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

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Thu, Aug 16, 2018

LIVE WEBCAST: Using Design Thinking To Grow Your Business with Dr. Darin Eich

Hosted by DreamBank

What is design thinking and how can it help you grow professionally? Join expert Dr. Darin Eich and discover this powerful approach to business success. You’ll learn how to develop an innovative mindset, an understanding of your customers and what they need from your business. From there, you’ll be able to create products your customers really want, are willing to pay for, and how to reach them using simp...

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Webinar - Online

  • Design Thinking
  • Webcast
  • In-person
LIVE WEBCAST: Using Design Thinking To Grow Your Business with Dr. Darin Eich


Experience what’s next in business at neXXpo 2018, a celebration of innovation in our region hosted by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Join hundreds of attendees in checking out creative, cutting-edge businesses at our “innovation hubs” and casting your vote for the third annual Most Innovative Company (MIC) Award. The finalists will be announced at neXXpo, with the MIC being awarded to the champion at a special nex7 Stage event...

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Overture Center

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

Fri, Aug 17, 2018

Sat, Aug 18, 2018

Sun, Aug 19, 2018

Wine and Wellness in the Digital Tech

Hosted by Healthy and Hygge

Health technology is defined by the World Health Organization as the application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of life. This Wine and Wellness event will discover new ways of approaching wellness through the integration of technology to hold individuals accountable while reaching their wellness goal.  2018 is all about developing a...

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Winestyles of Sun Prairie

  • Happy Hour
  • Wellness
  • Social
Wine and Wellness in the Digital Tech!

Mon, Aug 20, 2018

A HealthTech Capitol Relay Conversation

Event Description: Two chairs. One interviewer and one interviewee – each coming from different perspectives in Greater Madison’s healthtech scene. After a few questions, the interviewer exits and the interviewee moves over to the interviewer chair. A new health innovation leader takes the interviewee chair and the conversation continues.  Join HealthTech Capitol, an initiative of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, for an evening of networking – featuring complimentary beverages and li...

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


  • HealthTech
  • networking
  • start-up
  • business
  • Technology
A HealthTech Capitol Relay Conversation!

Innovation in Advocacy

Hosted by Planned Parenthood

Building strength in uncertain times is dependent on a simple, but often ignored set of tools. Join Nicole Safar, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, as she sheds light on innovations and insights from the organization's experiences in 21st century advocacy.

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Terrace at 33 E Main

Innovation in Advocacy!

Wisconsin Ag Innovation Forum

From university-led research, to scrappy start-ups, to corporate investment, Wisconsin has been at the forefront of the evolution of agriculture. Perhaps overlooked, is how these different centers of innovation are interconnected. Research ideas from the university are spun off into start-ups; start-up acquisition leads to innovation at larger ag tech companies, which in turn support funding of university research. In addition, Wisconsin innovations in ag have had a profound impact...

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Discovery Building - Orchard Room

  • forum
  • Panel
  • speakers
Wisconsin Ag Innovation Forum

Tue, Aug 21, 2018

Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Badger Startup Summit

Sponsored by: Baker Tilly
Sponsored by: Findorff
Sponsored by: Kollath CPA
Sponsored by: Makin' Hey
Sponsored by: Murphy Desmond
Sponsored by: Morgan Stanley
Sponsored by: University Research Park
Sponsored by: WARF
Now in its sixth 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 noon time VenFair.- Participate in...

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

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

Biotech Happy Hour & Wisconsin Science Museum Fundraiser

Sponsored by: Aldevron
Sponsored by: Broadwing Advisors
Sponsored by: Vogel Bros. Building Co
Sponsored by: Promega
Sponsored by: LGC Lucigen
Join us at the next BioTech Happy Hour for great beer, engaging science people, cool exhibits and fun contests! All for a great cause. Wisconsin has incredible science, technology and biotech stories, and many discoveries that helped change the world happened right here. Madison and the biotechnology industry have grown together, and collaborations between public and private organizations have helped develop a city directly on the edge of innovation. Our...

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wisconsin Brewing Company

  • Happy Hour
  • fundraiser
Biotech Happy Hour & Wisconsin Science Museum Fundraiser!

Older Adults: How To Develop and Market Products To America’s Largest Demographic

Over the next 20 years, older adults will become the most powerful market demographic with spending by those 50 and up increasing by 58 percent to $4.74 trillion, while spending by Americans age 25-50 expected to grow by only 24 percent. And yet, it is all too common for marketers and entrepreneurs to overlook this demographic when thinking about user testing and persona planning. In his talk Ken Gronbach shares insights derived from customized demographic...

8:00 am – 11:30 am

The Edgewater Hotel

  • keynote
  • Panel
  • demographics
  • marketing
Older Adults: How To Develop and Market Products To America’s Largest Demographic!

Thu, Aug 23, 2018