Startup Week(night)

On Aug. 20, the first ever Madison Startup Week(night), part of the annual Forward Festival, was held at at Eat Street’s headquarters in downtown Madison. The business­-oriented event offered entrepreneurs and those interested in possibly starting their own business venture an opportunity to enjoy a entertaining night of ingenuity, professional guidance, and how-tos to get their dreams started. Instead of the traditional three-day Startup Weekend format, Madison Startup Week(night) taught teams to organically form creative pitches, strategize, and organize a business model in just three hours, with the help of expert members from the community. The teams then presented their pitches to a panel of judges at the end of the night, and the best presentation won an all­-access pass to Madison Startup Weekend in the spring. For information on getting your event featured in the IB Gallery, email