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Top 32 Companies Advance to Round 2 of 2017 Venture Madness Startup Competition

Final elimination round will determine top 16 finalists by February 3, 2017 PHOENIX (January 24, 2017) – Invest Southwest, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, has selected the top 32 startups who are advancing to round two of the 2017 Venture Madness competition. The Invest Southwest’s selection panel determined the top 64 finalists earlier […]

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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.

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.

Venture Madness was the Launchpad for Pinnacle Transplant Technologies

Founding Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, we had a much broader vision than we did as partners in a previous venture. A leap of faith had to be taken by leaving behind a company that we had worked hard to establish, and a lifestyle to which we had become accustomed.

Embracing the Startup Journey

—Brandon Clarke of StartupAZ Foundation and CRADL I did stand-up comedy for eighteen years.  Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four were spent in wild success.  ~ Steve Martin, Born Standing Up Where are you in your journey? I started my first company with no preconceived notion of being an […]

Investors want to be Sold! So Sell Them!

Four Key Considerations for Your Investor Pitch — Michael Toney, Founder – Conquest Training Systems, Inc As I have coached entrepreneurs in preparing for presenting their concepts and companies to investors in order to try to raise capital, I’ve seen time and again that they all suffer from the same disease. They want to share too […]

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5 Things Investors Are Interested In Knowing About Your Business

—by Chuck McLane at CBIZ MHM, LLC As you grow your business, new opportunities and risks may emerge. You need to be aware of key areas that any investor will want to examine before they put money into your organization. An experienced business advisor can help you maximize your benefits and minimize the liabilities. They can […]

A View from the Boardroom: Q&A with Tom Curzon on Serving on the Board of Directors for Invest Southwest.

On behalf of Invest Southwest, thank you, Tom Curzon, for your leadership and service on the Board of Directors from 2007-2016. Tom’s contributions have fostered the entire Arizona startup ecosystem. Tom is a martial arts master, so he brings that discernment to the table. He has been the connective-tissue on the Board and is well known for his leadership and promoting […]

The 3 Essential P’s of Your Startup Business Plan

There are so many business plan templates to prompt the presentation of your map to success. Some are tailored to one industry or another. Others are boiler-plate MBA outlines. Still, at the center of every business plan are three key points—your purpose, your plan, and your progress indicators. PURPOSE Your first challenge is to define […]

YOUR STARTUP STARTING LINEUP—Team Up For Traction

The strength of your startup team and the magnitude of your startup opportunity are major factors in determining your startup success. When starting up your business, getting together the right players is a must. It starts with the coach. Your CEO must have leadership skills to inspire the right action at the right time with […]