Nex7 Stage Event: Most Innovative Company Award Pitches

You voted for the finalists at neXXpo. Now vote for the winner!

Come to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art to see compelling pitches from the seven finalists for our inaugural Most Innovative Company (MIC) Award, followed by networking featuring appetizers and a cash bar.

The MIC finalists, voted on by neXXpo attendees, are:
AkitaBox (presented by QBE)
Bendyworks (presented by Cresa Madison)
Globe University (presented byGlobal Data Consultants)
oneEvent & Fearing’s (presented by the Chamber)
Operation Fresh Start (presented by National Guardian Life)
SOLOMO (presented by Zendesk)
turnoverapp (presented by TASC)

These incredible companies – representing a diverse cross-section of industries, missions and locations across Greater Madison – are ready to show their innovation and earn your vote. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to see what’s next for Greater Madison’s economy!

2016 Badger Bioneers Conference

Badger Bioneers



Badger Bioneers 2016, a Bioneers Resilient Communities Network Event

Celebrate social innovation. Honor champions in our community. Embrace and explore Big ‘S’ Sustainability.

Join leading innovators from across sectors for creative workshops and compelling speakers. Embrace big ideas, gain new skills, and join a community that unites around sustainability.
Members across sectors come together for a fulfilling day of inspiration, learning, and networking. This one-of-a-kind conference will challenge you, inspire you, and prepare you with new ideas, partners, and skills to build a sustainable future together.

November 2016 Connect

November 2016 Connect

Join us in an evening of getting to know Doyenne members and networking with other women professionals while enjoying food and beverages. Event is on Wednesday, November 9th from 6-7:30 PM (Schedule below)

This event is open to Doyenne Members as well as Community Members. Your ticket price includes entrance for 2 people, so bring a friend to come learn about Doyenne and meet other local women entrepreneurs.

Make sure you bring your business cards, flyers, brochures and a friend!

Featured Member:

Susie Younkle is Program Director for MERLIN Mentors, sponsored by University Research Park. In this role, she coordinates the organization’s 100+ volunteer mentors and dozens of active mentor teams that assist early-stage entrepreneurs. Susie also enjoys helping start and grow businesses, with a particular focus on the financial aspects of startups. She currently manages accounting for Murfie Music and The Forward Festival. Susie is actively involved with several non-profit organizations, including the Memorial Union Building Association (Finance Committee Chair), the Junior League of Madison (New Member Committee Chair), and the Madison Public Library Foundation (board member). Susie is a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Business with a degree in Finance and Marketing.

Schedule of Event:
6:00-6:30 Networking
6:30-7:00 Presentation from Featured Member
7:00-7:30 Networking

Case Study: Streamlining Complex Finances for Door Creek Church

Door Creek Church


“I’m so grateful to [Fine Point Controller] Sarah Motiff and her team for rolling up their sleeves, digging into our complex financial systems and processes, and bringing ‘order out of the chaos.’ Sarah’s quiet confidence, tenacious spirit, and desire to help others has not only been refreshing, but extremely helpful.”

Marc Maillefer, Lead Pastor

After losing a qualified CPA and Director of Finance, Door Creek Church turned to Fine Point Consulting to lend a helping hand. Fine Point staff standardized processes, streamlined the organization’s Chart of Accounts, and organized the various fund accounts. Many of the church’s accounting processes are now automated, creating efficiencies for staff and cleaner reporting overall. Church leaders have a greater understanding of the church’s finances through easy-to-read reports, ensuring better communication to the congregation at large.


Visit Fine Point Consulting for more information about the great tools and services we use to help organizations like Door Creek Church succeed.

Leaders & Influencers: Nick Lombardino

Continuing our series on Leaders & Influencers, we talk with Nick Lombardino, co-founder of the recently launched Atlas Providers, a free digital marketplace that connects emerging companies with area service providers.

 Tell us about Atlas Providers and how it’s changed since its inception.

NickLombardinoAtlas Providers is a network of local service providers, across a variety of industries, that focus on servicing emerging companies. Through our website we’ve created a free, one-stop shop for entrepreneurs to easily search, review, and connect with area service providers in a quick and transparent manner.

The first iteration of Atlas Providers was much different than it is today. Originally, we were trying to find a way for service providers to collaboratively work together for the benefit of an emerging company. Over time, we were able to zero in on a major issue that startups face: selecting the right service provider. Reason being, when entrepreneurs identify that they need to engage a service provider, they usually need that service yesterday. Moreover, they don’t have the time and energy to properly research, qualify, and shop service providers. We take that burden away.

What role has Madison played in Atlas Providers’ development?

Since the beginning, we have tried to follow the “build, measure, learn” Lean Startup Methodology. Over the past year, we have relied heavily on feedback from Madison’s startup community. Through focus groups, interviews and brain-storming sessions, we’ve been able to make continuous adjustments. We owe a great deal to entrepreneurial leaders like Forrest Woolworth, Tom Still, Zach Brandon, Brian Jensen, and Rachel Neill for their feedback and support.

What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

I am a fairly risk-averse person. What I’ve found, and what I’m hoping others will realize, is that entrepreneurship doesn’t always mean “jump off a cliff and build the plane on the way down.” If you have a business concept, or even just an idea, test it and engage the community. There’s very low risk in testing an idea. Through that process, you’ll learn more about its viability, and whether or not you’re passionate about scaling.

Dr. Amy Gannon recently wrote a great article called, “Hello Aspiring Entrepreneurs…Stop talking about it and just take the first step!” She does a fantastic job laying out the first steps an aspiring entrepreneur can take to mitigate risk while progressing an idea forward.

What book, blog, or podcast do you think every aspiring entrepreneur should read/listen to?

In addition to Dr. Gannon’s article, I would encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to check out two podcasts with a local flare: “Driven to Better” by Justin Sisley and “Growth Bomb” by Jenna Atkinson. The content is relatable, easy to digest and helps promote the “givers gain” mentality.


Visit Fine Point Consulting for more information about the great tools and services we use to help businesses like Atlas Providers succeed.