HyperX Mentors

Guide student innovators on the UW-Madison campus.


Our Current Mentors

Michelle Bedard

Michele is a transformative marketer and brand builder who has launched new brands and numerous products to B2C and B2B targets. She is passionate about doing good in the world and helping brands and people grow and reach their potential. She lives near Minneapolis after many years in Madison.

Tyler Waite

Tyler is the founder of Holos, a Madison-based VR startup that is making it super easy for instructional designers to create and share immersive learning experiences. Tyler has design and business experience in the EdTech and Government markets, has raised over $1M in venture capital, and has participated in the Techstars Startburst Space accelerator in LA.

Thomas Y. Yen Ph.D.

Tom was at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for over 20 years involved in human factors & ergonomic research, and teaching human factors in the Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering Departments. Tom has over 20 years of consulting experience applying human factors in various industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and medical devices & technologies. Tom’s current role is as the Sr. Manager for User Experience Design at BD – IDS where he is driving creative fusion of human factor, usability, interaction/aesthetic (visual, acoustic, & haptics), and Industrial Design for a total user experience that leads to error free and engaging product interaction.

Rich Fischer

An actuary by training, Rich has evolved his career into an insurance expert responsible for consumer driven product development utilizing lean startup techniques.  The concepts of test, learn and pivot rarely fit well in the insurance industry but we are finding ways to bring new products to market.  Rich is responsible for the underwriting, pricing, customer care and claims process for multiple product lines at SafetyNet LLC.

Linda Lam

Linda is the Lead Relationship Manager at Holos, Inc., she has a diverse history in managing relationships with people from all walks of life; at Cara Chicago she helped people affected by poverty, at UW’s Office of the Vice Provost and CeO office she helped guide students towards success, and at StartingBlock Madison she played a key role in building out the community.

Dan Borkhus

Dan is the Co-Founder/CEO at Holos, Inc., he received his BA in Economics from UW-Madison. He has worked as a Research Assistant at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, using data to help school districts across the country make better decisions on policies and programs that lead to school and student success.

Sandra Bradley

Sandra founded Hyper Innovation to provide a service that accelerates speed to market for new ideas and creates new competitive advantages through innovative strategic partnerships and collaborations. She is a growth-driven leader with over 20 years of experience pioneering new technology opportunities and leading collaborations with global brands in healthcare and other industries.

Joe Bashta

Joe has worked for IBM, and now focuses on artificial intelligence. He has a startup in Green Bay called Axicor. He Co-foundedd this boot-strapped technology start-up and has worked in numerous disciplines and held a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities and positions, nationally and internationally.

An opportunity to shape the minds behind the innovations of tomorrow.

Serve as a professional advisor to students participating in the Fall 2020 HyperX Student Cohort.

HyperX Madison, in partnership with the Tech Exploration Lab, harnesses the creativity and entrepreneurial zeal of students on the UW-Madison campus by offering them a low barrier to entry opportunity to explore applications for emerging technologies across industries.

Students from all across the UW-Madison campus are encouraged to participate in the cross-disciplinary collaboration and exploration of industry problems to solve, their own ideas around emerging technologies, and work being done in sponsored challenges and hack-a-thons.

Be a part of their professional resource network to assist in business model, proof of concept, and minimal viable product development with opportunities to work closely with student teams.

All work being done with HyperX in Fall 2020 is virtual, with flexibility in commitment and hours to best suit individual mentors availability and interests as it relates to student projects.

Also available this fall is the opportunity to participate as a mentor to the Dairy Innovation Hub Student Challenge.

Learn more about the opportunities for mentorship with HyperX and our work this fall.

Interested in more information?

Fill out our mentorship interest form and we will contact you with more information on the opportunity and how you can be involved today.

Shaping the technology of tomorrow.