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Venture Madness 2017

Invest Southwest Names Top 16 Finalists for the 2017 Venture Madness Competition

Top 16 will advance to a three-day live event on March 8-10, 2017 PHOENIX (February 3, 2017) – Invest Southwest, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, has selected the top 16 companies that will advance to the live-demo portion of the 2017 Venture Madness competition. The competition launched in January, giving 64 early-stage companies […]

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Invest Southwest Sponsor & Alumni Reception

//BY INVITATION ONLY// Please contact Karen Katzorke at karen.katzorke@investsouthwest.org to request an invitation to this event.

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Free Get Ready Seminar

Are you running an early stage firm and need help crafting your story to attract investors and customers? With our FREE Get Ready Seminar, you will learn to master your story with specific, actionable insight from expert guest speakers.

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Our Story

Invest Southwest is the connective tissue between investors and startups in the region. It serves the entrepreneurial ecosystem through three pillars:

  • Events and programs to connect investors with emerging growth companies.
  • Networking opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs.
  • Marketing and public relations opportunities to elevate startup and investor brands throughout the year.

OUR SIGNATURE EVENT

Venture Madness is Invest Southwest’s signature annual event, which takes place in early March. This one-of-a-kind competition event 24 of the most promising startup companies against one another in a single-elimination, bracket-style tournament.

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BY THE STATS

1992

Established

300

Million Raised

40

Percent of presenting companies have received financing

8

Arizona’s rank for best state for starting a business

13

The Phoenix area’s rank for high-tech startups

SPONSOR BENEFITS

Learn more about the benefits and options of becoming an Annual or Signature Event Sponsor!