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May 22, 2012

Last Day to Register for New Event Designed to Bring Together Local Innovators and Investors

(OSHKOSH, WI) - May 22, 2012 - Wednesday is the last day to register for THINC! INNOVATION. THINC! INNOVATION is a brand new two-part event at the EAA in Oshkosh, designed to light the innovative spark and build a groundswell for a more risk-taking culture in the New North. Part one, brought to you by Insight Publications, will feature four thought leaders who will share their innovative stories - affirming how disruptive ideas are challenging the status quo all over the region. Part two, brought to you by First Business, will focus on strategies to secure capital for innovations with potential.

Part 1: THINC! Doors open for networking at 7:30 a.m. Part one begins at 8:30 a.m.
Whether you are a business owner, an entrepreneur or "intrapreneur" at your company, a guru or protege of innovation, the Technology & Human Innovation Networking Conference is sure to tweak your train of thought. Following a light breakfast during registration, four thought leaders will provoke you with their innovation stories, told in "bursts." Their THINC! Talks will affirm how disruptive ideas are challenging the status quo all over the region - and why we must embrace innovation to build our economy. The New North Small Business & Entrepreneur Committee will announce its "Fast Forward1.0" collaborative process for bringing innovation to capitalization, followed by high-powered networking.

Can the New North be the next Silicon Valley? Come and THINC! about it.

THINC! Speakers include:
  • Cheryl Perkins of InnovationEdge
  • Craig Dickman of Breakthrough Fuel
  • Neal Verfuerth of Orion Energy Systems
  • Bob Pedersen of Goodwill Industries NWC

  • Part 2: INNOVATION to CAPITALIZATION Starts at 10:30 a.m.
    After "THINC!" the event switches gears to focus on the process of taking ideas to capital in Part 2: INNOVATION to CAPITALIZATION.

    This second event will kick off at 10:30 a.m., with Lisa Johnson, Aaron Hagar, and Tim Cooley of The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation discussing how the state can support capitalization. Lunch includes a presentation from Alan Klapmeier, CEO of Kestrel Aircraft, and is presented by AeroInnovate. Tom Still, President of The Wisconsin Technology Council and Zach Brandon, Director of Wisconsin Angel Network will lead the afternoon session with topics including where to go for help for your business, building the right relationship with your investors and conclude with a practice pitch (including crowd participation) from a finalist from the Governor’s Business Plan contest. The day will conclude with a networking mingle after the pitch.

    INNOVATION to CAPITALIZATION Speakers include:
  • Lisa Johnson of The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Tim Cooley of The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Aaron Hagar of The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Alan Klapmeier of Kestrel Aircraft
  • Tom Still of Wisconsin Technology
  • Zach Brandon of Wisconsin Angel Network

  • Tickets are $30 and include lunch. Local innovators and investors can register by going to www.thincinnovationevent.com. Members of the press can receive free passes to attend by contacting Jodie Johnson at 608-358-6289 or jjohnson@firstbusiness.com.

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