Tasty Topics August 25th

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Join our community of entrepreneurs as we discuss current events, ideas, technology and more! Tuesday, August 25th from 12 PM to 12:45 PM!

RSVP On Eventbrite

 

Talking Points for August 25th:

  • Apple vs Epic Games. Epic games, the producer of popular game Fortnite, is clashing with apple about the way payments on their app are transacted. How does big tech control the marketplaces and channels that it facilitates? What does this mean for sites accepting payments through their systems? PS Google also kicked them off
  • Capitalism and the environment. Do capitalism and environmental ethics align? In a recent twitter spat between Elon Musk and Bernie Sanders, Musk made the argument that his green-friendly companies deserve capitalism’s favors. What do you think?
  • Addictive Technology. Instagram finds new ad space as tech companies create features to help curb over-usage. When building habit-forming technologies what guidelines should companies follow to know when they’ve gone too far?
  • SPICY Uber and Lyft’s operations in California are saved by last minute ruling. The two companies have been in a legal battle over a California law aimed at gig-workers. The ridesharing giants are trying to call their bluff, and had threatened to pull out of the state, as making the changes would require an overhaul to their business model. What do you think about gig workers getting employment benefits? Is California attacking the gig economy? Are Uber and Lyft pushing a hard bargain?
  • Help us decide the 5th topic!! Let us know what you want to talk about here
Our conversation will follow this agenda:

12:00 – Join with your food or snack

12:10 – Apple vs Epic Games

12:15 – Capitalism and the environment

12:20 – Addictive Technology, What are the limits?

12:25 – SPICY Uber and Lyft saved by last-minute ruling in CA

12:30 – TBA – Make suggestions here

12:35 – Mingle

12:45 – Wrap Up

** Each topic will be discussed in a roundtable format where everyone’s opinions are welcome and respected.

Join us as we brainstorm, learn, get to know each other, and have a blast!

Presented by: Capital Entrepreneurs

2020 Forward Festival is August 13-20

The 11th Annual Forward Festival is here! From workshops to socials, the arts to biohealth, both in-person and online, Forward Fest 2020 has something for everyone.

And be sure to join Capital Entrepreneurs for:

Tuesday, August 18 @ 5pm

The (virtual) Startup Showcase is a high energy stage that celebrates and showcases what’s next in Madison’s startup ecosystem. Started by Capital Entrepreneurs in 2013 as the original pitch event at the Forward Fest, it features an evening of startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies. A select group of 5 rising startups will give a 5-minute “demo day” style pitch showcasing their company. In addition, Startup Showcase alumni from past years will take part in a lightning round of 1-minute update pitches highlighting their recent successes.

RSVP TO ATTEND (free!)

Announcing the presenting companies for the 2020 Startup Showcase:

  • Acme Nerd Games – A game development company that delivers a triple bottom line by applying game-based learning and a theory of fun to build video games that help our players thrive, support business goals, and make a social impact.
  • IVO Systems – A SaaS company building an easy-to-use software for organizations to track construction equipment, tools, and multiple project locations in one web-based construction operations platform.
  • JangoBio – A biotechnology company targeting aging and age-related diseases by restoring hormone balance using regenerative stem cell therapies. 
  • My HOME Stars – A grassroots social innovation re-imagining education delivery across sub-Saharan Africa. 
  • Virtual United –  A virtual event networking platform. The future of virtual events will equalize access to social capital and relationships will be built across oceans like never before.

Besides Startup Showcase, there are other great pitch events happening as part of Forward Fest as well! Consider attending Pressure Chamber, Doyenne 5x5x5, gener8tor’s Demo Day, and the Mad Minute Pitch Competition.

Tasty Topics August 11th

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Join our community of entrepreneurs as we discuss current events, ideas, technology and more! Tuesday, August 11th from 12 PM to 12:45 PM!

