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Thu, Aug 22, 2019

Badger Startup Summit

8:00 am – 4:00 pm |

Sponsored by: Baker Tilly
Sponsored by: Findorff
Sponsored by: Kollath CPA
Sponsored by: Makin' Hey
Sponsored by: Murphy Desmond
Sponsored by: University Research Park
Sponsored by: WARF
Sponsored by: Propeller Health
Sponsored by: Baird
Sponsored by: State Bank of Cross Plains
Now in its seventh 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 lunch time 1 Millon Cups VenFair.-...

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8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

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

Finance Your Business with Kiva

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Hosted by WWBIC and Novel Coworking

Does your business need some financing to grow? WWBIC is proud to support Kiva Milwaukee and Kiva Greater Madison. Kiva believes in character over credit and the power of community-based lending. Kiva provides funding opportunities for entrepreneurs who may not be ready for conventional financing. Kiva loans are crowdfunded microbusiness loans with 0% interest. WWBIC can work with you to see if a Kiva loan, a WWBIC loan, or combination is...

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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Novel Coworking The Capitol

  • workshop
  • finance
  • Coworking
Finance Your Business with Kiva!

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

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

VenFair

11:45 am – 1:30 pm | Hosted by 1 Million Cups

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.

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11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

  • Social
  • vendor
  • lunch
VenFair

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

Attracting Diverse Employees and Retaining Them Through Inclusion

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm | Hosted by Madison Women in Tech, Memra, Feelings at Work and Northwestern Mutual

Sponsored by: Northwestern Mutual
Free; food and drink provided! Join us for a series of 5-minute lightning talks from area experts who are successfully addressing diversity and inclusion at companies big and small. We'll discuss specific steps for attracting diverse employees, as well as explore inclusion as a means of retention. Our expert speakers will share what's worked, and what hasn't - and why. Interspersed between talks will be structured discussion in small groups;...

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4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Madison Concourse Hotel

  • diversity
  • inclusion
  • HR
  • talent
  • Happy Hour
Attracting Diverse Employees and Retaining Them Through Inclusion

Crafting your Story

8:00 am – 9:30 am | Hosted by TruScribe

Telling the compelling story of your startup, your established business, or even your own thought leadership is key to engaging the client and partners and, demonstrating the value that you bring. During this session, participants will develop a concise, visual way of telling their stories - like an elevator pitch only way more interesting. #drawntochange

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8:00 am – 9:30 am

TruScribe

  • workshop
Crafting your Story

Growing your business with a successful internship program

10:00 am – 11:30 am | Hosted by the Wisconsin Internship Initiative

Sponsored by: Propeller Health
As an entrepreneur in a start-up business, you likely have more work to do than time to do it. Maybe you've thought about taking on a college-level intern but are worried that they will just take up more of your time without contributing to your success. Come listen to representatives from young businesses who have had success taking on college-level interns and learn what did and didn't work for them....

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10:00 am – 11:30 am

State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

  • Panel
  • discussion
  • internship
Growing your business with a successful internship program

Lost in Startuplandia Wayfinding for the Weary Entrepreneur

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Hosted by Doyenne Group

Come hear from entrepreneur & author Kelly Fitzsimmons about her new book Lost in Startuplandia Wayfinding for the Weary Entrepreneur. Doyenne will co-host the event with Kelly to have a real conversation about how battling the everyday crisis, and the BIG crisis's that happen while being an entrepreneur and building your dream. Come hear from someone who's gone through the rollercoaster and come out on the other side.

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2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

StartingBlock Cafe

  • workshop
Lost in Startuplandia Wayfinding for the Weary Entrepreneur!

Sat, Aug 24, 2019

After Hours: Annual Forward Fest After Party

8:00 pm – 11:59 pm | Hosted by 100state

Shake up your normal networking routine with 100state's annual Forward Fest after party! WHO >> 100state + UnderBelly + YouWHAT>> After Hours: 100state's annual Forward Fest party WHERE >> Old Sugar Distillery, 831 E Main St, #8, Madison, WIWHEN >> 8PM-MIDNIGHT, Saturday, August 24th, 2019HOW >>>+ Music by DJ PHIL MONEY+ Live performance by LANDON DEVON+ $10 tickets in advance, $15 day of+ Included with Forward Pass, just remember...

