Ignite Madison is back! Join your fellow Madisonians forÂ Ignite MadisonÂ on Wednesday, February 12th at 8pm at the High Noon Saloon to learn about people who are using their creative talents in unique ways to make or engineer itemsÂ by hand. Ten speakers will each give 5 minute presentations using slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, covering such things as makingÂ artisanal foods, 3D printing or prototyping, screen printing, metal working, illustration, and more.
The fun event will include a DJ, as well as plenty of time to socialize and grab a drink before, after, and during the presentations. Tickets are $9 in advance and $12 at the door, with all proceeds for this event being donated to Big Brothers, Big SistersÂ of Dane County. To learn more or purchase tickets visitÂ http://ignitemadison.org/
Join Capital Entrepreneurs on a (coach) bus trip to Milwaukee on Wednesday, February 12th to spend an evening learning aboutÂ Techstarsâ€™ ChicagoÂ program, presented by Startup Milwaukee and Golden Angels Investors.
This free event will feature prominent entrepreneurs Sam Yagan (CEO of match.com and co-founder of OkCupid) and Troy Henikoff (co-founder of Techstars Chicago and SurePayroll). Also sharing their experiences, will be the co-founders of a startup that recently participated in a Techstars accelerator program.
This is the last call to sign up for the free bus trip to Milwaukee; don’t miss out on this exciting event.
For more information and to reserve your seat, goÂ here.
Ratebeer.com has named local crowdsourced breweryÂ MobCraft the 2013 Best New Wisconsin Brewer.Â Launched in May 2013, MobCraft is a brewery that uses customer collaboration to come up with a multitude of unique beer ideas. Customers can both submit ideas for brews to be created, as well as vote on which brews will be mass produced. Some of the interesting beers being brewed by Mobcraft include a Mayan Chocolate Chili ale with ghost chilies and cacao, and a Hazelnut Amber made with locally sourced hazelnuts.
MobCraft was also recently featured in an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – check out the article here.
Whether you’re an expert on digital currency, or just want to learn more about it, the Crypto Currency Hackathon being held on February 15th at Madworks CoworkingÂ is worth checking out. The event will follow a similar format as aÂ Startup Weekend, but instead of focusing on jump-starting a business, the goal of this 12-hour event will be to create and complete a tech project. The entry fee for this event is $5 and the winner will receive one bitcoin, which is currently valued at about $850.
For those who are simply interested in learning more about cryotocurrency, there will also an ‘unconference’ running in parallel to the main hackathon event, which will include talks, discussions, and demos to explain more about what cryprocurrency is and how it works.
For more info and to sign up go here.
Join Capital Entrepreneurs and 40+ Madison startups for the 2014 Madison Startup Fair TODAY (February 5th) from Noon-4pm at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW campus.
Anyone interested in technology and entrepreneurship can talk one-on-one in an informal environment with startup founders and employees about their experiences. Find out more about the burgeoning Madison startup scene and the opportunities startups have to offer, including ways you can get involved by starting your own company or through internships and full-time positions with existing startups.
More info is available here.
UW-Madison has just launched a brand new advocacy group to help foster innovation and entrepreneurship on campus. The group, called The Advocacy Consortium for Entrepreneurs (ACE), will provide entrepreneurs with several tools to help them succeed. Led by Tomotherapy founder Rock Mackie, ACE will be established as an independent, nonprofit organization that can advocate for policies that support entrepreneurial development.
Check out more info about ACEÂ here.
The Madison Sewing StudioÂ held it’s grand opening, as well as an all day ‘Swatch-a-thon’ last weekend to great success. The events kicked off Friday night with an open house, featuring sewing demonstrations, music, and more. Saturday’s event, the Swatch-a-thon, wasÂ a sewing/creating marathon where participants used swatches donated by area stores to create a design over the course of the day.
The Madison Sewing Studio, located inside Sector67, is a community workspace that allows users access to a variety of sewing equipment, including industrial-grade machines. It’s also a great space for people interested in the textile arts to network with others in the field. In addition, the space will offer classes on several different types of sewing and sewing projects.
Co-organizers Melissa Behrens and and Maggie Welsh have been hard at work setting up the space and getting it ready for use since November. With the space now open, we are looking forward to a variety exciting sewing classes and events.