The Badger Entrepreneurship Forum (BEF) is an organization of the University of Wisconsin Alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area interested in promoting and supporting the University and its alumni. One of BEF’s objectives is to provide events and activities to allow for Badger professionals to meet and establish connections to support entrepreneurial and business interests. Participants include entrepreneurs, CEOs, executives, VCs, investment bankers, attorneys and other service providers to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Upcoming Badger Entrepreneurship Forum Meeting
June 14th, 6pm (networking); 7:30pm (session)
Cisco Systems (Building SJC-10, 399 E. Tasman Drive, San Jose: Menlo Park Room)
Our Keynote Speaker at this session is Mike Knetter who is a familiar name to many UW graduates. Mike was the Dean of the Business School from 2002-2010 and was the primary architect of the novel $85M Wisconsin naming Gift program. He has also served as a Senior Staff Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors during the George HW Bush and Clinton administrations. He was recently appointed President and CEO of the UW Foundation.
Mike’s “State of the University” talk will encompass the impressive changes happening at the university (best symbolized by the range of ultra-modern buildings around University Avenue), the various ways in which UW alum impact their alma mater, and the current set of opportunities and challenges facing UW.
We will also have three young Badger Entrepreneurs demo their products during the Networking Hour (6-7pm) and then kick of the session by sharing their “Light Bulb” moment – the inspiration behind their ideas – this segment will be MC-ed by Ramu Sunkara, founder of Qik (recently acquired by Skype) who will also share his own Light Bulb moment behind Qik. The Entrepreneurs are:
Dhaval N. Shah : Co-Founder/CTO MooWee (acquired by Xoriant)
James Tamplin : Founder/CEO Envolve
Mariya Genzel : Founder/CEO SayGent
This BEF Session will be hosted by Peter Winer (UW BSCS 1981) at Cisco.