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Want to discover what’s next for Greater Madison’s economy? Join us for neXXpo 2019 – presented by Perkins Coie – on Tuesday, Aug. 27 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 sixth year as emerging companies again compete in the region’s apex live pitch contest in front of an all-star panel of investor judges and a live audience.

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 fourth 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!

2019 Pressure Chamber Finalists:

–American Provenance (Mount Horeb), WINNER – Manufacturer of handcrafted, natural personal-care and wellness products founded by a former middle school science teacher and launched on his fourth-generation family farm.

–Goods Unite Us (Madison) – Makes it easy for consumers to align their purchases with their politics, with a free app allowing customers to instantly see the politics of more than 4,000 brands and companies and to search by politician to see which companies are donating to them.

–NovoMoto (Madison) – For-profit social enterprise that provides clean electricity, with rent-to-own solar-powered systems, to off-grid communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

–OnLume (Madison) – Medical device company developing an intuitive platform for precise fluorescence image-guided surgery, providing surgeons with critical information on tissue types, features and function in real time during surgery.

–The Virtual Foundry (Stoughton) – Materials company that makes and sells metal 3D printing filaments that work in printers made for plastics.

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 400-plus attendees at neXXpo and 100-plus at nex7 Stage event

Other sponsorships available:

–PowerUp Sponsor = $2,000
–Stage Sponsor = $1,500

For more information about sponsorships or exhibiting, contact Kristin Gasser at 608-443-1954 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”