Decision making and emotions

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Wentland

Brandon Wentland

CEO, Optimal Digital Marketing
Founder and President of Optimal. Brandon's passionate about continuous improvement, life design, and all things growth marketing. On the personal end of things, he enjoys mindfulness practices, reading, time outside, and spending time with his family... Read More →



Thursday November 12, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Appleton

1:30pm CST

Define Your Avatar - How Women Lead
**** Register via Facebook Event *****

Now more than ever, we need women to lead other women to start businesses. Come here from a panel of women entrepreneurial leaders from different parts of the city. We will discuss how we are leading while managing remote learning, COVID-19 precautions, and the new economy. As we hear from their expertise, we will celebrate women of different ethnic backgrounds and for the mothers, the different ages of children.

At MalamaDoe, we showcase women business owners and provide marketing for their businesses while encouraging other women to build great businesses and support women of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Register for this event via facebook.

Thursday November 12, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

2:00pm CST

How to Raise Angel Capital: How an Angel Manager Combs Through 50+ Startups and Selects 4 to Potentially Fund
To be successful in raising capital for their startup, founders need to know what are "make or break" considerations when angel investors evaluate companies.

As manager of Tundra Angels angel investor network in Green Bay, Matthew Kee will lift the curtain on the mindset and considerations in evaluating over 50 startups, and how he reduces it to 4 to potentially invest in. Sharing anonymized anecdotes and proprietary insight, Matthew will help founders be equipped with the right mental models to be successful in their own fundraise.





Thursday November 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:45pm CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

2:00pm CST

Isthmus Project Intro Chats
Isthmus Project facilitates commercialization of healthcare ideas for UW Health and the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). Interested to learn more about the Isthmus Project and if we can help you with your healthcare idea? Schedule a chat with our staff!


Thursday November 12, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
UW-Madison

3:00pm CST

Going from Seed to Series A with Frontdesk Co-founder Jesse DePinto
Frontdesk Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Jesse DePinto will join Matt Cordio for a virtual fireside chat on raising a Series A and planning for the next phase of Frontdesk's growth. 


Fresh off Frontdesk’s $6.8M Series A, Matt and Jesse will discuss:
  • Making the decision on when to raise the Series A
  • Growing pains founders can anticipate from Seed to Series A, and how to plan ahead
  • When and how to scale your team
Jesse will also share how Frontdesk has driven growth post-series A and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic which has significantly impacted the hospitality industry. After the fireside chat, Jesse will take questions from attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Cordio

Matt Cordio

Growth Partner / Founder, Skills Pipeline
Matthew J. Cordio serves as a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and executives at both startups and established technology companies on strategy, talent, financing and growth. He is the founder of Skills Pipeline, Startup Milwaukee and Startup Wisconsin. 
avatar for Jesse DePinto

Jesse DePinto

Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Frontdesk


Thursday November 12, 2020 3:00pm - 3:45pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

3:00pm CST

From "Lightbulb Idea" to Profitable Business
Caleb Dykema is the Co-founder of FixdPicks and host of the Just the Bulb podcast. Caleb got his entrepreneurial spark in college when he developed 1Swipe, a whiteboard cleaning device. He is currently the co-founder of FixdPicks, a sports tech company, and is the host of the Just the Bulb, a podcast aimed at helping aspiring entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to market! Caleb uses the power of stories to teach Gen Z how to go from a lightbulb idea into a profitable business.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS WEBINAR!

Speakers
avatar for Caleb Dykema

Caleb Dykema

Co-Founder, FixdPicks
Caleb Dykema is the Co-founder of FixdPicks and host of the Just the Bulb podcast. Caleb got his entrepreneurial spark in college when he developed 1Swipe, a whiteboard cleaning device. He is currently the co-founder of FixdPicks, a sports tech company, and is the host of the Just... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

3:30pm CST

MERLIN Pitch & rePlay

****  This Event Requires You to Register on Eventbrite ****

MERLIN Pitch & rePlay gives entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to fine tune their pitch in a non-competitive environment to a few interested listeners. They get immediate feedback on their idea from a small but eager audience. All this is repeated five times to different small groups where entrepreneurs get to make corrections perfecting their pitch and their presentation style all while gaining helpful feedback and meeting others who can help. Those who pitch range from individuals who have been thinking over an idea, to CEOs of companies preparing to go into the investor arena for funding.

In prior years as a live event in a room buzzing with conversations, the Pitch & rePlay has proven to be an extremely successful event. Several now well known startups on the Madison Scene have used this forum for their initial pitch to the startup community.

For 2020, with special thanks to gener8tor and gBeta for Zoom support this virtual Pitch & rePlay will be similar to that used successfully in the gBeta’s Mentor Swarms. The intent of the Pitch and re-Play is a departure from the typical pitch event. The structure of most pitch events is a ‘one-shot up and out’ experience for the entrepreneur where feedback is limited to a few questions at the end (if that). All presenters are winners here as each presenter gets to pitch five times in succession to five different small groups of interested listeners. This enables participants to perfect their pitch making changes on the fly and testing ideas on ways to better convey their stories. The exposure to five different audiences provides small group dynamics and facilitates receiving helpful feedback on each pitch. Also entrepreneurs potentially make new connections with people who can help.

Space is limited REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE TODAY!


Thursday November 12, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

4:00pm CST

WARF Entrepreneurons: Entrepreneurship and venture funding post-COVID: A deep dive into opportunities in high tech
Leading entrepreneurs and funders will share insider perspectives and insights on venture funding in the technology, software, and information space post-COVID. Tech industry experts and UW alumni Ram Jambunathan, SVP-Head of Corporate Strategy for SAP and Managing Director for SAP.iO, Venkat Venkataramani, Rockset CEO, and Justin Vandehey,  co-founder of Disco, will join CDIS founder and entrepreneur, Tom Erickson for a lively panel discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Erickson

Tom Erickson

Founding Director, UW-Madison School of Computer, Data, and Information Sciences
avatar for Ram Jambuthan

Ram Jambuthan

Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Strategy for SAP and Managing Director for SAP.iO, SAP:iO
avatar for Venkat Venkataramani

Venkat Venkataramani

CEO & Co-Founder, Rockset
avatar for Justin Vandehey

Justin Vandehey

Co-founder, Disco



Thursday November 12, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
UW-Madison

5:30pm CST

Women, Wine & Tech 2.0
Women, Wine + Tech 2.0 hosted and produced by Visionary and NO Studios is designed as a forum for college students, business leaders, entrepreneurs, tech engineers, and human resource professionals to discuss Diversity and Inclusion issues specifically impacting women in technology. The goal – come together to identify solutions to address concerns specific to the Milwaukee-area. Women, Wine + Tech 2.0 will feature networking, inspirational poetry, a keynote presentation, round table discussions, and (of course!) wine.

Thursday November 12, 2020 5:30pm - 9:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

6:00pm CST

Work for Yourself at 50+: 5 Simple Steps to Get You Started
The complimentary Work for Yourself at 50+ session provides a look inside at self-employment at 50+. During this session, you will improve financial outcomes by assessing opportunities and building skills that will enable you to generate income.

Webinar hosted by the Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College and presented by Amy Pietsch, Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College.

To register, click here.

This event brought to you by Envision Greater Fond du Lac and Ignite! Business Solutions in partnership with Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College.

Event sponsored by AARP Foundation.

Event flyer: Startup FDL 2020 50+


Thursday November 12, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac, WI, USA

6:00pm CST

Quite Nifty: Crypto Collectibles and New Media in the Internet of Value

Cryptocurrencies, primarily Ethereum (Bitcoin’s younger brother) are giving way to provably scarce, digital goods which may come to change our relationship to “stuff” and even define the next incarnation of what we think of as social media.

In the talk, we explore these newfangled digital products called “non-fungible tokens” or Nifties (NFTs) for short, touching on leading projects and prominent players in this new arena.
It’s a great primer for the “crypto curious” or even long time crypto investors who haven’t yet dabbled in alternative digital assets such as:
  • Gaming, in-game items, etc
  • VR world digital real estate
  • Digital artworks
  • Collectibles, trading cards, etc
  • Web 3.0 Domain Names
  • and more...

Speakers
avatar for Garret Laugavitz

Garret Laugavitz

CEO, CrowdFounder
Web3 dreamer heading up the @Crowd_Founder startup studio building Rapagram the one-click beat maker app where you mint "collectible hip-hop" to the Ethereum blockchain.


