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Invest Southwest’s Venture Madness Startup Competition Call for Entries Opens Nov. 1, 2016

Calling regional investors and early-stage firms, the Venture Madness startup competition call for applications opens November 1, 2016 and runs through January 5, 2017. Get ready to compete for your share of the $100,000 cash prize at the March 8 – 10, 2017 event.

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7 Insider Tips for New Venture Capital Investors & Why Investing is a Lot Like Pro Surfing

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Most startups fail. Much like the game of baseball, failure is part of the process. How you deal with failure will determine your success.

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Differentiate Your Startup in 10 Minutes by Addressing These 6 Areas in Your Presentation

Get ready for Venture Madness! Dave Bittner, CEO at Beanstalk CFO Group, gives startups advice for preparing a compelling pitch. After your Elevator Pitch, your presentation moves to critical detail.

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5 Things Investors Need to Know in the First Moment You Meet Them

Get ready for presenting to investors. Get ready for Venture Madness. For this opportunity, the elevator pitch is a key to introducing your company and grabbing attention at the start.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Venture Madness 2017

March 8-10, 2017
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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:

  • Workshops and seminars to help burgeoning startups and new investors
  • 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 64 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

WE SAY THANK YOU TO THE AMAZING SPONSORS OF INVEST SOUTHWEST

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