AUG. 12th TO 19th, 2021

Badger Startup Summit - 5 Lakes Fireside Chat

The Significance of Scalability in Building a Successful Venture

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Thursday, Aug. 12th from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM


Badger Startup Summit and 5 Lakes Institute team up to present this discussion on the importance of scalability in building a high growth venture. Three UW-Madison alums who have spent their careers scaling companies will share their experiences on what it takes to successfully scale a business.


John Byrnes, Chairman 5 Lakes Institute, founder, retired Chairman and Executive Managing Director, Mason Wells, a top tier Midwest private equity firm.

Mike Splinter, Chairman of the Board of NASDAQ, General Partner, WISC Partners and retired executive chairman of Applied Materials, a leading supplier of semiconductor equipment. An engineer and technologist, Mike is a 40-year veteran of the semiconductor industry.

Stephen Turner, Founder and CTO of Pacific Biosciences (formerly Nanofluidics) As founder, Steve led the company's Series A funding based on his Ph.D. research on the behavior of biomolecules in nano-fabricated structures. This technology became the basis for Pacific Bio's innovative platform of tools that enable real-time analysis of biomolecules with single molecule resolution,

Moderated by Kathleen Gallagher,a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Executive Director of 5 Lakes Institute (Kathleen is also a UW-Madison alum).

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