RSVP On Eventbrite

 

Talking Points for August 11th:

  • Pixel 4a and Apple SE launching. What does it mean to buy a brand new device these days? How do hardware devices keep up with competition?
  • TikTok in talks with Microsoft for acquisition. What does location mean for companies and how do you feel about this major action?
  • SpaceX takes humans into orbit paving way for ISS certification. Does this signal success for the privatization of the US space travel industry? What does it mean for space?
  • SPICY Big tech goes to court. What do their answers mean for founders innovating in their space?
  • Help us decide the 5th topic!! Let us know what you want to talk about here
Our conversation will follow this agenda:

12:00 – Join with your food or snack

12:10 – Pixel 4a and Apple SE launch

12:15TikTok in talks with Microsoft

12:20 – SpaceX takes humans into orbit

12:25SPICY Big tech goes to court

12:30 – TBA Help us decide Topic 5 Here

12:35 – Mingle

12:45 – Wrap Up

Presented by: Capital Entrepreneurs

Tasty Topics July 28th

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Join our community of entrepreneurs as we discuss current events, ideas, technology and more! Tuesday, July 28th from 12 PM to 12:45 PM!

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Talking Points for July 28th:

  • Twitter hack. What can we learn from this successful hack on high profile accounts?
  • OpenAI’s GPT-3 has been getting a lot of hype. What does AI like this mean for society?
  • Darryl McDaniels (RunDMC) leads a seed round for a mental health tech startup. How should investors handle celebrity?
  • SPICY: As conspiracy theories flourish around the upcoming US election, what responsibility do platforms have?
  • Help us decide the 5th topic!! Let us know what you want to talk about here
Our conversation will follow this agenda:

12:00 – Join with your food or snack

12:10Twitter hack

12:15OpenAI GPT-3

12:20Run DMC Investor

12:25Conspiracy theories, platforms

12:30 – TBA Help us decide Topic 5 Here

12:35 – Mingle

12:45 – Wrap Up

Presented by: Capital Entrepreneurs

2020 Forward Festival Startup Showcase

The 2020 Forward Festival runs August 13th-20th! There are 40+ great events happening over the 8 day period – for more info and to register, go here.

Be sure to join for the 8th annual Forward Festival Startup Showcase on Tuesday, August 18th which is presented by Capital Entrepreneurs. The Startup Showcase is a high energy stage that celebrates and showcases what’s next in Madison’s startup ecosystem. It features an evening of startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies, and is presented by CE. We’ll have 5 new presenting companies giving 5 minute pitches (see list below!) as well as 20+ alumni companies that will give a lightning round of 1-minute update pitches highlighting their recent successes.

Applications are closed.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 18th

  • Startup Showcase: 5:00-6:00pm

WHERE: Online! RSVP to receive the link.

RSVP to Watch!

Tasty Topics July 14 2020

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Join our community of entrepreneurs as we discuss current events, ideas, technology and more! Tuesday, July 14th from 12 PM to 12:45 PM!

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Our conversation will follow this agenda:

12:00 – Join with your food or snack

12:10Clubhouse’s problem with inclusivity

12:15TikTok banned in India, under consideration in US

12:20 – Tech industry comes head-to-head with Hong Kong‘s national security law

12:25Tesla tops Toyota as the most valuable automaker in the world

12:30 – Stocks rise after job posting reveals Twitter is considering subscription platform

12:35 – Mingle

12:45 – Wrap Up

Presented by: Capital Entrepreneurs

Tech Gala III is December 4th

The Tech Gala returns Wednesday, December 4th!

Join for a fun evening of food, drinks, live music, card games, and more! This isn’t your typical charity fundraiser event – it’s a fun gala with twist. Get your tickets today and support the United Way!

This event is put on by the Madison tech and startup community and is open for anyone to attend – whether you work at a tech company, are an entrepreneur or freelancer, or just want to join in on the fun and help a good cause. The goal of the Tech Gala is to engage our employees, family, and friends to come together to support a good cause, support the whole Madison community, and have a little fun in the process.

When: Wednesday, December 4th @ 6-10pm

Where: The Edgewater

Your Tech Gala ticket includes a drink and dinner as well as an evening of fun, games, music and more! Tickets start at $30. So far Tech Gala events have raised over $16,000 for our charity partners! 100% of your ticket purchase price will go directly to the partner charity.

