Accelerator Program Update

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Transcript Accelerator Program Update

Select WARF Entrepreneurship & Startup Initiatives
• 4490 Ventures—new $30M technology-focused VC fund created in partnership
with the State of Wisconsin Investment Board
• Expanded Business and Law Entrepreneurship Clinic
• D2P—Discovery to Product campus-wide initiative for entrepreneurship
• UpStart Program for Minority and Women’s Entrepreneurship—13 week curriculum
structured for small cohort; will repeat program w/ larger class size in Spring 2014
• Entrepreneurons—the series to take if taking an idea to market is on your mind
– Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 seminar series, a total of 12 events planned
– Focus is on high technology startups
– Basics made fresh for the specific concerns of new ventures in our unique environment
– Local and national experts to lead presentation of key topics
– Panel discussion with entrepreneurs and other advisors
– Ample time for Q&A and informal networking at each event
Entrepreneurons Fall 2013 Program
Keynote Speaker
October 3
Do you really want to start a company?
Paul Shain, president and CEO, Singlewire Software
October 15
The importance of intellectual property
Stephanie Adamany, WARF associate general counsel
October 22
Building a startup team
Brian Wiegand, serial entrepreneur
November 7
Lean startups and business plans
Ted Feierstein, partner, LeanTech Group
November 21
Structure and governance
Kevin Conroy, president and CEO, Exact Sciences
December 5
***3-5 pm
Early stage financing
Mark Reinstra, partner, Wilson, Sonsini
Entrepreneurons Spring 2014 Program
• A similarly rich series of topics and speakers is planned
– Customer acquisition and development
– Startup accounting and taxes
– Business plan, valuation and financial analysis
– HR essentials
– Unique resources for minority- and women-owned businesses
– Marketing/PR/communications
Special thanks to . . .
• Laura Heisler, Director of Programming
– Colin Tompkins-Bergh, Program Development Assistant
– Shauna Baranczyk, Event Coordinator
– Becky Balistreri, Administrative Assistant
– Jim Armstrong, Interim Director of Communications
– Devon Cournoyer, Communications Project Manager
• For more on the Entrepreneurons series please see:
– Schedule and program details, including topics and speakers
– Registration for future events
– Streaming media access to past events
Do you really want to start a company?
• Paul Shain, president and CEO, Singlewire Software
• Joining for our panel discussion:
– Mark Cook, professor of animal sciences
– W. John Kao, professor of pharmaceutical sciences
– Dan Ludois, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering;
co-founder C-Motive Technologies, Inc.
– Laura Strong, president and COO, Quintessence Biosciences
• Questions for our panel discussion may be raised during the panel session
or emailed in advance to: [email protected]
Additional resources
• Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic
• Office of Corporate Relations
• School of Business Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship (INSITE)
• UW Student Business Incubator
• UW Research Park
• UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)
WARF Confidential -- Leigh Cagan – September 2013