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Aug 16, 2018

High Tech Happy Hour Anniversary Event

Sponsored by: SupraNet Communications
Sponsored by: Yahara Software
Please join us as we help kick of the 2018 Forward Festival and celebrate the 17th Anniversary of High Tech Happy Hour!  Enjoy views of Lake Mendota from the Tripp Commons Deck while networking and enjoying complimentary beer and appetizers. The Anniversary Celebration is brought to you by your hosts, SupraNet Communications and Yahara Software.  www.hthh.org

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Memorial Union

  • Social
  • Happy Hour
  • networking
  • free
High Tech Happy Hour Anniversary Event

Social Good Summit

The 4th annual Social Good Summit focus is not on profits, but social change. Madison's innovative community is poised to move the needle on social good acceleration, changing the way business and work will touch our lives. Every week, accelerators launch hundreds of business initiatives into fruitful realities. But these opportunities are scarce for those who want to create meaningful work, public good, community well-being, and sustainable economies. It’s...

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Madison Public Library

  • Pitch Event
  • Startup
  • Showcase
  • Founder
  • Mentor
  • Summit
Social Good Summit

neXXpo

Experience what’s next in business at neXXpo 2018, a celebration of innovation in our region hosted by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Join hundreds of attendees in checking out creative, cutting-edge businesses at our “innovation hubs” and casting your vote for the third annual Most Innovative Company (MIC) Award. The finalists will be announced at neXXpo, with the MIC being awarded to the champion at a special nex7 Stage event...

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Overture Center

  • Social
  • Innovation
  • Showcase
  • Celebration
  • Happy Hour
  • networking
  • start-up
  • business
neXXpo

Pressure Chamber

Pressure Chamber returns for its fifth year as emerging companies again compete for the coveted “golden suitcase,” as well as a spot on the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s exclusive Madison-area startup delegation to California this fall for meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms.  Participating companies will pitch in front of a panel of out-of-state investors, business executives and a live audience, with the winning company chosen based...

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Overture Center

  • Pitch Event
  • Startup
  • Investment
  • Showcase
  • HealthTech
  • Social
Pressure Chamber

Create B2B usability experiences that stick

How do you design and develop user experiences in a world where your buyers aren't necessarily your users? What are the challenges associated with creating tools and experiences for end-users that are a couple degrees of separation away from you? Join UX and product design experts, Leah Ujda and Bob Samuels from Widen to discuss this topic and talk openly as a group.#widenyourworld

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Widen

  • Happy Hour
  • UX
  • product design
  • software
  • user experience
Create B2B usability experiences that stick

Aug 17, 2018

Live Undiscovered Music (LÜM) Launch Party

This event is the launch of LÜM's iOS application.  Live Undiscovered Music is a music discovery and streaming platform that is built on a social network. LÜM focuses on up and coming artists around the world by providing the ability for users to discover, share, and circulate music to decrease the disparity in exposure between corporate music and new music, and link local areas into the undiscovered mu...

7:30 pm – 12:00 am

Monona Terrace

  • Drinks
  • Live music
  • LÜM
  • App
  • Social
  • networking
Live Undiscovered Music (LÜM) Launch Party

Aug 18, 2018

100state x Spirited Women Late Night

100state has partnered with Spirited Women to bring you a night of drinks, dancing, and a great time! Come ready to dance and enjoy local spirits, Saturday, August 18th. This is an event you don't want to miss and will be a night you won't forget.

10:00 pm – 2:00 am

  • Social
  • party
  • fundraiser
100state x Spirited Women Late Night

Aug 20, 2018

Intro to Blockchain Panel

This panel is designed to provide an introduction and discussion about emerging blockchain technology. It is open to anyone from the enthusiast to curious. Panelists will include local experts focusing on the impact blockchain technology will have on the Madison startup ecosystem.

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

100state

  • Panel
  • networking
  • blockchain
Intro to Blockchain Panel

Data for Impact Conference

SMALL DATA CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACTDo you believe that we can use data to make the world a better place? Are you wondering how you can use data to better your organization? Perhaps you’re wondering, "What's the big deal?" If data sparks your curiosity, or you would like to find out more, then the Data for Impact Conference is for you. Data has transformed the way we work, in...

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • Focused Discussions
  • Conference
  • Panel
  • Nonprofit
  • Analytics
  • Tech/Software
  • data
  • Social
Data for Impact Conference

Coworking Day at Industrious

Industrious is a premier coworking space located on the Capitol square. With incredible views, amenities, and design this space offers an exciting work environment for any industry or business. Come and experience what it's like to work out of Industrious for a day! Breakfast, coffee, drinks, and snacks throughout the day will all be provided.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Industrious Madison

  • Coworking
Coworking Day at Industrious

Impact / SRI - Investing with Your Values

Sponsored by: Robert W Baird
Impact / SRI Investing is one of the fastest growing areas as investors seek to build a more equitable world by including social, environmental and corporate governance issues. Learn how you can invest with your values and make a difference with Mary Strickland & Laura Murray. www.bairdoffices.com/madison_w...@rwbaird #rwbaird

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

US Bank Capitol Square

  • workshop
  • Social
  • networking
  • Innovation
  • SRI
  • Investor
  • Bio/Health
  • General
Impact / SRI - Investing with Your Values

A HealthTech Capitol Relay Conversation

Event Description:Two chairs. One interviewer and one interviewee – each coming from different perspectives in Greater Madison’s healthtech scene. After a few questions, the interviewer exits and the interviewee moves over to the interviewer chair. A new health innovation leader takes the interviewee chair and the conversation continues. Join HealthTech Capitol, an initiative of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, for an evening of networking – featuring complimentary beverages and li...