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8:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Old Sugar Distillery

  • Social
  • Community
  • after hours
  • party
After Hours: Annual Forward Fest After Party

Bringing RPGs Back Home: A Wisconsin Game Park

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Hosted by Wonderfillled, Inc

Role-playing games have seen a boon in recent years unprecedented, solidifying them as a cultural force. This new form of game, the RPG, was created here in the Midwest, specifically in Lake Geneva Wisconsin in the 1970s. Join us as we explore our heritage and continue to unveil our secret project in its spirit to bring the edge of role-playing back to Wisconsin. http://wunderfilled.com/ http://giantlands.com/

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

100state Classroom

  • Conference
  • gaming
  • rpg
Bringing RPGs Back Home: A Wisconsin Game Park

Sun, Aug 25, 2019

Startup Week(night): Women+

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Hosted by Startup Weekend Madison and Madison Women in Tech

Sponsored by: StartingBlock
Sponsored by: Startup Weekend Madison
Sponsored by: Madison Women in Tech
Instead of Startup Weekend's 3 days, we’re crafting new companies in 3 hours! Learn what it takes to get an idea off the ground from supportive entrepreneurs in a fun, off-kilter race against the clock! This year, Startup Weekend Madison is partnering with Madison Women in Tech, and focusing on women and nonbinary folks in the Madison community interested in learning more about entrepreneurship, business and startups. Using provided craft supplies an...

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2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

StartingBlock

  • entrepreneur
  • business
  • hands-on
  • fun
  • workshop
  • family events
  • startup weekend
  • Madison
  • women
  • women in tech
Startup Week(night): Women+

Mon, Aug 26, 2019

Bringing Startup Values to the Enterprise

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Hosted by Centare

Startups and enterprises are very different, but there’s a lot bigger companies can learn from their startup counterparts. Stop by for a discussion on how to bring startup values into the enterprise. We’ll begin with a presentation and then open it up for questions, discussion, and networking. Our Speaker: The gulf between startups and enterprises seems vast, but some have bridged the gap. Buzz Buswell has spent the past...

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6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Great Dane Brew Pub-Fitchburg

  • workshop
  • Social
Bringing Startup Values to the Enterprise!

Capital Challenges: Victories and Roadblocks in Access to Capital for Minorities and Women

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Hosted by American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact

Sponsored by: American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact
Mary Ann Azevedo, in a recent Crunchbase article, says it well, “Maybe the VC community is tired of hearing about it; certainly, there are plenty of people who are tired of dealing with it. And yet, the funding landscape for minority and women-owned startups continues to underwhelm.” Our outstanding panel of voices on the national stage will discuss the continuing challenges faced by entrepreneurs and some of the inspiring victories and...

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12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

UW Memorial Union

  • entrepreneur
  • women
  • minorities
  • capital
Capital Challenges: Victories and Roadblocks in Access to Capital for Minorities and Women

Data for Impact Conference

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

SMALL DATA CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACT Set your focus on using data to make an impact— drive decisions, spur change, assess impact, and communicate. Join us as we bring together nonprofits, businesses, government organizations, philanthropic organizations with data scientists, social entrepreneurs, civic hackers, and community members for a day-long exploration of data— how to use, collect it, visualize it, tell stories with, and more. Join us, as...

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9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Memorial Union

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

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

Media Lounge

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Hosted by Doyenne & Lady Laughs Comedy

The Doyenne & Lady Laughs Comedy Media Lounge creates space for festival attendees to tell their stories, address trends, explore new ideas, and call out the bullshit entrepreneurs face while building their ventures. After the events, the conversations collected will be turned into a 6-10 podcast series for release later in the year. Attend the Forward Technology Conference and hang out in the Media Lounge between sessions. *No registration is required...

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1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Memorial Union - 2nd Floor

  • Social
Media Lounge

Tue, Aug 27, 2019

BUSINESS: Demystifying the Startup Ecosystem with Scott Resnick

9:00 am – 10:00 am | Hosted by DreamBank

Sponsored by: DreamBank
We want to create a place where startups succeed, but what programs are actually moving the needle forward? This talk will review key indicators that matter when measuring the health of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and discuss big ideas to further Wisconsin as an entrepreneurial hub. Hear from Scott Resnick, a distinguished entrepreneur who grew his company from $0 to an eight-figure revenue small business, on how to move Wisconsin forward in...