Thursday November 12, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

7:00pm CST

Infusing Your Nonprofit Mission with Margin
Business ventures do not and should not have the corner on the market of innovation and entrepreneurship.  Nonprofit organizations must become more adept at diversifying revenue streams and yielding earned revenues so they have sufficient financial margin to sustain and grow their mission.  At this event, meet the Mission Fuel team members who run the only business accelerator in Wisconsin designed for nonprofit leaders seeking to become more agile, entrepreneurial, and business savvy.  Along with learning more about the Mission Fuel accelerator program, there will also be interactive breakout sessions where attendees can engage in discussions about developing new nonprofit revenue streams through e-commerce, fees for service, and sponsorship.  Also joining the session will be Mission Fuel alumni who together have collectively leveraged their accelerator experiences to earn or access millions of new dollars in income and investment.

Thursday November 12, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA
 
Friday, November 13
 

9:00am CST

Use YouTube to Grow Your Business
In this workshop we’ll discuss best practices for:
– Understanding different video formats
– How to setup a YouTube channel
– Making good creative, and how to target and measure the results

Presenter/Panel bios:
Dave Meyer, President, BizzyWeb
Dave Meyer is president of BizzyWeb, a growth marketing agency located in Champlin, MN. As a Speaker-Trainer for Google’s Grow with Google program and a HubSpot Certified Trainer, Dave Meyer travels the country showing thousands of business owners and marketers how to grow their business online. Dave also speaks on B2B sales and marketing topics and has presented for Digital Summit in Minneapolis, Austin, Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle, Detroit, Kansas City and Raleigh. Other favorite events have included Social Media Breakfasts in Minneapolis and an “Unconference” breakout at IABC’s World Conference in Toronto. As a part of Constant Contact’s Authorized Local Expert program, Dave delivered more than 100 seminars all over the Midwest and was one of their top speakers in the program. Dave was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016 and BizzyWeb was honored as Small Business of the Year by the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce.

Cheryl Muskus, Chair, Fox Cities SCORE
Cheryl’s area of expertise is providing solutions to the challenges that face small business owners each day. With more than 25 years of experience, Cheryl’s strong financial background in financial analysis allows her to adeptly assist clients in pricing products and services to provide high value to the customer and healthy business profits.

An expert in computerized accounting software systems, advanced services provided by Cheryl include:
  • Consultation on Accounting Software Acquisition
  • Construction Management
  • Job Costing and Estimating
  • Financial Analysis
  • Technology Consulting
Her background includes chief financial officer of a wholesale food distributor, cost accountant for a major gum manufacturer in Chicago, and sub-contractor for a variety of CPA firms in the financial consulting areas of analysis, job costing, and overhead recovery.

A talented presenter, Cheryl has developed the seminar “Taking the Mystery out of Bidding and Estimating,” which she routinely offers to national small business development centers and national trade associations.
Active in industry-specific organizations, Cheryl has been highly involved in legislative issues and governmental negotiations directed toward fair and equitable changes for the client industries she represents.
She is the recipient of the 2000 Accountant Advocate of the Year Award given by the Small Business Administration.

Event flyer: Startup FDL 2020 WWBIC calendar of events 2020 (4)

Friday November 13, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac, WI, USA

9:00am CST

UWM Social Good Morning: Sharlen Moore
caffeination :☕: innovation :: inspiration:✨:

The UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center's Social Good Morning has invited Sharlen Moore, Executive Director at Urban Underground to share her experience co-founding and a youth led organization that empowers their voices to make a change. This event is proudly part of Startup Milwaukee Week.

Social Good Morning is a talk series hosted by UWM's Entrepreneur-in-Residence of Social Innovation, Mark Fairbanks. LEC invites one local social innovator per month to have a short interview with Mark and then an open-format discussion, fielding questions from the audience about their strategies and passions. Topics of conversation range from poverty to sustainability to inclusivity and beyond. Join us for this fantastic opportunity to hear from and chat with a Milwaukee community professional and forge meaningful connections with a multidisciplinary audience of faculty, community members, and students alike. Join us and learn more about what it takes to become a social innovator in Milwaukee.

Friday November 13, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

9:00am CST

Stopping Your Business Problems Before They Start
This event will discuss the strategic decisions that business owners must make for their firms to establish themselves, survive and grow; focusing on common mistakes and often overlooked issues. Things like entity selection, working with partners, hiring your first employee, raising funds, and issues unique to the owner.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS WEBINAR!

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Burri EA

Jeremy Burri EA

Advisor, Veritas Financial
avatar for Genaro Cardaropoli CPA

Genaro Cardaropoli CPA

President, Hjortness & Associates CPA’s


Friday November 13, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

9:00am CST

For Faculty and Researchers: How to Engage with Industry
The Office of Business Engagement (OBE) connects business and industry with the various resources UW-Madison has to offer. We welcome the opportunity at Startup Week 2020 to meet with UW-Madison faculty members who are considering industry partnerships. In these discussions we will share the benefits of industry engagement, best practices, and other tips to ensure you are prepared to have conversations with industry when the time is right. Appointments are 20 minutes. We also welcome appointments outside of the Startup Week office hours event.


Friday November 13, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am CST
UW-Madison

9:00am CST

Isthmus Project Intro Chats
Isthmus Project facilitates commercialization of healthcare ideas for UW Health. Interested to learn more about the Isthmus Project and if we can help you with your healthcare idea? Schedule a chat with our staff!



Friday November 13, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am CST
UW-Madison

9:00am CST

The Commons: Isolation Innovation

The Commons Isolation Innovation is creativity at CDC-approved distance! You'll have a chance to meet other professionals, students, and entrepreneurs while flexing your creative muscles. We'll explore new innovation tactics and design thinking skills, all while solving an industry-specific challenge from a special guest!

REGISTER HERE

Friday November 13, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

9:00am CST

gBETA Madison Office Hours
Interested in startups and entrepreneurship? Schedule some time with the Director of gBETA Madison at gener8tor and current Bascom Ventures Fellow to talk about your startup idea or just learn about the Madison startup ecosystem. If you already have a startup, let's talk about growing it! No startup? No problem, we've got solutions for that, too.


Friday November 13, 2020 9:00am - 4:00pm CST
UW-Madison

10:00am CST

Prototype and Validate Your Product with Figma
Do you have a design you paid for but not sure how to validate that idea?
Or maybe you're feeling overwhelmed by a design tool and all of its capabilities?
Join Billy Sweetman, Design Lead at Headway as he walks through ways to prototype and validate your product using Figma.

What you'll learn

  • How to leverage Figma for prototyping
  • Gain insight on how to use screenshots of your design for prototyping
  • How to set up Figma in for simple A/B testing and feedback

Speakers
avatar for Billy Sweetman

Billy Sweetman

Design Lead, Headway
Billy leads the design team at Headway. His background in game design and passion for design systems gives him a strategic advantage when working on products. Check out some of his free resources: - Design Systems for Product TeamsIntro to Figma... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

10:00am CST

Getting Your Startup Off The Ground
Helping people to combine their passions and strengths into a marketable product or service. Each idea is unique and valuable, but the idea is only as powerful as the person developing it.

Aaron (A.J.) Armstrong is a leader, engineer, entrepreneur, manager, veteran, investor, international business and life strategist, and author. He is a former D1 football player and graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Systems Engineering. He and his wife are the owners and founders of three start-up companies: Armstrong Ventures LLC, Armstrong Real Estate Group LLC, and Marissa’s Fit Boutique LLC. He has a business graduate certificate from Northeastern University, and will have his MBA complete by 2021 from University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

He worked for a Fortune 400 automotive defense contractor as a Systems Engineering Manager while simultaneously growing his real estate business. He is the founder of Armstrong Ventures, a Consulting & Equity service. He is the host of “Winners, Wallets and World Views” podcast. In this podcast, he coaches technical leadership through storytelling.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS WEBINAR!

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Armstrong

Aaron Armstrong

Founder, Armstrong Ventures
Aaron (A.J.) Armstrong is a leader, engineer, entrepreneur, manager, veteran, investor, international business and life strategist, and author. He is a former D1 football player and graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Systems Engineering. He... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

11:00am CST

Drop the Mic and Walk Offstage: How to Craft a Pitch that Will Get You Attention and Get You Funded
Two minutes - whether you're pitching for an important client or a top tier venture capitalist for whom you've worked months to get a meeting, it all comes down to the first two minutes. You need to make an immediate connection or no one cares what you have to say.

I've been there. As a former high-growth FinTech startup founder, I used to see pitching as just "something I had to do." I didn't invest much in my pitch, and my pitch continued to fall flat. And so did customer and investor interest.

But in October 2017, everything changed. I completely designed my pitch from a storytelling process I had learned. The experience was transformative. Everywhere I’d pitch, people would come up to me afterwards and tell me that my pitch was their favorite. Even the venture capitalist who eventually funded my company gave me a tremendous compliment when he said, "I just can't get your pitch out of my head."

