2017 Forward Festival is August 17-14


The 8th annual Forward Festival is August 17-24, 2017. Forward Fest is Wisconsin’s largest technology and entrepreneurship festival and includes 40+ events by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. The 2017 Festival event line up and website are live here.

New Forward Pass pricing this year! Thanks to our generous Festival Sponsors, tickets are more affordable than ever for entrepreneurs (current or aspiring). Forward Passes start at just $49 for entrepreneurs (current or aspiring), startup staff, and students, and include access to over 30 events, swag, and a personalized badge. That early bird price is available until July 21. Get your Forward Pass today!


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.

The goal of the Festival is to connect entrepreneurs to other entrepreneurs and to support organizations, as well as promote meaningful learning between entrepreneurs. This is done through a series of grassroots events that are independently organized by multiple organizations all of which take place under the Forward Fest umbrella.