Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Aaron Hagar, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at WEDC

  • Wednesday, Feb. 07, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Aaron Hagar, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at WEDC. Aaron oversees WEDC’s efforts to support entrepreneurship, innovation, and investment in early-stage companies. His career started in bio-medical research before transitioning to economic development. He has worked on projects ranging from the immune system response to brain tumors to large-scale urban redevelopment. Aaron is a UW alum. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Partner Up!

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

  • Wednesday, Feb. 07, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
  • 5120 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Find a member of your future startup team on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in room 5120 Grainger Hall from 5:30 to 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: facebook.com/WeinertCenter. RSVP using the link: https://tinyurl.com/y7lwc2ch. We hope to see you there!

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Steve Goldberg, Chairman of Benchmark Securities

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

Come join us to meet Steve Goldberg, a graduate of UW and an entrepreneur who recently started three enterprises: Benchmark Securities, Fixed Income Securities, and Badger ACW. After graduation, Steve worked for Boatmen’s Bancshares in St. Louis as an Internal Auditor. He left Boatmen’s in 1981 to join Edward Jones in their Marketing department. In 1982 he became a Limited Partner of Jones and in 1987 was asked to become a General Partner. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Idella Yamben, Business Development Consultant for UW-Extension's Center for Technology Commercialization

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us on Wednesday, February 21 for our Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch to meet Idella Yamben, Business Development Consultant for UW-Extension’s Center for Technology Commercialization. She assists high-tech, Wisconsin entrepreneurs in HR and technology commercialization goals. She is also the co-founder, manager and co-teacher of the Ideadvance Seed Fund and the SBIR Advance Matching program and two Lean Startup programs. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Janet White, Director at Promega

  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us on Wednesday, February 28 to meet Janet White, director at Promega providing SBU leadership for global marketing, product line management and strategic planning. She was SVP/General Manager for a scientific services-based business unit for Lonza and also led a business unit for Cambrex. Janet is a biomedical and electrical engineer by training, earning her BSE from Duke University and an MS from George Washington University. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Sarah Botham, President and Founder of Botham, INK, WiscoBoxes & Acala Farms

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

Come join us to meet Sarah Botham, a science, agriculture, and business writer, as well as an entrepreneur, marketing/PR consultant, and educator. Sarah launched Botham, INK., a marketing/PR consulting firm and is also the director of marketing for Botham Vineyards & Winery, president and founder of Acala Farms, a food products business and WiscoBoxes, an all-Wisconsin products online gift box company and a Faculty Associate at CALS. Pizza will be served. Please RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Steve Farsht, Co-Founder of Corazon Capital

  • Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Steve Farsht of Corazon Capital. The firm has raised over $60 million and makes Seed and Series A stage investments in early-stage tech companies located primarily in Southern California, New York and Chicago. Notable investments include Knock, Remote Year, Foodsby, Pretty Litter, LitCharts, SpotHero and Albert.io. Steve co-managed Techstars for two years and was also a General Partner with Norwest Equity Partners. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Steve Holle, Founder of Kansas City Bier Company LLC

  • Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Steve Holle. After a 20+ year career in commercial real estate investment, Steve retired and opened a new craft brewery, the Kansas City Bier Company, in Fall 2013. Steve applied his love of brewing and German culture to open a brewery that produces authentic examples of German beer styles. He passed a rigorous nine hour written examination to earn his Diploma in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London. Pizza is served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Public Sector Leadership within the American Free-Enterprise System

Fitch Lecture

  • Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
  • Discovery Building
  • Cost:

With support from the William Fitch Scholarship Fund, UW-Madison alumnus Curt Culver will discuss his career in the mortgage insurance business spanning more than 30 years, during which he charted a long-term course for his companies, including MGIC -- the nation's largest private mortgage insurer. The presentation is sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Wisconsin School of Business, and the Law and Entrepreneurial Clinic at UW-Madison's Law School.

BizSmart Training for Entrepreneurs

  • Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: 349.00

The Biz Smart program includes all of the business areas crucial to planning and running your business. It incorporates not only the crucial areas, but helps you apply them to a business plan that you can then use as a roadmap for your business.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Reena Vokoun, Founder of Passion Fit

  • Wednesday, Apr. 25, 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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