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Pressure Chamber


Five diverse and exciting companies compete in this popular pitch program in front of an all-star panel of investor judges and a live audience during Forward Fest.

The winning company is chosen by a combination of judges’ scoring and audience votes. Audience members also have the opportunity to ask questions of our presenting companies. In addition to receiving the coveted “golden suitcase,” the winning company will also earn a spot on the Chamber’s exclusive Madison-area startup delegation to San Francisco this fall for meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms.

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, DotCom Therapy, Fishidy, bluDiagnostics, POLCO and more.

To apply by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019, click here.


Pressure Chamber is presented by Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

With support from the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, American Family Ventures, Baird Capital, 4490 Ventures, HealthX Ventures, Lindsay Stone & Briggs and Rock River Capital Partners.

For additional questions, contact:

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