August 2019: Events, News and Networking

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Sports Illustrated ranks Madison best college town in nation

August 14, 2019
Madison tops Sport Illustrated’s 2019 roundup of the 10 best college towns across the United States. Joan Nieson of Sports Illustrated said her rankings focused on college town environment, landscape, food and drink offerings, culture and music scenes as important factors.

Delivering therapies with bio-engineered bacteria

August 13, 2019
UW-Madison scientists have bio-engineered bacteria to deliver certain therapies to patients with heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other conditions. In treating metabolic diseases like these, doctors will often rely on polypeptides as therapeutic agents.

2019 Wisconsin Biohealth Awards: BioForward Announces Winners

August 13, 2019
BioForward has announced the winners of the fifth annual Wisconsin Biohealth Awards, dedicated to showcasing leadership and innovation in the Wisconsin biohealth industry. In the fifth year of the awards, BioForward is excited to continue recognizing scientific and business successes that have brought Wisconsin to be among the top leaders in integrated health solutions.

Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce: Announces Pressure Chamber finalists

August 12, 2019
Five top emerging companies to compete

Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce announced the five finalists competing in this year’s Pressure Chamber startup initiative, which returns Aug. 27 during Forward Festival, an eight-day celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation in Madison.

UW Madison Computational Optics lab Lessons of conventional imaging let scientists see around corners

August 5, 2019
Along with flying and invisibility, high on the list of every child’s aspirational superpowers is the ability to see through or around walls or other visual obstacles.

That capability is now a big step closer to reality as scientists from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Universidad de Zaragoza in Spain, drawing on the lessons of classical optics, have shown that it is possible to image complex hidden scenes using a projected “virtual camera” to see around barriers.

Exact Sciences Buying Genomic Health in $2.8B Cancer Diagnostics Deal

July 29, 2019
With ambitious sales goals and its stock trading at an all-time high this year, cancer diagnostics firm Exact Sciences decided to go shopping. The result is a deal announced Monday to acquire Genomic Health for $2.8 billion in cash and stock, a combination that Exact CEO Kevin Conroy argues will create a global leader in the sector.

Corporate venture capital: What’s driving the surge?

TCIN Networking Luncheon
August 27 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Coliseum Bar, 232 E Olin Ave., Madison

Over the last five years, corporate venture capital investing has picked up both in terms of deal volumes as well as corporations investing in the asset class for the first time. Are Wisconsin corporations keeping up with that trend? What do corporate VCs look for in an emerging company when they invest? How do they balance financial returns and strategic goals?

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Badger Startup Summit

August 22 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

An event connecting Badger entrepreneurs* everywhere to share contacts, experiences and advice.
  • Meet Wisconsin entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated startup, growth and sustained operation
  • Make connections with Badger businesses that can help your company grow
  • Give a business pitch for feedback, or hear pitches from the next generation of Badger entrepreneurs
  • Build your virtual rolodex of contacts

*  Note: by Badger entrepreneurs we don’t mean just UW-Madison.  Wisconsin is the Badger State.

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The Forward Festival

August 22 - August 29
Multiple Venues, Madison, WI

Join fellow entrepreneurs, nerds, geeks, hackers, foodies, and creatives from the Midwest in an 8-day celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Whether you’re already plugged into the Midwest tech scene, or you’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to sample what the area has to offer, the Forward Festival is about bringing the technology and startup communities together to learn, share, and have some fun. The Forward Festival provides the rare opportunity to interact with professionals across a wide range of disciplines and at a variety of events.

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neXXpo | Pressure Chamber 2019

August 27 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI

neXXpo returns to the Overture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, during Forward Fest! Some of the region’s most exciting businesses will once again compete for your votes and the right to be called Greater Madison’s Most Innovative Company (MIC), while at our sixth annual Pressure Chamber, emerging companies will pitch in front of investor judges and a live audience.

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Cap Times Idea Fest 2019

September 13 - September 14
UW Madison Campus

The Cap Times Idea Fest returns to the UW-Madison campus for a third year – this time at Memorial Union, the Pyle Center, Music Hall and Wisconsin Alumni Association headquarters. Some two dozen individual sessions about politics, equity, the economy, culture and more will explore the central theme of how to “Reach a Better State.

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September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
5445 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg

Previous Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, Dr. Jo Handelsman is widely recognized for her contributions to science education and diversity in science, as well as her research on gender bias in science. We look forward to hearing about her work and her experiences, and welcome her insight into the gender-related challenges facing the biohealth industry in the 21st century.

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BioForward 2019 Biohealth Summit

October 2nd @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Overture Center for the Arts, Madison WI

BioForward’s annual Biohealth Summit serves as Wisconsin’s platform to highlight our diverse biohealth community, collaborate on new challenges and opportunities, and forge our path to continued leadership and growth. Last year over 500 attendees, representing 250+ industry-leading organizations, organized a once-in-a-lifetime interactive genome experiment, strengthened our Women in BioHealth and talent initiatives, and welcomed two keynotes from the technology industry that highlighted the shift in healthcare innovation.

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Celebrate Curiosity Across Wisconsin at Wisconsin Science Festival!

October 17 - October 20
Multiple Venues across Wisconsin

The The four-day Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration with events across Wisconsin for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, workshops and more. The Wisconsin Science Festival received the Key of Excellence Award from Phi Beta Kappa in 2014 for “blending science with both the arts and humanities to cultivate curiosity, inspire discovery, and grow knowledge.”

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SAVE THE DATE: URP Donation Drive!

September 26 @ 7:30am - 2:30pm
MGE Innovation Center parking lot
505 South Rosa Rd.

Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin will be at the park on September 26, in the MGE Innovation Center parking lot. Goodwill SCWI will gladly accept clothing, household items and electronics. They also accept computer equipment, working for not!

Stay tuned for more information.

Food Carts are STILL HERE! 

11am to 1:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday
505 South Rosa Rd, Madison

You know summer's here when the food carts roll into the Park!

Join us for some hot food, cold drinks, and networking opportunities all while basking in the sun’s warm glow! Pretty cool, eh? 

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