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

Social Good Summit

Hosted by: Social Good Madison

It can be hard to determine when you're making a difference. So, let's make it easy. The Social Good Summit has always focused on social change and how community and entrepreneurship collide to create a wonderful world of hope and most importantly, make a difference. The 5th annual Social Good Summit focus is a showcase of Madison's change-makers. Join us for this showcase event and meet the people and projects...

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Madison Public Library

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

Fri, Aug 17, 2018

Have a Pint, Change a Life

Hosted by Wisconsin Microfinance

Music, microbrews, and microfinance! Do good while while enjoying some great drinks and live music from upcoming Madison artist Bear In The Forest!For the last 8 years, Wisconsin Microfinance has been working in the Madison area to empower small business owners in developing countries to break out of the cycle of poverty. Through small loans as little as $20, these entrepreneurs are given the chance to build their own futures by...

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Avenue Club and The Bubble Up Bar

  • empowerment
  • social good
  • microfinance
Have a Pint, Change a Life

Sat, Aug 18, 2018


Social Good Madison

Technology acceleration for social good ventures. A coding day for a cause. Code.forGood() brings diverse coders and content makes together for a cause. A mission-based engagement activity for those with programming skills at a variety of levels to help push a social good cause forward in the development of their website or app. The Code.forGood(); series brings together a small, but growing community of technology, content, and other...

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Horizon Coworking

  • coding day
  • Hackathon

Main Street Bazaar: Business Incubator Open House

Hosted by Common Wealth Development in partnership with SupraNet Communications

Sponsored by: SupraNet
Sponsored by: Old Sugar Distillery
Sponsored by: Giant Jones Brewing
OPEN HOUSE! Find yourself in a business bazaar in Main Street Industries within the booming Madison Maker's corridor on the East Isthmus. Meander your way through a self-guided tour of the incubator facility, visiting office, light-industrial, and retail space, stopping at Old Sugar Distillery, and Giant Jones Brewery to redeem your two free beverages, and chatting with entrepreneurs with open doors and business booths along the way. The incubators provide...

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Main Street Industries

  • Social
Main Street Bazaar: Business Incubator Open House!

Sun, Aug 19, 2018

Pre-Pride Parade Brunch Reception

OPEN Madison

This year we have teamed up with the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Fresco to bring you a unique experience you will not want to miss. There will be plenty of mingling, food, drinks, and of course PRIDE to go around. Come celebrate with us before the parade with direct access to the parade route. Feel free to join us in the parade as well as we march to...

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Social
  • Brunch
  • pride
  • parade
  • networking
Pre-Pride Parade Brunch Reception

Mon, Aug 20, 2018

CANCELLED: 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

CANCELLED: Innovation in Advocacy

Data for Impact Conference

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...

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Union South

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

Seminar & Social: Impact / SRI - Investing with Your Values

Sponsored by: Robert W Baird
Impact / SRI 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. Learn how you can invest with your values and make a difference with Mary Strickland and Laura Murray. @rwbaird #rwbaird

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

US Bank Capitol Square

  • workshop
  • Social
  • networking
  • Innovation
  • SRI
  • Investor
  • ESG
  • Impact
Seminar & Social:  Impact / SRI - Investing with Your Values

Tue, Aug 21, 2018

Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Launch Night: “Madison Tech & Social Impact” networking group

Sponsored by: 100State
Sponsored by: DANEnet
Sponsored by: Zendesk
Using our powers for good in our own backyard. Madison Tech & Social Impact is a new monthly networking group launching at Forward Fest 2018. It was inspired by a packed-house, one-off event last year, which illustrated there’s a strong demand for a space where tech and nonprofit folks can collaborate, innovate and learn from each other. Snacks and drinks will be provided! Did you know that Dane County is one of...

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


  • networking
  • social impact
  • social justice
  • Nonprofit
  • Community
  • launch
  • launch party
Launch Night: “Madison Tech & Social Impact” networking group

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

Hosted by Aging2.0

Sponsored by: Earthling Interactive
Sponsored by: National Guardian Life Insurance
Sponsored by: Lift Consulting
Sponsored by: KW2
Sponsored by: Aging2.0
We are excited to announce our upcoming event held in coordination with National Guardian Life Insurance: "How To Develop + Market Products for America's Largest Demographic" on August 22, with keynote by demographer and futurist Ken Gronbach. Marketers and entrepreneurs commonly overlook older adults when thinking about user testing and persona planning. In his talk Ken Gronbach shares insights derived from customized demographic research. His understanding of worldwide demographics, migration, aging, immigration...

8:00 am – 11:30 am

The Edgewater Hotel

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

Startup Business Forum

Hosted by State Bank of Cross Plains

Do you have a business idea, side hustle, or recently started business, but don't know where to go from here? Or do you have questions, but don't know who to ask or trust? This event is for you! Come network with entrepreneurs, and hear successful business owners have real discussions about what they did starting out, what worked, what didn't, and what they might have done different. In addition, there...

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Madison Club

  • startup forum
  • networking
  • Happy Hour
  • Social
Startup Business Forum!

Thu, Aug 23, 2018

Social Good Social Hour

Hosted by HEART Consulting, LLC

For anyone who has, or is considering, starting a business that has a focus on positive social impact, let's get together! This is an opportunity to network with other organizations looking to make social changes in their communities and share our triumphs and pitfalls, to learn from each other and find out more about the great work that is happening in our communities.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Brink Lounge

  • Social
  • Happy Hour
Social Good Social Hour!