As a former startup founder, now investor with Tundra Angels, I will guide entrepreneurs very tactically what NOT to do, but also more specifically on models and hooks that can be employed to not only get you attention but get you funded.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Kee

Matthew Kee

Manager, Tundra Angels
A former startup founder turned investor, I understand the barriers to startup progress. Extremely founder-focused, I collaborate with founders so that every interaction is a step towards progress – whether it be in discovering a key insight, narrowing in on the market problem... Read More →



Friday November 13, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

11:00am CST

#StartupWI: Fundraising Friday
Venture capitalists, founders and service providers share best practices and strategies for successfully raising capital for your tech startup located in the Midwest.

Topics include:
  • State of Tech / VC in the Middle of America
  • Legal considerations when fundraising for your startup
  • How to network with and approach VCs

Guests include:
  • Clara Sieg, Partner @ Revolution Ventures
  • Scott Brunner, Attorney @ Husch Blackwell
  • More speakers TBA soon!

Speakers
avatar for Clara Sieg

Clara Sieg

Partner & Founding Member, Revolution Ventures
avatar for Scott Brunner

Scott Brunner

Attorney, Husch Blackwell


Friday November 13, 2020 11:00am - 12:45pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

12:00pm CST

Life science labs for startups: Forward BIOLABS Virtual Tour
Learn how Forward BIOLABS fully equipped and maintained life science laboratories can help launch your startup company.  This virtual tour will provide an overview of the laboratories capabilities, how the labs operate, and how our tailored approach helps each company succeed.


Friday November 13, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
UW-Madison

1:30pm CST

Startup Legal Advice
The Marquette Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic is offering brief legal advice to local entrepreneurs during Startup Milwaukee Week.

Are you an entrepreneur? Space is limited, sign-up today!

Friday November 13, 2020 1:30pm - 4:30pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

2:00pm CST

WARF Essential Topics: IP basics and working with WARF
WARF Director of Intellectual Property Beth Werner will discuss different forms of intellectual property (IP), what campus researchers can do to protect their inventions and how WARF partners with campus and the business community to get technology out into the marketplace where it can make a difference in people's lives.


Friday November 13, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
UW-Madison
 
Saturday, November 14
 

9:30am CST

UWM Business Model Canvas Mixer
The UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center Business Model Canvas Mixer presented by US Bank is an exciting virtual event that brings students together with local community entrepreneurs and mentors to collaborate, display, and build canvases in one virtual co-working space. Any Milwaukee student is invited to participate. Students can expect to meet community mentors and get individualized attention on their idea. This event is proudly part of the Milwaukee Startup week. Mentors can expect to be in a small breakout room with students and be provided guiding questions to stoke the student’s thinking.

Saturday November 14, 2020 9:30am - 11:30am CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

3:00pm CST

Black Business Owners Speak: Interviewing 48 Entrepreneurs in NE WI
In this session we will discuss the purpose, method, and findings of interviews with 48 African American business owners in northeastern Wisconsin. We’ll share their thoughts on motivation to start businesses, financing, support systems, and community environment. Results indicate that their businesses survive in spite of local economic development programming not serving their needs, and we’ll share suggestions for improvements to these programs that would address their concerns. Lastly, we’ll share how Extension is expanding this research into the Milwaukee area and collaborating with the ColorBold Business Association to implement findings immediately with the participants and their peers.

Presenters:

Angie Allen, MSW, PhD is Associate Professor and Community Development Educator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Extension Milwaukee County. In her seven years in this role, Angie prioritizes co-creating community education programs with local community partners for local and national community change efforts.

Rajon Hall graduated in 2019 with a BS in Criminal Justice from UW-Oshkosh. He is currently a first-year graduate student in the School of Social Work at UW-Madison. As an Extension Research Assistant, he interviewed the 48 participants of this study and will continue working with Entrepreneurs of Color in the Milwaukee region this year.

Diana Hammer, MSW is Associate Professor and Community Development Educator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Extension Fond du Lac County. During her 12 years in this role, she has researched inclusive practices in workplaces, documented the experiences of local business owners of color, and facilitated conversations about race with law enforcement, school district officials, and community leaders.

Mia Ljung works as the Community Development Educator for Outagamie & Winnebago Counties. Mia focuses on economic development with Entrepreneurs of Color in partnership with the ColorBold Business Association in Northeast WI.

Event flyer: Startup FDL 2020 WWBIC Black Business Owners


Saturday November 14, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm CST
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac, WI, USA
 
Monday, November 16
 

9:00am CST

WWBIC Presents VBOC (Veteran's Business Outreach Center)
We are honored to be one of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s
Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) providing business development services in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota to men and women who are:
  • Active duty service members, including Guard and Reserve
  • Veterans
  • Family members of the above
We will take a deeper dive at our programs and we can assist you!

Presented by Dan Newberry.
Sponsored by WWBIC.
Event flyer: Startup FDL 2020 WWBIC Veterans

Monday November 16, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac, WI, USA

10:00am CST

Branding Through Photography
Photography is a powerful way to connect to your ideal clients and build that know, love and trust factor.  Getting clear on your message and the essence of your brand first allows you to use photography to raise your voice.  Professional images will help establish authenticity as you step into your power and elevate your brand!

1.  What is Branding? How to implement a brand re-fresh
2.  Importance of photography and a behind-the-scenes look at a branding session (location, what to wear, posing tips)
3.  Making the most of your investment - ways to use images to promote your business

Monday November 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

10:30am CST

The Elixir Advantage in Software Development
Reduce infrastructure costs and build complexity in software development with the power of Elixir.

Elixir is tailor-made for modern application development and computing. Join Tim Gremore, Development Lead at Headway, as he shares why Elixir can be a great solution for your organization or product.

Is Elixir is a good fit for you?
Learn how to evaluate technical and organization needs in order to prescribe Elixir as the best solution.

Problems Elixir can help solve:
  • Rising infrastructure costs
  • Increasing build complexity - Interactivity without SPA complexity
  • The need for concurrency


What is Elixir?
Elixir is a dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications.
Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed, and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development, embedded software, data ingestion, and multimedia processing domains.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Gremore

Tim Gremore

Development Lead, Headway
As a Development Lead at Headway, Tim manages and mentors the software development team and consults with clients on impactful tech solutions to help their business grow.


Monday November 16, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

11:00am CST

Smart Cities - Can 5G enable Equitable access for ALL?
A "Smart City" is a developed urban area that creates sustainable economic development and high quality of life by excelling in many key areas; economy, education, mobility, environment, people, living, and government. Excelling in these key areas can be done so through strong human capital, social capital, and investments in local network ICT infrastructure.

Monday November 16, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

11:30am CST

Electoral Innovation: Why entrepreneurial leaders in Wisconsin are also leading on Final-Five Voting
Innovation is happening in every industry – even politics, where it is sorely needed!
Join us to learn about the work of Democracy Found, a nonpartisan Wisconsin-based initiative committed to revitalizing democracy through Final-Five Voting (a system wherein the top five candidates are selected from the primary ballot and ranked-choice voting is used in the general election to ensure that politicians are held accountable for delivering results). This event will include a short presentation, panelist conversation, and Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Nunemaker

Andy Nunemaker

Entrepreneur, VP, Applied Systems
avatar for Sara Eskrich

Sara Eskrich

Executive Director, Democracy Found
avatar for Adam Peck

Adam Peck

CIO, Riverwater Partners


Monday November 16, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CST

12:00pm CST

Financial Crisis Planning | Proactive & Reactive
The impacts of COVID-19 side-swiped small business owners across the valley - impacting both immediate bottom lines and the long-term ways in which they do business.

This event sponsored by Royal Credit Union in partnership with Red Letter Grant - will focus on preparing you for the worst and helping you bounce back from debt, lost income, etc.

Karlee Wallin, VP of Small Business Lending at Royal, will lead the group through an overview of how to build your credit (think start-up phase, 2nd phase growth) or after a financial crisis like COVID-19. This includes bolstering your personal AND business credit. Wallin will also highlight the importance of building a business savings before you open your doors and how to create a healthy buffer for folks already in business to be prepared for the worst.

Red Letter Grant Executive Director and small business owner Becca Cooke as well as Amy Erickson owner of Latitude 44 Yoga Studio and The Well - Eau Claire AND Erin Klaus owner of Tangled Up In Hue will walk you through how to diversify your income streams. Creating less reliance on one business activity can prepare you for a hit and is an important strategy towards recovery in trying times.

