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Pressure Chamber


When: August 20, 2024, 3-4:30 p.m. (Live Pitches), 4:30-6 p.m. (Happy Hour/Networking)
Where: Majestic Theatre, 115 King Street, Madison, WI 53703

Pressure Chamber returns for its 11th year as emerging companies again compete for the coveted “golden suitcase,” as well as a reserved spot in the Chamber’s exclusive Greater Madison startup meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms this fall.

Participating companies will pitch in front of a panel of out-of-state investors, business executives and a live audience, with the winning company chosen based on a combination of judges scoring and audience votes.


The full application can be accessed here.

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 another local entrepreneurial partner organization

— Must be located in Greater Madison or plan to relocate to Greater Madison by August 20, 2024

— Must have raised at least $25,000 (excluding personal investment by company founders)

— Application must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2024

Event Details:

Chamber Members and Forward Fest pass holders: Free
Non-members: $20

NOTE: In fairness to all the participating companies, the doors will close and entry will be denied once the first company takes the stage.


Pressure Chamber is presented by Michael Best.

Supported by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and UW–Madison Office of Business Engagement, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, American Family Ventures, Baird Capital, 4490 Ventures, HealthX Ventures and Rock River Capital Partners.

Reception Sponsor: Fetch

Community Sponsors: AirDeck, Johnson Financial Group, JP Cullen and The Gialamas Company

For additional questions, contact:

Kevin Little
Vice President
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
(608) 443-1949