Pressure Chamber Application - 2019
Pressure Chamber returns August 27 to the Overture Center as part of Forward Fest!

Whether your company is currently raising or planning to raise investment capital in the future, Pressure Chamber is a valuable platform to tell your story and make new connections across the country.

Applicants go through a screening process that may include presentations with prominent Wisconsin investors. From there, a select number of companies will be chosen to pitch in front of a panel of out-of-state investors, business executives and a live audience during Forward Fest. The winning company is decided based on a combination of judges scoring and audience votes. In addition to receiving the coveted golden suitcase, the winning company will also receive an expenses paid spot on the Chamber’s exclusive Greater Madison startup delegation to San Francisco in October for meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms.

Pressure Chamber is presented by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and Michael Best & Friedrich, 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.

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 Dane County or plan to locate to Dane County by August 27, 2019
-Must have raised at least $25,000 (excluding personal investment by company founders)
-Application must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019

For questions, contact: Kevin Little (

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