A Message About 2017 Forward Fest

New Forward Festival website coming soon.
The new website design with our new branding is on its way. We already have a growing list of events and activities— if you haven't added yours, do so before May 26th to be included in the Forward Pass or by July 21st if you are not participating in the Forward Pass.

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The Forward Festival is Madison’s flagship technology and entrepreneurship festival. Since starting in 2010, it now attracts over 2,000 attendees and includes 8 full days packed with 40+ events organized by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. Join fellow entrepreneurs, nerds, designers, geeks, hackers, foodies, and creative professionals from the Midwest in a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Special thanks to our sponsors

Social Good Summit

Transforming Intent into Action

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Thursday
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Aug 17

Badger Startup Summit

Bringing together Badgers from everywhere to build new connections and renew old contacts.

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Thursday
Date
Aug 17

Funding Your Business - Panel Discussion at DreamBank

More details to come!

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Thursday
Date
Aug 17

VenFair

Grab lunch and meet key people in Madison who can help your startup be successful.

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Thursday
Date
Aug 17

High Tech Happy Hour Anniversary Event

Join us for the 16th anniversary of High Tech Happy Hour!

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Thursday
Date
Aug 17

Black Entrepreneur's Summit

A half-day event aimed at both aspiring and already established entrepreneurs.

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Saturday
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Aug 19

Doyenne Mentor Match

Meet your Mentor or Mentee Match

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Monday
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Aug 21

2017 BigDataWisconsin Conference

Discover the current state of Big Data in Wisconsin!

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Tuesday
Date
Aug 22

Forward Technology Conference

The headline tech conference of the Forward Festival.

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Tuesday
Date
Aug 22

Forward Festival Startup Showcase

A high energy pitch night showcasing what’s next in Madison’s startup ecosystem.

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Tuesday
Date
Aug 22

Doyenne Group 5x5x5 Pitch Event

5 WI based women-led businesses, 5 min pitches, 1 $5K grant. 5 women-led ventures, 5 min pitches and 1 $5K grant.

Day
Wednesday
Date
Aug 23

Pitch Night X PechaKucha

Join us for Pitch Night x PechaKucha to hear from Madison’s startup community.

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Wednesday
Date
Aug 23

Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social

A rooftop celebration of entrepreneurship and the startup community.

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Thursday
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Aug 24