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9:00 am – 10:00 am

DreamBank

  • Conference
  • workshop
  • seminar
  • DreamBank
BUSINESS: Demystifying the Startup Ecosystem with Scott Resnick

neXXpo

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Hosted by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by: Perkins Coie
Sponsored by: LocknCharge
Sponsored by: Serendipity Labs
Sponsored by: Acumium
Sponsored by: American Transmission Co.
Sponsored by: Infosec
Sponsored by: Old National Bank
Discover what’s next in business at neXXpo 2019, a celebration of innovation in Greater Madison. Join hundreds of attendees in checking out creative, cutting-edge businesses at our “innovation hubs” and casting your vote for the fourth annual Most Innovative Company (MIC) Award. The finalists will be announced at neXXpo, with the MIC being awarded to the champion later this year at our nex7 Stage event. In addition to voting in this e...

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4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Overture Center

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

Pressure Chamber

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm | Hosted by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Sponsored by: State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Sponsored by: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Sponsored by: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Sponsored by: American Family Ventures
Sponsored by: Baird Capital
Sponsored by: 4490 Ventures
Sponsored by: HealthX Ventures
Sponsored by: Lindsay Stone & Briggs
Sponsored by: Rock River Capital Partners
Pressure Chamber returns for its sixth year as emerging companies again compete for the coveted “golden suitcase,” as well as a spot on the Chamber’s exclusive Madison-area startup delegation to San Francisco this fall for meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms. Past Pressure Chamber winners have credited the initiative for helping their company close successful funding rounds. Participating companies have included EatStreet, Propeller Health, Redox, Datica, Fetch Rewards, Health...

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2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Overture Center

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

Venture Debt Fund Event

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Hosted by MDC Venture Debt Fund

Sponsored by: Baird
To provide information and exposure to MDC's Venture Debt Fund, which provides high-tech companies with the critical funding they need to reach profitability, in addition to offering qualifying emerging companies the liquidity needed to reach cash flow breakeven and beyond.

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6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Boardman & Clark

  • Social
  • informative
  • Investment
Venture Debt Fund Event!

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

Badger Fund Manager Meet and Greet

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Hosted by Badger Fund of Funds

Venture capital fund managers from new venture capital funds supported by the Badger Fund of Funds will be at the August 28th Jazz at Five performance on the corner of State and Capitol. The Badger Fund of Funds is sponsoring the event and will provide beer and pizza for attendees at no cost. Come enjoy a beautiful Wisconsin evening and engage in some hot conversation about the future of venture...

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5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Corner of State Street and the Capitol Square

  • Investor
  • Venture Capital
  • Music
  • networking
  • Social
Badger Fund Manager Meet and Greet!

Forward Fest X PechaKucha

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Hosted by High Tech Happy Hour, SupraNet Communications and Yahara Software

Join us on August 28th for “Forward Fest x PechaKucha” as our speakers showcase innovative and creative ideas that elevate Madison and surrounding areas to the next level. PechaKucha is one of 50+ events during the 10thAnnual Forward Festival; bringing together entrepreneurs and creatives in an 8 day celebration of innovation and collaboration. Hosted by High Tech Happy Hour, SupraNet Communications and Yahara Software. #pechakuchaMSN

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5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monona Terrace

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

Free Coworking Day

9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Hosted by 100state

We are excited to support the growth of the Madison entrepreneur and creative community. Free Coworking Day is an opportunity to experience a work day at 100state and connect with the 100state community. Bring yourself, your laptop, and even your team to come for a day of coworking and community! 100state is Wisconsin's largest coworking community. We provide a home for entrepreneurs, creatives, freelancers, remote employees and nonprofits. We look...

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9:00 am – 5:00 pm

100state

  • Coworking
  • entrepreneur
Free Coworking Day

Impact/SRI Investing with Your Values

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Hosted by Baird

Sponsored by: Robert W Baird
Impact/Socially Responsible 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 in their strategies. Please join Baird Financial Advisors as they welcome John Taft, Baird Vice Chairman and author of “A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism.” John will share how you can invest with your values and make...