Speakers
avatar for Becca Cooke

Becca Cooke

Founder, Executive Director, Red Letter Grant
Becca Cooke is an entrepreneur and small business owner from Eau Claire, WI.She is the founder and executive director of Red Letter Grant, a non-profit organization that provides technical support, networking opportunities, and start-up capital to women-owned businesses throughout ten counties in western Wisconsin.Becca is a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Board Member where she serves as Board Secretary... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA

12:00pm CST

You Have a Product Idea, Now What? Product Development 101
Kyle Jansson, Director of the UWM Prototyping Center will discuss how to develop your idea into a production worthy product from an Engineering & Product Development standpoint:

1. What is needed to launch?
2. Idea to Production Example
3. Stakeholders Involved
4. “Typical” Product Development Cycle
5. What do I focus on first?
6. Production and Fabrication Costs & Methods
7. Question & Answer Session

Please register on Zoom for this wonderful event!

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Jansson

Kyle Jansson

Director, UWM Prototyping Center


Monday November 16, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

1:00pm CST

Landing Pages that Sell with the Power of Webflow
Learn a powerful, proven, and repeatable process for creating a landing page that gets you more customers.

The Marketing Team at Headway will walk you through building a landing page in Webflow with a clear message and design that converts visitors into customers.

Get a chance to learn
  • How to craft a clear message for your customers
  • Essential elements that create trust and urgency
  • A proven landing page flow to get you more customers
  • Getting started with Webflow (for free)

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller

Marketing & Brand Manager, Headway
For the past decade, Jacob has been helping organizations grow in creative ways through marketing. He believes that collaboration across teams is the key to discovering growth opportunities that work. At Headway, he works with the entire team to create articles, videos, and podcasts... Read More →
avatar for Sam Pecard

Sam Pecard

Designer, Headway
From brand design to UX, Sam helps clients and the marketing team at Headway bring design ideas to life with powerful tools like Figma and Webflow. He believes that great design is finding the balance between creating results for the business and refined aesthetics.


Monday November 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

1:00pm CST

Marketing Your Startup: Plan, Own, Automate, Scale
Marketing and sales are vital for revenue and determining product-market fit. I overview how founders can start, when to source and when to hire to optimize return on equity (time and capital).

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS WEBINAR!

Speakers
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Grady Teske

President, Modern Business Resources


Monday November 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

1:00pm CST

Isthmus Project Intro Chats
Isthmus Project facilitates commercialization of healthcare ideas for UW Health. Interested to learn more about the Isthmus Project and if we can help you with your healthcare idea? Schedule a chat with our staff!



Monday November 16, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST
UW-Madison

1:30pm CST

Building a Modern Analytics Framework for Your Startup
Too often, we come across organizations whose data and analytics are half-baked or non-existent. Whether a result of budget concerns or the intimidation of designing and implementing such processes, certain data and analytics practices are forgotten or overlooked until it’s too late. It is essential for companies, especially startups, to have organized, accessible, and understandable data from day one. During our event, we’ll provide a guide for startups to implement a modern, scalable data and analytics framework, from basic data management best practices to platform recommendations and strategy tips. We’ll provide insight on what types of analytics answer specific business problems and will open the discussion up at the end for a Q&A session.

Register for this event via Zoom.

Monday November 16, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

2:00pm CST

Radio Milwaukee: Diverse Disrupters - Live Podcast Premiere
The staggering underrepresentation of people of color and women in the tech and entrepreneurial spaces has been well-documented. Large companies promise they’ll do better, but still struggle to attract and retain diverse talent. Diverse Disrupters is a new podcast from 88Nine Radio Milwaukee about those leaders who found their own way to innovate, and did so with inclusion and accessibility at the forefront, rather than an afterthought. 
Join 88Nine’s Director of Digital Strategy and Innovation Tarik Moody and Amanda DoAmaral, Founder & CEO of Milwaukee’s Fiveable, for a live podcast premiere of episode one of Diverse Disrupters. Tarik and Amanda will discuss: 
  • Her journey from teacher to startup founder
  • Challenges on building a startup and moving to Milwaukee
  • Remote learning, pivoting during a pandemic and recent investment and the future of Fiveable
This episode will kick off a six episode pilot season featuring guests from Undock, Blue Studios, Black Innovation Alliance and more. 

Monday November 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

3:00pm CST

gALPHA Social Impact Office Hours
gALPHA Social Justice is a free, 4-week program that works exclusively with students committed to making a positive impact in the world. Students meet with mentors 1x-2x per week to whiteboard social justice problems and potential solutions, conduct market research, set goals around execution, teach how to validate a design with beneficiaries/customers, and teach how to communicate about social justice solutions. Set up an appointment to learn more about upcoming cohorts.


Monday November 16, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm CST
UW-Madison

3:30pm CST

Getting Started with Video Marketing
This interactive workshop covers all the steps necessary in creating marketing videos that get results. From planning and script writing to content creation and publishing, you'll leave with the tools needed to get started.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS WEBINAR!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Raymond

Michael Raymond

Owner, Imagine Road Productions


Monday November 16, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

4:00pm CST

WARF Essential Topics: Navigating Conflicts of Interest and More
Join WARF General Counsel Stephanie Adamany and campus experts to discuss what constitutes a conflict of interest, how these are managed and how to balance your outside activities with your campus commitments.

Speakers
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Brian Fox

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Policy and Integrity, UW-Madison
AN

Andrew Norman

Senior University Legal Counsel, UW-Madison
RG

Robert Gratzl

Assistant Director, Contracts, Research and Sponsored Programs, UW-Madison
SA

Stephanie Adamany

General Counsel, WARF



Monday November 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
UW-Madison

4:00pm CST

MKE CoWork: Startup Lessons Learned
Sit down for an open Q&A with MKE CoWork co-founder Matt Maurice about the process of funding, building & launching a co-working business in Milwaukee.


Monday November 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

5:30pm CST

Work in a Tech Startup: TechConnect Reverse Pitch


If you're a software developer or UX/UI designer, TechConnect gives you the opportunity to meet local early stage startups who need tech help!


What Is TechConnect? 

Based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, TechConnect is a reverse pitch where four startups will pitch an audience of software developers and designers, and their "ask" is what they are looking for from a technical perspective (a co-founder, tech advisor, employee, etc.).

What to Expect:

Access to New Opportunities

Each startup will pitch for 8 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. At the end of the event, there will be a post-event survey in which all of the attendees will be able to select the companies that they'd like to meet and be introduced to discuss potential collaboration. The event organizer will then manage the introductions to the founders in the days following the event.

Previous Success Stories:
  • Check out this two minute video of Adam Hardy of Future State, who met his co-founder after pitching at TechConnect in November 2019, and six months later, now has a live platform with active customers!
  • Check out this video of Maria Arunkumar of Build-A-Wedding, who met her CTO after pitching in June 2020, and now is working on an alpha prototype to acquire market feedback!
  • Check out this video of Grady Teske of Prodex, who brought a software developer onto his startup's development team after pitching in June 2020!

Click on the REGISTER HERE link below to register on the Eventbrite page! 

Monday November 16, 2020 5:30pm - 7:00pm CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

6:00pm CST

Start a Business: Step One
Do you have an idea for a business or are you interested in being your own boss, but unsure where to start?

Launching a business can be a scary process and there are many aspects to consider before taking the plunge. Whether you have an idea or not, you are invited to attend Start a Business: Step One.

You'll learn from local experts who have partnered together to help you understand the first steps in starting a business.

This virtual event is free and open to the public. During the event, you'll learn from local entrepreneurial experts, resource providers, and successful entrepreneurs through panel discussions, individual speakers, and networking opportunities. The goal is to connect you with local resources to get started with your business.

**This event will be held via Zoom. Register for the event below to receive the Zoom meeting link.


Monday November 16, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA

7:30pm CST

Conversations in Color: Entrepreneurship Against the Odds
Entrepreneurship is never easy, but coming from a marginalized community puts you at a disadvantage from the start. Minorities make up 32% of the population of the United States, but only account for 18% of businesses.

According to a 2016 report by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, "...lack of access to capital trickles down to bank loans and lines of credit. Due to lack of locally based financial institutions, good credit and financial literacy, minority entrepreneurs are locked out of debt and equity capital."

Despite limited access to funding, contracting opportunities, and other entrepreneurial networking and development, the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship reports, "Over the last 10 years, minority business enterprises accounted for more than 50 percent of the two million new businesses started in the United States and created 4.7 million jobs. There are now more than four million minority-owned companies in the United States, with annual sales totaling close to $700 billion."

Join us as our panel of local entrepreneurs discuss the challenges and successes of their entrepreneurship in the Chippewa Valley.


Monday November 16, 2020 7:30pm - 9:00pm CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA
 
Tuesday, November 17
 

8:00am CST

Isthmus Project Intro Chats
Isthmus Project facilitates commercialization of healthcare ideas for UW Health. Interested to learn more about the Isthmus Project and if we can help you with your healthcare idea? Schedule a chat with our staff!



