2013 FTF: Madison Startup Showcase

FTF-logoThe 2013 Forward Technology Festival runs from August 15-24, and encompasses 10 days of tech and entrepreneurship focused events throughout Madison. For a full event list and more information, go here.

Accelerate Madison and Capital Entrepreneurs present a lightning round of startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies on the “big stage” at the Majestic Theatre. The Madison Startup Showcase, part of the Wisconsin Startup Night series, will take place Monday, August 19 with networking beginning at 5pm, and presentations starting at 6pm. Hear about the interesting and innovate things Madison startups are working on, with short 5 minute presentations by each company.

Presenting companies include: PerBlue, Murfie, Drifty Co, EatStreet, Asthmapolis, HealthFinch, SnowShoe, MobileIgniter, Quintessence Bioscience, Networked Insights, C-Motive Technologies, OpenHomes, StudyBlue, and Ronin Studios.

Registration is FREE through August 14, and $10 after that. Register to attend here.

Tonight: Wisconsin Startup Night with TechStars

techstars-logo-smallWisconsin Startup Night: TechStars in Madison is happening tonight (March 4) at the Monona Terrace starting at 5pm. The event is co-organized by Accelerate Madison, Capital Entrepreneurs, and Foley & Lardner.

Presenters include Monty Schmidt, founder of Madison’s Sonic Foundry; Sam Yagan, co-founder of OkCupid, CEO of match.com and co-founder of Excelerate Labs (now TechStars Chicago); and Matt Younkle & Preston Austin, co-founders of Murfie, serial entrepreneurs and TechStars alumni. The evening will include networking, a full explanation of TechStars Chicago, and a call for new businesses to apply to the TechStars Midwest accelerator.

To register, go here.

Wisconsin Startup Night: TechStars in Madison

techstars-logo-smallNew tech businesses are thriving in Wisconsin – and your odds just got even better! Could your idea become the next Sonic Foundry or match.com? On Monday evening, March 4 at Monona Terrace, join Accelerate Madison, Foley & Lardner, LLP and Capital Entrepreneurs in welcoming TechStars Chicago to Madison.

TechStars Chicago’s co-founders are prominent entrepreneurs Troy Henikoff and Sam Yagan, co-founder of OkCupid and now CEO of match.com. TechStars, billed as “the world’s #1 business accelerator,” is a 12-week bootcamp program designed to provide promising startups with seed capital, intensive mentoring, infrastructure, and a chance to pitch angels and VCs. TechStars has a history of successful programs in Boston, New York, Boulder, Seattle and San Antonio, and now they have expanded to the Midwest through a combination with Chicago’s Excelerate Labs. This is an exciting opportunity to learn from and with some of the smartest and best-connected people in the high-tech industry.

Presenters include Monty Schmidt, founder of Madison’s Sonic Foundry; Sam Yagan, co-founder of OkCupid, CEO of match.com and co-founder of Excelerate Labs (now TechStars Chicago); and Matt Younkle & Preston Austin, co-founders of Murfie, serial entrepreneurs and TechStars alumni. The evening will include networking, a full explanation of TechStars Chicago, and a call for new businesses to apply to this excellent Midwest accelerator.

Register by February 25 and attendance is free!

Who should attend

  • Founders of startup tech businesses
  • Entrepreneurs with new tech concepts
  • Managers & professionals working in the digital sector
  • Anyone involved with business growth in southern Wisconsin

Event details
Location: Monona Terrace, Madison
Time: Monday, March 4, 5-8 p.m.
        5:00-6:30: networking, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar
        6:30-8:00: program & Q&A
Cost: FREE through 2/25, $10 after 2/25 or at the door