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2019 Badger Startup Summit

Forward Festival

Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)

2019 Badger Startup Summit

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
BSS Attendee   more info Aug 16, 2019 $75.00 $0.00
VenFair Attendee only
This is for admittance to VenFair only 11:45am - 1:30pm.
Aug 22, 2019 $20.00 $0.00

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Connecting Badger entrepreneurs everywhere to share ideas and build connections


It's the seventh annual Badger Startup Summit * and we are more excited than ever to connect Badger entrepreneurs throughout the state at this highly interactive event to share ideas, exchange experiences and meet new contacts. 


At the Badger Startup Summit you will:

  • Hear from Wisconsin entrepreneurs during the Disruptive (r)Evolution Showcase talk about how their technologies are shaping new business solutions.
  • Make connections with all the key players in the Madison startup tech scene during the lunch time 1 Million Cups VenFair.
  • Participate in the MERLIN Pitch & rePlay. Give a business pitch for feedback, or hear pitches from the next generation of Badger entrepreneurs.
  • Make key business connections and build your network.



Schedule of Events

8:00 am Registration opens, continental breakfast

8:45 am Welcome: Badger Startup Summit Co-chairs
Matt Younkle, Forward Festival Chair
Allen Dines, Executive Advisor, WISC Partners

9:00 am Disruptive (r)EVolution Showcase – Part I

Moderator: Susan LaBelle, Managing Director, UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations

 10:00 am Break

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

 11:00 am KeynoteKeith Witek Senior VP, Corporate Development, Strategy and General Counsel, SiFive

11:45 am The 1 Million Cups VenFair – Lunch (provided by VenFair Sponsors/Hosts) in the Atrium
Welcome and Introduction by 1 Million Cups Madison

1:30 pm The MERLIN Pitch and Re-Play
Welcome and Introduction by Susie Younkle, Program Director, MERLIN Mentors

3:30 pm Pitch wrap-up Dennis Barnum

3:45 pm Concluding remarks/adjourn by Allen Dines, Matt Younkle


Follow us on social media @badgerstartup


Thank you to our sponsors:

Baker Tilly, Findorff, Kollath Accounting, MadREP, Makin' Hey!Murphy Desmond, University Research Park, WARF





This event is a part of Forward Festival 2019

 Access to this event is included with your Forward Pass, but you will still need to register here using the promo code provided in the Forward Pass purchase email to get your free ticket.

Have questions about 2019 Badger Startup Summit? Contact Forward Festival

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Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
330 North Orchard Street
Madison, WI 53715

Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)

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