Startup Weekend Madison

2020 Dates TBA!

Join us at forward fest!

What: Startup Week(night): Women+
When: Sunday, Aug. 25th from 2pm to 5pm
StartingBlock, 821 E Washington Ave

Once again, we're hosting a micro-version of Startup Weekend at Forward Fest: learn what it takes to get an idea off the ground from supportive entrepreneurs in a fun, off-kilter race against the clock as part of Wisconsin's largest tech and entrepreneurship festival. 

This year, Startup Weekend Madison is partnering with Madison Women in Tech, and focusing on women and nonbinary folks in the Madison community interested in learning more about entrepreneurship, business and startups.

Using provided craft supplies and oddball items, attendees will work in teams to invent a product or service, and learn basic business principles in the process. Attendees with children are encouraged to bring them along.

Snacks and drinks provided.

Get your ticket (only $5!) now!

A huge thanks to our 2019 Startup Weekend sponsors

Our appeciation also goes out to all these companies who represent our community volunteers!

See our complete list of mentors, speakers and judges.

What is Startup Weekend?

It's a weekend-long event held every spring that brings together Madison designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things!

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Startup Weekends can be found in hundreds of cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Madison, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

How does it work?

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a new skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, sign up below to stay in the loop for the best weekend of your life.

Lodging Information

Hampton Inn & Suites Madison-West

  • Address: 483 Commerce Drive, Madison, WI 53719
  • Phone Number: 1-608-271-0200

Radisson Hotel Madison

  • Address: 517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison, WI 53719
  • Phone Number: 1-608-833-0100

AmericInn Lodge & Suites Madison West

  • Address: 516 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison, WI 53719
  • Phone Number: 1-608-535-4712

Homewood Suites by Hilton Madison West

  • Address: 479 Commerce Drive, Madison, WI 53719
  • Phone Number: 1-608-271-0600

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