Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Sarada, Assistant Professor in Management and Economics/Co-Founder of Elektrifi Technologies

  • Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • Gordon Dining and Event Center
  • Cost: Free

Come join us via WebEx to meet Sarada, co-founder of Elektrifi Technologies. Her research is focused on the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation. She will talk about starting a business as well as the challenges faced as a non-US citizen. She graduated from UW and received her Ph.D. from UCSD. She was a faculty fellow at Duke, a litigation consultant in SF and visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Board in DC. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu for link to WebEx.

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Fireside Chat with Kelly Lapierre

Hosted by Transcend UW

  • Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost:

Come join our fireside chat with Kelly LaPierre on September 23rd at 5 PM on Zoom. Kelly is Head of Founder Network for American Family Insurance and Lead of GoHackScale. Additionally Kelly is Partner and Co-founder of Venture Catalysts, AfroTech, and Backstage Capital Accelerator. In 2015 she was named Crains Detroit Business “40 under 40” and “25 Women in Tech.” She has a BA from University of Michigan and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Biz Smart Sprint for Entrepreneurs

Taking the next steps in starting your business

  • Thursday, Sep. 24, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: $249

Biz Smart Sprint is your introduction into the world of entrepreneurship. In this live, virtual 5-week course, you will learn the building blocks you need to become a successful entrepreneur. Each week, you’ll discover the key components you need to start a business, including the Business Model Canvas business planning tool, understanding your customers and market, developing a marketing strategy, legal and operational considerations, and financial basics.

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Biz Smart Sprint

  • Thursday, Sep. 24, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: $249

Biz Smart Sprint is your introduction into the world of entrepreneurship. In this live, virtual 5-week course, you will learn the building blocks you need to become a successful entrepreneur. Each week, you’ll discover the key components you need to start a business, including the Business Model Canvas business planning tool, understanding your customers and market, developing a marketing strategy, legal and operational considerations, and financial basics.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Robert Phillips, CFA, and Global Director of Machine Learning & Data Science at TIBCO Software

  • Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • WebEx
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Robert Phillips of TIBCO Software where he works with Fortune 100 business and IT executives to help transform their companies using data and analytics. Robert taught himself to code in Python and immersed himself in a data science program. He is a CFA® charterholder and earned his BBA degree at the Wisconsin School of Business by double majoring in finance and economics. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu for link to WebEx.

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PartnerUp! Via WebEx

Sponsored by the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship, INSITE, StartUp Learning Community, and Transcend

  • Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
  • WebEx
  • Cost: Free

Find a member of your future startup team on Wednesday, September 30 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! We ask those pitching an idea and those just attending to sign up on the Weinert Center Facebook Page at facebook.com/WeinertCenter or RSVP using the link: https://go.wisc.edu/a9bh7m. We hope to see you there!

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Business Valuation: Building Value Beyond the Numbers

  • Thursday, Oct. 01, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: $99

When a company is valued, it involves far more than looking at a financial statement and applying a multiple to a particular number on the income statement to arrive at a meaningful conclusion of value. Financial statements reflect the company’s ability to utilize its assets historically, whereas value should reflect a company’s capacity to generate future economic returns.

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Biz Smart Sprint for Entrepreneurs

Taking the next steps in starting your business

  • Thursday, Oct. 01, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: $249

Biz Smart Sprint is your introduction into the world of entrepreneurship. In this live, virtual 5-week course, you will learn the building blocks you need to become a successful entrepreneur. Each week, you’ll discover the key components you need to start a business, including the Business Model Canvas business planning tool, understanding your customers and market, developing a marketing strategy, legal and operational considerations, and financial basics.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Darryl Schoen, President of Manufacturers Financing Services (MFS)

  • Wednesday, Oct. 07, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • WebEx
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Darryl Schoen, president of MFS, a multinational equipment financing company he started after developing a business plan and obtaining financing. It grew into a national company in 1998 becoming the largest company of its kind in the computer controlled machine tool and robotics market in the US. Darryl earned his MBA with a double emphasis in International Business and Finance from UW in 1978. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu for link to WebEx.

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Small Business Exit Strategies: Fundamentals of Buy-Sell Agreements

  • Thursday, Oct. 08, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: 99

Buy/Sell Agreements are drafted by attorneys who incorporate important legal provisions. But what about those paragraphs dealing with the valuation provisions? How will the business be valued? How much does each partner receive? These become the most critical paragraphs when a triggering event occurs. While many buy-sell agreements only account for death or disability of an owner, there are many more triggering events that can happen. Before the event occurs, partners will want to discuss.

