Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Imran Aziz, Co-Founder and CEO of Mavengo

  • Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Imran Aziz of Mavengo, a company that has developed an activity scheduling application enabling individuals to sign up for recreational activities and discover local experiences. He previously worked at Apple driving the planning and execution of iOS 9 Notes and iBooks app for iOS and at Microsoft. He co-authored twelve US patents and graduated from UW with a BS degree in Computer Science and Engineering. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Innovation Roadmap: The Workshop Series

Hands-on training to take your idea from concept to reality

  • Monday, Oct. 01, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
  • Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration required.

Focus on defining your product in terms of its value proposition and learn about protecting the intellectual property surrounding your product. This hands-on series is for UW-Madison faculty, students and staff and requires you to have a current project you can workshop. You do not need to have a startup.

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Wisconsin Entrepreneurship Showcase Event

A Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship, StartUp and UW Housing Event; Sponsored by Paul Reckwerdt and Ellen Rosner

  • Thursday, Oct. 04, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
  • Gordon Dining and Event Center
  • Cost: Free

Prominent entrepreneurs include Ryan Feit (Co-Founder of SeedInvest, an equity crowdfunding platform that opens access to venture capital and angel investing to everyone); Jennnifer Lane and Priyanka Verma (Co-Founders of Laquerus, a modern client-centric nail studio providing an enjoyable experience); and Dick Schulze (Founder of Best Buy, one of the largest multi-channel consumer-electronic retailers). Food and beverages served. Please RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Partner Up!

Sponsored by the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship, INSITE, and Transcend

  • Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
  • 5120 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Find a member of your future startup team on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in 5120 Grainger Hall from 5:30-6:30 p.m. If you have an idea and want to start your own company, come find people who want to help you, or come to learn about cool ideas for companies that others have started that you want to be a part of! Sign up on the Weinert Center Facebook Page at facebook.com/WeinertCenter or RSVP using the link: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_73uL9YntGofuYUR. We hope to see you there!

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Dale Nitschke, Founder and CEO of Ovative/group

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Dale Nitschke of Ovative/group, a digital marketing measurement and activation firm focused on uniting the disciplines of data, technology, and media expertise. He formed Ovative to address the growing need in the market to understand digital media’s impact on enterprise results v. single channel and to act on that view through digital media and experience optimization. He also spent eight years as President of Target.com. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Innovation Roadmap: The Speaker Series

Stories to inspire and inform entrepreneurs and corporate innovators

  • Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
  • H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration requested

Hear from Kristen Berman, co-founder of Common Cents Lab, a Duke University initiative dedicated to improving financial well-being for low-to-moderate-income Americans, and co-author of Hacking Human Nature for Good, A practical guide to changing behavior.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Reena Vokoun, Founder of Passion Fit

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Reena Vokoun, founder of Passion Fit. She graduated with a BBA in Marketing & Management from UW and received an MS in Advertising & Communications from Boston University. She spent several years working in Corporate America in marketing & business development roles for large Fortune 500 and start-up companies such as Google, Yahoo, Reebok, GE, CNET and Grokker while also being a certified health and wellness professional. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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WARF Innovation Day

Inspiring presentations about exciting technologies

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
  • Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration requested

The WARF Innovation Day will kick off with a quick pitch event featuring grad students and researchers with particularly commercially promising technologies. Next, Byron Reese, author of The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity, will provide an inspiring keynote address. The day will conclude with the WARF Innovation Awards where we will recognize innovation in early-stage technologies recently disclosed to WARF. Join us for all or part of the day.

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Innovation Roadmap: The Workshop Series

Hands-on training to take your idea from concept to reality

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
  • Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration required.

Identify different customer segments and learn about resources that can be used right away to better understand your potential markets. This hands-on series is for UW-Madison faculty, students and staff and requires you to have a current project you can workshop. You do not need to have a startup.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Kevin Kraft, Co-Founder and Partner in Wisconsin River Partners

  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Kevin Kraft, co-founder and partner in Wisconsin River Partners. He started out as a CPA at E&Y, returned home to work at Caterpillar and joined JARP Industries, his family’s 50+ year old manufacturing company in the roles of CFO, COO and CEO. He remains on their Board of Directors. Kevin received his MBA from Wisconsin. He is actively involved with the United Way of Marathon County, Grand Theatre, and Junior Achievement. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Janet Loewi, Co-Manager at Wisconsin Investment Partners

  • Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Janet Loewi, co-manager at WIP, one of Wisconsin's oldest and most active early stage investment groups. Janet has a BBA and MBA in Finance from UW. Her background includes experiences at US Bank and BMO Harris Bank. She has been involved with the startup world for nearly 15 years as an adviser, business manager and early stage/angel investor. Janet, along with her husband, are investors in several Madison area companies. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Innovation Roadmap: The Workshop Series

Hands-on training to take your idea from concept to reality

  • Thursday, Nov. 01, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
  • Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration required.

Dive into the mechanics and logistics of product development, from prototyping to scaling up to identifying strategic partners, with opportunities to meet with experts from IT, biomedical and engineering disciplines. This hands-on series is for UW-Madison faculty, students and staff and requires you to have a current project you can workshop. You do not need to have a startup.