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Findorff

  • HealthTech
  • networking
  • start-up
  • business
  • Technology
A HealthTech Capitol Relay Conversation

Aug 21, 2018

Forward Technology Conference

We’re looking for speakers, panelist and workshop proposals for the Forward Technology Conference on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Memorial Union in Madison, WI.  The headline tech conference of the Forward Festival, the Forward Technology Conference (FTC) is geared toward startup founders, tech geeks, and those wanting to build successful technology companies. Whether you’re thinking about launching a startup business or you’re an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll find...

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Memorial Union

  • Conference
  • Panel
  • Founder
  • Mentor
  • Startup
  • Innovation
Forward Technology Conference

Aug 22, 2018

Doyenne Group 5x5x5 Pitch Event

Sponsored by: City of Madison
Sponsored by: American Family Insurance
Sponsored by: MG&E
Sponsored by: Fine Point Consulting
Sponsored by: Dirigible Studio
Sponsored by: Hinckley Productions
Sponsored by: Strategic Partners Marketing
For five years, Doyenne holds a state-wide open application process for women entrepreneurs to submit for a chance to be awarded $5,000 during the 5x5x5 event. The application is open for the month of June, a selection committee narrows it down to five presenters who Doyenne works with to get their t-minute pitch ready to present at the event. The companies selected are early-stage, innovative in their industry and...

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Grainger Hall

  • Pitch Event
  • Social
  • Innovation
  • networking
Doyenne Group 5x5x5 Pitch Event

Badger Startup Summit

Sponsored by: Baker Tilly
Sponsored by: Capitol Bank
Sponsored by: Kollath CPA
Sponsored by: Makin' Hey
Sponsored by: Murphy Desmond
Sponsored by: Morgan Stanley
Sponsored by: University Research Park
Sponsored by: WARF
Now in its sixth year the Badger Startup Summit is a highly interactive event connecting Badger entrepreneurs * everywhere - share ideas, exchange experiences and meet new contacts.- Hear from Wisconsin entrepreneurs during the Disruptive (r)Evolution Showcase talk about how their technologies are shaping new business solutions.- Make connections with all the key players in the Madison startup tech scene during the noon time VenFair.- Participate in...

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

  • Conference
  • Startup
  • Mentor
  • Pitch Event
  • Showcase
  • networking
  • entrepreneur
Badger Startup Summit

VenFair

The VenFair is the startup community's equivalent of a food court; connections with and information about investors, mentors, and supporting organizations - all will take their spots at tables for speed meetings on the fly with all comers. Oh, and there is lunch too. The VenFair is a stand-alone event but runs over an extended lunch as part of the Badger Startup Summit.

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

  • Social
VenFair

Forward Fest X PechaKucha

No idea is too big or too small during The Forward Festival! Join us for Forward Fest x PechaKucha as current and budding entrepreneurs share their ideas or wildest dreams relating to innovation and advancement! Since 2010, The Forward Festival has been Madison’s flagship technology and entrepreneurship festival. Forward Fest x PechaKucha joins 50+ events during the festival to showcase innovative and creative ideas that elevate Madison and surrounding areas to th...

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monona Terrace

  • networking
  • presentation
  • entrepreneur
  • Innovation
Forward Fest X PechaKucha

Be Your Own Hero - Startup Stories from the World of Roller Derby

"Well, put some skates on, be your own hero." ~ Whip ItRoller derby is a sport that encourages people to put on their own skates and be their own hero. Entrepreneurs who have done just that - dreamed big, taken the leap, laced up their skates and took the track - will be sharing their stories and experiences of what it took to prepare and set off into brave new worlds....

8:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Panel
  • story slam
Be Your Own Hero - Startup Stories from the World of Roller Derby

Aug 23, 2018

Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social (and Forward Fest Wrap Party)

Join Capital Entrepreneurs as we wrap up the 2018 Forward Festival with a rooftop celebration on the Capitol Square. Come mingle with Madison’s up-and-coming innovators working on a wide variety of interesting startups at the annual Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social. Enjoy great networking and Capitol views from Boardman & Clark's beautiful rooftop terrace, as well as a variety of taps from local brewers and snacks from local producers.

Boardman & Clark

  • Social
  • Celebration
  • meetups
Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social (and Forward Fest Wrap Party)