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY! http://techgala.org

2019 Forward Festival Startup Showcase

The 2019 Forward Festival runs August 22-29! There are 50+ great events happening over the 8 day period – for more info and to register, go here.

Be sure to join for the 7th annual Forward Festival Startup Showcase on Monday, August 26 which is presented by Capital Entrepreneurs. The Startup Showcase is a high energy stage that celebrates and showcases what’s next in Madison’s startup ecosystem. It features an evening of startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies, and is presented by CE. We’ll have 5 new presenting companies giving 5 minute pitches (see list below!) as well as 20+ alumni companies that will give a lightning round of 1-minute update pitches highlighting their recent successes.

A reception with beer and food on the Memorial Union Terrace will follow.

WHEN: Monday, August 26

  • Startup Showcase: 5:00-6:15pm
  • Terrace Reception: 6:15-8:00pm

WHERE: Memorial Union (Tripp Commons)

REGISTER NOW!

Announcing the 2019 Presenting Companies:

Drip
Drip provides independent coffee shops with all the tools to allow mobile ordering, integrated rewards, and in-app marketing. For a coffee drinker, they can see all the locations near them, order and pay ahead of time, and earn universal rewards at all shops on the platform. We build out a network of locations in a user’s city that is able to rival larger chain stores. 

LIFT Dane
LIFT (Legal Interventions For Transforming) Dane is a partnership between the Economic Justice Institute, Inc., Legal Action of Wisconsin, UW Law School’s civil clinics – the Economic Justice Institute and the Center for Patient Partnerships, and the Employment and Training Association (EATA) of Dane County. The mission of LIFT Dane is to provide efficient, technology driven legal assistance to clear civil barriers to economic prosperity for Dane County families, to transform legal and court systems to prevent economic drags, and to contribute to national reform movements to improve access to civil legal justice. With an online Legal Tune-Up application, LIFT Dane will empower workers to identify and  clear up civil legal problems on their own, or with streamlined help from trusted professionals. 

RehabPath
Over 314 million people worldwide struggle with addiction and are more likely to turn to the internet for help over family, friends, or medical professionals. RehabPath is building platforms that present trusted, helpful resources to people looking for addiction and mental health treatment, while providing an effective and ethical advertising channel for treatment providers.

SnoSuite
SnoSuite is the world’s leading community & resource platform for skiers, snowboarders, and patrol to improve safety and share activity. Located in Idaho and Wisconsin, SnoSuite started as a small foot hill of ideas and has now turned into a snowcapped platform to help ski patrol increase the safety and response time for skiers and snowboarders. Our mission is to build the world’s best resource for ski safety and activity, gain knowledge, get inspired, and be connected with one another.

Woav
Woav enables young-professional men to discover and shop leading direct-to-consumer (DTC) apparel brands through a single mobile application. There is a growing demand for men to find new clothing and men’s DTC brands have entered the market to address this need. However, men still struggle to find the clothing they need online using today’s platforms. Woav connects young-professional men’s growing demand for clothing with the growing supply of Men’s DTC brands.

2019 Startup Showcase Seeking Nominations

The Forward Festival Startup Showcase returns again this year for the 7th annual event! Startup Showcase will cap off the headline Forward Tech Conference on August 26, 2019. It is expected to bring hundreds of entrepreneurs, business, civic and education leaders together in celebration of all of the innovation happening in greater Madison.

Want to pitch at the 2019 Startup Showcase? Apply by July 21 here.

The Forward Festival Startup Showcase features an evening of startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies. Approximately five startups will be selected to give a 5-minute “demo day” style pitch. In addition, several Startup Showcase alumni from past years will take part in a lightning round of 1-minute update pitches. The Startup Showcase is a high energy stage that celebrates and showcases what’s next in Madison’s startup ecosystem and is open to early and later stage companies, venture and non-venture backed companies, as well as for-profit and non-profit companies. Checkout highlights from prior years’ events here.

pitch-night-header

The Startup Showcase is presented by Capital Entrepreneurs. Startup Showcase is part of the 2019 Forward Festival, which runs August 22-29, 2019.

