Event Calendar

Olbrich After Hours Concert Series: Tuesday evenings

Olbrich Botanical Gardens 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, United States

The Summer Concert Series is back with a fresh twist and new name - Olbrich After Hours! We’re open late! Enjoy an evening in the gardens with a rolling line-up of dynamic musicians, pop-up performances, and delectable food carts. Quench your thirst with a microbrew, summer cocktail, or mocktail. And connect with eco-friendly organizations committed to conserving our environment. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket seating.

Concerts on the Square 2024: Jun 26 – Jul 31

Wisconsin State Capitol 2 E Main Street, Madison, WI, United States

Your favorite Madison summer tradition is back! This season features three-time Grammy nominated Latin band Tiempo Libre, the 17-year-old winner of our Young Artist Concert Competition, WCO's own Concertmaster Suzanne Beia, a collaboration with Kanopy Dance, and many other exciting moments. Make sure to mark your calendars because we have a lot to look forward to on the Capitol Square this season.

Thomas Scientific Supply Show

MGE Innovation Center 510 Charmany Drive, Room 50, Madison, United States

Thomas Scientific Supply Show July 24. We will be showcasing 8 organizations with a variety of expertise in the world of science and technology.

Creative Destruction Lab Class (WI) Deadline: Open until Filled


In the Creative Destruction Lab course is a two-semester course in which students will receive mentoring, work with high-potential ventures, and experience how investment decisions are made. Students will have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge in an actual business setting, conducting team projects with some of the top early stage ventures in the world focused on risk & insurance, and health & wellness.

2024 Tech Council Golf Outing

The Oaks Golf Course 4740 Pierceville Rd., Cottage Grove, WI, United States

Join us Wednesday, July 31, at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove off Interstate 94 for a scramble golf tournament to support winners of the 2025 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest and to celebrate with members and friends of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

Q2 Draper TIF Grant Deadline: August 15


The Draper Technology Innovation Fund (TIF) administered by Discovery to Product (D2P) supports efforts to enhance the scope or patentability of inventions and assist with their potential licensing to the commercial sector. Applicants must be UW‒Madison faculty members or academic staff, and a formal university invention disclosure must have been accepted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Applications for Q2 of fiscal year 2025 due August 15.

BETA Madison Accelerator Deadline: August 19


gBETA Madison is a free, seven-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams and requires no fees and no equity. Application deadline Aug. 19.

Forward Fest 2024

Multiple Madison Locations Madison, WI

The Forward Festival is Wisconsin's largest technology and entrepreneurship festival, attracting more than 5,000 attendees and serving as host for more than 40 events over 5 days every August. Now in its 14th year, it's the state's flagship celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship for business folks, nerds, social impact innovators, foodies, hackers, entrepreneurs, creatives, problem-solvers, community supporters and more from across the Midwest.

Black Business Hub Ribbon Cutting and 10th Annual Unity Picnic

The Hub 2352 S. Park Street, Madison, WI, United States

Join us at the Black Business Hub on Saturday, August 24, for a historic gathering as we celebrate a decade of unity and progress within our community! This commemorative day will embody the spirit of togetherness and uplift underserved businesses in the Greater Madison area. Admission is free, and everyone is invited to be part of this momentous occasion that will strengthen the bonds of unity within our city. We have some special and exciting things planned that you won’t want to miss! More details to come soon!


Biotech Happy Hour Returns!

Element Labs 5510 Element Way, Madison, WI, United States

Mark your calendar for an evening at Element Hall in the new Element Labs building at University Research Park for Biotech Happy Hour’s 2024 return! Join us for invigorating conversation while savoring refreshing craft beer, street tacos and yummy appetizers from our friends at Madison West Vintage.

Discovery to Product (D2P) Innovation to Market Deadline: September 27


Innovation to Market from Discovery to Product (D2P) can help you turn your idea into impact. Intended as an entry point for campus innovators—from faculty to students, postdocs and staff—this free, non-credit course will be offered this fall from October 9 - December 4. Deadline to apply: September 27.

D2P Igniter – Fall 2024 Deadline Sept 27

D2P 1403 University Avenue, 53715, WI, United States

Igniter is an intensive program for UW–Madison innovators committed to bringing a technology, device, app, consumer product or social impact solution to market. Igniter will take you on a deep dive through the Business Model Canvas, where you’ll develop and test hypotheses related to desirability, feasibility, and viability as you work to reduce risk and create a roadmap to impact for your idea, discovery or invention. You’ll learn through group sessions plus individualized coaching and can apply for up to $5,000 to test business model assumptions.

2024 Wisconsin Science Festival

Multiple Wisconsin Locations WI, United States

Celebrate Curiosity Across Wisconsin at Wisconsin Science Festival! One week packed with events for all ages. The Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration with activities for people throughout Wisconsin. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, workshops and more.

2024 Wisconsin Biohealth Summit

Monona Terrace Convention Center 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI, United States

Join us at the 2024 Wisconsin Biohealth Summit as we explore the forefront of biohealth innovation and impact. This year, Wisconsin continues to lead with pioneering companies and groundbreaking initiatives that are transforming the industry. Our summit is more than just a gathering; it’s a dynamic convergence of ideas, solutions, and industry leaders.