For wisconsin to compete globally, madison and milwaukee need to work together.

In collaboration with StartingBlock Madison, we share the costs and benefits of bringing national and local speakers to our state's two biggest cities to provide information and insights about how to build our economy.

We'll let you know when we've got our next event scheduled.

Past events:

August 2018: Archna Sahay, Philly superstar, known as the city’s “Best Connector,” talked about Philadelphia’s innovation scene and strategies to build a robust and diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem. Archana served as the Director of Entrepreneur Investment for the City of Philadelphia until Summer 2017, when she joined J. Nowak Strategies. Philadelphia ranked 3rd among the country’s top startup cities in the most recent Innovation That Matters 2017 report, compiled by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Washington, D.C.-based incubator 1776.

Milwaukee moderators: Terence Ow, Associate Professor of Information Technology in the Management Department at Marquette University and Jonah Turner, Technology Business Operations Manager at Kohl's Department Stores.

May 2018: Discussions with two great entrepreneur leaders from Madison and Milwaukee who collectively raised >$48 million in 2017 using both traditional and less traditional strategies.

Madison: Dan Lawton, President of Milwaukee-based Promentis Pharmaceuticals, discussed how Promentis raised $26 million of venture funding in 2017 to enable the company to advance its lead compound for treating central nervous system disorders through Phase 2 proof of concept

Moderated by: Kevin Conroy, CEO and President of Exact Sciences Corp.

Milwaukee: Paul Radspinner, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Madison-based FluGen Inc., discussed how FluGen raised $7.5 million of venture funding in 2017 -- the most of any Madison life sciences company that year -- and won a $14.4 million federal grant for Flugen’s work on a universal flu vaccine.

Moderated by: L. Silvia Munoz-PriceMD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin and Infectious Disease Specialist and Enterprise Epidemiologist for Froedtert & MCW health network and Craig Heim, Partner, Quandt Berndt & Co., former Portfolio Manager for Private Markets at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Association (WARF).

January 2018: Tom Chapman shared cutting-edge models and hot-off-the-press data about the state of startups in Madison, Milwaukee and Wisconsin generally. He also provided insight into Wisconsin's infrastructure and how to improve it. Chapman chairs the Startup Data Committee for the Startup Champions Network and is Founder of Chapman and Company, a boutique management consulting company based in Omaha.

Madison moderator: Aaron Olver, Managing Director of University Research Park.

Milwaukee moderators: Valerie Linton-Reed and James Hischke, technology advancement leaders at Northwestern Mutual.