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Thu, Aug 22, 2019

High Tech Happy Hour - 18th Anniversary Celebration

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm |

Sponsored by: SupraNet Communications
Sponsored by: Yahara Software
Please join us as we help kick of the 10th annual Forward Festival and celebrate the 18th 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. #HTHH www.hthh.org

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5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Memorial Union Terrace - Tripp Commons

  • Social
  • Happy Hour
  • networking
  • free
High Tech Happy Hour - 18th Anniversary Celebration

Workforce Meridian & Business After 4 at Garver Feed Mill

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Hosted by Monona East Side Business Alliance

Sponsored by: Monona Bank
Sponsored by: TDS
Sponsored by: Madison Gas & Electric
Sponsored by: Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
Sponsored by: Mindful HR LLC
Sponsored by: Madison-Kipp Corporation
Sponsored by: SupraNet Communications
Sponsored by: Garver Feed Mill
Come and learn some of the hottest trends in workforce development from leaders at Carex Consulting Group and Organic Valley. Two speakers will present at the Workforce Meridian from 2-4pm. Afterwards, MESBA will host a ribbon cutting for Ian's Pizza and a happy hour networking event. The event is free and open to all area professionals. #mesba

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2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Garver Feed Mill

  • Conference
  • Happy Hour
  • networking
Workforce Meridian & Business After 4 at Garver Feed Mill

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Idea <—> App

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm | Hosted by Ride Spot and amuz apps

Sponsored by: Amuz
Sponsored by: Ride Spot
Eric Lynn and Jim Zellmer plan to discuss brand building, customer experience goals, financing options and surprises on the journey. Lunch will be provided. Eric Lynn is Founder of the blackriver, the software that powers PeopleForBikes’ Ride Spot app. Jim Zellmer co-founded one of the first SAAS businesses and created amuzapp.com #LunchLearnericjim

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12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Graze (Mezzanine)

  • Lunch and Learn
  • graze
  • fun
  • amuz
  • Ride Spot
Idea <—> App

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Wed, Aug 28, 2019

Wisconsin’s New Hemp Industry is Cultivating High Hopes amid Strong Oversight

11:00 am – 1:00 pm | Hosted by Neider & Boucher, S.C.

Hemp has become a new and legal industry in Wisconsin. Many entrepreneurs are jumping in to capitalize on the market. State regulation is still being formulated and there are a lot of lingering questions. Is there an application process? Can I sell CBD at the retail level? What liability considerations are there? Join Attorneys David Gorwitz and Joseph Camilli as they provide an overview for entrepreneurs considering or starting a...

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11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Grainger Hall

  • Lunch and Learn
Wisconsin’s New Hemp Industry is Cultivating High Hopes amid Strong Oversight!

Thu, Aug 29, 2019

Ladies Who Lunch: Forward Fest Edition

11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Hosted by Ellevate

Sponsored by: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Come enjoy lunch with us and learn more about Madison's tenth annual Forward Festival!Join us for a lunch and learn about the history (and exciting future) of Madison, WI's signature Forward Festival, a celebration of Food, Entrepreneurship, Science and Technology. We will share our experiences on the last day of the festival and recap the events and discussions that impacted us, ensuring the spirit of the week lives beyond...

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11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Goodman Community Center Brassworks

  • lunch
  • Social
  • women in tech
Ladies Who Lunch: Forward Fest Edition!

Rooftop Social (and Forward Fest Wrap Party)

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Hosted by Capital Entrepreneurs

Sponsored by: Baird
Sponsored by: Verizon
Join Capital Entrepreneurs as we wrap up the 2019 Forward Festival with a rooftop celebration on the Capitol Square. Come mingle with Madison’s up-and-coming innovators at the Capital Entrepreneurs Rooftop Social. Enjoy great networking and Capitol views from Boardman & Clark's beautiful rooftop terrace, as well as a variety of beverages and snacks from local producers. Please note: This is a private event and advance registration is required.

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5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Boardman & Clark

  • Social
  • Celebration
  • meetups
  • Happy Hour
  • networking
Rooftop Social (and Forward Fest Wrap Party)