2019 Spring Tech Kickoff

CELOGOJoin us for Madison’s 7th Annual Spring Tech Kickoff on Thursday, April 4 from 5-7pm!

Please register here if you’re planning to attend. It’s free.

Technology business, entrepreneurship, and startups in Madison have another great year ahead. To celebrate that and get in high gear for an eventful summer, Capital Entrepreneurs, Horizon Coworking, and the Forward Festival invite our community and its supporters to the 7th Annual Spring Tech Kickoff!

This year’s gathering is in the brand new Spark building on East Washington Ave and is co-hosted by StartingBlock Madison.

A variety of beverages and delicious snacks will be on hand.

Presented by: Capital Entrepreneurs, Forward Festival, and Horizon Coworking.

2019 Winter Madison Startup Fair

The Madison Startup Fair returns Tuesday, February 12th on the UW campus! It’s part career fair, part startup showcase with a goal of connecting students to Madison area startups.

Madison is home to one of the fastest growing tech industries in the country and a burgeoning startup scene. Find out about internship and full-time opportunities with Madison startups, find out how you can get involved by starting your own company, find a mentor, or just learn more about what it’s like being a startup founder. Any Madison area college student interested in technology and entrepreneurship can talk one-on-one in an informal environment with startup founders and employees about their experiences. The event is open to all majors.

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 4pm-6pm
Where: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (Atrium)

More info and to RSVP: https://2019madisonstartupfair.splashthat.com/

Capital Entrepreneurs has partnered with TheHub and WARF to bring you a condensed, energetic, and informal way to get connected with Madison area startups. At the start of the event, you’ll hear pitches from each startup about what they do and what they’re looking for, with the remainder of the event structured similar to a traditional career fair where students can talk 1:1 with individual startups and entrepreneurial resource organizations.

This event is FREE for students to attend. And a reminder that NO SOLICITING of startups is allowed at the event.

2018 Tech Gala is December 5



The Tech Gala is back! Join us for an evening of fund an games benefiting the United Way of Dane County on Wednesday, December 5th. Last year’s Inaugural Tech Gala raised nearly $10,000 for non-profits and sold out with 250 attendees. Get your tickets today!

Circle December 5, 2018 on your calendar! That’s the night you’ll be at The Edgewater, sipping cocktails, playing your favorite old school video games, dancing to live music and rubbing elbows with your tech and startup colleagues – all the while supporting the United Way of Dane County.

Your Tech Gala ticket includes a buffet style dinner as well as an evening of fun, games, music and more! This isn’t your typical charity fundraiser event – it’s a fun gala with twist.

This event is open for anyone to attend – whether you work at a tech company, are an entrepreneur or freelancer, or just want to join in on the fun and help a good cause.

100% of your ticket purchase price will go directly to the partner charities, and the entire cost of your ticket is tax deductible. The event expenses are fully covered by our generous sponsors.

The goal of the Tech Gala is to engage our employees, family, and friends to come together to support a good cause, support the whole Madison community, and have a little fun in the process.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! https://techgala2.splashthat.com

2018 Build Madison

Build Madison is back for its ninth event happening on Saturday, November 17th through Sunday, November 18th. This years event will be held at the new Sector67 permanent home at 56 Corry St. Build Madison is a 24-hour hackathon for makers, creatives, and tinkerers.

“Build Madison is a way for people from all backgrounds to dedicate 24 hours and build their wildest dreams. We’ve seen everything from bacon soap, a penny-farthing bicycle, to new software products created by participants over the past eight years,” says Sector67 Director Chris Meyer.

The event runs for 24-hours straight with participants starting at 11:00 AM on Saturday where they pitch their project ideas in 1-minute, then teams are formed, and they go to work until 11:00 AM on Sunday when everyone presents how far they got on their projects.

Event details and registration: http://buildmadison.com/

2018 Fall Madison Startup Fair

The Madison Startup Fair returns Tuesday, September 25th on the UW campus for a new fall edition! It’s part career fair, part startup showcase with a goal of connecting students to Madison area startups.

