Event Details

Friday, December 10, 2021
Italian Community Center

7:00 AM Registration
7:45-8:45am Panel Discussion
8:45-9:15am – Awards Presentation 9:20-10:00am – Breakout Session

Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum

Fueling growth and innovation: Stories from entrepreneurs building great Wisconsin companies

Join us as we recognize local innovators and entrepreneurs in southeastern Wisconsin at our Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum. Prior to the awards presentations, panelists will discuss best practices for developing and sustaining a culture of innovation, proven characteristics of high-growth companies, ideas for how to apply lessons in entrepreneurship to their own businesses, and more.


  • Kyle Weatherly, co-founder and CEO of Frontdesk (1)
  • Roy Dietsch, co-founder and CEO of PartsBadger (2)
  • Jackie Hermes, founder and CEO of Accelity (3)

Moderator: Andrew Weiland, editor, BizTimes Media

Main Panel

Innovation + Entrepreneurship Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

  • Jon Hammes, founder and managing partner, Hammes Company

Regional Spirit Award Winner

  • Dan Katt, co-founder, Good City Brewing

Innovation Award winners will include:

  • Renaissant, Patrick McGartland, Co-founder and executive vice president
  • Hug Sleep, Matt Mundt, founder

Entrepreneurship Award winners will include:

  • James Kyle, CEO & founder, Millennium
  • Ryan Povlick, founder, Scratch Ice Cream
  • Dr. Indrajit Choudhuri, founder, MediCardia Health Inc.

Breakout Session

Reflections on the Road from Idea to Innovation and the Management of the Detours Along the Way.


  • Brian Durst, CEO of Tribe 9 Foods LLC
  • Ryan Sberna, CEO of Eagle Eye Power Solutions LLC
  • Scott Reigle and James Wawrzyn, attorneys at Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.

This session will address real world examples of taking ideas and implementing them within the framework of existing business operations and addressing other sources of potential resistance. The discussion will address lessons learned on navigating challenges that arise that may require leveraging outside professionals for assistance.

Breakout Panel

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Entrepreneur Awards

Ideal Entrepreneur nominees are individuals who demonstrate the best traits of entrepreneurship including willingness to take risk, drive, perseverance, flexibility and more.

Innovation Awards

Ideal Innovation nominees are companies that develop innovative products or services, or those with notably unique and innovative processes, operational structures and/or market strategies.