Pressure Chamber startup program returns during Forward Festival this August 

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday that it is accepting applications for this year’s Pressure Chamber startup initiative, which returns on Aug. 22 during Forward Festival, Wisconsin’s largest technology and entrepreneurship festival.

The program includes participation and support from active regional investment firms as well as the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, UW–Madison Office of Business Engagement, and Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

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 to a panel of national investors and a live audience during Forward Fest.

The winning company will receive a reserved spot in the chamber’s Greater Madison startup meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms this fall.

Pressure Chamber is open to any industry, as long as the company meets the following requirements:

  • Must be a member of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce (startup memberships available) or support local entrepreneurial partner organizations; 
  • Must be located in Greater Madison or plan to locate to Greater Madison by Aug. 22; and 
  • Must have raised at least $25,000, excluding personal investment by company founders.

Applications must be received by Friday, July 7. The full application can be accessed online.