Tuesday November 17, 2020 8:00am - 10:00am CST
UW-Madison

8:00am CST

State of the Economy - Trade crash: Surviving and thriving

Please join us for an informative presentation by Ngosong Fonkem, Trade crash: Surviving and thriving in pandemics and global trade disruption.

The Trump Administration, beginning in 2017, embarked on an aggressive, and largely successful, trade policy. It caused fissures in the global trading system and caused tensions with our trade partners. But these disruptions were minimal in comparison with the proverbial tsunami wave which the Covid-19 Pandemic has caused. It is not just disruptions of trade, but changes in virtually all aspects of lives of citizens in the U.S., and globally. The presentation will address how business and industry representatives can anticipate, deal with, and hopefully thrive from newly increased trade diversion as well as well as the impacts of the election on the economy and trade.

This event is free; however, pre-registration is required. A link to the webinar will be shared with registered attendees prior to the event.

Register Now!

About the presenter:
Ngosong Fonkem, is an attorney at Page•Fura, P.C., a firm that provide companies of all sizes with business-practical representation on all aspects of Customs & International Trade Law. He is a trade compliance lawyer with broad experience in diverse business sectors in the USA and internationally. He has worked on a variety of international trade related issues including US Customs litigation, energy consulting in Southeast Asia, and teaching as a full-time member of the law faculty at the oldest private university in Malaysia.

He currently assists companies with day-to-day compliance with U.S. trade laws and related audits, investigations, and civil enforcement proceedings. He is also an adjunct professor at St. Norbert College Schneider School of Business and Cardinal Stritch University College of Business and Management, where he teaches International Trade and Business-related courses. In 2018, he was nominated to serve as an industry sector advisor within the US Trade Representative’s Industry Sector Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) on “Customs and Trade Facilitation.” In 2019, he was appointed by the “Turkish Investor and Industrialist Businessmen Association” (YATSIAD) to serve as its U.S. representative.

He is Vice-chair of the “Next Generation” Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association; Board Member on both the Wisconsin Bar Association International Practice Section and Business Law Section; and serves on the executive committee of Dairy Cares of Wisconsin (a charitable organization that raises money on behalf of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. From 2016 to 2018, he served as a commissioner on the Board of Brown County Harbor Commission at the port of Green Bay.

Ngosong frequently speaks on international trade related issues, and regularly makes presentations in the U.S. and abroad on U.S. trade related topics. He has also authored and co-authored numerous articles on trade related topics at peer reviewed law journals and business journals and magazines. His
Ngosong received his B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (2008), J.D./MBA from West Virginia University College of Law (2011), and LL.M. from Tulane Law School (2012).

Mr. Fonkem’s new book, Trade Crash: A Primer on Surviving and Thriving in Pandemics & Global Trade Disruption, will be released on October 8, 2020. An abridged edition (45 of 255 pages) is available now on Amazon. It is extremely timely as it focuses on, among other things, the likely impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic (“CV-19”) on the November, 2020 elections and on a likely Trade Crash to and of the global supply chain in 2021.

Written by Bruce Aitken and Ngosong Fonkem, Trade Crash is a multi-media Video Book (“BookVid”) with links to a short film and several interviews, plus directions to hours of zoom seminars on CV-19 and Trade hosted by WITA (D.C.) from March to July, 2020. It is an accessible Primer, written for the general public, with dozens of illustrations and charts. Also, it is written from a multi-cultural perspective, with authors and contributors whose backgrounds can be traced to 7 countries: Cameroon, China, France, India, Malaysia, South Korea and the United States.

Among the topics focused on in the book are the following:
  • the failure of globalization and what can be done about it;
  • the disruptions to the global supply chain caused by the aggressive and impulsive Trump trade policies;
  • the fractures to that system caused by the CV-19 global economic slowdown;
  • the shift caused by CV-19 from a horizontal towards a vertical trading system;
  • the North-South divide in Europe’s response to CV-19;
  • whether or not flu shots should be cancelled this fall;
  • whether or not doctors working on a CV-19 vaccine have a conflict of interest;
  • How Biden’s addition of Harris to his Presidential ticket will impact the election;
  • Despite being behind in the polls, how Trump could win;
  • How Biden could lose;
  • an apocryphal depiction of the resurrection of Trump; and
  • why a Trade Crash disrupting the global supply chain is likely in 2021.
You can purchase Ngosong’s latest book, Trade Crash: A Primer on Surviving and Thriving in Pandemics & Global Trade Disruption, by clicking here.

Register Now! 

Speakers
avatar for Ngosong Fonkem

Ngosong Fonkem

Attorney, Page•Fura, P.C.


Tuesday November 17, 2020 8:00am - 10:00am CST
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac, WI, USA

9:00am CST

Scaling Fast - Using Digital Content Strategy to Attract Your Target Customers Quickly
A workshop where people are invited to take time to learn, share, plan, and even create some content that that could open the door to bringing their startup to new audiences and new levels.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS WEBINAR!

Speakers
avatar for Evan Friemuth

Evan Friemuth

Founder, Free & Brave Communications


Tuesday November 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

10:30am CST

The Rise of Startup Studios in Wisconsin
In recent years gener8tor, Northwestern Mutual and Titletown Tech have launched Startup Studio programs where they work with startup founders where they transform ideas inoto early stage startup companies. Startup Wisconsin founder Matt Cordio will hold a fireside chat with the Managing Directors of three Wisconsin-based studio programs to discuss:

  • The founding story behind each of their programs
  • Defining what a "Startup Studio" is
  • The type of talent they are looking for to join their Startup Studio programs

The guests will also discuss the future of Startup Studio programs in Wisconsin, some of the companies seeded by their programs and take questions from the audience.



Speakers
avatar for Matt Cordio

Matt Cordio

Growth Partner / Founder, Skills Pipeline
Matthew J. Cordio serves as a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and executives at both startups and established technology companies on strategy, talent, financing and growth. He is the founder of Skills Pipeline, Startup Milwaukee and Startup Wisconsin. 
avatar for Nick Wichert

Nick Wichert

Senior Director, Northwestern Mutual Venture Studio


Tuesday November 17, 2020 10:30am - 11:15am CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

12:00pm CST

Recruiting, Retaining and Managing Startup Teams in the Next Normal
Join Skills Pipeline and Husch Blackwell for a look on strategies you can use to build a successful startup team even through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Managing Remote Workers
  • Hiring Dos and Don'ts
  • Recruitment Strategies for Early Stage Companies
  • Engaging Your Remote Team
  • Employer Branding 101



Tuesday November 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

12:00pm CST

What Can WWBIC Do For You!
WWBIC is a leading innovative statewide economic development corporation that is “Putting Dreams to Work.” We open the doors of opportunity by providing targeted individuals who are interested in starting, strengthening or expanding businesses with access to critical resources such as responsible financial products and quality business and financial education.

In this presentation you will learn how to access resources within WWBIC, also take a deeper look at our lending programs.

This event is presented by Julie Stoffel and sponsored by WWBIC.
Event flyer: Startup FDL 2020 WWBIC



Tuesday November 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac, WI, USA

12:00pm CST

Entrepreneurial Psychology: The Mechanics of Better Decisions
Decision making is the core skill of an entrepreneur. The quality of your decisions will determine the quality of your business.  Exceptional entrepreneurs know psychology is more important than analysis in decision making.
We will discuss:
  • How to consistently access your ideal state of mind for optimal decisions. 
  • How to explore and prioritize perspectives. 
  • How to manage uncertainty
  • How to uncover and eliminate cognitive bias and logical fallacies. 
  • How to turn your weaknesses into strengths 
  • How to align others with your decisions
  • And more…

Speakers
avatar for Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell

Director, Growth Gizmo
Over the last two decades, Scott has worked with thousands of businesses in over 140 industries. He has established 2 marketing companies and worked with clients across the US. Scott is the director of Growth Gizmo and the host of Thought Hacking a podcast focused on thinking skills... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

1:00pm CST

P5 + Milky Way Tech Hub Virtual Pitch Competition ($15K Cash Prize)
$15,000 CASH Pitch Competition for Female Founders 

The P5 Project is proud to partner with The Milky Way Tech Hub Annual Pitch Event for the first pitch competition in our quarterly virtual series. The event kicks off during Startup Wisconsin Week and has over $15,000 in cash prizes up for grabs for underrepresented founders- no strings attached! Submit your business totally free or register to watch five founders pitch live during this “shark tank” style competition. This event and the P5 Pitch Competition Series are powered by the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact.

Submit your business or register to attend here!

