neXXpo 2015

neXXpo 2015


neXXpo: Business in Fast Forward 

August 25, 2015

In 2015 the Chamber will redefine what a business expo delivers to attendees and exhibitors with neXXpo: Business in Fast Forward on Tuesday, August 25 at the Monona Terrace. Attendees will see and experience what’s next in business products and services at various exhibition booths. The event schedule offers exhibition booths, two exciting business pitch contests – PRESSURE CHAMBER and STARTUP SHOWCASE – a pitch night networking happy hour and much more.

Date: Aug. 25, 2015
Location: Monona Terrace  - One John Nolen Drive, Madison WI, 53703

One $20 ticket gets you access to ALL four of the neXXpo/Pitch Night 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 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.

For more information visit:


For information about logistics for the event
Contact: Kristin Gasser - or 608-443-1954

For more information about Sponsorships or Exhibiting 
Contact: Amy Golackson – or 608-443-1944

For more information about Pressure Chamber
Contact: Kevin Little – or 608-443-1949

Cost to Attend:

All Day Pass $20* 

*All day passes are are non-transferable

For more information about booth prices please contact:
Amy Golackson at or 608-443-1944.

Exhibitor Information: 

Exhibit Floor Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exhibitor set-up: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Exhibitor teardown: All exhibits must remain in place until 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 25th.
Teardown is from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

neXXpo exhibitor admission:
Each booth receives two “all day” exhibitor passes.


Exhibition Details:

What is next for your business? For your industry?

How do you efficiently and effectively showcase what the future holds?

Instead of exhibiting like it is yesterday, generate buzz by showing what your customers and clients will experience next. With neXXpo, you get the unique opportunity to build excitement around your innovation and offer a glimpse into the future. Exhibiting at neXXpo is the opportunity to show off how your business is a cutting-edge leader in greater Madison and beyond.

At neXXpo ’15 you will get all of the energy and success of last year’s reimagined, business-in-fast-forward inaugural event with the added bonus of this year’s connection to Forward Fest an eight day celebration of food, entrepreneurship, science and technology from Aug. 20 to 27.

The Chamber is joining forces with Forward Technology Conference on Aug. 25 at Monona Terrace Convention Center. This partnership offers exhibitors an additional, built-in opportunity to meet prospective customers and clients excited to experience business products, services and ideas.

Like last year, neXXpo ’15 doesn’t end with the exhibition floor. This year, exhibitors are invited to join us after neXXpo for more networking and celebration at the summer’s must-not-miss happy hour sponsored by Zendesk. Top off this amazing day with the fun and excitement of our Shark Tank-style business pitch contest Pressure Chamber and the evening’s finale celebration of local business success in Startup Showcase.

It’s the “what’s next” expo — it’s neXXpo!

If you would like to share the innovation in your business in an interactive way, please contact Amy Golackson at or 608-443-1944.

Pressure Chamber:

For more information about Pressure Chamber
Contact: Kevin Little – or 608-443-1949

Pressure Chamber:

Startup Showcase:

For more information about Startup Showcase
Contact: Kevin Little – or 608-443-1949

The Forward Festival Startup Showcase features 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. In addition, several Startup Showcase alumni from past years will take part in a lightning round of 1-minute update pitches highlighting their recent successes. The Startup Showcase is a high energy stage that celebrates and showcases what’s next in Madison’s startup ecosystem.


For more information about Sponsorships
Contact: Amy Golackson – or 608-443-1944

What Others Have Said

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    Tim Lightner, Owner, Two Men and a Truck
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