Greater Madisonâ€™s most promising early-stage companies will have the chance to promote their work, connect with investors and potentially join an exclusive delegation of Madison-area startups in meetings with global venture investment firms, all as part of a new business pitch contest called Pressure Chamber. The live competition will be held in conjunction with the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce neXXpo: Business in Fast Forward on April 8 at the Alliant Energy Center.
The winner of the Pressure Chamber will join a delegation of top Greater Madison startups in a series of meetings with prominent venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, organized by the Chamber and supporting partner organizations. The application period for interested startups is now open. For more information and to apply, go here.
â€œThis is not only a significant opportunity for entrepreneurs, this is an opportunity for Greater Madison to be recognized nationally as a place where talented people are building great businesses. Our message will be: if we are not already on your radar, we should be. Because this region is what is next.â€ – Chamber President Zach Brandon
The Pressure Chamber is presented by Michael Best & Friedrich with support from the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Accelerate Madison, Capital Entrepreneurs, Kegonsa Capital Partners and Venture Investors.
The 61st Annual Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner attracted over 1,000 business leaders for the largest annual dinner to date. The event focused on three core ideas: “Innovative”, “Entrepreneurial”, and “Identifiable” and threading them all together for how they tie to Madison. Highlighting the important role entrepreneurs and groups like Capital Entrepreneurs play in the ecosystem and in driving future economic growth was a common theme throughout the evening.
DineInTime CEO Leora Greenburg spoke about her experience as a startup founder. She was joined by American Family Insurance CEO Jack Salzwedel and UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank as the 3 keynote speakers for the evening. Author and Inc.com columnist Debra Kaye was the Emcee of the evening, along with Chamber President Zach Brandon.
The Pop Up Agency â€“ a team of young international entrepreneurs â€“ is making stops during their 15-week worldwide tour in cities including Shanghai, Singapore, Los Angeles, London, as well as Madison. The innovative team is gaining popularity for its fast-paced methodology where six interactive art directors immerse themselves in a challenge and deliver a concept and strategy within a 48-hour project window.
â€œMadison is the smallest city on our tour, yet, it has many similarities to the others we have visited,â€ said Maksimilian Kallhed, co-founder of The Pop-Up Agency. â€œThe Pop Up Agency is energized to experience Madison and design a concept to keep its name on the list of innovative destinations the likes of New York City, Tokyo and Amsterdam.â€
The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is hosting the team. They will be making cultural and business stops throughout the region (including visiting many Capital Entrepreneurs companies) from May 29-30 before presenting their concept May 31.