Madison Pressure Chamber finalists announced

PressureChamberLogo-Hi-Res-500x236What do swallowing disorders, grocery shopping and fertility have in common? Innovative solutions on all of these subjects, and more, will be presented at Pressure Chamber, the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s exciting pitch competition for the region’s most promising early‐stage companies.

The six finalists will compete before a panel of out‐of‐state investors and a live audience for an all-expenses paid trip to pitch to top global investors on an exclusive Chamber startup delegation to Silicon Valley in October.

Pressure Chamber finalists are:

  • bluDiagnostics (Madison) – A biomedical device company that offers the first over‐the‐counter test to measure fertility‐related hormones in saliva, with resulting data sent to a mobile
  • Fetch Rewards (Madison) – A mobile application that allows grocery shoppers to scan every items as they shop, receive real‐time savings that automatically apply to eligible items, track their spending and checkout with the scan of a single barcode on their phone.
  • Health eFilings (Madison) ‐ Proprietary software that offers a turn‐key, end‐to‐end solution that enables physicians and healthcare organizations to comply with Medicare’s annual reporting requirements of quality data, and thereby avoid significant penalties.
  • Redox (Madison) – A connector to proprietary electronic health records systems used by hospitals around the country, providing API access to applications those health systems choose to work with.
  • SmartUQ (Madison) – Analytics software tool that helps companies reduce the complexity, time and cost of design cycles across a wide range of industries.
  • Swallow Solutions (Madison) – A maker of both a medical device that delivers oropharyngeal strengthening therapy to treat swallowing disorders and nutritional food products tailored to the patient’s diagnosed level of swallowing difficulty.

Chamber President Zach Brandon noted the diversity and scale of problems being solved by the selected companies are just the latest indicator of greater Madison’s growing startup ecosystem. “The momentum is real. Greater Madison is a place where top talent solves big problems,” said Brandon. “The pressure is certainly on for these startups but arguably more so for the judges andaudience who must pick a winner among such an exciting, high‐potential slate of companies.”

Pressure Chamber returns for a second year, this time joining with the Chamber’s neXXpo Business in Fast Forward expo on Aug. 25 in the heart of Forward Fest, an eight day celebration of Madison entrepreneurship.

“Come to our Business in Fast Forward expo during the day and stay for what is certain to be an exciting pitch night,” Brandon added.

Pressure Chamber begins at 4 p.m. One $20 ticket gets audience admission to neXXpo, Pressure Chamber, a pitch night Zendesk‐sponsored Happy Hour with open bar and appetizers, plus the evening finale celebration of local business success in Startup Showcase, co‐hosted by Capital Entrepreneurs and Accelerate Madison, a program of the Chamber. Startup Showcase will feature rising startups giving five‐minute “demo day” style pitches.

Get your tickets to be a part of the live voting audience, and access to all neXXpo events, at

– Reposted from the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

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