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Want to experience what’s next for Greater Madison’s economy? Join us for neXXpo 2018 on Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Overture Center!

For attendees, you can help yourself to appetizers and drinks as you engage with a diverse crowd of entrepreneurs, small businesses and enterprise all in one location. For businesses, you can support these innovative companies by becoming a sponsor, or you can be an exhibitor and show what’s next for your industry, business, product or service.

2:30 p.m. – Pressure Chamber
Pressure Chamber returns for its fifth year as emerging companies again compete for the coveted “golden suitcase,” as well as a spot on the Chamber’s exclusive Madison-area startup delegation to San Francisco this October for meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms.

4:00 p.m. – neXXpo
Check out creative, cutting-edge businesses at our “innovation hubs” and cast your vote for one business at each hub for the third annual Most Innovative Company (MIC) award. The finalists will be announced at neXXpo, with the MIC being awarded to the champion later this year at our nex7 Stage event.

neXXpo and Pressure Chamber return this year as part of The Forward Festival. For more information on Forward Fest and related events, click here.

For more information about event logistics, contact Kristin Gasser at 608-443-1954 or

Cost to Attend:

$10 and drink ticket for members
$30 for non-members

NOTE: Attendance at Pressure Chamber also comes with a complimentary drink ticket!

2018 Pressure Chamber Finalists:

–AmebaGone: Harnesses the power of the soil microbiome to develop safe, sustainable solutions to treat plant disease.
–Breathe For Change – Co-creates the global education system of the future in which all students and teachers unleash the potential of their mind, body and spirit, with trainings that certify educators as experts in wellness and social-emotional learning and a platform that empowers teachers to transform their lives, relationships and communities.
–DataChat – Democratizes data analytics by allowing users to glean insights from data by simply holding a conversation with a chatbot in plain English and enabling business users to “drive” through data using a (patented) conversational approach, discovering patterns they couldn’t have before and in a timely fashion.
–GymDandy – Helps parks, schools and sport complexes sell, schedule and manage their athletic space online, making booking a gym, field, diamond, rink or court as easy as booking a hotel room.
–LÜM – A social music discovery application that focuses exclusively on the growth of emerging artists and gamifies music streaming for the next generation of fans and musicians.

For more information about Pressure Chamber, contact Kevin Little at 608-443-1949 or or visit


Be a neXXpo Hub Sponsor = $3,500

–Support growth sectors
–Connect your brand to innovation
–Receive great media exposure
–Win the AMP Award
–Impress 500-plus attendees at neXXpo and 100-plus at nex7 Stage event

Other sponsorships available:

–Audience Vote sponsor = $1,500
–Innovation Award Sponsor = $2,500
–Stage Sponsor = $1,500
–PowerUp Sponsor = $2,000
–WiFi Sponsor = $1,500

For more information about sponsorships or exhibiting, contact Helen Stewart at 608-443-1950 or

Media Coverage:

neXXpo/Pressure Chamber:

WKOW-TV, “Local innovator wins competition to Silicon Valley to meet with investors”

WISC-TV, “Forward Fest to bring together small business owners, local athletes, aspiring entrepreneurs”

Wisconsin State Journal, “Six startups trek to Silicon Valley on a Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce mission”

Wisconsin State Journal, “Madison startup Live Undiscovered Music takes the Pressure Chamber prize”

Wisconsin State Journal, “Madison’s annual Forward Festival starts Thursday, touting entrepreneurship and innovation”

Wisconsin State Journal, “The pressure is on for five startups chosen for this year’s Pressure Chamber”

Capital Times, “LÜM, a Madison startup, launches its music-streaming platform for undiscovered artists”

Capital Times, “Forward Festival mixes up its lineup of tech-centric programming for 2018”

Xconomy Wisconsin, “LUM Wins Startup Pitch Contest, Earns Shot at Silicon Valley VCs”

Madison Startups, “LUM Wins Pressure Chamber” 

In Wisconsin, “LÜM wins Pressure Chamber competition”

nex7 Stage/MIC Award:

WKOW-TV, “LocknCharge & TechDen named Madison’s most innovative company”

WISC-TV, “Madison tech business named Most Innovative Company of the year”

Wisconsin State Journal, “Greater Madison Chamber names area’s Most Innovative Company”

Madison Startups, “LocknCharge, TechDech Win Chamber Award”

Madison365, “Jeff Patterson of JP Hair Design to Receive Madison Chamber’s 2018 “Ground Floor Award” for Small Business Leadership”