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August 2019

Calling all companies! Apply for three chances to pitch at Early Stage Symposium

August 21 - September 20

Applications are being accepted now from young companies that want to tell their stories to investors at our annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium #ESSWI, to be held Nov. 6-7 at Madison’s Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

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The Forward Festival

August 22 - August 29

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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Badger Startup Summit

August 22 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard Street
Madison,WIUnited States
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An event connecting Badger entrepreneurs* everywhere to share contacts, experiences and advice.

  • Meet Wisconsin entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated startup, growth and sustained operation
  • Make connections with Badger businesses that can help your company grow
  • Give a business pitch for feedback, or hear pitches from the next generation of Badger entrepreneurs
  • Build your virtual rolodex of contacts

* Note: by Badger entrepreneurs we don’t mean just UW-Madison. Wisconsin is the Badger State.

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Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin Donation Drive

August 26 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
505 South Rosa Road, 505 S. Rosa Rd.
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Corporate venture capital: What’s driving the surge?

August 27 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Coliseum Bar, 232 E Olin Ave
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Over the last five years, corporate venture capital investing has picked up both in terms of deal volumes as well as corporations investing in the asset class for the first time. Are Wisconsin corporations keeping up with that trend? What do corporate VCs look for in an emerging company when they invest? How do they balance financial returns and strategic goals?

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neXXpo | Pressure Chamber 2019

August 27 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St.
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neXXpo returns to the Overture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, during Forward Fest! Some of the region’s most exciting businesses will once again compete for your votes and the right to be called Greater Madison’s Most Innovative Company (MIC), while at our sixth annual Pressure Chamber, emerging companies will pitch in front of investor judges and a live audience.

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Healthcare Data: The Accessible, the Consumable, and the Usable

August 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
innovation Accelerator, 1225 Discovery Parkway
Wauwatosa,WI53226United States
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Join HealthTech MKE for an evening of networking for healthtech leaders and entrepreneurs in the Milwaukee region. This event will feature a moderated discussion on the challenges healthcare organizations and healthtech companies have dealing with the massive amounts of patient data being collected today.     Moderator: Asif Bakar, CEO at Xorbix Technologies   Panel: Ulrich Broeckel, Founder/CEO at RPRD Diagnostics Paul Dausman, Data Solutions Specialist at SVA Consulting Justin Nicols, Founder/CEO at Sift Healthcare Reynaldo Villar, Founding Partner at HealthChampion   Agenda: 5:30…

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September 2019

Cap Times Idea Fest 2019

September 13 - September 14
UW Madison Campus, 3HGQ+J2
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The Cap Times Idea Fest returns to the UW-Madison campus for a third year – this time at Memorial Union, the Pyle Center, Music Hall and Wisconsin Alumni Association headquarters. Some two dozen individual sessions about politics, equity, the economy, culture and more will explore the central theme of how to “Reach a Better State.”

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September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
PROMEGA, 5445 E. Cheryl Parkway
Fitchburg,WI53711United States
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Previous Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, Dr. Jo Handelsman is widely recognized for her contributions to science education and diversity in science, as well as her research on gender bias in science.

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October 2019

BioForward 2019 Biohealth Summit

October 2
Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street
Madison,WI53703United States
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  BioForward’s annual Biohealth Summit serves as Wisconsin’s platform to highlight our diverse biohealth community, collaborate on new challenges and opportunities, and forge our path to continued leadership and growth. Last year over 500 attendees, representing 250+ industry-leading organizations, organized a once-in-a-lifetime interactive genome experiment, strengthened our Women in BioHealth and talent initiatives, and welcomed two keynotes from the technology industry that highlighted the shift in healthcare innovation.     A full-day event built with our attendees in mind, including dedicated networking…

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