Wisconsin CleanTech Network

Networking and panel discussions around cleantech topics


Past Events:

Launching a Wisconsin Cleantech Startup:

Wellntel’s journey and lessons learned

Wellntel is a Milwaukee area cleantech startup that is funded through local investors, product sales and the Clean Energy Trust out of Chicago. On November 6, Marian Singer, co-founder and CEO, and Jackie Darr, investor, shared Wellntel’s story from inspiration to commercialization. They also highlighted fundraising in the Midwest cleantech ecosystem and the benefits of accelerator program participation.

From Cutting Edge to Mainstream:

How attitudes, biases and policies impact cleantech adoption

On August 8, Alex Frank, an independent consultant, moderated a discussion with panelists Kathy Kuntz of Cool Choices; Dietram Scheufele, life sciences communication at UW–Madison and Morgridge Institute for Research; and Tyler Huebner, RENEW Wisconsin.

Beyond Technology

The cultural, practical and business challenges of bringing alternative energy solutions to market

On April 24, Justin Gillis, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and UW–Madison science writer-in-residence, moderated a discussion with panelists Todd Allen, professor of engineering physics, UW–Madison; Ted Bohn, electrical engineer, Argonne National Lab; Mark Zager, chief executive officer, Silatronix; and Mary McNeill, director of marketing and communications, Alliant Energy.

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How to Get a Cleantech Startup Funded in Wisconsin

Early-stage company funding can be difficult, especially in the cleantech space. On November 13, 2017, panelists Doug Cameron (First Green Partners & U.S.-China Green Fund), Spencer Maughan (Finistere Ventures) and Jason Smith (Peak Ridge Capital Group) addressed fundable technology trends, how to approach investors and examples of what they see as investable opportunities.

Making a Difference

Advances in cleantech startups at UW–Madison

From cleaner water to sustainable electricity, this forum on July 24, 2017, highlighted local innovations and startups, including technologies developed at the Wisconsin Energy Institute, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and other research centers. Presenters included Francisco Moya, Pathogenomica; Mehrdad Arjmand and Aaron Olson, NovoMoto; and Kyoung-Shin Choi, professor of chemistry, UW–Madison.

Speaking a Different Language:

Translating clean tech from bench to business and back

On April 18, 2017, WARF's Josh Carson moderated a panel with Tim Donohue, UW–Madison professor and director, GLBRC; Colin Anson, UW–Madison graduate student, chemistry; Hans Liao, senior principal scientist, Cargill; and Edgar Steenwinkel, vice president of research and development, Virent, as they discussed lessons learned during the process of pursuing research in both academic and industrial environments.

About the Wisconsin CleanTech Network Forums

The CleanTech Network forums focus on the needs and challenges faced by entrepreneurs and others working in Wisconsin’s clean technology sectors. That includes power systems, controls, alternative fuels and more. Each program will include a presentation, audience Q&A and networking.

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