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2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Baird Patio - US Bank Building

  • workshop
  • Social
  • networking
  • Innovation
  • SRI
  • Investor
Impact/SRI Investing with Your Values

International Data Protection in the Era of GDPR

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Hosted by London & Partners

Join London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s promotional agency, and the Department for International Trade (DIT) of the UK Government in a fireside chat about data protection, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and its effects on companies looking to do international business. The conversation will be led by data experts and local data-driven start-ups who will share their experiences. This event will be a great opportunity to engage with th...

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4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Industrious Madison

  • business
  • information
  • fireside chat
  • networking
  • Happy Hour
International Data Protection in the Era of GDPR!

Podcasting: Reach Your Audience And Build Community Worldwide with Neil Mathweg

7:30 am – 9:30 am | Hosted by Social Media Breakfast - Madison

Sponsored by: DreamBank
Sponsored by: Powderkeg Web Design
Sponsored by: Goodman Community Center BRASSWORKS
Podcasting: Reach Your Audience And Build Community Worldwide You’ve thought of starting a podcast to reach your audience, but you have no idea where to begin. Or you have a podcast but can't figure out to grow your reach. Join Neil Mathweg as he presents on how to reach your audience and build a community worldwide through a podcast. Neil has built his real estate agent coaching business via po...

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7:30 am – 9:30 am

Goodman Community Center BRASSWORKS

  • Social Media
  • digital marketing
  • podcast
Podcasting: Reach Your Audience And Build Community Worldwide with Neil Mathweg

Round-table with Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Hosted by StartingBlock

Join Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and other local ecosystem builders for a conversation on how to make the Madison the best location to start and grow a business. We will be discussing ideas, challenges, and the solutions to expand our startup community. Here from the following round table members: Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayor of Madison Adam Barr, Chamber of Commerce Amy Gannon, Doyenne Group Katy Stanton, Urban Manufacturing Alliance Nhi Le, StartingBlock

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12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Spark

  • government
  • presentation
Round-table with Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway

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

"We Built It. So Will They Come?" - Strategies for Building a Fan Base

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Hosted by Madison Roller Derby

"If you build it, they will come." But will they? Whether a new business or a new sports team, in the end, it's always about the end users, the buyers, the FANS. Hear from sports marketing and PR teams from Forward Madison FC, The Flock, Madison Radicals, Madison Capitols and Madison Roller Derby who have built, maintained and managed fan bases, some from the ground up. Learn more about how...

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10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monona Terrace - Hall of Fame Room

  • sports
  • marketing
  • pr
  • brand management
"We Built It. So Will They Come?" - Strategies for Building a Fan Base

Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs

9:30 am – 1:30 pm | Hosted by American Family Insurance

Sponsored by: American Family Insurance
Design thinking is a powerful tool for entrepreneurs to envision the future for their companies. Join our design thinking experts for a workshop to explore how you can apply design thinking systematically to evaluate early stage concepts in order to determine their viability as businesses. Access to this event is included with your Forward Pass however capacity is limited so we may not be able to accept walk ins. Please...

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9:30 am – 1:30 pm

DreamBank

  • Design Thinking
Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs!

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!

Lunch 'n' Learn: Prevent or Reverse Health Risks that Come with a Desk Job

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm | Hosted by Posturally

Sitting or standing at a desk for hours at a stretch comes with health risks. For IT and office workers, this may lead to stress, pain or even a medical condition. For employers, it can get expensive, fast. In this Lunch 'n' Learn, we'll talk about "outer" and “inner” strategies for true well-being at the desk. Topics include: Recommended ergonomic positions and how to achieve them. Disease, pain & injury risk link...

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12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

DreamBank Library

  • HR
  • talent
  • Tech/Software
  • health
  • posture
  • employee health
  • Workstation Ergonomics
Lunch 'n' Learn: Prevent or Reverse Health Risks that Come with a Desk Job

Media Lounge

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Hosted by Doyenne & Lady Laughs Comedy

The Doyenne & Lady Laughs Comedy Media Lounge creates space for festival attendees to tell their stories, address trends, explore new ideas, and call out the bullshit entrepreneurs face while building their ventures. After the events, the conversations collected will be turned into a 6-10 podcast series for release later in the year. Attend the Media Lounge at the CE Rooftop Social as it closes out Forward Fest with beautiful views...

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5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Boardman & Clark

  • Social
Media Lounge

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)