Christie Kerner’s Take on Venture Madness & All Things Entrepreneurial

I guess you could say I’m a little fanatical about building businesses. But even beyond the art and science of launching companies, I’m completely dedicated to the brave entrepreneurs who are largely willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. So as we gear up for another year of Invest Southwest’s Venture Madness competition, I’m […]

Venture Madness Competitor Spotlight: Beacon Biomedical

Before Beacon Biomedical decided to enter the Venture Madness competition, they were looking for the smartest next move for their business. When the angel investors they’d been meeting with suggested they talk to the Arizona Commerce Authority about the competition, the Beacon leadership team realized this might just be the thing. “After looking the application […]

Why VC Confidence Matters To Every Young Company

When it comes to confidence, a rosy outlook among VC’s can be clouded. And that will cast a shadow on the future of start-ups everywhere. Here are some of the symptoms to recognize, and treatments to keep the VC community healthy and fit. Relevance fatigue. This happens when a mediocre or underdeveloped startup idea is […]

5 Tips For Building An Entrepreneurial Culture That Lasts

Like any business, for a startup to succeed, it must first get the culture right. Find the right people to do the right things. Appreciate, respect, and give credit to those responsible for successes. Build a culture that will attract, retain and inspire employees. Work satisfaction among employees is critical to progress. Here are five […]

How To Master The Art Of The 60-second Pitch

You have 60 seconds to make an impression. That is about 200 words. Open with a hook that piques interest and close with a request—ask for something. Write out your story and then hone it for the most powerful pitch you can create. To make sure you cover all the bases, Dave Bittner, Invest Southwest […]

Invest Southwest’s Venture Madness Competition Seeks Next Unicorn Company, Now Accepting Entries for March, 2016 Event

Invest Southwest announced today that entries are now open for the 2016 Venture Madness competition. In partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, Invest Southwest will select 64 early-stage companies to compete in the bracket-style, head-to-head competition for a chance at the $100,000 shared prize.

How To Build A Sustainable User Acquisition Machine

To start your startup, we are looking for growth! You found a problem and solved it (plus, you have identified and validated the audience looking for this improvement). So now it’s time to scale. It is important to get traction for your idea. To do this, develop a business model that attracts users who want […]

4 Legal Tips Startups Cannot Afford To Miss

When starting the path of a startup, it is important to ensure protection of your people, your product, your presence and your process. Invest the time to take security measures for your efforts whether on your own or with counsel from a lawyer. Here are four areas to safeguard and preserve. Protect Your Self (and […]

Who. What. How. Three Secrets Investment Bankers Wish Every Startup Knew

Many entrepreneurs fail to consider what investment bankers can do to help them raise money. Let’s look at investment bankers — who they are, what they do, and how they differ from a VC or an angel — and key reasons that hiring an investment banker can be one of the smartest decisions an entrepreneur […]

Six Success Principles to Ponder for High Performance

Successful entrepreneurs are admired for high performance. They amplify the best within themselves. They challenge themselves in new ways. In these efforts, underlying principles guide them. Give them focus. Here are six principles for high performance that many successful entrepreneurs exhibit. Let’s take a look at how you can apply these principles. Ponder them daily, […]