Join fellow entrepreneurs, nerds, geeks, hackers, foodies, and creatives from the Midwest in an 8-day celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Events

Aug 16, 2018

High Tech Happy Hour Anniversary Event

The 16th anniversary of High Tech Happy Hour will help kick off the 2017 Forward Festival. Join us at the UW Memorial Union from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and enjoy hosted beverages and appetizers while networking with local business professionals. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. All are welcome, so come and bring your friends!

Memorial Union

  • Social
High Tech Happy Hour Anniversary Event

Social Good Summit

The 3rd 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...

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Madison Public Library

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

Aug 22, 2018

Doyenne Group 5x5x5 Pitch Event

Sponsored by: Neider & Boucher
Sponsored by: Field59
Each year Doyenne opens an 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. Five women-led businesses each have five minutes to pitch their business

Grainger Hall

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

Aug 23, 2018

Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social (and Forward Fest Wrap Party)

Join Capital Entrepreneurs as we wrap up the 2017 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)