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					Wisconsin Innovation Network

The Wisconsin Technology Council
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The Wisconsin Innovation Network (WIN): Partners in Progress
Growing Wisconsin Entrepreneurs: beyond borders; beyond buildings 2005 WBIA Conference November 4, 2005

WISCONSIN TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL

Wisconsin Innovation Network

The Wisconsin Technology Council is the leading catalyst for technology development in Wisconsin, serving as the science and technology policy adviser to the Governor and the Legislature. Our programs are designed to achieve those goals.
• Policy Development: Promote technology business formation • Economic Development: Stimulating job creation • Network Development: Provide opportunities for ideas, capital and entrepreneurs to meet

HOW WE ARE ORGANIZED

Wisconsin Innovation Network

WHAT IS WIN?

Wisconsin Innovation Network

WIN is the 501(c)6 membership subsidiary of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

WIN is a network for entrepreneurs and other individuals seeking to grow their business through innovation.
WIN provides opportunities for ideas, capital and entrepreneurs to meet. Tag Line: Leading The Way Into The Knowledge Age

HOW WIN WORKS

Wisconsin Innovation Network

• Local WIN Chapters throughout Wisconsin communities
• Networking events • Statewide conference/symposium, as well as the Governor’s Business Plan Contest --WIN chapters are a prime source of entries in the statewide contest and may run local contests

• Partnerships with other community and networking organizations

LOCAL WIN CHAPTERS

Wisconsin Innovation Network

Local chapters include:
– Chippewa Valley – Lake Superior Region (Ashland) – Madison – Milwaukee – Northeast Wisconsin

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Wisconsin Innovation Network

WIN serves as a prime, statewide networking circle that provides educational and/or news forums. Recent speakers have included entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers, financial experts, as well as company representatives and individuals from the local community.
A list of recent speakers can be found on our web site, along with upcoming events.

STATEWIDE EVENTS

Wisconsin Innovation Network

THE WISCONSIN ENTREPRENEURS’ CONFERENCE
• Typically held in June in Milwaukee; provides a hands-on experience for entrepreneurs.

WISCONSIN EARLY STAGE SYMPOSIUM
• Formerly the Wisconsin Life Sciences & Venture Conference, this 20-year-old conference has helped dozens of companies connect with investors over time.

GOVERNOR’S BUSINESS PLAN CONTEST
• Brings forth some of the best business ideas throughout the state in 4 categories: Advanced manufacturing, business services, information technology and life sciences.

WHAT IS A NETWORK?

Wisconsin Innovation Network

• Simply stated, networks are people talking to each other, sharing ideas, information, and resources. Network is a verb, not a noun. • Networks are structured to transmit information in a way that is quicker, more high-tech, and more energy-efficient than any other process. • Networks are appropriate sociology—the human equivalent of appropriate technology—providing a form of communication and interaction which is suitable for the information-rich future.

WHY NETWORKS EXIST

Wisconsin Innovation Network

• To foster self-help; • To exchange information, quickly and easily
– A study estimates it takes 7 phone calls to get information from a Government agency

• To spark business development; • To improve productivity and work life; • To share resources; • To create linkages between people; • To share contacts; and • To raise capital. Networks go beyond the mere transfer of data, they create and exchange knowledge AKA Knowledge Networking.

TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL NETWORKING • • • • • • • • • •

Wisconsin Innovation Network

Bring business cards Bring a pen (that works) Introduce yourself to 5 people you do not know Return telephone calls promptly Follow-up on all referrals you get Believe in yourself and your work Build and maintain a good reputation Prepare a 30-second ―commercial‖ – ―pitch‖ Never talk about religion and politics The most interesting person is the one who’s most interested in us. Remember: networking is not sales; it is about developing relationships with people.

TRAITS OF A SUCCESSFUL NETWORKER

Wisconsin Innovation Network

• • • • • • • • •

Positive attitude Smiles Enthusiastic Trustworthy Always networks Thanks people (note cards) Enjoys helping others Sincere Follows-up on referrals

WHAT A LITTLE NETWORKING CAN DO…

Wisconsin Innovation Network

1. Empowers the individual-replaces any weaknesses with the strength of the group
2. Provide new experiences 3. Get to know your competition 4. Enrich your life 5. Your sounding board for your ideas

6. Job security? you can rely on your network, maybe not your organization

WHY SHOULD YOU GET WIN-VOLVED?

Wisconsin Innovation Network

• Free or discounted registration at statewide conferences.

• Sponsorship opportunities.
• A subscription to the monthly WIN eNewsletter • Subscriptions to print and on-line news services. • Access to other members, statewide, and their expertise • Monthly networking and educational opportunities throughout the state • Chance to add your voice to Technology Council policy discussions • Discounts from preferred vendors

WIN PARTNERS • • • • • • • • • • •

Wisconsin Innovation Network

Educational institutions Research facilities Trade associations Economic development groups Regional economic/planning groups State and local government Technology networking groups Chambers of Commerce Clubs – MIT Club of WI, WI Inventors Network Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network Wisconsin Department of Commerce

TESTIMONIALS

Wisconsin Innovation Network

“WIN and Tech Council events keep me informed about what’s happening in entrepreneurship,

innovation, technology and investing around the
state, the region, and locally. Another benefit is being plugged into what other entrepreneurs and

colleagues are doing.”
Amy M. Pietsch Venture Center Director, Fox Valley Technical College

TESTIMONIALS

Wisconsin Innovation Network

“The Tech Council has a critical role to play in growing our state’s knowledge-based economy.”
David J. Ward, president, NorthStar Economics

THE WISCONSIN TECHNOLOGY FAMILY

Wisconsin Innovation Network

CLOSING

Wisconsin Innovation Network

• A network never sleeps. • Innovation gives networking direction. • Two important skills for business success: Networking and Innovation (two words in WIN) • You cannot innovate if you always hangout with the same people. • It is not what you know, but who you know!

CONTACTS

Wisconsin Innovation Network

Wisconsin Technology Council, Tom Still Wisconsin Innovation Network, Sally Muller Wisconsin Angel Network, Joe Kremer
455 Science Dr #240 Madison WI 53711 608-442-7557 FAX 608-231-6877 www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com tstill@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com sallym@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com jkremer@wisconsinangelnetwork.com