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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 […]

3 Key Startup Considerations For Reaping Investor Rewards

Every startup hopes for an offer of funding. Plans are great but without resources, it’s tough to get off the ground. As your startup takes root, while you toil with early stage development, make sure you are not vulnerable to an investment storm. Whether you are courting a bank, a venture capitalist, or some type […]

10 Factors To Consider When You Start Spreading Your Startup News

Getting out the word about your business is essential to gaining awareness among your target audience. It is also critical that your story is known, and embraced, internally. To support success, every employee, sub-contractor, supplier, and customer must know exactly what your business stands for and what you do for them — that one essential thing. Zoom […]

Four Questions To Ask Yourself To Ensure You Make An Impact

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ―Mahatma Gandhi Make a difference. Every entrepreneur wants to make an impact—to make some difference that you have lived well. The purpose of business, innovation, invention, is to be useful. Here are the three steps to follow on your path to recognizing and realizing your startup […]

Step To It! 7 Tips For Achieving What You Want

What is your vision for the year? Do you have a plan? To get where you are going, it is always good to have a map. Write out a playbook that takes you, step-by-step, to your goal—professionally, financially, personally. And, in your playbook, make sure you have a strategy for thwarting distraction. Here are seven […]

HOW TO BE A GOOD STARTUP MENTOR: 7 CHARACTERISTICS

There are many benefits to mentoring. From the satisfaction of giving something back to honing your own career, mentorship has its rewards. Employing managerial skills and guiding your entrepreneur through a key stage in their career is often just the beginning. It is a commitment as personal one-on-one mentoring is a time-consuming activity. So, take […]

THE 6 C’s OF SELF-CONFIDENCE & HOW TO HONE THEM

Key to an entrepreneur’s success is confidence in oneself, and in one’s powers and abilities. Self confidence inspires confidence of others. After all, we hesitate to back an idea presented by someone who is nervous and overly apologetic. However, we are likely persuaded to support a project pitched by one who speaks clearly, answers questions with […]

10 POINTS YOU NEED TO COVER IN YOUR INITIAL VC PRESENTATION

You are a startup looking for a VC and a VC is looking for a startup. So how do you convince a VC to take your call or meet with you? You send them a deck—make sure it is stacked in your favor. Start by developing and refining the reasons why the VC should meet […]

Invest Southwest Names Top 16 Finalists for the 2016 Venture Madness Competition

Finalists will advance to a three-day live event in March, 2016 PHOENIX (February 1, 2016) – Invest Southwest, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, has selected the top 16 companies that will advance to the final elimination round of the 2016 Venture Madness competition. The competition launched in January, giving 64 early stage companies […]