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The 100-Hour Challenge

A UW-Madison Signature Entrepreneurship Event

  • Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
  • Engineering Centers Building
  • Cost:

The 100-Hour Challenge, open to all UW-Madison students, invites teams of students using donated materials from SWAP to come up with a new product idea in 100 Hours (essentially over a long weekend). They then make a short video pitch of their big idea for the chance to win prize money! SWAP pickup will occur in The Makerspace on Thursday, Nov. 8.

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The 100-Hour Challenge

A UW-Madison Signature Entrepreneurship Event

  • Friday, Nov. 09, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
  • Engineering Centers Building
  • Cost:

The 100-Hour Challenge, open to all UW-Madison students, invites teams of students using donated materials from SWAP to come up with a new product idea in 100 Hours (essentially over a long weekend). They then make a short video pitch of their big idea for the chance to win prize money! SWAP pickup will occur in The Makerspace on Thursday, Nov. 8.

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The 100-Hour Challenge

A UW-Madison Signature Entrepreneurship Event

  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
  • Engineering Centers Building
  • Cost:

The 100-Hour Challenge, open to all UW-Madison students, invites teams of students using donated materials from SWAP to come up with a new product idea in 100 Hours (essentially over a long weekend). They then make a short video pitch of their big idea for the chance to win prize money! SWAP pickup will occur in The Makerspace on Thursday, Nov. 8.

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The 100-Hour Challenge

A UW-Madison Signature Entrepreneurship Event

  • Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
  • Engineering Centers Building
  • Cost:

The 100-Hour Challenge, open to all UW-Madison students, invites teams of students using donated materials from SWAP to come up with a new product idea in 100 Hours (essentially over a long weekend). They then make a short video pitch of their big idea for the chance to win prize money! SWAP pickup will occur in The Makerspace on Thursday, Nov. 8.

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The 100-Hour Challenge

A UW-Madison Signature Entrepreneurship Event

  • Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
  • Engineering Centers Building
  • Cost:

The 100-Hour Challenge, open to all UW-Madison students, invites teams of students using donated materials from SWAP to come up with a new product idea in 100 Hours (essentially over a long weekend). They then make a short video pitch of their big idea for the chance to win prize money! SWAP pickup will occur in The Makerspace on Thursday, Nov. 8.

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The 100-Hour Challenge

A UW-Madison Signature Entrepreneurship Event

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
  • Engineering Centers Building
  • Cost:

The 100-Hour Challenge, open to all UW-Madison students, invites teams of students using donated materials from SWAP to come up with a new product idea in 100 Hours (essentially over a long weekend). They then make a short video pitch of their big idea for the chance to win prize money! SWAP pickup will occur in The Makerspace on Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Michael Dowdle, Founder of Circadian Group

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Michael Dowdle, an entrepreneur and investor with over 20 years of experience in startup, venture backed and publicly traded companies. Through his company, Circadian Group, Michael has active investments in nine early-stage technology companies. After graduating from UW, he started his career in the media business as a sales executive with Gillett Broadcasting, Blair Television and Turner Broadcasting. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Innovation Roadmap: The Workshop Series

Hands-on training to take your idea from concept to reality

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
  • Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration required.

Learn how to build a financial model, detailing revenue costs, valuations and capitalizations over time. This hands-on series is for UW-Madison faculty, students and staff and requires you to have a current project you can workshop. You do not need to have a startup.

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Innovation Roadmap: The Speaker Series

Stories to inspire and inform entrepreneurs and corporate innovators

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
  • H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration requested

Our November speaker, Eric Apfelbach, is the CEO of fast-growth software and services company PEGEX and has led the start up of multiple technology companies like Virent in Wisconsin.

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Innovation Roadmap: The Workshop Series

Hands-on training to take your idea from concept to reality

  • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
  • Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration required.

C-corp, B-corp, S-corp, LLC? NDAs? Operating agreements? Hear from legal experts who work with all kinds of innovators about which of these are important and how to get it right. This hands-on series is for UW-Madison faculty, students and staff and requires you to have a current project you can workshop. You do not need to have a startup.

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Innovation Roadmap: The Workshop Series

Hands-on training to take your idea from concept to reality

  • Monday, Dec. 03, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
  • Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration required.

Explore key elements of a successful pitch deck. Getting your message across to potential partners and investors is an art and a science. This hands-on series is for UW-Madison faculty, students and staff and requires you to have a current project you can workshop. You do not need to have a startup.

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Innovation Roadmap: The Speaker Series

Stories to inspire and inform entrepreneurs and corporate innovators

  • Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
  • H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration requested

Xiaohoa Michelle Ching, founder and CEO of Literator, an award-winning app that serves over 2,500 schools worldwide by helping them meet their students’ exact literacy needs, shares her story of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Innovation Roadmap: The Workshop Series

Hands-on training to take your idea from concept to reality

  • Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
  • Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration required.

Participants will have a chance to get feedback from experts in the community, including venture capital groups, business plan competition judges and successful entrepreneurs. This hands-on series is for UW-Madison faculty, students and staff and requires you to have a current project you can workshop. You do not need to have a startup.

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