Madison is home to one of the fastest growing tech industries in the country and a burgeoning startup scene. Find out about internship and full-time opportunities with Madison startups, find out how you can get involved by starting your own company, find a mentor, or just learn more about what it’s like being a startup founder. Any Madison area college student interested in technology and entrepreneurship can talk one-on-one in an informal environment with startup founders and employees about their experiences. The event is open to all majors.

When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 4pm-6pm
Where: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (Atrium)

More info and to RSVP: https://2018fallstartupfair.splashthat.com

Capital Entrepreneurs has partnered with TheHub, StartingBlock Madison, and the UW Department of Computer Sciences to bring you a condensed, energetic, and informal way to get connected with Madison area startups. At the start of the event, you’ll hear pitches from each startup about what they do and what they’re looking for, with the remainder of the event structured similar to a traditional career fair where students can talk 1:1 with individual startups and entrepreneurial resource organizations.

This event is FREE for students to attend. And a reminder that NO SOLICITING of startups is allowed at the event.

2018 Forward Festival Startup Showcase


The 6th annual Forward Festival Startup Showcase takes place the evening of Tuesday, August 21 at the Memorial Union. The Startup Showcase is a high energy stage that celebrates and showcases what’s next in Madison’s startup ecosystem. It features an evening of startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies. A select group of 5 rising startups will give a 5-minute “demo day” style pitch showcasing their company.

In addition, over 15 Startup Showcase alumni from past years will take part in a lightning round of 1-minute update pitches highlighting their recent successes. A reception on the Memorial Union Terrace will follow.

We’re excited to announce the lineup of new 2018 Startup Showcase presenting companies:

  • GrowthChart Records – Provides hands-free documentation services to child care centers, such as preschools, daycares and in-home providers.
  • Moonshot Insights – Performs predictive candidate evaluations for employers to determine a candidate’s job performance, growth, culture fit and longevity.
  • NovoMoto – A for-profit social enterprise that provides clean electricity for off-grid communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • UCHardChip – Creating smart personal protective equipment and services for construction sites.
  • YoEats – A customer-facing restaurant application that provides personalized menu generation and allows patrons to split & pay bill right from their phone in real-time.

REGISTER NOW to attend the Startup Showcase. Startup Showcase admission is also included with Forward Tech Conference registration and with the Forward Pass.

2018 Forward Festival is August 16-23


The 9th annual Forward Festival is August 16-23, 2018. Forward Fest is Wisconsin’s largest technology and entrepreneurship festival and includes 40+ events by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. The 2018 Festival event line up and website are here.

Looking to attend multiple events? The Forward Pass is the fastest, easiest, and the most cost-effective way to take advantage of all the Forward Fest has to offer. This one pass gets you into nearly all the 2018 Forward Festival events. Get your Forward Pass here.

Be sure to consider attending the headline Forward Tech Conference and Forward Festival Startup Showcase on August 21, as well as our Capital Entrepreneurs Rooftop Social (and Forward Fest wrap party) on August 23.


What is the Forward Festival?
It’s Madison’s flagship technology and entrepreneurship festival. Since starting in 2010, it now attracts thousands of attendees and includes 8 full days packed with 40+ events. All events are organized by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs and encompass technology, food, music, social good, art, and more. Join fellow entrepreneurs, nerds, geeks, hackers, foodies, and creatives from the Midwest in an 8-day celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Whether you’re already plugged into the Madison startup community, or you’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to sample what the area has to offer, the Forward Festival is about bringing the startup community together to learn, share, and have some fun.

2018 Startup Showcase Seeking Nominations

The 6th annual Forward Festival Startup Showcase returns this year and will again be bigger and better than ever! Startup Showcase will cap off the headline Forward Tech Conference on August 21, 2018. It is expected to bring hundreds of entrepreneurs, business, civic and education leaders together in celebration of all of the innovation happening in greater Madison.

Apply to pitch in the 2018 Startup Showcase by July 15 here.

The Forward Festival Startup Showcase features an evening of startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies. Approximately five startups will be selected to give a 5-minute “demo day” style pitch. In addition, several Startup Showcase alumni from past years will take part in a lightning round of 1-minute update pitches. The Startup Showcase is a high energy stage that celebrates and showcases what’s next in Madison’s startup ecosystem and is open to early and later stage companies, venture and non-venture backed companies, as well as for-profit and non-profit companies. Checkout highlights from prior years’ events here.

