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Thu, Aug 22, 2019

BUSINESS FOR GOOD: Using Entrepreneurship To Create Social Change with Greg St. Fort

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Hosted by DreamBank

Sponsored by: DreamBank
Entrepreneurship can be used to empower individuals, drive dreams, build community, push technology, support collaboration and even create jobs and social change. In this talk, Greg St. Fort, founder of Let’s Keep Building Inc, will share his thoughts on using entrepreneurship to create social change and how to build a brand message that will change the community. Get ready to receive some strategies to apply to your business or no...

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12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

American Family Insurance - DreamBank

  • presentation
  • DreamBank
  • Social Change
  • Community
  • entrepreneur
  • small business
  • Social
  • social impact
  • DreamFearlessly
  • presentation
BUSINESS FOR GOOD: Using Entrepreneurship To Create Social Change with Greg St. Fort

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

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Alumni Reunion

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Hosted by YWeb Career Academy

YWeb Career academy has helped people from the community get involved in the field of tech. Join YWeb alumni in a reunion as we reconnect with the community in a mixer and networking event. Networking 7:00pm - 7:30pm Event: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

100state

  • Happy Hour
  • Social
Alumni Reunion

Sat, Aug 24, 2019

Code.forGood()

10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Hosted by Collaboration for Good

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.This year we will help refresh two local nonprofit websites. The Code.forGood(); series brings together...

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10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Horizon Coworking

  • coding day
  • Hackathon
Code.forGood()!

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

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

Tue, Aug 27, 2019

Social Media for All of Us: Making Content Accessible and Inclusive

10:30 am – 11:30 am | Hosted by Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired

Have you ever wondered how your content is accessed by people who are blind or visually impaired? As web accessibility and creating inclusive communities becomes more prevalent, it’s vital to evaluate what you’re doing each day on social media to ensure everyone can participate. People often do not know where to start in making posts accessible. In this session, we’ll give you the tools you need to take t...

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10:30 am – 11:30 am

Madison Public Library – Central

  • workshop
Social Media for All of Us:  Making Content Accessible and Inclusive

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

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

Networking for Good

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Hosted by Madison Tech & Social Impact

Are you looking to share your skills and make a difference in your community, or do you belong to an organization in need of folks with tech abilities? You've come to the right place! Networking for Good aims to bring together folks with tech skills looking to make an impact, and nonprofits and social good organizations who have tech needs they're looking to fill. Let's do amazing things together. EVENT...

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5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Propeller Health

  • networking
  • social impact
  • Nonprofit
  • Community
  • Social
  • Tech
Networking for Good

Thu, Aug 29, 2019