An industry-backed partnership to lift startup companies tied to two highly ranked UW-Madison disciplines will be featured Nov. 10 during the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

With support from the Toronto-based Creative Destruction Lab and Madison-based American Family Insurance, the UW-Madison School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences and the School of Business are launching a risk management “stream” in the Creative Destruction Lab’s science- and tech-based portfolio.

The Wisconsin project is only the second U.S. initiative for the Creative Destruction Lab, which has sites in five Canadian cities, Paris, France, Oxford, England, and Atlanta, Georgia, in addition to the new Wisconsin site.

Presenters at the conference will include Tom Erickson, founding director for the School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences, and Jignesh Patel, an entrepreneurial-minded professor in the Department of Computer Sciences.

“The importance of UW-Madison supporting entrepreneurship in tech has never been greater,” Erickson said. “We are excited to partner with CDL and American Family to take advantage of our existing strengths including expertise in artificial intelligence and data science. This is an incredible opportunity for not just our students and faculty but the whole region.”

Register for the event here.