Renaissance Learning CEO to speak June 3 at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

MADISON – John “Jack” Lynch Jr., chief executive officer of Renaissance Learning, a Wisconsin-based online education company recently purchased for $1.1 billion, will speak June 3 at the 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison.

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vertical bannerGoogle Capital invested $40 million in Renaissance Learning in early 2014, and the company was purchased within a month for $1.1 billion by Hellman & Friedman LLC, a private equity firm.

Founded in 1984 in Wisconsin Rapids, where the company remains to this day, Renaissance Learning creates software that helps educators quickly and accurately assess math and literacy levels for their students. The cloud-based analytics company has more than 1,000 employees, mostly in central Wisconsin.

Lynch, who became Renaissance Learning’s CEO in 2012, has more than 20 years of experience in software and educational technology companies. He was the founding CEO of, president and CEO of Pearson Technology Group, and was a member of the executive board of Wolters Kluwer. Lynch also served in lead roles for Jnana Technologies and CCH Legal Information Services.

“We’re looking forward to hearing the Renaissance Learning story – from its early days to how investors from far outside Wisconsin ‘found’ the company,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “The company is symbolic of a larger sector in Wisconsin, and evidence that investors from far and wide can find good reasons to look for deals here.”

Produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council, the annual conference is one of the largest events for entrepreneurs and early stage investors in the Upper Midwest. More than 500 people are expected to attend the two-day conference, to be held June 3-4 at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, just off Madison’s South Beltline.

Additional speakers and features will be announced in coming weeks. Other highlights will include:

  • The 2014 Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award recipients
  • Other nationally known speakers
  • Diligent Dozen:  Top 12 finalists from the Governor’s Business Plan Contest square off
  • Panel discussions for emerging companies on how to “Launch, Grow and Succeed”
  • Innovation Showcase featuring more than 50 companies from around the state
  • Plenty of chances to connect with seasoned entrepreneurs and investors over food and refreshments

Sponsors so far include:  5Nines; Aberdean Consulting; Alliant Energy; American Family Insurance; Associated Bank; Aurora Healthcare; Baird Capital; Baker Tilly; BDO; BloodCenter of Wisconsin; BMO Harris Bank; City of Fitchburg; Cresa Madison; Exact Sciences; Fine Point Consulting; First Business Bank; Godfrey & Kahn; Google; Grant Thornton; Group Health Cooperative; HP Enterprise Services; K&L Gates; Madison Gas & Electric; Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences; Michael Best & Friedrich; Midwest Prototyping; Murphy Desmond; Neider & Boucher; Nelson Schmidt; Nordic Consulting; Quarles & Brady; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.; Revelation PR, Advertising & Social Media; UW Extension; UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; UW-Milwaukee; Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.; Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority; Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek; and WTN Media.


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