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How Investors See It: Assessing Madison’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem & Investment Opportunities

If investors gave a report card, how would they rate the volume and quality of local start-ups, including spinouts from UW-Madison, and the effectiveness of Madison’s entrepreneurial support system? Hear a candid discussion by a panel of angel and venture investors, who will evaluate the area’s progress towards achieving a culture of entrepreneurship and a critical mass of investment opportunity.  Panelists will discuss issues such as:

  • The greatest challenges for local investors in the local financing environment, including whether Wisconsin has a sufficient level of early stage funds and syndication power.
  • The strengths of our university tech transfer system and overall entrepreneurial climate, and what still needs to improve to foster growth companies.
  • How they find investment opportunities, and what they look for before making an investment—as well as red flags that have them walk away from a deal.
  • How entrepreneurs should prepare for the investor due diligence process.

Time: November 20, 2014 at 4:30 – 6:00 pm.
Location: H.F. DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St.
Parking: UW Lots 17, 20, and Grainger Hall and Union South ramps.

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