AeroInnovate provides help to aeroinnovators from across the globe who are starting and growing aero-related businesses and bringing related new technologies to the marketplace.  AeroInnovate brings innovators together, brings new technology to the forefront, creates opportunities to share ideas, and provides a platform to bring investors and industry leaders together with start up efforts.  AeroInnovate also serves as a catalyst to regional economic development in the aviation sector attracting new aviation-related start-up companies to the region and providing them with valuable resources through its services and with EAA as the main backdrop.

AeroInnovate’s work focuses on educating tomorrow’s aeroinnovators, aligning investors and industry leaders with quality opportunities, exposing new aero-related technologies to the world, and providing valuable networking opportunities for all involved through its business center and website.

AeroInnovate was conceptualized in 2007 by a small group of diverse people working for and with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh including its co-directors Meridith Jaeger and Kurt Waldhuetter. AeroInnovate is currently supported by UW Oshkosh through the Business Success Center.

For more information, please contact Meridith Jaeger, Director of AeroInnovate at or 920-424-2364


AeroInnovate 2011 – The Numbers

7 days. We expanded from 1 day at EAA’s AirVenture in 2009 and 2010 to all 7 days in 2011.

1,000’s AirVenture had over 550,000 attendees this year. We had several thousand people come through our 1200 ft• business center, technology showcase and display.

13 We showcased the technology of 13 companies from around the world, two from Wisconsin.

5 interns from UW Oshkosh were heavily involved with helping us. More students from UW Green Bay and UW Oshkosh helped a Wisconsin company through AeroInnovate conduct early market assessment interviews at EAA.

420 Over 420 entrepreneurs, investors and industry leaders attended our forums. Forum presenters included Bill Joos (co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures and former VP of sales at Apple), Jonathan Hartman (concept engineering manager at Sikorsky Innovations), Los Angeles based David Dobkin (former investment banker, entrepreneur and fund manager, currently investment manager for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise), Joseph E. Misanin, Washington DC (Deputy Director, Program Operations, Office of Small Business Programs, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense), Paul Jones, (attorney at Michael Best), Michael Chinlund, Chicago (partner at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, a prominent law firm with a aerospace practice). Visit and select July 2011 from the dropdown menu for more information on topics.

96 investors, industry leaders and aeroinnovators including Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) CEO, Paul Jadin attended AeroInnovate’s Pitch and Mingle

9 companies presented their business plans for 12 minutes at the Pitch & Mingle event with plenty of mingling before, after and during breaks.

$1M Paul Jadin announced a $1,000,000 investment into Morgan Aircraft.

$25M Special guest, Kassimer Piperkov of ICON Aircraft spoke to the audience on how they closed on their recent $25 million dollar Series C investment round as a consumer aircraft company.

3 AeroInnovate set up 3 meetings with aviation related companies to meet with Paul Jadin

42 of 43 post event survey respondents report having follow-up meetings/discussions with people they met at AeroInnovate.

2 Our main sponsor reported it has secured one new client and possibly two as a direct result of their involvement with AeroInnovate.

6 New Zealand companies and the New Zealand Aviation Cluster showcased technologies and capabilities through AeroInnovate and had a large display at EAA as a direct result of connections made through AeroInnovate starting in 2009.

3 We were invited to attend three additional air shows as a result of connections made at AirVenture 2011.

1 The AeroInnovate brand and services are being licensed to New Zealand for use at their new air show this October.

4 We assembled an advisory board comprised of four industry leaders, investors and entrepreneurial experts to help guide AeroInnovate’s future activities:


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