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Biz Smart Sprint for Entrepreneurs

Taking the next steps in starting your business

  • Thursday, Oct. 08, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: $249

Biz Smart Sprint is your introduction into the world of entrepreneurship. In this live, virtual 5-week course, you will learn the building blocks you need to become a successful entrepreneur. Each week, you’ll discover the key components you need to start a business, including the Business Model Canvas business planning tool, understanding your customers and market, developing a marketing strategy, legal and operational considerations, and financial basics.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Stephanie Biegel, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Key

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • WebEx
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Stephanie Biegel co-founder of Key, a new live pay-per-stream platform which allows talent to unlock meaningful audience data and glean powerful insights from their most loyal fans. Previously, Stephanie spent 10+ years leading and growing multi-million dollar advertising businesses spanning global markets and emerging technologies. Stephanie is a UW graduate from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu for link to WebEx.

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Biz Smart Sprint for Entrepreneurs

Taking the next steps in starting your business

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: $249

Biz Smart Sprint is your introduction into the world of entrepreneurship. In this live, virtual 5-week course, you will learn the building blocks you need to become a successful entrepreneur. Each week, you’ll discover the key components you need to start a business, including the Business Model Canvas business planning tool, understanding your customers and market, developing a marketing strategy, legal and operational considerations, and financial basics.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Debbie Lessin, Founder of D.J. Lessin & Associates and Balancing Act Productions

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • WebEx
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Debbie Lessin, Founder of D.J. Lessin & Associates and Balancing Act Productions. Debbie described herself as having the brains of an accountant and the soul of an artist. She began her career at Price Waterhouse and moved to Heller Financial Corporation. While at Heller, Debbie she earned her Master of Science in Taxation from DePaul University. She started her accounting firm in 1984 and Balancing Act Productions in 1997. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu for link to WebEx.

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Biz Smart Sprint for Entrepreneurs

Taking the next steps in starting your business

  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: $249

Biz Smart Sprint is your introduction into the world of entrepreneurship. In this live, virtual 5-week course, you will learn the building blocks you need to become a successful entrepreneur. Each week, you’ll discover the key components you need to start a business, including the Business Model Canvas business planning tool, understanding your customers and market, developing a marketing strategy, legal and operational considerations, and financial basics.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Joe Coyne, Managing Partner, Studio VC

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • WebEx
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Joe Coyne, Managing Partner at Studio VC. Previously, Joe worked in M&A at Merrill Lynch and then helped build the Samsung NEXT Venture Capital team and performed all aspects of deal sourcing diligence and negotiation with a focus on early and growth stage software and services investments. He then joined Bain Capital and worked on early-stage and growth-equity investments. Joe graduated with his BBA from UW. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu for link to WebEx.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Ernie Hu, COO of CAST

  • Wednesday, Nov. 04, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • WebEx
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Ernie Hu, a renowned tech executive, who is scaling the emerging market category of Software Intelligence, a $1B+ phenomena fueled by business/digital leaders’ needs for greater objectivity in making decisions, faster modernization for Cloud, and raising the security and resiliency of their software assets. He sets the direction for and oversees all country managers/field operations contributing to the corporate strategy. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu for link to WebEx.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Craig Schedler, Managing Director with Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures

  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • WebEx
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Craig Schedler who is responsible for managing the company’s strategic venture capital investments in financial technology, digital health, data analytics and client experience. His previous experience includes being senior director in corporate strategy at NML and part of the healthcare investment banking team at B.C. Ziegler. Craig received a BBA (Accounting) from UW and an MBA in Finance/Accounting from University of Chicago Booth. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu for link.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Johanna Wolfson, Co-Founder and Principal, Prime Impact Fund

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • WebEx
  • Cost: Free

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. in physical chemistry from MIT. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu for link to WebEx.

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Digital Marketing and Social Media Conference

  • Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: $299

In this one day conference, area experts will give you actionable items that you can take away and implement into your business immediately. Bring your laptop, tablet or mobile device to take full advantage of working along with the experts by creating videos, reviewing your website and social media accounts. This one day conference includes four 90 minute sessions, a keynote marketing speaker, lunch and refreshments.

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