Tuesday November 17, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

2:00pm CST

Generate Free Web Traffic with Content Marketing

In this workshop, Josh Rizzo will share step-by-step methods to attract free long term online traffic to your business.

We'll give an overview of different content marketing strategies and discuss how to decide where you should prioritize your digital marketing efforts.

This workshop is for small to medium sized businesses who want to increase traffic, build brand affinity, and move away from a reliance on paid advertising.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Rizzo

Josh Rizzo

Marketing Director, Satellite Six
Josh Rizzo is the Marketing Director at Satellite Six.He loves bikes, backpacking, and bluegrass.In the marketing world you'll find him constantly experimenting, optimizing, and storytelling.



Tuesday November 17, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA

3:00pm CST

Leading Innovation at Marquette University
What does it take to lead innovation in an ever-changing economy and a more isolated world? And how can you teach the new skills and mindsets required to thrive in a global eco-system?

Explore these questions with Marquette University's Tim Hanley, Kris Ropella, and Kate Trevey, who will share information on Marquette's Innovation Alley, the vision for collaboration between Marquette, companies, and the community, and what's necessary to develop our future leaders that will bring change and impact to the world.

This event will be moderated by Kyle Hagge, producer of the Innovators on Tap podcast.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Trevey

Kate Trevey

Director of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development, Marquette
avatar for Kris Ropella

Kris Ropella

Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering, Marquette
avatar for Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley

Interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration, Marquette


Tuesday November 17, 2020 3:00pm - 3:45pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

4:00pm CST

WARF Essential Topics: Putting our money where our mouth is: creating meaningful networks and resources for diverse inventors
Hear from leaders of programs across the Midwest that have successfully addressed the invention and entrepreneurship gap that all too often finds that women and people of color are under supported and under represented.

Tuesday November 17, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
UW-Madison

4:00pm CST

Create a Mindset Plan for Your Business

Learn to avoid becoming your business's own worst enemy.

We all know how damn hard it is to start a business. The suggestion, and sometimes requirement, to create a business plan to clarify what problem we are solving, how we uniquely solve it, who our target market is and how we will reach them, and who is on our team inside and outside of our company to best deliver what we are selling, can help bring more certainty to our ventures. But a traditional business plan misses something that is a huge part of the success (or failure) of your business: YOU.

Starting a business all hinges on our ability to convince not only ourselves, but eventually a whole bunch of other people, to believe in something that doesn’t (yet) exist! This will expose every inch of self-doubt and insecurity you have. I know this because I’ve seen it in myself as I’ve started my own business, and in the many clients I’ve coached.

Having the tools and framework to rely on to buoy your belief in your product or service, and the belief in yourself, can prevent you from giving up on your dreams of business ownership.

In this workshop, we will begin to create a Mindset Plan for your Business that will give you the framework to build a solid foundation from which your business can grow and thrive.

Working through this framework will help you see the direction your business is headed, and check in to make sure it is where you want to be going. This will lead to a much less stressful, and much more joyful, experience of starting your business.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Crowell

Beth Crowell

Owner, The Hippie Banker
Beth Crowell, The Hippie Banker, helps bridge the gap between small business applicants and their commercial lender, making it easier and faster for small businesses to obtain traditional financing to start or grow businesses.As a business loan consultant, she empowers loan applicants... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA

4:00pm CST

What Can WWBIC Do For You? Microlending, Mentoring & More
Join us and learn what services WWBIC offers such as business education courses, business loans, one on one coaching support, and financial capability workshops. Let us guide you as you explore, start, pivot, grow or strengthen your business and your personal finances!

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS WEBINAR!

Speakers
avatar for Alia Carroll

Alia Carroll

Small Business Consultant, WWBIC
avatar for Michelle Sherbinow

Michelle Sherbinow

Capital Access Manager, Kiva


Tuesday November 17, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

4:30pm CST

Manitowoc County Pitch Event - Progress Lakeshore and Biz Starts
Apply to compete in the Manitowoc County Pitch Event, presented by Progress Lakeshore and Biz Starts! In preparation for the regional Hatch pitch event, local partners are hosting qualifying events. The local contests are open to all residents located in Northeast Wisconsin.

Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and the business must have generated less than $300,000 in either capital raised and/or revenue received. The top two winners from each of these seven local contests will receive prize money – $1,000 cash for first place, $500 for second place – with the top winners advancing to the NEW Launch Alliance Hatch Event* on December 3, where they will compete for additional funding for their business ideas and broad investor attention.

Manitowoc County – Progress Lakeshore and BizStarts – Manitowoc County Pitch Event
Date: Nov. 17, 2020
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual
Contacts: Peter Wills, peter@progresslakeshore.org, or Todd Nilson, info@tworiversbizstarts.com

To Apply: Visit www.thestartuphub.org/pitch and select the one registration link that is closest to you.

The deadline to upload a pitch idea is October 26.

*Prize money at the regional event is $3,000 for first place and $2,000 for second place. The winners also will be invited to pitch again at the New North Summit, held at Lambeau Field on March 11, 2021. Thank you to BrightStar Foundation and WBD, Inc., for their local and regional event sponsorships.

For more information about this contest please visit the New North website, www.thenewnorth.com.

Contact the SBDC at UW Green Bay for no-cost consulting and pitch assistance - https://www.uwgb.edu/sbdc/html/contact.asp


Tuesday November 17, 2020 4:30pm - 6:30pm CST
Two Rivers Two Rivers, WI, USA

5:00pm CST

Intellectual Property, Market Research, Funding: Researching Your Way to a Successful Startup at the Library
Librarians from UW-Madison and Madison Public Library are joining forces to share information as how libraries can support intellectual property, provide market research, and help identify funding sources.


Tuesday November 17, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CST
UW-Madison

5:00pm CST

You Don't Need Developers to Launch Your Startup
Are you still waiting to find a technical co-founder or developer so you can start making progress with your product?

In this talk, Andrew Verboncouer, Partner & CEO at Headway will cover the mindset, key methods, and no-code tools you can start using today to test the value proposition of your product idea.

You'll be able to quickly gain insights into user behavior and understand if your idea has a place in the market.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Verboncouer

Andrew Verboncouer

Partner & CEO, Headway
Partner, CEO & Head of Design at Headway, and President & Co-Founder of Digital Fertilizer. Andrew has been designing for web & applications since 2004 and also dabbles in designing tangible products.Andrew also hosts a podcast called Seaworthy about building successful software... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Green Bay Green Bay, WI, USA

5:00pm CST

Invent Your North Pitch Event - inVenture North
Apply to compete in the Invent Your North Pitch Event presented by inVenture North! In preparation for the regional Hatch pitch event, local partners are hosting qualifying events. The local contests are open to all residents located in Northeast Wisconsin.

Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and the business must have generated less than $300,000 in either capital raised and/or revenue received. The top two winners from each of these seven local contests will receive prize money – $1,000 cash for first place, $500 for second place – with the top winners advancing to the NEW Launch Alliance Hatch Event* on December 3, where they will compete for additional funding for their business ideas and broad investor attention.

Marinette County – inVenture North – Invent Your North Pitch Event
Date: Nov. 17, 2020
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence, 1320 Main St., Marinette
Contact: Robert Pontius, operations@inventurenorth.com or robert.pontius@inventurenorth.com

To Apply: Visit www.thestartuphub.org/pitch and select the one registration link that is closest to you.

The deadline to upload a pitch idea is October 26.

*Prize money at the regional event is $3,000 for first place and $2,000 for second place. The winners also will be invited to pitch again at the New North Summit, held at Lambeau Field on March 11, 2021. Thank you to BrightStar Foundation and WBD, Inc., for their local and regional event sponsorships.

For more information about this contest please visit the New North website, www.thenewnorth.com.

Contact the SBDC at UW Green Bay for no-cost consulting and pitch assistance - https://www.uwgb.edu/sbdc/html/contact.asp

Tuesday November 17, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Marinette

5:00pm CST

Fast Pitch Event - Venture Center & Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
Apply to compete in the Fast Pitch Event presented by the Venture Center & Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce! In preparation for the regional Hatch pitch event, local partners are hosting qualifying events. The local contests are open to all residents located in Northeast Wisconsin.

Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and the business must have generated less than $300,000 in either capital raised and/or revenue received. The top two winners from each of these seven local contests will receive prize money – $1,000 cash for first place, $500 for second place – with the top winners advancing to the NEW Launch Alliance Hatch Event* on December 3, where they will compete for additional funding for their business ideas and broad investor attention.

Outagamie & Winnebago Counties – Venture Center & Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce – Fast Pitch Event
Date: Nov. 17, 2020
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Virtual
Contact: Amy Pietsch, pietsch@fvtc.edu, or Rob Kleman, rob@oshkoshchamber.com

To Apply: Visit www.thestartuphub.org/pitch and select the one registration link that is closest to you.

