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Thu, Aug 22, 2019

Social Good Summit

9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Hosted by Collaboration for Good

Not Just an Event, An Experience! The Social Good Summit is not just your average 'pitch' event, it is an experience! You get a pitch session, a mini-expo, networking, and a hands-on brainstorming/problem-solving session all in a single day with coffee, food, and fun! Come enjoy a fast pace, introduction to several of our Social Good Accelerator projects. In the morning, you'll have multiple opportunities to get up and...

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9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Madison Public Library

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

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Sat, Aug 24, 2019

Sun, Aug 25, 2019

Mon, Aug 26, 2019

Forward Festival Startup Showcase and Reception

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm |

Sponsored by: Baird
Sponsored by: Verizon
The Startup Showcase is a high energy stage that celebrates and showcases what’s next in Madison’s startup ecosystem. It features an evening of startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies. A select group of 5 rising startups will give a 5-minute “demo day” style pitch showcasing their company. In addition, Startup Showcase alumni from past years will take part in a lightning round of 1-minute update pit...

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5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Memorial Union

  • Pitch Event
  • Social
  • Startup
  • Showcase
  • Celebration
  • Innovation
  • networking
  • entrepreneur
Forward Festival Startup Showcase and Reception

Forward Technology Conference

11:00 am – 8:00 pm |

We have an amazing line up for the 2019 Forward Technology Conference. There will be speakers specializing in Entrepreneurship & Leadership, Marketing, Design, and Technology. FTC is by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. You’ll get real perspective from tech startup leaders who are actually in the trenches building successful companies. You’ll hear everything from best practices to war stories, and you’ll walk away with real concrete learnings and actionables - not high l...

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11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Memorial Union

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

Tue, Aug 27, 2019

Wed, Aug 28, 2019

5x5x5 Pitch Event

8:30 am – 10:00 am | Hosted by Doyenne Group

Sponsored by: Neider & Boucher
Sponsored by: Baird
Sponsored by: American Family Insurance
Sponsored by: University of Wisconsin School of Business
Sponsored by: Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
Sponsored by: Wisconsin SBDC
Each year Doyenne Group opens the application for women-led businesses based in Wisconsin, in all industries, to apply to pitch their business during Madison’s Forward Festival, for a chance to be awarded a $5,000 Seed Grant. Businesses can be all levels of startup phase. This grant is separate dollars than the Doyenne Evergreen Fund. Some criteria is different than what we require to apply for funding through the Evergreen Fund. #Do...

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8:30 am – 10:00 am

Grainger Hall

  • Pitch Event
  • Social
  • Innovation
  • networking
  • women
  • entrepreneur
5x5x5 Pitch Event

Thu, Aug 29, 2019