Mission Impossible star at neXXpo

 Tom Cruise i8
Event teams with Forward Fest for a major Pitch Night & Happy Hour (and a Half)

MADISON – For 2015, neXXpo – the Chamber’s reimagined business-in-fast-forward expo – is back for a second year, with lots of new twists. Join us for two exciting pitch events, a huge Pitch Night party, a reveal stage with business and community members showcasing what’s next and not-to-miss networking all day and night long on Aug. 25 at Monona Terrace.

While Tom Cruise is not likely to be behind the wheel, when Ethan Hunt cruised up to a Mumbai party in Mission Impossible, his futuristic BMW i8 was the real eye catcher making the scene. At neXXpo, Zimbrick BMW has secured an i8 for showing—a hybrid sports car star in sustainable design innovation that can go zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. For neXXpo attendees who want to get up-close and personal with such an automobile, its sibling, the BMW i3, will also be in the house.

All across the exhibit hall floor will be businesses showcasing the future of their industry, products and services. Nearby is the Nex7 Stage where select exhibitors will be putting on a 7-minute show with a 7-minute interactive audience time to show off the latest trends from 3D printing to the future of education and cybersecurity.

Our neXXpo ’15 doesn’t end with the exhibition floor. Join us after hours for more networking and celebration at the summer’s must-not-miss happy hour (and a half) sponsored by Zendesk with appetizers and an open bar. Top off this amazing day with the excitement of our Shark Tank-style business pitch contest Pressure Chamber and the evening’s finale celebration of local business success in Startup Showcase.

On Aug. 25 at Monona Terrace, make more connections in one day than most people make in a year. Register to attend at One $20 ticket gets entrance in to all of the events below:

10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Expo Floor: Showcasing what the future holds – what’s next in products and services – for innovative greater Madison businesses.

11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nex7 Stage: See what’s next for greater Madison businesses and our community in brief 7-minute talks with a 7-minute Q&A.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pressure Chamber: Step aside Shark Tank. This pitch contest offers greater Madison’s most promising early-stage companies exposure to the region’s business community and top investors. Contestants compete for an all-expenses paid trip to pitch to investors in Silicon Valley.

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Zendesk Happy Hour (and a Half): This Pitch Night reception falls between two great pitch events, sponsored by Zendesk with a signature cocktail, open bar and appetizers.

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. StartUp Showcase: An evening of startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies. A select group of rising startups will give a five-minute “demo day” style pitch showcasing their company. Co-hosted by Capital Entrepreneurs and Accelerate Madison, a program of the Chamber.

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