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Forward Festival Startup Showcase Seeking Nominations

The Forward Festival Startup Showcase features an evening of lightning round startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies on the “big stage” at the Majestic Theatre. Last year, the inaugural Startup Showcase brought nearly 200 entrepreneurs, business leaders, and civic leaders together to hear pitches from emerging companies in the Madison area. …

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gener8tor Summer 2014 Class Announced

Madison and Milwaukee based startup accelerator gener8tor has announced their Summer 2014 class of companies. This is now the fifth gener8tor class, and since launching in 2012 gener8tor’s 23 portfolio companies have gone on to raise nearly $25 million in financing and created over 150 jobs. gener8tor selected the five companies for the current class …

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Madworks Accelerator Announces Inaugural Class

The Madworks Accelerator has announced the first class of companies to participate in its summer 2014 seed accelerator program. Madworks is an early stage seed accelerator which will provide mentoring, training and financing of up to $10,000 to early stage companies. The companies accepted into the inaugural class are: 900dpi – 900dpi eliminates the set-up …

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Madison a Top City for Information Technology Job Growth

Forbes has recognized Madison as having one of the quickest growing information technology sectors in the country. Madison came in 5th behind Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Boston, and Austin. Madison is the smallest city by far on this list, which is dominated by large metro areas renowned as tech hubs. Forbes points out that Madison …

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Yahara Music Library Launches

The Yahara Music Library, a collaborative project between the Madison Public Library and Murfie Music, recently launched. Using technology from Murfie’s online music streaming platform, the Yahara Music Library enables any library card holder to stream music from the Yahara Music Library using any web browser or download albums in multiple formats to a variety …

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gener8tor Madison Office Hours, Meetup and Application Deadline

gener8tor has a handful of upcoming events leading up to the application deadline for the Summer 2014 class on June 1st. They are holding Madison Office Hours on Wednesday, May 28th from 10am-1pm as well as a Meetup starting at 5:30pm at their office on the Capitol Square. Learn more about their Milwaukee 2014 accelerator …

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Governor’s Business Plan Contest Finalists Announced

After three rounds of judging, the finalists for the 2014 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest have been announced, with nearly half of the 13 finalists coming from the Madison area. The Madison area finalists include: Elucent Medical, Spectrom, Little Green Pencil, MobCraft Beer, WebRacing, and Digsite. The finalists are competing for over $100k in prizes …

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Pressure Chamber Pitch Contest Launches

Greater Madison’s most promising early-stage companies will have the chance to promote their work, connect with investors and potentially join an exclusive delegation of Madison-area startups in meetings with global venture investment firms, all as part of a new business pitch contest called Pressure Chamber. The live competition will be held in conjunction with the …

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UW ACE Program Launches

UW-Madison has just launched a brand new advocacy group to help foster innovation and entrepreneurship on campus. The group, called The Advocacy Consortium for Entrepreneurs (ACE), will provide entrepreneurs with several tools to help them succeed. Led by Tomotherapy founder Rock Mackie, ACE will be established as an independent, nonprofit organization that can advocate for …

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Tonight! Capital Entrepreneurs-Startup Milwaukee Joint Event

The 2nd Capital Entrepreneurs / Startup Milwaukee joint event will take place in Madison TONIGHT (January 22nd) starting at 6pm. It’s an Open Social format, so anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship is welcome to join. The event will focus on continuing the conversation about better connecting and strengthening the entrepreneurial communities in Madison, Milwaukee, …

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Health and Wellness Events Go Mobile with GoStrive

There’s a new startup in town. Meet GoStrive, a community engagement platform for health and wellness organizations (and special events). Founded in 2012 by University of Wisconsin-Whitewater professor, Choton Basu, the startup now has nine employees. GoStrive is currently lead by Accelerate Madison founder, James Jackson. GoStrive is the exclusive partner of the National Parks …

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2013 Recap: The Madison Startup Scene

2013 was a year full of activity and increasing visibility for the Madison startup scene. Capital Entrepreneurs membership grew 50% in 2013 and now encompasses nearly 300 members – all of which are founders or early stage employees of Madison area startups. Capital Entrepreneurs member companies now employ over 350 full time people and created …

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