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Fox Cities Exhibition Center
Appleton, WI

Karen Nelson

Diversity & Inclusion Leader, City of Appleton
Appleton, WI

Maria Meyers

Executive Director, UMKC Innovation Center
Kansas City, KS

Dr. Bill Mitchell

VP Business Operations Americas, Foxconn. CEO at Aguila, a Foxconn Company
Mount Pleasant, WI

Eric Weissmann

Vice President, Cintrifuse
Cincinnati, OH

Alieu B. Nyassi

Certified Dignity & Respect Campaign Presenter & Director of Center for Inclusion, Diversity & Health Equity
Dayton, OH

Brian Bruess

President, St. Norbert College
DePere, WI

Wendy Baumann

President / CVO WWBIC
Milwaukee, WI

Troy Vosseller

Madison, WI

Dr. Craig S. Fleisher

Chief Learning Officer, AuroraWDC
Atlanta, GA

Pete Dulcamara

Technical VP & Chief Scientist, Kimberly-Clark
Neenah, WI

Tim Hanna

Appleton Mayor
Appleton, WI

Mark Burstein

President, Lawrence University
Appleton, WI

Dr. Kimberly Barrett

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Dean Faculty, Lawrence University
Appleton, WI

Kelsey Otero

Advisory Board Member

Associate Director Social Innovation
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

Aaron Hagar

Madison, WI

Oliver Buechse

Co-founder Advancing AI Wisconsin
DePere, WI
Day 1October 23rd

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  • 8:30am Registration Opens & Networking
  • 9am-12pm Keynote, Workshops & Panels
  • 12pm-1pm Lunch & Networking
  • 1pm-3:30pm Workshop, Exercises
  • 3:30pm-5pm Keynotes
  • 5:30pm-8pm Networking on the River at Pullman’s Restaurant
Keynotes & Discussions
Keynotes & Panels:
Building an Ecosystem in the Northeast Region, Startup, Fast Growth, Funding, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Diversity, Culture and Leadership will be presented by keynotes and Panels from outside the region and from known sources inside our own cities.
Fore-sighting Exercise Limited to 1st 75


Foresight Exercises simulate the near future to explore the perspectives of market opportunities. The exercise compels leaders to test, not confirm, their strategies. The exercise reveals powerful methods and tools that can be used later in business settings.

Breakout workshops All Stages
Interactive Workshops:Startup, Technology, AI, Blockchain, Entrepreneurship, Small Business, Innovation, Diversity, Culture and Leadership are all are of focus.
Day 2October 24th

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  • 8:30am Registration Opens & Networking
  • 9am-12pm Keynote, Workshops & Panels
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch & Networking
  • 1:30pm-4pm Workshop, Exercises
  • 4pm-5pm Keynotes
  • 6:30pm-8pm Gibson Music Hall, Award Pitches and Networking¬†
Award Pitches Small Business & Startup Fast Growth
Three Fast Growth Startup Finalist and,three Small Business Finalists will be selected to present in front of a live audience for a total of six finalists. Awards will be announced in real time based on live judging on the day of the event.


Arts, Music, Film

Art promotes prosperity, attracts talent and improves our health. Music expresses our triumphs, defeats , thoughts and feelings in ways words cannot. A vital part of any thriving region includes the full support and embrace of its music culture.

Listen and learn how art, music, and film strengthens our economy, sparks creativity, attracts talent and provokes innovation. Explore with us how our Wisconsin culture is making it’s impact.

Social Innovation

Social Innovation defined:

“A Solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals”

By attending presentations from this stage you will witness and learn about area entrepreneurs dedicating their time,talents, and resources to helping provide social innovation solutions to community issues like Literacy, Community Health, Mental Health, Energy, Food, Financial Literacy, Abuse and more…

Breakthrough Startup & Innovation
This stage will explore and share Developments, Discoveries, and Successes in the world of Startup and Innovation. Hear Directly from the entrepreneurs and corporate change makers who are reshaping industries and communities. From artificial intelligence, block chain, the internet of things, and automation, to the new age of healthcare and finance, here is how Wisconsin keeps moving Forward.
Diversity & inclusion

Karen Nelson, Appleton’s Diversity and Inclusion Director will host a number of panel gusets, keynote guests, and workshops on Diversity and Inclusion.

This is a Special Production in Collaboration with the City of Appleton and Appleton’s Mayor’s Office.

Business success happens when talented people with varying beliefs and backgrounds work together to solve problems. This Stage includes fresh and innovative ideas and experiences illustaring how students, startups,corporations, funders and government can embrace a spirit of inclusion into their decision making processes and business culture.

Corporate Startup Engagement
If you are a corporate strategist responsible for attending goals related to new products, innovation, solving problems, Changing culture or accessing great talent. then attending this event would be a valuable investments of your time. Talk to entrepreneurs and other corporate leaders and gain insights on the many ways to engage with the startup ecosystem.
Day 3 October 25th

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  • 8:30am Registration Opens & Networking in Fox Cities Exhibition Center Lobby.
  • 9am-9:20am Opening Comments & Tour Overview
  • 9:30am-9:45am Tour departs from Fox Cities Exhibition Center
  • 12:00-12:30 Beverages and snack break on location
  • 1:30pm-2pm Picnic lunch sandwiches served on location
  • 4:15pm Arrive back in Appleton – end of tour, and kinnektorCon 2018
Bus Tour Northeast Wisc Startup Ecosystem
Tour stops and times available soon.

Register to be on the bus, or follow in your own vehicle.

Join a diverse group of executives,community leaders, and entrepreneurs as we travel the 41-Corridor and visit valuable parts of our entrepreneur ecosystem.

100’s of Dynamic Connections from the Midwest and Domestic Startup Ecosystem