Pressure Chamber and Startup Showcase return August 23, 2016 as part of the eight-day Forward Festival at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center!
Pressure Chamber and Startup Showcase are Back!
On August 23, 2016, Pressure Chamber and Startup Showcase return as part of the biggest Madison-area entrepreneurship and business day of the year!
The popular pitch events will be held at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center during the Forward Festival, an eight-day celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation in Madison. Also included in this exciting evening of programming are the Forward Technology Conference and neXXpo, plus complimentary appetizers and drinks. The density created by having all of these popular events together will create a unique experience, bringing hundreds of entrepreneurs, business, civic and education leaders together in celebration of all of the innovation happening in greater Madison.
Applicants for Pressure Chamber go through a screening process that may include presentations with prominent Wisconsin investors. From there, a select number of companies will be chosen to pitch in front of a panel of out-of-state investors, business executives and a live audience during Forward Fest. The winning company is decided based on a combination of judges scoring and audience votes. In addition to receiving the coveted “golden suitcase,” the winning company will also receive an all-expenses paid spot on the Chamber’s exclusive Madison-area startup delegation to Palo Alto in October for meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms.
Both the 2014 Pressure Chamber winner, Fishidy, and the 2015 winner, bluDiagnostics, closed successful funding rounds following their presentations at Pressure Chamber.
“The Pressure Chamber competition was a game-changer for Fishidy. Not only did it help us secure and close an outside financing round, but it gave us valuable experience in pitching in these types of settings. As a result we were selected to other prominent pitch events including the Rise of the Rise Tour and Collision 2015.” – Brian Jensen, CEO, Fishidy
Applicants may also apply for the Forward Festival Startup Showcase, sponsored by Capital Entrepreneurs and Accelerate Madison. The Startup Showcase features an evening of startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies. Five to seven startups will be selected to give a five-minute “demo day” style pitch. In addition, several Startup Showcase alumni from past years will take part in a lightning round of one-minute update pitches.
For more information about Forward Fest, please visit http://www.forwardfest.org/
Both Pressure Chamber and Startup Showcase are open to any industry, as long as the company meets the following requirements:
- Must be a member of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce or Capital Entrepreneurs
- Must be located in Dane County or plan to locate to Dane County by August 23, 2016
- Must have raised at least $25,000, excluding personal investment by company founders
- Application must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016
For all other questions, contact:
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
To be eligible for the Pressure Chamber and Startup Showcase, companies must:
- Be a member of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce or Capital Entrepreneurs
- Be located in Dane County or plan to locate to Dane County by August 23, 2016
- Have raised at least $25,000, excluding personal investment by company founders
- Submit application by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016
The Pressure Chamber is presented by Michael Best & Friedrich.
With support from the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, American Family Ventures, Baird Capital, 4490 Ventures, HealthX Ventures, Lindsay, Stone & Briggs, and Three Oaks Venture Capital.