Inno Approved is our monthly roundup of the best tech and startup events in Wisconsin.

Be sure to browse through the below meetups and add as many as you can to your calendar. (If we missed an important or relevant one, let us know at and we’ll add it to the list!)

WEEK OF 4/9 – 4/13

Wednesday, April 11

Event: Panel: How can Madison’s tech sector get more diverse?

  • Location: Madison Public Library
  • Date/Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Event Type: Panel
  • Price: Free

Event Description: “Madison’s burgeoning tech sector is a major source of the city’s and the state of Wisconsin’s economic vitality, but the sector’s workforce doesn’t reflect the population of either one. Silicon Valley and other areas have similar problems, but what should Madison and people in the city’s tech sector do to improve diversity and open up the industry’s economic benefits to more people?”

Thursday, April 12

Event: Career Panel: A day in the life of a female computer science professional

  • Location: UW Computer Science Building, Room CS 1240, Madison, WI
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 12
  • Event Type: Panel discussion, seminar
  • Price: Free

“This talk is designed to help undergraduate female computer science majors imagine a career in the Information Technology profession. Listen to a panel of experts — real Madison women who are working in the technology field — tell their personal stories.”

Thursday, April 12

Event: Innovation Network Luncheon with Craig Dickman

  • Location: Fox Valley Technical College Main Campus building, Appleton, WI
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Event Type: Luncheon, panel discussion, startup funding
  • Price: $10 for individual members, students and returning veterans, $20 for general admission

Event Description: “Dickman will discuss founding Breakthrough Fuel and its major success over time, what StageThree will do for the Fox Valley and how both companies may partner in the future.

This Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon is in partnership with the Forum for Innovation, which will focus on high-growth companies in the region, and NEW North, the regional economic development group.”

Thursday, April 12

Event: HashtagMKE Social at WXYZ Lounge

  • Location: Aloft Milwaukee Downtown
  • Date/Time: Thursday April 12 at 6 p.m.
  • Event Type: Networking, social media
  • Price: Free

Event Description: “At the social, network with fellow professionals and share your passion for social media on Thursday, April 12 at WXYZ Lounge (at Aloft Hotel) from 6-8pm. It’s a great opportunity to discuss social media marketing best practices, favorite resources, current trends, tips and tricks.”

Thursday and Friday, April 12-13

Event: Cyphercon 3.0

  • Location: Wisconsin Convention Center, Milwaukee, WI
  • Date/Time: Thursday and Friday, April 12- 13; 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
  • Event Type: Convention, panel discussions, networking
  • Price: $125 for the Analog CypherCon Badge  and $175 for the Digital CypherCon Badge

Event Description: “Our conference provides hackers with an outlet to openly demonstrate and experience creativity and ingenuity through hands-on enlightening activities and thought provoking presentations and technical projects.”

WEEK OF 4/16 – 4/20

Monday, April 16

Event: Bitcoin Cash: Scaling Bitcoin On-Chain

  • Location: Adorable Headquarters, Madison, WI
  • Date/ Time: Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m.
  • Event Type: Panel, networking
  • Price: Free

Event Description: “This talk will focus on the history of the Bitcoin blocksize debate, what separates Bitcoin Cash (BCH) from Bitcoin (BTC), and the future vision of Bitcoin Cash. Connor Murray, a fellow Madison Blockchain member and Bitcoin Cash enthusiast will examine the original Bitcoin scaling roadmap as outlined by Satoshi and discuss how Bitcoin Cash fulfills that vision.”

Monday, April 16

Event: Inside Innovation Series

  • Location: The Swan Club/Legends, De Pere, WI
  • Date/ Time: April 16 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Event Type: Panel discussion
  • Price: Free

Event Description: “The INSIDE INNOVATION series features standout Wisconsin leaders. Unlike a traditional speaking engagement, guests of INSIDE INNOVATION are interviewed by local peers for a candid conversation. Discover how these leaders are doing business differently through this dynamic series.”

Tuesday, April 17

Event: Tech Startup Prototyping – Insights and Best Practices

  • Location: Milwaukee, Wis. (Online)
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 17 at 3 p.m.
  • Event Type: Webinar, discussion
  • Price: Free

Event Description: “For people working in technology startups or around the startup scene, Startup Prototyping is a 1-hour event where you’ll meet other entrepreneurs and have the opportunity to share prototyping insights. There’s no better way to get personalized feedback on the challenges and opportunities you face!”

Tuesday, April 17

Event: Madison’s Geek Lunch

  • Location: Alt’n Bach’s Town Tap, Madison, WI
  • Date/ Time: Tuesday, April 17 at 11:45 a.m.
  • Event Type: Networking
  • Price: Free

Event Description: “Our regular Geek Lunch is the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Each month we get together to bounce ideas, questions, solutions, and share other cool things with each other.”

WEEK OF 4/23 – 4/27

Monday, April 23

Event: #MeToo: A Candid and Confidential Discussion about Sexual Harassment in Tech

  • Location: Synergy Coworking, Madison, WI
  • Date/Time: Monday, April 23 at 6 p.m.
  • Event Type: Panel
  • Price: Free

Event Description: “Please join us for a confidential and candid discussion about sexual harassment in the tech industry. We’d like you to feel comfortable sharing your experiences, and leave empowered with the knowledge and resources to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.”

Wednesday, April 25

Event: Emerge April: How Young Professionals Can Get Involved in the Local Startup Community

  • Location: Granular, 316 North Milwaukee Street #100, Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 25 at 8 a.m.
  • Event Type: Panel Discussion, startup funding
  • Price: Free

Event Description: “Startup Milwaukee Emerge will focus on how Young Professionals launch their careers in the local startup community. This unique panel discussion will include perspectives from local founders of startup companies, employees at local startups and more.”

Thursday, April 26

Event: Cultivate Your Success

  • Location: Heritage Hill, Green Bay, WI
  • Date/ Time: Thursday, April 26 at 9 a.m.
  • Event Type: Seminar, networking
  • Price: Free

Event Description: “You will learn how to improve your communication with anyone including a blueprint to drive your entire organization towards completing your biggest business objectives.”

Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29

Event: Next Frontier: Mastermind Event for College Entrepreneurs

  • Location: 100 State Coworking, Madison, WI
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, April 29 at 6 p.m.
  • Event Type: Networking, panel discussions
  • Price: $40 for student and $55 for general admission

Event Description: “Join us for the most bodacious 1.5 days of sowing the seeds of life-long relationships with hard-working, passionate, student entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders.”

Save the Date

Monday and Tuesday, May 7-8

Event: Startup Wisconsin Summit Presented by Microsoft

  • Location: T2: Coworking Space, Green Bay, WI
  • Date/Time: Monday, May 7 at 9 a.m. to Tuesday, May 8 at 4 p.m.
  • Event Type: Panel discussions, networking, conference
  • Price: $82 for Early Birds and $125 for General Admission

Event Description: “Join us for the Startup Wisconsin Summit (May 7 – 8) where we will share best practices, learn more about Green Bay’s startup scene, strengthen the statewide network of startup community leaders and start planning for Wisconsin Startup Week 2018!”

Wednesday, May 9

Event: The Inno-troduction: Wisconsin’ Inno’s Kickoff Meetup

  • Location: Ward4, Milwaukee, WI
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Event Type: Mixer, networking
  • Price: Free

Event Description: “Come learn more about Inno, our goals for year one and what we look for in a story, as well as come share your thoughts and insights on the state’s ecosystem.”