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Pressure Chamber

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Pressure Chamber, a popular pitch program featuring diverse and exciting companies presenting to a panel of national investors and regional business audience in a virtual setting, returns for its seventh year on Aug. 14 during Forward Fest.

In addition to receiving the coveted “golden suitcase,” the winning company will also get a reserved spot in the Chamber’s exclusive Greater Madison startup meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms this October. This year’s program will be broadcast virtually to comply with physical distancing best practices and government guidelines.

Past Pressure Chamber winners have credited the initiative for helping their company close successful funding rounds. Additionally, Pressure Chamber has been recognized by both the International Economic Development Council and Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Summit as an entrepreneurship and economic development best practice. Participating companies have included EatStreet, Propeller Health, Redox, Datica, Fetch Rewards, HealthMyne, Cardigan, AkitaBox, Moxe, American Provenance, DotCom Therapy, Fishidy, bluDiagnostics, POLCO and more.

When: August 14, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free for Chamber members, $10 for non-members


–Cultured Decadence (Madison) *WINNER* – Develops novel methods to make crustacean products using cell culture and tissue engineering techniques, allowing the company to create crustacean products directly from the animals’ cells (no shell, no organs, no waste).

–Last Lock (Madison) – Allows homes and businesses to transform any mechanical lock system into a highly secure smart lock.

–Pyran (Madison) – Uses renewable crop resources to produce key ingredients used in paints and coatings at 25-40 percent lower costs than competing oil-based chemicals.

–RehabPath (Madison) – Builds platforms that present trusted, helpful resources to people looking for addiction and mental health treatment, while providing an effective and ethical advertising channel for treatment providers competing in a $35 billion-a-year industry (U.S. alone) and already spending more than $250 million a year in Google Ads.

–Talent Bandit (Madison) – A centralized hub for Staffing Agencies, Hiring Managers and Candidates to communicate and share information in a simple, frictionless and bias-free manner.


Pressure Chamber is presented by Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

Sponsored by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, American Family Ventures, Baird Capital, 4490 Ventures, HealthX Ventures and Rock River Capital Partners.

For additional questions, contact:

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