The Forward Festival is Madison’s flagship technology and entrepreneurship festival. Since starting in 2010, it now attracts over 5,000 attendees and includes 8 full days packed with 40+ events organized by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. Join fellow entrepreneurs, nerds, designers, geeks, hackers, foodies, and creative professionals from the Midwest in a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.


Whether you’re already plugged into the Midwest tech scene, or you’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to sample what the area has to offer, the Forward Festival is about bringing the technology and startup communities together to learn, share, and have some fun. The Forward Festival provides the rare opportunity to interact with professionals across a wide range of disciplines and at a variety of events.