Grasshoppers can't jump sideways or backwards; only forward

Grasshopper meetings help entrepreneurs and innovators move forward. Presenters with expertise in specific technologies, venture capital and other areas share best practices and spur thought-provoking discussion. Networking abounds.

Thursday, October 25, 2018:

Industrial IoT: Moving Beyond Connecting Cats, Thermostats and Cell Phones

Dave Vasko, Director of Advanced Technology at Rockwell Automation, will discuss how the Industrial Internet of Things is moving into the next generation of advances that are dramatically transforming factory floors and other industrial settings and the implications for future of work.

There is no cost to attend. However, please RSVP at this link.

All meetings are held from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in Room 121 at the Technology Innovation Center, Milwaukee County Research Park, Wauwatosa.

Previous discussions:

September 20, 2018: Mike Anderes discussed his organization's strategies for harnessing local and global innovation to improve care and the community's health, reinvent the consumer experience and reduce the cost of healthcare. Mike is Chief Innovation and Digital Officer for Froedtert Health and President of Inception Health, a company formed by the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network to accelerate the adoption of digital health, identify and partner with innovative companies and increase the innovation capacity of the network.

Mike was joined by Jennifer Moore, Implementation Manager at PatientWisdom, a New Haven, Conn. startup that Inception Health co-developed. PatientWisdom has a digital platform that collects and shares patient stories to improve health and the experience of care.

July 19, 2018: Todd Sobotka, Managing Director and Investment Committee Chair at BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, showed scenes from well-known movies to illustrate and spur discussion about the importance for startups of having a plan, listening to feedback and hustling.

May 24, 2018: Matt Cordio, Co-founder of Skills Pipeline, which operates a tech recruiting business and organizes Wisconsin Startup Week and other events, discussed our entrepreneurial ecosystem and ways to achieve more robust growth.

April 19, 2018: LeAnne Foster, Principal with Water Street Advisors, a mergers and acquisitions consulting firm, discussed how to position your company, create value and prepare for successful and lucrative exits.

March 22, 2018: Aaron Hagar, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., discussed his division's strategy and programs, along with associated metrics and historical trends. Aaron also talked with us about Wisconsin's startup and risk capital funding landscape.

February 22, 2018: Lori Kuhn, Executive Coach, and Jill Bakke, Confidence Coach at Thrive Human Capital Development, led a discussion about how to position yourself in light of changed work habits, artificial intelligence and other technologies and other shifts in the business landscape.

January 23, 2018: Kathy Hust, President of Scanalytics Inc. and a former U.S. Cellular senior executive, discussed common problems startups face and how to overcome them.

November 28, 2017: Richard Stevens, Founder and CEO of Medical Advances and Molecular Specialties and Elissa Coyer, Marketing Director at Third Wave Bioactives -- and a veteran of two other startups, Agtech Products and Agro Biosciences discussed building startups, exits and seriel entrepreneurship. 

October 24, 2017: Dave Linz, Client Services Director at the UW-Extension's Center for Technology Commercialization, discussed how to compete for federal grants. He was joined by Brian Armstrong, president and co-founder of Wauwatosa-based Metria Innovation Inc., which has received more than $1 million of federal grants to further development of its 3D measurement technologies. 

September 26, 2017: Ken Johnson, Partner in the Badger Fund of Funds and managing director of Kegonsa Capital Partners, talked about criteria used by professional venture and angel investors to make their investment decisions.

August 17, 2017: Ben Stanley, gBETA Milwaukee; Sherry Zhang, Ph.D, MCW Researcher, gBETA graduate and founder of GenoPalate; Scott Johannes, Founder, Immersive Innovations LLC