New manufacturing companies invited to “Skunk Works Olympics”

Early stage companies in Wisconsin will be able to present to and make connections with representatives from federal agencies during the Aug. 11 Skunk Works Olympics, part of the fourth annual Resource Rendezvous, held on the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering, 1415 Engineering Dr., Madison.

About six companies will be selected to present during the Skunk Works Olympics – they will give a three minute slot in which to pitch their research and development ideas to federal science and technology directors. There will be time for networking before and after formal presentations.

“Presenters at past Resource Rendezvous events have established enduring connections with federal science and technology directors and in many cases have won contracts and grants,” said Jack Heinemann, director of the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium.

Resource Rendezvous will also feature presentations from Jim Grove from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Michael Hoard of Marinette Marine, Greg Milman of the National Institutes of Health, Ron Marchessault of the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, Eric Ness of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Larry Pollack of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, George Solhan of the Office of Naval Research and Dr. Renee Wagner from the U.S. Agricultural Research Office.

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