The deadline to upload a pitch idea is October 26.

*Prize money at the regional event is $3,000 for first place and $2,000 for second place. The winners also will be invited to pitch again at the New North Summit, held at Lambeau Field on March 11, 2021. Thank you to BrightStar Foundation and WBD, Inc., for their local and regional event sponsorships.

For more information about this contest please visit the New North website, www.thenewnorth.com.

Contact the SBDC at UW Oshkosh for no-cost consulting and pitch assistance - https://wisconsinsbdc.org/oshkosh

Tuesday November 17, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Appleton

5:30pm CST

Women-Owned, Startup Experience Box - Unboxing Party
Be part of the celebration of local, women-owned startup businesses by getting yourself an Experience Box.

For only $15, you'll receive a box of goodies from local, women-owned business owners, retail value $40. Then, join us on November 17 for a virtual unboxing party, featuring these fantastic women in business! Join in to hear their startup story and be inspired.

Once you have ordered, you can pick up your box November 15-17, at the Pablo Center loading dock.

Pick up times:
Nov 15 - 9:00am - 11:30am
Nov 16 - 7:30am - 9:30am, Noon - 1pm
Nov 17 - 7:30am - 9:30am, 3:30pm- 5pm

Shipping will be available for an extra fee.

Women-Owned, Startup Experience Box is generously sponsored by Royal Credit Union.


Tuesday November 17, 2020 5:30pm - 6:30pm CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA

5:30pm CST

Mentor Madness presented by gener8tor, Startup Milwaukee + Women's Entrepreneurship Week
If you're a startup founder seeking advice, this is the place for you! Mentor Madness will offer speed networking sessions with eight experienced mentors in everything from law to HR to help you move forward with your business.


Tuesday November 17, 2020 5:30pm - 7:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

6:00pm CST

Clipper Pitchin’ Pitch - Door County Economic Development Corporation
Apply to compete in the Clipper Pitchin’ Pitch event, presented by the Door County Economic Development Corporation! In preparation for the regional Hatch pitch event, local partners are hosting qualifying events. The local contests are open to all residents located in Northeast Wisconsin.

Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and the business must have generated less than $300,000 in either capital raised and/or revenue received. The top two winners from each of these seven local contests will receive prize money – $1,000 cash for first place, $500 for second place – with the top winners advancing to the NEW Launch Alliance Hatch Event* on December 3, where they will compete for additional funding for their business ideas and broad investor attention.

Door County – Door County Economic Development Corporation – Clipper Pitchin’ Pitch
Event Date: Nov. 17, 20
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay
Contact: Steve Jenkins, steve@doorcountybusiness.com

To Apply: Visit www.thestartuphub.org/pitch and select the one registration link that is closest to you.

The deadline to upload a pitch idea is October 26.

*Prize money at the regional event is $3,000 for first place and $2,000 for second place. The winners also will be invited to pitch again at the New North Summit, held at Lambeau Field on March 11, 2021. Thank you to BrightStar Foundation and WBD, Inc., for their local and regional event sponsorships.

For more information about this contest please visit the New North website, www.thenewnorth.com.

Contact the SBDC at UW Green Bay for no-cost consulting and pitch assistance - https://www.uwgb.edu/sbdc/html/contact.asp

Tuesday November 17, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Sturgeon Bay

6:30pm CST

Launch MKE: LaunchTalk
Launch MKE alumni companies discuss their recent cohort and the importance of fulfilling their vision for their business and side hustle.


Tuesday November 17, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

7:00pm CST

Eau Claire Food and Drink Experience Box
Join us as we experience some of the best food and drink that Eau Claire has to offer- from the comfort of your own home!

For $15 you will receive a box of food and drink items from several Eau Claire businesses. On November 17th, we will meet on Zoom for a Virtual Unboxing of the items. We will hear from the owners of each business, how they got their start and how the business has grown as well as sharing about the product they chose to include in the box.

This event is sponsored by Chippewa Valley Technical College

Moderators
avatar for Nick White

Nick White

Owner/Operator, Chippewa Valley Tours
Having been born and raised in Eau Claire, I am proud to be part of the Startup and Entrepreneurial community here.I work as a Business Banker where I help small businesses with there deposit, lending and other needs.My business, Chippewa Valley Tours offers Food and History Tours... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA
 
Wednesday, November 18
 

8:00am CST

Using LinkedIn and Video Marketing to Increase Sales - Session 2
In this two-part interactive webinar, we’ll get into putting together a scalable marketing system that takes advantage of the professional networking platform LinkedIn and the use of strategic video to increase sales and develop more qualified leads. Participants will have an opportunity to self-audit their LinkedIn Profiles, integrate best practices, and create their own strategy.

Session 1 • November 11 • In the first session, we will focus on best practices for LinkedIn including effective messaging and customizing your profile to get engagement with your select audience. We will also take a look at Sale Navigator and discuss simple automation methods that work.

Session 2 • November 18 • The second session focuses on using Video Marketing with LinkedIn and setting up a funnel-type system to capture, nurture, and convert leads. We will also discuss the importance of providing value and engaging vs. selling. Each participant will have an opportunity to either create or revise their LinkedIn Headline and Description and get a good critique through email.

Presented by the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

Speakers
avatar for Michael Raymond

Michael Raymond

Owner, Imagine Road Productions


Wednesday November 18, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

9:00am CST

1 Million Cups Eau Claire
This weekly entrepreneurial meetup showcases a new (5 years or less) business or service in the area. Unlike a sales pitch, this meetup is an opportunity for entrepreneurs and business owners to tap into the knowledge and experience of the local community in a focused, safe, and encouraging environment. Our presenters use this platform as a great opportunity to educate and increase awareness for your product or service, and develop your business utilizing the feedback of our community.

Presentations are typically between 10-12 minutes, with at least 20 minutes allowed for Q & A with the audience. Most presenters tell a brief version of their startup story, including information about their product or service. We always end with the question: What can we as a community do to help you?

Our audience is made up of local college students & professors, business owners, service providers, and entrepreneurs. Anyone is encouraged to attend.


Wednesday November 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA

10:00am CST

Dairy Innovation Hub Summit
The Dairy Innovation Hub harnesses research and development at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls campuses to keep Wisconsin’s $45.6 billion dairy community at the global forefront in producing nutritious dairy products in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable manner. Join us for our annual summit for research presentations, stakeholder discussions and a progress report on what the Hub has been up to in 2020!


Wednesday November 18, 2020 10:00am - 3:00pm CST
UW-Madison

11:00am CST

Across County Lines: COVID-19's Impact on Small Business
From Fond du Lac, Ann Culver, owner and operator of Annie’s Fountain City Café, will detail how she pivoted during the pandemic as well as what the future holds for her business. Sam Meyer, owner of 18 Hands Ale Haus, will likewise discuss the challenges his newer business faced trying to operate during a global pandemic. Oshkosh will be represented by Zach Clark and Ian Wenger of Fifth Ward Brewing Company and Ken Osmond of Planet Perk Coffee Houses. As operators of beverage operations, how did COVID-19 impact their operations? Also hear from both counties being represented on how their communities supported them, including what was similar and what was different.

Event flyer: Startup FDL 2020 Oshkosh event


Speakers
avatar for Sam Meyer

Sam Meyer

Owner, 18 Hands Ale Haus
avatar for Ian Wenger

Ian Wenger

Co-Owner, Fifth Ward Brewing Company
Festival SponsorCreator of Encore Ale, a special brew for the Oshkosh Main Street Music Festival
avatar for Zach Clark

Zach Clark

Co-Owner, Fifth Ward Brewing Company
avatar for Kenneth Osmond

Kenneth Osmond

Owner, Planet Perk Coffee Houses
avatar for Ann Culver

Ann Culver

Owner/Operator, Annie’s Fountain City Cafe


Wednesday November 18, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac, WI, USA

11:00am CST

Across County Lines: COVID-19's Impact on Small Business
From Fond du Lac, Ann Culver, owner and operator of Annie’s Fountain City Café, will detail how she pivoted during the pandemic as well as what the future holds for her business. Sam Meyer, owner of 18 Hands Ale Haus, will likewise discuss the challenges his newer business faced trying to operate during a global pandemic.

Oshkosh will be represented by Zach Clark and Ian Wenger of Fifth Ward Brewing Company and Ken Osmond of Planet Perk Coffee Houses. As operators of beverage operations, how did COVID-19 impact their operations?

Also hear from both counties being represented on how their communities supported them, including what was similar and what was different.

Event flyer: Startup FDL 2020 Oshkosh event

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS WEBINAR!

