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Forward Fest August 15-19, 2022

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 13th year, it's the state's flagship celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship for business folks, nerds, social impact innovaters, foodies, hackers, entrepreneurs, creatives, problem-solvers, community supporters and more from across the Midwest.

2022 Badger Startup Summit

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery 330 N. Orchard Street, Madison, WI

Now in its tenth year the Badger Startup Summit is a highly interactive welcoming event connecting entrepreneurs, thought leaders, the startup curious, creatives and innovators.

Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit

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

The 9th annual Madison Region Economic Development and Diversity Summit will be held as a live event on Tuesday, August 16, at Monona Terrace. We look forward to gathering with you for an exceptional day of speakers, ideas and collaboration.

Pressure Chamber 2022, Aug. 16

Majestic Theater 115 King Street, Madison, WI

Applicants for Pressure Chamber go through a screening process that may include presentations with prominent Wisconsin investors. From there, a select number of companies will be chosen to pitch to a panel of out-of-state investors, business executives and a live audience during Forward Fest. In addition to receiving the coveted “golden suitcase,” the winning company will also get a reserved spot in the Chamber’s exclusive Greater Madison startup meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms this fall.

Forward Fest – 5x5x5 Virtual Pitch Competition

Online Event

The 5x5x5 is a venue for women entrepreneurs to gain experience pitching themselves and their businesses - empowering them with the skills and the tools to seek out other investments in the future.

Activating Women’s Impact in Science Entrepreneurship

Old Sugar Distillery 931 E Main Street, Madison, WI

Leadership insights from women founders and CEOs in biohealth and STEM. Hear from women innovators, founders and CEOs on ways women in biohealth and STEM can have their voices heard, influence felt, and see themselves as (current or future) entrepreneurs, founders, and leaders.

Cap Times Idea Fest 2022

Multiple Madison Locations Madison, WI

Our signature festival returns this fall as a hybrid of in-person events and virtual sessions. More details about how the fest will be bigger (literally – sessions will encompass more issues and topics that relate to the entire state of Wisconsin) and better than ever will be released soon. In the meantime, catch up on last year’s sessions and subscribe to the Cap Times Idea Fest newsletter for updates.

WARF – Force for Positive Change Applications due Sept 15

Online Event

Is your organization making a social impact in Wisconsin? The Force for Positive Change will provide financial prizes to organizations addressing social challenges locally. Applications are now being accepted for the fifth Force for Positive Change award competition. Phase I applications are due by September 15.