Venture Madness 2017

March 8-10, 2017
Join us for 3 jam-packed days of power-networking with serious investors, high impact inspiration for your business, amazing sessions and some memorable fun.

Invest Southwest Get Ready Seminar for Startups & Startup Funding

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.

New Dates! New Location! New Speakers! Get Ready for Venture Madness 2017!

Save the NEW dates & NEW location for Venture Madness 2017! Wow, 2016 was amazing! Thank you to everyone who applied, participated, attended and helped create our March 2016 Venture Madness Conference! Our 2017 event is poised to be better than ever! What’s new, you ask? A lot! Our dates have moved a week later than past […]

TOP TWITTER TAKEAWAYS FROM @GaryVee AT VENTURE MADNESS

It is energizing to listen and learn as Gary Vaynerchuk gets real with the Venture Madness startup crowd. Here are some of the top tweets reflecting his point of view as he gave his keynote presentation, Q&A style. AZVenture Consulting ‏@Arizona_VC “Not every great company is started in Silicon Valley.” -@GaryVee at @VentureMadness. #VM16 #YesPhx […]

WIN IT! ADVICE FOR STARTUP PRESENTERS—Takeaway Tips From Venture Madness 2016

Resoundingly, Venture Madness 2016 judges agree that there were a lot of good presentations this year. And, in the end, only 16 startups made it to the competition. How did the best emerge in bracket style, head-to-head pitch contests? Here are some insights from the panel. And, in the end, it all comes down to […]

KEY CONSIDERATIONS WHEN EVALUATING YOUR STARTUP PITCH—VENTURE MADNESS 2016 JUDGES' INSIGHTS

Over a hundred twenty applicants put their startup in the game for Venture Madness 2016. There was a lot of talent and potential brewing as these were narrowed to 64 participants. Over the course of eight weeks, these startups pitched in bracket style matches to place in the top 16. The sweet 16 startups went […]

BE A CLOSER. 3 Key Components To A Presentation That Rocks

Your speech is great. You opened with a hook and hit all your main points. Now, you’re about out of time, and you need to wrap it up. So what do you say? Don’t blow your close. Don’t end with Q&A. The problem: you leave your audience remembering someone’s question instead of giving them a […]

What’s the Single Most Important Driver of the Phoenix Startup Scene?

Greater Phoenix—and all of Arizona—has more happening in its startup scene now more than ever. Ask anyone in the community and they’ll demonstrate their excitement and general bullishness for our ecosystem’s continued growth. I am often asked what has been “the biggest change” that occurred to improve our startup community over the last few years. […]

Why I’m throwing my hat in the Venture Madness ring again this year.

Anyone in Arizona’s startup community knows that we have an electric entrepreneurial scene going on here. From ingenious new ventures to whipsmart founders to experienced investors, there’s a reason one VentureBeat article said, “Arizona is becoming the next hotbed of startups.” As a Phoenix startup founder on my second business, I’ve seen the rich potential […]

15 Great Resources for Phoenix Startups

It is often called the Silicon Desert. Phoenix is ripe with entrepreneurial activity and resources to support it. With an innovation ecosystem, Arizona attracts forward-thinking start ups. Here is a compilation of supportive sites for your bourgeoning business. EVENTS & SUPPORT: Arizona Commerce Authority—The Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) awards the most money in the country […]