2020 Forward Festival is August 13-20

The 11th Annual Forward Festival is here! From workshops to socials, the arts to biohealth, both in-person and online, Forward Fest 2020 has something for everyone.

And be sure to join Capital Entrepreneurs for:

Tuesday, August 18 @ 5pm

The (virtual) Startup Showcase is a high energy stage that celebrates and showcases what’s next in Madison’s startup ecosystem. Started by Capital Entrepreneurs in 2013 as the original pitch event at the Forward Fest, it features an evening of startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies. A select group of 5 rising startups will give a 5-minute “demo day” style pitch showcasing their company. In addition, Startup Showcase alumni from past years will take part in a lightning round of 1-minute update pitches highlighting their recent successes.


Announcing the presenting companies for the 2020 Startup Showcase:

  • Acme Nerd Games – A game development company that delivers a triple bottom line by applying game-based learning and a theory of fun to build video games that help our players thrive, support business goals, and make a social impact.
  • IVO Systems – A SaaS company building an easy-to-use software for organizations to track construction equipment, tools, and multiple project locations in one web-based construction operations platform.
  • JangoBio – A biotechnology company targeting aging and age-related diseases by restoring hormone balance using regenerative stem cell therapies. 
  • My HOME Stars – A grassroots social innovation re-imagining education delivery across sub-Saharan Africa. 
  • Virtual United –  A virtual event networking platform. The future of virtual events will equalize access to social capital and relationships will be built across oceans like never before.

Besides Startup Showcase, there are other great pitch events happening as part of Forward Fest as well! Consider attending Pressure Chamber, Doyenne 5x5x5, gener8tor’s Demo Day, and the Mad Minute Pitch Competition.