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    Venture Madness 2018

    Let the Madness Begin!
    This year’s lineup is better than ever.
    New companies, new investors, new venue and much more.
    Join us at Galvanize Phoenix for the big event January 29-30, 2018
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Invest Southwest’s Venture Madness Announces 2018 Finalists and Conference Speakers

Twenty-seven companies will present for a chance to be crowned Venture Madness Champion PHOENIX (January 4, 2018) – Invest Southwest, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announced the final list of companies scheduled to present at the 2018 Venture Madness Conference. Formatting for the annual conference has changed for this year resulting in a […]

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Venture Madness Conference 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Venture Madness Conference, presented by Invest Southwest, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, is scheduled for January 29-30, 2018, at Galvanize in Phoenix, Arizona. It is here where companies in 4 industry categories (SaaS Launch, SaaS Scale, Deep Tech & Hard Tech) will live-pitch their way through the conference. In addition, the Top 4 companies in […]

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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 the first quarter of every year. This one-of-a-kind competition event pits 24 to 30 of the region’s most promising early-stage firms against one another in a live, pitch-style event.

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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

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