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The Startup Showcase is presented by Capital Entrepreneurs. Startup Showcase is part of the 2018 Forward Festival, which runs August 16-23, 2018.

2018 Spring Tech Kickoff


The Spring Tech Kickoff is a high-energy event that sets the tone for Madison’s tech community for the rest of the year. This year’s 6th annual “STK” will showcase an available Urban Land Interests space, offer exciting food and drink from Madison purveyors, and most importantly let you network with hundreds of entrepreneurs and friends. Last year we had over 400 people attend STK, making it one of the largest free-standing events for entrepreneurs in Madison. 

When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 5-7 PM
Where: Centre Seven, Lower Level (7 N Pinckney St.)

RSVP Here
 

This year’s gathering is going back to our roots in the lower level of Centre7, the location of the very first Spring Tech Kickoff. Admission is free, but participants are also encouraged to make a $25 contribution to Foodworks, which trains people who face barriers to culinary training to work in professional kitchens in Madison’s burgeoning food scene.

A sample of what’s in store for you at STK:
– Beer from Working Draft Beer Company and more
– Food coordinated by Foodworks
– Music from DJ Kayla Kush

The Spring Tech Kickoff is presented by Capital Entrepreneurs, Forward Festival, and Horizon Coworking.

Presenting Sponsors for the 2018 Spring Tech Kickoff:

Why Foodworks? FoodWorks Madison is a community-service organization founded on a strong belief in the central role of food in our lives and its power to affect a broad social mission: economic development, job creation, public education, community-building, and skill-sharing. Our roots are in entrepreneurship (both in and out of food), small-business, and in the Slow Food movement.

2018 Madison Startup Fair

The 6th Annual Madison Startup Fair returns Thursday, March 8th on the UW campus! It’s part career fair, part startup showcase with a goal of connecting students to Madison area startups.

Madison is home to one of the fastest growing tech industries in the country and a burgeoning startup scene. Find out about internship and full-time opportunities with Madison startups, find out how you can get involved by starting your own company, find a mentor, or just learn more about what it’s like being a startup founder. Anyone interested in technology and entrepreneurship can talk one-on-one in an informal environment with startup founders and employees about their experiences.

When: Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 4pm-6pm
Where: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (Atrium)

More info and to RSVP: https://startupfair2018.splashthat.com/

We’re switching up the format for the 2018 Startup Fair event! Capital Entrepreneurs has partnered with gAlpha (a gener8tor program), TheHub, WARF, UW Department of Computer Sciences, and StartingBlock to bring you a condensed, energetic, and informal way to get connected with Madison area startups. At the start of the event, you’ll hear pitches from each startup about what they do and what they’re looking for.

This event is FREE for students and the general public to attend. Are you a Madison startup company interested in exhibiting at the Startup Fair? Submit an application. And a reminder that NO SOLICITING of startups is allowed at the event.

Announcing the Inaugural Tech Gala – December 6th, 2017

An Evening of Fun and Games Benefiting the United Way of Dane County and Sector67

Circle December 6, 2017 on your calendar! That’s the night you’ll be at The Edgewater, sipping cocktails, playing your favorite old school arcade games, dancing to live music and rubbing elbows with your tech and startup friends and colleagues – all the while supporting the United Way of Dane County and Sector67.

Your ticket includes appetizers, a buffet style dinner, dessert and a cocktail, plus access to arcade-style games (PacMan! Centipede! Frogger!), live music by a string trio from the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the chance to have your caricature drawn by artist Bernie Tennis. This isn’t your typical charity fundraiser event – it’s a fun gala with a twist.

This event is open for anyone to attend – whether you work at a tech or startup company, are an entrepreneur or freelancer, or just want to join in on the fun and help a good cause.

100% of your ticket purchase price will go directly to the partner charities, and the entire cost of your ticket is tax deductible. Tickets are $25-50, with an option to buy a full reserved table for $500. The event expenses are fully covered by our presenting sponsors.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! https://techgala.splashthat.com/