Techstars Patriot Boot Camp Coming to Madison

techstars-patriot-bootcamp-logoPatriot Boot Camp is a national program designed to engage, inspire, and mentor military veterans and their spouses to start, innovate, and scale the next generation of high-growth companies. Techstars is expanding the previous annual events in Washington, DC and New York City and will be holding a 3-day Wisconsin Patriot Boot Camp in Madison on September 26-28, 2014.

Attendance to the Wisconsin Patriot Bootcamp is open to active military, Veterans, and/or their spouses at no cost. Those interested in attending can apply here. More information on the program is available here.

“Rise of the Rest” Road Trip to visit Madison

rise-of-the-rest-logoThe Rise of the Rest Road Tour will spotlight startup communities in the heart of the United States. The tour, spearheaded by investor and AOL Co-founder Steve Case, will kick off on October 6th and visit five Midwest cities: Madison, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas City and St. Louis. The goal is to catalyze entrepreneurship and celebrate its progress by recognizing the critical role that startups play in growing our economy, driving innovation, and fostering community development.

“Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of our economy. Now more than ever, I believe that our nation’s prosperity is contingent on having a robust and diverse startup economy that encompasses all regions of the country,” said Case.

Along the way, Case will be joined by nationally-renowned entrepreneurs and civic leaders to shine a spotlight on the emergence of thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems and the companies leading the charge. He will also personally invest in each city’s startup community by hosting a series of pitch competitions in which one winner in each city will earn a $100,000 investment in their company.

Each stop along the route will feature:

  • A startup tour, visits to promising growth companies, accelerators and incubators
  • Fireside chats moderated by The Atlantic’s Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons, featuring Steve Case and other entrepreneurial luminaries
  • Local startups pitching a panel of all-star judges, with a $100,000 investment from Steve Case at stake
  • Celebration and networking for local entrepreneurs

The Rise of the Rest Road Tour will launch in Madison on October 6th. For more information, to RSVP, and to apply to pitch for the events, go here.

Join us for the Startup Showcase and Open Social

ftf logo smallThe 2014 Forward Festival is in full swing! Join us for these upcoming Capital Entrepreneurs events:

Forward Festival Startup Showcase on Wednesday, August 27 from 5-8pm – Join us at the Majestic Theatre as we feature 10 exciting new startups who are revolutionizing everything from healthcare to software publishing to banking and more. You’ll also hear an update from the startups that presented at last year’s Startup Showcase. More information is available here.

Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social on Thursday, August 28 from 6-8pm – The Open Social takes place on a rooftop atrium on the Capitol Square, and will feature MobCraft’s 2014 Forward Festive-Ale, taps from other local brewers and other beverages, snacks from a variety of local producers and food entrepreneurs, as well as music. For more information and to RSVP (it’s free!), go here.

Forward Festival Kicks Off This Week

ftf logo smallThe 2014 Forward Festival kicks off this week! The Festival runs from August 21-28 and is now in its fifth year. There are 20 different exciting events lined up, and there’s still time to secure your spot at many of them. Check out the full event list here.

Be sure to join us for the Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social on Thursday, August 28. The Open Social takes place on a rooftop on the Capitol Square, and will feature MobCraft’s 2014 Forward Festive-Ale, taps from other local brewers and other beverages, as well as snacks from a variety of local producers and food entrepreneurs. For more information and to RSVP (it’s free!), go here.

We’ve also got another exciting Startup Showcase coming up on Wednesday, August 27. We’ll feature 10 exciting new startups who are revolutionizing everything from healthcare to software publishing to banking and more. You’ll also hear an update from the startups that presented at last year’s Startup Showcase. More information is available here, and a limited number of event tickets are now available here.

Be sure to attend the headline Festival event – the Forward Technology Conference, as well as other great events including the Badger Startup Summit, Edible Startup Summit, the Wisconsin Innovation Awards and more. Check out the full lineup of events here.