04 Feb AeroInnovate brings together aerospace entrepreneurs and venture capitalists
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Council for Innovation is bringing together innovators and venture capitalists for a two-day event intended to help promote a culture of innovation in northeastern Wisconsin. AeroInnovate, to be held on the UW Oshkosh campus May 13-14, will allow innovators and entrepreneurs in the aerospace industry to network and pitch their products and services to individuals looking to invest in such ventures.
AeroInnovate will highlight cutting-edge technologies, entrepreneurs, emerging companies, investment trends and other recent developments in the aerospace/aviation sector. The event will begin at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) with a dinner and a keynote presentation by Granger Whitelaw, the founder of BlueCar Partners, a venture-consulting firm, and President & CEO of the Rocket Racing League. The second day will be held at the University’s Reeve Memorial Union and will feature presentations, opportunities to pitch to venture capitalists and networking.
“AeroInnovate is not a trade show,” Meridith Jaeger, executive director of the Council for Innovation, said. “It is a place where entrepreneurs, companies and labs can pitch their ideas to investors and public and private development partners looking for innovations worthy of their resources.”
“EAA brings together individuals and companies who are passionate about aviation – designing, building, flying, and equipping aircraft of all types. It is the diversity of interest and the depth of passion that creates the environment in which innovation soars. We are excited to participate in AeroInnovate and look forward to hosting the reception and dinner at EAA for AeroInnovate Live 2009 in Oshkosh, the home of aviation innovation,” said Elissa Lines, VP of Donor and Business Relations at EAA. “Bringing AeroInnovators, partners and investors together will help bring new aerospace technologies to market, helping to make flying safer, more efficient, less harmful to our environment and more accessible – that is a big part of what EAA is all about.”
“As both an aerospace entrepreneur and a venture capital professional, I am excited about AeroInnovate 2009,” Whitelaw said. “The future belongs to innovators.”
The UW Oshkosh Council for Innovation fosters the development of technology-driven high impact businesses in northeast Wisconsin. The Council facilitates the exchange and delivery of information, intelligence, and knowledge throughout a distributed network of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and the people who support them. The Council acts as a nucleus and distributor of resources and assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and their high-impact businesses.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has grown since its founding in 1871 to become the third largest comprehensive university in Wisconsin. With a fulltime enrollment of 12,700 students, the university offers 74 associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in the colleges of Business, Education and Human Services, Letters and Science and Nursing. UW Oshkosh serves as the educational, cultural and economic engine for 1.2 million citizens of northeastern Wisconsin’s New North.