Speakers
avatar for Sam Meyer

Sam Meyer

Owner, 18 Hands Ale Haus
avatar for Ian Wenger

Ian Wenger

Co-Owner, Fifth Ward Brewing Company
Festival SponsorCreator of Encore Ale, a special brew for the Oshkosh Main Street Music Festival
avatar for Zach Clark

Zach Clark

Co-Owner, Fifth Ward Brewing Company
avatar for Ann Culver

Ann Culver

Owner/Operator, Annie’s Fountain City Cafe
avatar for Kenneth Osmond

Kenneth Osmond

Owner, Planet Perk Coffee Houses


Wednesday November 18, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA

11:00am CST

Food Business Innovation + Entrepreneurship for #MKEpreneurs
**** Please Register via Eventbrite ****

This event hosted by The MKE Food School  will guide participants through a process of identifying food business opportunities that are mission-driven, sustainable, and scalable. It will inspire
participants to solve the food system's most pressing challenges – within the MKE
food shed, and beyond. Hosted by a diverse group of innovative local and global
leaders in food business entrepreneurship and innovation, the event will include a
panel discussion and a workshop – facilitated by the Founder + Executive Director
of The MKE Food School.

Attendees will hear from a variety of industry experts –
and participation will include invite-only access to a series of free, online classes
on food business leadership from The MKE Food School. All are welcome.


Please Register via Eventbrite

Wednesday November 18, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

12:00pm CST

Entrepreneur Life: Setting Boundaries for Success
One thing that often gets left out of the entrepreneur journey is the struggle to balance launching a business while still participating in the rest of your life. When you work for someone else, there are often set hours and expectations. But when you start working for yourself, those set hours and expectations disappear.

This can be a good thing! Many of us become entrepreneurs for a more flexible schedule. However, this freedom can also just as easily lead to excessive work that can quickly encroach on the rest of your life.

Learn tips and strategies for balancing your new business with your everyday responsibilities from someone who's been there!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Emily Elsner Twesme

Dr. Emily Elsner Twesme

Owner & Operator, Bright Business Consulting
My super-hero strengths are being a great listener, researcher, and problem-solver. I am passionate about creating healthy, positive organizational environments to help employees thrive.I have a doctorate in business administration and extensive experience both as a manager and a... Read More →



Wednesday November 18, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA

12:00pm CST

Successfully Fund Your Startup – Fireside Chat with Karen Cahn, Founder of IFundWomen & Jenna Atkinson, Founder of The P5 Project
One of the biggest hurdles in launching or growing a start-up can be finding adequate funding. Every startup’s funding journey is different, but most share one thing in common: they are complicated. What is the best way to get started in your funding journey? What funding vehicles are the best fit for your company? What best-practices and strategies can you use to make your start-up rise above the rest and bring in the big bucks?! Join this fireside chat featuring Karen Cahn, Founder & CEO of IFundWomen and Jenna Atkinson, Founder of The P5 Project to learn insider insights on how to identify and execute the best funding strategies for your start-up to launch or grow.

Wednesday November 18, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

12:15pm CST

Distinguished Entrepreneur's Lunch via WebEx with Johanna Wolfson of Prime Impact Fund
Come join us to meet Johanna Wolfson with responsibility to identify and evaluate investment opportunities, serve on company boards, and manage investments toward business and impact goals. She joined Prime Impact Fund from her role at Department of Energy where she was involved launching entrepreneurs and new businesses out of universities and National Labs. Johanna holds a BA from the UW and a Ph.D. from MIT.

Wednesday November 18, 2020 12:15pm - 1:15pm CST
UW-Madison

2:00pm CST

WARF Innovation Day
Get an inside look at UW–Madison products, services, and technologies that will shape the future of our world at this virtual pitch event.


Wednesday November 18, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
UW-Madison

3:00pm CST

Wisconsin's Corporate Venture Capital Landscape
Leaders of Corporate Venture Capital funds from throughout Wisconsin discuss their fund strategies and how they are partnering with innovative startups in Wisconsin and beyond!

Guests include:

Speakers
avatar for Craig Schedler

Craig Schedler

Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures


Wednesday November 18, 2020 3:00pm - 3:45pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

4:00pm CST

New Technologies in Energy, Power & Controls
The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (MWERC) will convene a discussion of leading experts in Energy Power and Controls sector to discuss new innovations and needed innovations in the space. The event will share how entrepreneurs can get engaged in MWERC's startup programing and one lucky entrepreneur will win free office space for a year. 

Wednesday November 18, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI, USA

5:30pm CST

IGNITE Fond du Lac County Pitch
IGNITE Fond du Lac County Pitch is a pitch event in which the winners will get up to $1000 in prize money and will automatically qualify for the December 3rd Hatch Regional Finale in Green Bay presented by New North. The pitch will be a 3-5 minute presentation followed by a 3-5 minute Q&A by the judges.

Date: November 18th 2020
Time: 5:30-8:00pm
Location: Held Virtually – Zoom meeting (click here for link)

ENTRIES CLOSE NOVEMBER 1, 2020!
To register, click here.
For more information, click here.
To view judging criteria, click here.



Wednesday November 18, 2020 5:30pm - 8:00pm CST
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac, WI, USA

6:00pm CST

The Surge Pitch (Sheboygan County)
Apply to compete in The Surge Pitch presented by The Surge with support from the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation! In preparation for the regional Hatch pitch event, local partners are hosting qualifying events. The local contests are open to all residents located in Northeast Wisconsin.

Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and the business must have generated less than $300,000 in either capital raised and/or revenue received. The top two winners from each of these seven local contests will receive prize money – $1,000 cash for first place, $500 for second place – with the top winners advancing to the NEW Launch Alliance Hatch Event* on December 3, where they will compete for additional funding for their business ideas and broad investor attention.

Sheboygan County – The Surge Pitch
Date: Nov. 18, 2020
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Online
Contact: Nick O’Brien, nick@sheboygancountyedc.com

To Apply: Visit www.thestartuphub.org/pitch and select the one registration link that is closest to you.

The deadline to upload a pitch idea is October 26.

*Prize money at the regional event is $3,000 for first place and $2,000 for second place. The winners also will be invited to pitch again at the New North Summit, held at Lambeau Field on March 11, 2021. Thank you to BrightStar Foundation and WBD, Inc., for their local and regional event sponsorships.

For more information about this contest please visit the New North website, www.thenewnorth.com.

Contact the SBDC at UW Green Bay for no-cost consulting and pitch assistance - https://www.uwgb.edu/sbdc/html/contact.asp

Wednesday November 18, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Sheboygan Sheboygan, WI, USA

6:30pm CST

From the Ground Up: A Career in Art
Achieving a career in art certainly comes with its ups and downs. Risks and rewards. Listen in as a panel of local artists provide insight towards making art your profession.

Panelists include:
Sue Orfield- Local Musician
Michael Perry- Local Author
Greg Johnson- Local Visual Artist/ Owner of Artisan Forge Studios
Deb Johnson- Executive Director, The Heyde Center


Wednesday November 18, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA
 
Thursday, November 19
 

11:30am CST

Eau Claire’s Seed Accelerator for Start Ups

What is a seed accelerator and how can it help you launch your startup? 

Recently, UW-Eau Claire, CoLab, and WiSys, piloted our community’s first ever seed accelerator. At this session we’ll explain how our seed accelerator connects to a statewide network to meet our entrepreneurs’ unique needs and how it can help you take your startup to the next level.

You’ll hear from partners of WiSys VentureHome-Eau Claire as well as founders from its first cohort.

Leave with information on how to apply to be part of our next cohort!

Moderators
EC

Elaine Coughlin

Community Manager, CoLab
avatar for Ann Rupnow

Ann Rupnow

Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire
AS

Adhira Sunkara

Manager of Innovative Ventures, WiSys


Thursday November 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA

7:00pm CST

Startup Stories from Three UWEC Alumni
What do three, featured startup founders have in common? They all graduated from UW-Eau Claire within the past 5 years and they all started businesses while they were students!

Attend this virtual event and learn where they are today and what continues to motivate them. In addition, we will learn why they chose to launch their startup in Eau Claire, and if/how our local startup community has been helpful. They will share any current challenges and how we, as a campus and community, can support their businesses.

Registration link will be posted soon.

Thursday November 19, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA
 
Friday, November 20
 

6:30pm CST

Bridging the Arts & Sciences
Appearance or function? The ideal answer is both.

Without one or the other, most buildings, products, and even services will be overlooked. But the right combination of Art and Science, like any partnership, can be powerful. Hear from a panel of presenters who have made this their mission

Moderators
EM

Evan Middlesworth

Director of Artistic Programming, Pablo Center at the Confluence


Friday November 20, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm CST
Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI, USA